Intelligence

North Korea was ‘centrally involved’ in Sony Hacking, US officials say

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US intelligence officials have concluded that the North Korean government was “centrally involved” in the recent attacks on Sony Pictures’ computers, a determination reached just as Sony on canceled its release of the comedy The Interview, which is based on a plot to assassinate Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader. David E. Sanger, Nicole Perlroth Senior administration officials, who ... Read More »

Dick Cheney insists ‘rectal feeding’ was for medical reasons, not torture in defence of CIA

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Dick Cheney, the former US vice-president who was at the forefront of the post-9/11 push towards aggressive interrogation techniques since denounced as torture, has defended the use of “rectal feeding” of terror suspects, claiming it was done for “medical reasons”. The Guardian – Ed Pilkington in New York Dick Cheney Refuses to Call Forced Rectal Feeding Torture – ABC.News Former US vice-president ... Read More »

Senate intel panel: CIA’s interrogations vicious, ineffective

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WASHINGTON — The CIA held at least 119 people in secret overseas prisons –some of whom were innocent – and subjected many to gruesome interrogations that didn’t lead to any high-level terrorists – including Osama bin Laden – and were more vicious than the agency disclosed to policymakers and the public, said a long-awaited Senate report released Tuesday. JONATHAN S. ... Read More »

Cusack visits Assange in embassy

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HOLLYWOOD actor John Cusack is the latest supporter to visit WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy. THE American star joined US activist Daniel Ellsberg and Indian-born author and activist Arundhati Roy for a meeting inside the embassy in London on Monday. WikiLeaks said the three were marking the fourth anniversary of Assange being in “detention” without charge, as ... Read More »

UAE among targets of Iranian hackers, investigators say

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WASHINGTON // Hackers working for Iran have targeted at least 50 companies and government organisations, including institutions in the UAE. The hackers infiltrated the computer systems of commerical airlines and their contractors in the Emirates, Pakistan and South Korea, the US cyber-security firm Cylance said in a report based on a two-year investigation. They broke into the computers of companies ... Read More »

GCHQ head says tech firms ‘in denial’ on extremism

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US technology companies have become “the command and control networks of choice” for extremists, the new head of GCHQ has claimed. Writing in the Financial Times, Robert Hannigan says some US tech companies are “in denial” about how their services are being misused. He also said UK security agencies needed support from “the largest US tech companies which dominate the ... Read More »

Today is stop Data Retention Day

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A group led by three senators will gather at Parliament House today to protest against the Government’s plans to force telcos and ISPs to store customer data. The Government wants the data stored so it can be used in criminal and anti-terrorism investigations. The plans, first mooted by Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Attorney-General George Brandis in August, would lead ... Read More »

Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

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In June 2011, Julian Assange received an unusual visitor: the chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt, arrived from America at Ellingham Hall, the country house in Norfolk, England where Assange was living under house arrest. For several hours the besieged leader of the world’s most famous insurgent publishing organization and the billionaire head of the world’s largest information empire locked horns. ... Read More »

An Intimate Portrait of Edward Snowden

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Citizenfour, Laura Poitras’s documentary about Edward Snowden, premiered to a sold-out audience at the New York Film Festival on October 10. The film was not originally part of the festival lineup, its inclusion only announced less than a month prior. The premiere understandably generated an overwhelming amount of anticipation, promising a personal look at the enigmatic figure who leaked a ... Read More »

US confirms sharing intel with Syrian Kurds against ISIL

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Washington has confirmed that it has been sharing intelligence and information with the Syrian Kurdish fighters against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants. “We do get intelligence from, get information from a wide range of people – obviously, look for it anywhere we can get it. So yes, there is some intelligence and information sharing going ... Read More »