Former police intel chief detained as key figure in Dink murder

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A high-ranking Turkish police chief has been detained inAnkara as part of the investigation into the 2007 murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink. Hurriyet – Toygun Atilla Ramazan Akyürek, who was detained in Ankara on Feb. 26, had served as the head of the police in the Black Seaprovince of Trabzon between December 2003 and May 2006. He then served as ... Read More »

CIA Planted Nuclear ‘Evidence’ In Iran

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False evidence planted by the CIA in Iran in an effort to sabotage peace talks 15 years ago has been exposed in a judicial hearing after an ex-CIA agent, Jeffrey Sterling, leaked classified information. The leaked documents which expose the CIA planting nuclear evidence in Iran now bring into question the conclusions reached by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) regarding Iran’s atomic ... Read More »

UK admits unlawfully monitoring legally privileged communications

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Intelligence agencies have been monitoring conversations between lawyers and their clients for past five years, government admits The Guardian – Alan Travis and Owen Bowcott The regime under which UK intelligence agencies, including MI5 and MI6, have been monitoring conversations between lawyers and their clients for the past five years is unlawful, the British government has admitted. The admission that the ... Read More »

Expert warns of ‘imagination deficit’ over Australia’s cyber security policy

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Australia’s cyber security policy lacks direction, crucial funding and strength because of an across the board “imagination deficit”, experts and analysts say. The Age – Matthew Hall These critical views come ahead of the end of a six-month inquiry into Australia’s cyber security position. The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet is leading the cyber security review announced last year ... Read More »

Britain ‘threatens to stop sharing intelligence’ with Germany

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British intelligence officials have threatened to stop sharing information if Germany presses ahead with a parliamentary inquiry into British and American spying, a German news magazine claims The Telegraph – By Justin Huggler, Berlin British intelligence officials are so alarmed at a parliamentary inquiryinto their activities in Germany that they have threatened to stop sharing information if it goes ahead. According ... Read More »

Obama’s Surveillance Reform Extends Unmatched Privacy to Foreigners

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Though criticized by advocates for not going far enough, an Obama administration report Tuesday on steps to protect privacy and civil liberties has nevertheless achieved at least one thing: extending to foreigners the same protections available to Americans. FP - Gopal Ratnam The report on surveillance reform, issued by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), banned U.S. spy ... Read More »

Moussaoui Calls Saudi Princes Patrons of Al Qaeda

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WASHINGTON — In highly unusual testimony inside the federal supermax prison, a former operative for Al Qaeda has described prominent members of Saudi Arabia’s royal family as major donors to the terrorist network in the late 1990s and claimed that he discussed a plan to shoot down Air Force One with a Stinger missile with a staff member at the ... Read More »

For alleged Russian hacker, a visit to Amsterdam is a costly trip

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At noon on June 28, 2012, Vladimir Drinkman, targeted as one of America’s most wanted cybercriminals, and his wife hustled into a cab pulling away from their Amsterdam hotel. The Washington Post – By Ellen Nakashima ** They had just been tipped off that the police were on to them, but an unmarked police car blocked their getaway. The Russian was handcuffed ... Read More »

CIA Whistleblower Faces 100 Years in Prison for Talking to NY Times Reporter

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A former CIA case officer has been convicted for telling a New York Timesreporter details concerning a reckless CIA operation that potentially sped up Iran’s nuclear advancement. Although the case against the CIA whistleblower was largely circumstantial and lacking evidence, former case officer Jeffrey Sterling faces a maximum sentence of 100 years in prison for speaking to New York Times ... Read More »

Attorney-General George Brandis says metadata limits jeopardise criminal investigations

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Australian internet firms are wiping some customer “metadata” immediately or within days, causing problems for law enforcement including an investigation into a potential child rape that had to be abandoned. The Age – David Wroe, National security correspondent As it steps up its contentious push to force internet providers to retain metadata, the federal government has provided examples of how metadata is used ... Read More »