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 »

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 »

Prison Dispatches From The War On Terror: Ex-CIA Officer John Kiriakou Speaks

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John Kiriakou is the only CIA employee to go to prison in connection with the agency’s torture program. Not because he tortured anyone, but because he revealed information on torture to a reporter. The Intercept – BY ANDREW JERELL JONES @sluggahjells Kiriakou is the Central Intelligence Agency officer who told ABC News in 2007 that the CIA waterboarded suspected al-Qaeda prisoners after the ... Read More »

The CIA Torture Report: The Elephant In Australia’s Foreign Policy Room

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The recent revelations that the United States – our ally in the ‘War on terror’ – engaged in torture should cause Australians to stop and take stock, writes Jason Andrews. * New Matilda - Jason Andrews  If, in order to defend Australia, we do not believe that members of our defence forces and intelligence agencies should become the facilitators and accomplices ... Read More »

Wikileaks for Africa? Introducing Afrileaks


The Zimbabwean A new service launching today hopes to safely connect whistleblowers with investigative journalists, encouraging a ‘new culture of accountability and justice’ across the continent When Zimbabwean politician Edward Chindori-Chininga died in a car crash in 2013, some believed the circumstances had been “suspicious”. Soon after the death of the country’s former minister for energy and mining, the news ... Read More »

WikiLeaks: not perfect, but more important than ever for free speech

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Just before Christmas, WikiLeaks released its latest round of explosive leaks. The organisation may not be perfect, but it’s more important than ever The secret CIA files appeared just before Christmas. One detailed how CIA operatives could maintain cover, using fake IDs, when travelling through foreign airports. Israel’s Ben Gurion airport was said to be one of the hardest to trick. ... Read More »

Watchdog who queried CIA’s handling of torture report is to resign

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CIA inspector general David Buckley, who investigated a dispute between the agency and Congress over the handling of records of the CIA’s detention and interrogation activities, is resigning effective January 31, the CIA said on Monday. The agency said in a statement that Buckley, who has served as the agency’s internal watchdog for more than four years, was leaving the ... Read More »

F.B.I. Employees With Ties Abroad See Security Bias

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WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. is subjecting hundreds of its employees who were born overseas or have relatives or friends there to an aggressive internal surveillance program that started after Sept. 11, 2001, to prevent foreign spies from coercing newly hired linguists but that has been greatly expanded since then. The New York Times – Eric Schmitt The program has drawn criticism ... Read More »

Pentagon, moving to close Guantanamo, sends five prisoners to Kazakhstan


The U.S. military has sent five detainees from the prison at Guantanamo Bay to Kazakhstan, the Pentagon announced late Tuesday, capping a year of intensified efforts by the Obama administration to shut down the detention center. The Washington Post – Missy Ryan and Adam Goldman The transfer of the prisoners, three Yemenis and two Tunisians, to the central Asian nation brings ... Read More »