Kuwait breaks up new ISIL cell: ministry

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Kuwait has broken up a new five-member cell of alleged members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) jihadist group one month after a deadly bombing at a Shiite mosque, the interior ministry said July 30. Hurriyet – KUWAIT CITY – Agence France-Presse Authorities arrested four men while the fifth was killed in a “terrorist” operation in ... Read More »

France rejects asylum request by Wikileaks founder Assange

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France swiftly rejected on July 3 a request for asylum by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Hurriyet – PARIS – Reuters The founder of the transparency website had appealed directly to President Francois Hollande, days after Wikileaks published documents showing the United States had spied on successive French leaders, including Hollande himself. “My life is in danger,” Assange wrote in a ... Read More »

US ‘spied on French presidents’

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The United States National Security Agency spied on French presidents Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande, according to files released by WikiLeaks. SBS - By Reuters The United States National Security Agency spied on French presidents Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande, WikiLeaks said in a press statement published on Tuesday, citing top secret intelligence reports and technical ... Read More »

Timor spy scandal: Former ASIS officer facing prosecution

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A former Australian Secret Intelligence Service officer and star witness for East Timor in a bitter dispute with the Abbott government over $40 billion in oil and gas revenue is facing criminal prosecution. The Canberra Times – Tom Allard, National Affairs Editor Fairfax Media has learned the Australian Federal Police sent a brief of evidence to prosecutors in February following ... Read More »

WikiLeaks ‘Saudi Cables’ reveal secret Saudi government influence in Australia

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WikiLeaks has revealed secret Saudi Arabian influence in Arabic media and Islamic religious groups in Australia as well as covert monitoring of Saudi students studying at Australian universities. Brisbane Times - Philip Dorling More than 61,000 leaked Saudi diplomatic documents have been released by WikiLeaks in what the international transparency group says will be the first instalment of the publication ... Read More »

The Hacking of Federal Data Is Much Worse Than It First Seemed

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Cyber-attacks linked to China appear to have resulted in the theft of security-clearance records with sensitive data about millions of American military and intelligence personnel. The Atlantic ADAM CHANDLER To truly understand just how rigorous and intrusive the process to get security clearance for the federal government is, take a look a Standard Form 86. Formally known as the Questionnaire ... Read More »

Iran says concerned over cyber-security of nuclear talks

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Tehran requests to be informed about investigation results. JPost - ANKARA- Iran expressed concern on Friday over cyber-security of nuclear talks with six world powers after reported cyber-attacks on venues linked to the negotiations on its disputed nuclear program, the semi-official Fars news agency reported. Russian computer security company Kaspersky Lab said on Wednesday that a computer virus was used ... Read More »

Israel denies spying on Iran nuclear deal talks in Austria and Switzerland

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Geneva: Swiss and Austrian investigators have launched probes into alleged spying in hotels hosting delicate Iranian nuclear talks, with Israel denying its secret services were involved. It comes ahead of the June 30 deadline for a historic agreement between Iran and world powers aimed at curtailing Tehran’s nuclear program in return for relief from punishing sanctions. It also comes a ... Read More »