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    The administration of South Korean President Moon Jae-in became embroiled in a bitter feud with opposition politicians this week after a news report purportedly revealed a secret proposal to build a nuclear power plant in North Korea. The controversy began with an investigation into South Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy officials accused of illegally destroying documents related to inter-Korean cooperation on energy projects in 2019. Three ministry officials were indicted last month for destroying hundreds of documents right before government auditors requested them in December 2019. On Thursday, the Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS) broadcast a bombshell report that revealed previously secret details from the indictments of the three ministry officials. Among those details was the revelation that some of the documents they destroyed concerned the shutdown of Wolsong-1, the second-oldest nuclear reactor in South Korea.  The permanent closing of Wolsong-1 in December 2019 was part of President Moon’s...
    A married Texas police chief was arrested Thursday for allegedly faking an annulment document to trick his mistress into believing they would soon be wed. When she tried to verify the document, she went viral and discovered he was dating yet another woman who was not his wife. After a series of twists fit for a soap opera, former Stinnett chief of police Jason Collier, a 41-year-old ordained minister who is married with four children, is charged with tampering with a government document with the intent to defraud, a felony, according to local station KACR. The Stinnett city government had placed him on administrative leave Wednesday, and his resignation followed shortly after, according to multiple posts on Facebook by city authorities. He has bonded out of jail. Public Safety Sgt. Cindy Barkley said in a statement, “Collier allegedly sent a text message to the victim with a fraudulent...
    A Boston-based political scientist and author has been arrested and accused of peddling influence for the Iranian government. Kaveh Lotfolah Afrasiabi, 63, was arrested at his Watertown, Massachusetts, home on Monday and appeared in the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts on Tuesday. He was charged with one count of conspiracy to act as an unregistered foreign agent and one count of acting as a foreign agent without registration. Afrasiabi is accused of secretly deriving a “significant portion” of his income from the Iranian government for his work in the United States from 2007 until this month when he was arrested, according to court documents. The FBI highlighted that while in the U.S., Afrasiabi never registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. “For over a decade, Kaveh Afrasiabi pitched himself to Congress, journalists, and the American public as a neutral and objective expert on Iran,” said Assistant Attorney...
    The CIA's decision to declassify more than three decades worth of UFO documents is a "real-life X-Files," according to one expert. Nick Pope, a former employee and UFO investigator for Britain's Ministry of Defense, said there are some "fascinating" documents in the files, which are more than 2,700 pages. However, the odd manner in which they were released and difficulties searching them will "fuel conspiracy theories." "There's an irony in the UFO community expecting to find a smoking gun in material released by an organization they believe is part of a cover-up, and recent revelations about the Pentagon's AATIP program and the [Unidentified Aerial Phenomena] Task Force suggest anyone looking in CIA files for the answer to the UFO mystery is looking at the wrong agency," Pope said in an email to Fox News. "Perhaps these are the documents the government wants people to see, a bit like a magician who does something flamboyant...
    Democrats clamoring for Donald Trump’s immediate removal from office may be afraid of what documents he might declassify in his final week. I say, what is taking him so long? I have written on the topic of declassifying and releasing full, unredacted government documents related to Trump-era controversies many times. The point is the same in every instance: the deep state can never be trusted to engage in meaningful oversight over its corrupt and potentially illegal actions. And because self-policing is unlikely, if not impossible, it is up to the American people to decide. But the public cannot judge the case lacking full information, so President Trump must supply the full, unadulterated record as evidence. This is becoming more critical as days pass and the Trump presidency runs out. It’s now or never. Those about to take total control of the government move to censor, de-platform and otherwise gag conservative...
    A TREASURE trove of CIA files about UFO sightings across the globe has been published online. The dossier is bursting with hundreds of declassified records containing once top-secret information on "Unidentified Aerial Phenomena" (UAPs). 3Hundreds of declassified CIA files about UFOs have been published onlineCredit: Getty Images - Getty Known as the "Black Vault", the database is available thanks to a decades-long effort to access the CIA's records, which date back as far as the 1980s. Campaigner John Greenewald Jr., who operates the website, says it contains what the CIA claims is all of its documents on UAPs. UAP is the US government's preferred term for aerial objects that experts cannot immediately identify or explain. Many may turn out to be tricks of the light or a fault in a pilot's instruments, but a handful are targets of investigations by The Pentagon. 3One of two videos showing a UFO encounter...
    Neil Sheehan, the New York Times reporter who obtained the “Pentagon Papers” outlining government deception during the Vietnam War, died Thursday at 84, The Washington Post reported. Sheehan’s wife Susan, herself an author, told the Post her husband died as a result of complications from Parkinson’s disease. Sheehan, the son of Irish immigrants, was an alumnus of Harvard University and a U.S. Army veteran, eventually covering the early days of the Vietnam War with United Press International. In 1971, Sheehan raised eyebrows with a story for The New York Times Book Review suggesting the Nixon administration was guilty of crimes against humanity in Vietnam. While the argument was controversial, it earned the notice of whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg. Ellsberg met with Sheehan and gave him a tranche of classified documents proving President Lyndon Johnson’s administration "systematically lied, not only to the public but also to Congress” about the war. The U.S....
    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Monday won his legal battle against being extradited from the UK to face espionage charges — after a judge decided he would likely commit suicide if sent to the US. District Judge Vanessa Baraitser ruled that it would be “oppressive” to extradite the 49-year-old Australian because of his mental health as he faced up to 175 years in prison for allegedly hacking into US government computers. The US government immediately announced that it would appeal the decision. US prosecutors have indicted Assange on 17 espionage charges and one charge of computer misuse over WikiLeaks’ publication of leaked military and diplomatic documents a decade ago. Assange’s lawyers have insisted that he was acting as a journalist and is entitled to First Amendment protections of freedom of speech for publishing leaked documents that exposed US military wrongdoing in Iraq and Afghanistan. With Post wires
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    Julian Assange cannot be extradited to the United States to face charges over the release of secret military documents because of his serious mental health problems, a British judge has ruled. The WikiLeaks founder is charged in the U.S. with a list of 18 federal crimes, including conspiring to obtain and release hundreds of thousands of pages of government documents. His lawyers have warned that he faces up to 175 years in jail if convicted, but the U.S. government said that the sentence would probably be between four and six years. Ahead of the ruling, Stella Moris, who has two kids with Assange, said his extradition would be an “unthinkable travesty” and undermine press freedom in Britain. “It would rewrite the rules of what it is permissible to publish here,” she wrote in the Mail on Sunday. “He risks being buried in the deepest, darkest corner of the U.S. prison...
    A report published by the New York Times and ProPublica on Saturday employed “leaked documents” from the Chinese government to reveal a massive Communist Party propaganda and censorship operation to control the political narrative of the coronavirus pandemic – beginning before Beijing even publicly acknowledged the virus. “At a time when digital media is deepening social divides in Western democracies, China is manipulating online discourse to enforce the Communist Party’s consensus. To stage-manage what appeared on the Chinese internet early this year, the authorities issued strict commands on the content and tone of news coverage, directed paid trolls to inundate social media with party-line blather and deployed security forces to muzzle unsanctioned voices,” ProPublica wrote on Saturday. The New York Times (NYT) cited leaked Chinese documents included explicit instructions to kick the censorship and propaganda machine into overdrive when Dr. Li Wenliang died from the coronavirus in early February: The...
    News about the coronavirus-related death of a Chinese doctor who had warned the public about the virus set off a massive propaganda and censorship effort to help the Chinese government regain control of the narrative inside the country about the rapidly growing crisis, according to a report. The response to the Feb. 7 death of Dr. Li Wenliang and other events during the early days of the virus outbreak are outlined in leaked documents reviewed by ProPublica and the New York Times in a jointly produced article that was published Saturday. Two main objectives of the Chinese government’s effort appeared to be making the virus impact seem less severe and making government officials appear to have a firmer grip on controlling the outbreak than they actually did, the report said. In this Feb 3, 2020, photo released by Beijing Thanksgiving Public Welfare Foundation, Dr. Li Wenliang is seen at...
    MOUNTAIN VIEW (CBS / AP) — The U.S. government’s attempt to prove Google has been using its dominance of online search to stifle competition and innovation at the expense of consumers and advertisers won’t go to trial for nearly three years. U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta on Friday set a tentative trial date of Sept. 12, 2023 for the landmark case against the Mountain View-based company that the Justice Department filed two months ago. “This dispels the notion that we would go to trial quickly,” said Mehta during a conference call with government and Google lawyers to go over the ground rules for exchanging confidential documents and deposing top Google executives. He estimated that once the trial begins it will last about 5 1/2 weeks in his Washington, D.C., courtroom. The prolonged wait for the trial underscores the complexity of a case seeking to defuse the power of a startup that...
    By MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. government's attempt to prove Google has been using its dominance of online search to stifle competition and innovation at the expense of consumers and advertisers won't go to trial for nearly three years. U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta on Friday set a tentative trial date of Sept. 12, 2023 for the landmark case that the Justice Department filed two months ago. “This dispels the notion that we would go to trial quickly," said Mehta during a conference call with government and Google lawyers to go over the ground rules for exchanging confidential documents and deposing top Google executives. He estimated that once the trial begins it will last about 5 1/2 weeks in his Washington, D.C., courtroom. The prolonged wait for the trial underscores the complexity of a case seeking to defuse the power of a startup...
    ORLANDO, Fla. – A federal judge has rejected an emergency request from the Trump administration that would stop it from being immediately forced to release documents showing how the 2020 census numbers have been crunched in the weeks since the U.S. head count ended in October. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh said in her ruling late Sunday that “time is of the essence" in dismissing the claims of government attorneys who said they have no way of meeting her court-ordered deadline without releasing all 88,000 documents a search has produced, with no time to review and redact confidential information. “Defendants’ problem is of entirely their own making," said the judge in San Jose, California. The judge, however, gave the government attorneys some breathing room by allowing them to present documents they think are confidential before a panel of magistrate judges, who will rule over the next week on whether...
    By MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge has rejected an emergency request from the Trump administration that would stop it from being immediately forced to release documents showing how the 2020 census numbers have been crunched in the weeks since the U.S. head count ended in October. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh said in her ruling late Sunday that “time is of the essence" in dismissing the claims of government attorneys who said they have no way of meeting her court-ordered deadline without releasing all 88,000 documents a search has produced, with no time to review and redact confidential information. “Defendants’ problem is of entirely their own making," said the judge in San Jose, California. The judge, however, gave the government attorneys some breathing room by allowing them to present documents they think are confidential before a panel of magistrate judges, who will rule over...
    The Justice Department is investigating a bribery scheme that directed money to the White House or used political contributions in exchange for a presidential pardon, according to court documents released Tuesday.  The District Court in Washington, D.C., released 20 pages of heavily redacted documents that do not identify who is being investigated nor the timing of the alleged scheme.  The government's motion was initially submitted to Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell under seal, in order to obtain permission to review certain attorney-client communications prosecutors believed proved potential "criminal activity." A filter team working on behalf of the government was going through several terabytes of data they had seized from over 50 electronic devices, such as iPhones, iPads, laptops, thumb drives and hard drives. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox Prosecutors asked the court for permission to review email communications they believe revealed a "bribery conspiracy scheme in which...
    Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes is trying to block federal prosecutors from using a group of documents against her, as her criminal fraud case heads toward a spring trial date. The 13 documents in question were given by Theranos to the Securities and Exchange Commission while the commission was investigating the company, and contain communications with a law firm, according to a filing by prosecutors Friday in U.S. District Court in San Jose. Holmes, the former CEO of the defunct Palo Alto blood-testing startup, claims the documents can’t be introduced as evidence because they represent confidential correspondence between the law firm and herself that are protected from disclosure under the legal principle of attorney-client privilege, the filing said. “Holmes has made it clear that she intends to assert broad, individual privilege claims over certain documents and information in this case, including 13 of the documents identified on the government’s exhibit list,”...
    LAS VEGAS The CIA is acknowledging in the clearest terms yet the existence of Area 51, the top-secret Cold War test site that has been the subject of elaborate conspiracy theories about aliens and flying saucers for decades. The recently declassified documents have set Area 51 buffs abuzz, though there's no mention of UFO crashes, black-eyed extraterrestrials or staged moon landings. The CIA history released Thursday not only refers to Area 51 by name and describes some of the activities that took place there, but places the Air Force base on a map, along the dry Groom Lake bed. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox It also describes some cool planes, though none of them are saucer-shaped. George Washington University's National Security Archive used a public records request to obtain a CIA history of one of Area 51's most secret Cold War projects, the high-flying U-2 spy plane program....
    The Russian government has given permanent residency rights to Edward Snowden, according to the former National Security Agency contractor's lawyer. Anatoly Kucherena said on Thursday the documents for his client's permanent residency rights were granted and that he is a step closer to achieving Russian citizenship should he choose to pursue it. "His (Russian) residency permit was expiring, and we asked to extend it," Kucherena told Reuters. "We submitted the documents in April, and we got the permanent residency rights." Snowden, 37, has lived in exile in Moscow for more than half a decade after the Russian government granted him asylum in June of 2013. According to Kucherena, Snowden has not indicated any intention that he wishes to pursue Russian citizenship at this time. Snowden worked at the CIA prior to a stint as a contractor for the National Security Agency. In 2013, he left his job at an...
    Ryan Gabrielson - Isaac Arnsdorf - Caroline Chen October 17, 2020 2:05AM (UTC) This article originally appeared on ProPublica. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease official, will oversee most of the ongoing COVID-19 vaccine trials in the U.S., but not that of the current front-runner made by Pfizer, documents obtained by ProPublica show. According to a draft charter spelling out how most of the advanced COVID-19 vaccine trials will be monitored, Fauci is the "designated senior representative" of the U.S. government who will be part of the first look at the results. That puts Fauci in the room with the companies — including Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca — in deciding whether the vaccines are ready to seek approval from the Food and Drug Administration. : Fauci's role, which has not been previously reported and was confirmed for ProPublica by the National Institutes of Health, could...
    The Central American nation of El Salvador is dealing with public outcry after leaked documents published last month suggested that the government had secretly been making deals with notorious gangs in exchange for support in the upcoming elections. Officials have denied that such closed-door communications occurred, though the press insists that the story is true. According to the BBC, newspaper outlet El Faro claimed that the government had been making deals with gangs — including the infamous MS-13 — to reduce street violence and crime in exchange for a number of benefits. El Faro also claimed that negotiations had covered a potential boost at the polls for the upcoming elections. However, Director of Prisons Osiris Luna Meza, who has been alleged to have attended the meetings, stridently denied the claims. “I totally deny that these meetings happened,” Meza claimed. “I have not and will not participate in any such meeting....
    Edward Snowden has agreed to forfeit to the U.S. government more than $5 million in sales of his autobiography, Permanent Record, and speaking fees. An agreement was filed in court on Tuesday after a federal judge ruled in favor of the Justice Department, which argued that the famous leaker violated a nondisclosure agreement during paid speaking engagements and in passages of his book. The money will go into a trust, according to the agreed-upon plan, although the judge has not yet approved it. Snowden made more than $4 million in book sales and a little over $1 million across 56 paid speaking engagements over the last year, according to court documents. Still, Snowden's attorney, Lawrence Lustberg, said his 37-year-old client is considering an appeal of the decision, and no money will be paid to the U.S. government right away. "This is not like he's going to fork over the...
    By Cate Cadell BEIJING (Reuters) - China is pushing growing numbers of Tibetan rural laborers off the land and into recently built military-style training centers where they are turned into factory workers, mirroring a program in the western Xinjiang region that rights groups have branded coercive labor. Beijing has set quotas for the mass transfer of rural laborers within Tibet and to other parts of China, according to over a hundred state media reports, policy documents from government bureaus in Tibet and procurement requests released between 2016-2020 and reviewed by Reuters. The quota effort marks a rapid expansion of an initiative designed to provide loyal workers for Chinese industry. A notice posted to the website of Tibet's regional government website last month said over half a million people were trained as part of the project in the first seven months of 2020 - around 15% of the region's population. Of...
    A pedestrian with a umbrella walks pass a logo of Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.Thomas Lohnes | Getty Images SINGAPORE — Germany's largest lender Deutsche Bank appears to have facilitated more than half of the leaked $2 trillion of suspicious transactions that were flagged to the U.S. government over nearly two decades, reported German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW). Those documents showed that between 1999 and 2017, $1.3 trillion of $2 trillion in leaked transactions that were flagged as suspicious passed through Deutsche Bank, according to the DW report. The leaked documents contained suspicious activity reports that banks and other financial institutions filed with the U.S. Department of Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN. Financial firms are required by law to alert regulators when they detect activities that may be suspicious, such as money laundering or sanctions violations. Such reports are not necessarily evidence of any criminal conduct. In a statement...
    Luxury properties owned by President TrumpDonald John TrumpBarr criticizes DOJ in speech declaring all agency power 'is invested in the attorney general' Military leaders asked about using heat ray on protesters outside White House: report Powell warns failure to reach COVID-19 deal could 'scar and damage' economy MORE have charged the U.S. government over $1.1 million since his inauguration, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post. Included in that number is the more than $21,800 the president's Bedminster, N.J., golf club charged the Secret Service for lodging this spring while the club was closed to guests due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Secret Service released a number of documents, including receipts and invoices, to the Post as part of a public records lawsuit. The documents show $188,000 in spending previously unknown to the Post, all at the Bedminster club. The records do not offer further details about the rentals. While Trump...
    By Patpicha Tanakasempipat BANGKOK (Reuters) - Chemicals giant Bayer and the U.S. government cooperated closely last year to lobby Thailand to reverse its ban on glyphosate, used in the company's controversial weedkiller Roundup, documents obtained by an environmental group and reviewed by Reuters show. The lobbying, including U.S. trade officials asking Bayer for information on Thailand's deputy agriculture minister, is detailed in more than 200 pages of partially redacted documents and emails, some directly between U.S. officials and a Bayer representative. The documents were obtained under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act by the Tucson, Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity, which shared them with Reuters. Thailand eventually dropped plans to ban glyphosate a few days before the ban was due to come into force in December 2019. It had approved the restriction in October citing concerns over the chemical's impact on human health. Reuters was unable to determine the reasons...
    (CNN)The Trump administration is trying to get a federal judge to help shield thousands of internal documents about the 2020 census from the public.The more than 8,800 records, plus an undisclosed number due for release later this week, document the administration's controversial move to cut off the census at the end of September, rather than the planned October 31. Critics say that the decision to cut off responses this month is one of several ways the administration is playing politics with the census -- with the goal of creating Republican advantages in Congress and presidential elections for the next decade. This is what could happen if the 2020 census fails to count everyone in the USSeveral groups suing the government have asked the court to require census counting continue into October.But in an odd maneuver to stop documents from being released, the Justice Department has essentially asked Judge Lucy...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The government has found nearly 30,000 new records related to the bribery case of Chicago banker Stephen Calk in former special counsel Robert Mueller's shuttered office.Calk is accused of corruptly soliciting a top White House position in exchange for $16 million dollars in bank loans to former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.Mueller's Russia investigation has been wrapped for a year and a half at the Department of Justice. Two of the cases that reverberated from Mueller's office involved bank and tax fraud Manafort. Seven hundred miles away, at Chicago's Federal Savings Bank, a bribery case was brought against founder and then-CEO Stephen Calk.Manafort received $16 million dollars in loans from Calk, who authorities say wanted to be Secretary of the Army in a quid pro quo deal.With that trial due to start Dec. 2, prosecutors sent a letter to the judge saying they found 29,858 documents...
    By MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge chastised government attorneys Monday for failing to produce documents that showed how the U.S. Census Bureau made its decision to cut short by a month the head count of every U.S. resident. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose told government attorneys that they weren't complying with her order to produce administrative records during a hearing in a lawsuit over whether the once-a-decade census will finish at the end of September — or the end of October. The documents that government attorneys had produced so far were already publicly available, for the most part, she said. Koh said she was “very disappointed and surprised." When Koh asked government attorneys whether they would ever be able to produce the documents before the end of the head count on Sept. 30, government attorney Brad Rosenberg said, “We are not...
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge chastised government attorneys Monday for failing to produce documents that showed how the U.S. Census Bureau made its decision to cut short by a month the head count of every U.S. resident. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose told government attorneys that they weren’t complying with her order to produce administrative records during a hearing in a lawsuit over whether the once-a-decade census will finish at the end of September — or the end of October. The documents that government attorneys had produced so far were already publicly available, for the most part, she said. Koh said she was “very disappointed and surprised.” When Koh asked government attorneys whether they would ever be able to produce the documents before the end of the head count on Sept. 30, government attorney Brad Rosenberg said, “We are not in a position to make...
    Disney’s live-action remake of “Mulan” has come under fire after the ending credits revealed for filming scenes in China’s Xinjiang Province, where more than a million Uyghur Muslims are housed in concentration camps by the Chinese government. The Hollywood Reporter explained that not “only did Disney shoot in the region, but the studio appears to have offered its gratitude to Chinese government agencies involved in alleged abuses.” “Following Mulan‘s release on Disney+ on Friday, some viewers began noticing a ‘special thanks’ in the film’s end credits to eight government entities in Xinjiang, including the public security bureau in the city of Turpan, where China is believed to operate over a dozen ‘re-education camps’ that hold Uighurs in extra-judicial detention,” the outlet reported. “Mulan‘s credit sequence also extends a thank you to the ‘publicity department of CPC Xinjiang Uighur Autonomy Region Committee,’ the Chinese Communist Party agency responsible for producing and managing...
    A civilian navy engineer has been charged with stealing government documents on military weapons systems and selling them to a California company who then resold the information to domestic and international clients.  Mark Fitting, 53, who works at a US Navy facility in Philadelphia, was among four people charged on Wednesday on federal charges of stealing government-owned technical information. Prosecutors allege that Fitting downloaded technical drawings and manuals related to US military weapons systems and sold them to Newport Aeronautical Sales Corporation - a company in Newport Beach, California that sells technical aircraft data. Melony Erice, 54, who used to live with Fitting, has also been charged, as well as two employees at the company George Posey IV, 36, and Dean Mirabal, 52.   Fitting and Erice are accused of selling at least 5,000 government documents between September 2012 and June last year.   The Navy engineer was allowed access to military computer systems after...
    SAN ANTONIO (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — New information about the man who killed more than 20 people during a massacre at a Texas church in 2017. According to federal court documents, Devin Patrick Kelley had threatened violence years earlier and was “completely obsessed with mass shootings”. Kelley killed 26 people and wounded 20 others on Nov. 5, 2017, during a Sunday service at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs. Kelley, who was in the U.S. Air Force until 2014, fatally shot himself in a car while fleeing the crime scene. Sutherland Springs is about 32 miles east of San Antonio. In new court filings, several families of the shooting victims are continuing to sue the federal government, alleging negligence in failing to report Kelley’s criminal history and fingerprints to an FBI database used to approve gun buyers. Kelley was discharged from the Air Force in 2014 for bad conduct after he...
            by Chuck Ross  FBI agents in 2015 sought authorization to surveil foreign government operatives who sought to influence Hillary Clinton, but ultimately settled for a defensive briefing given to lawyers for the Democratic presidential candidate, according to documents released on Sunday. One FBI agent involved in the investigation asked then-FBI Director James Comey in an April 2015 email for a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant, according to the documents, published by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham. A FISA order was not granted in the investigation. Instead, an FBI special agent provided a defensive briefing to Clinton’s personal lawyers in October 2015. Graham, a Republican, said that the documents are evidence of a double standard in how the FBI conducted investigations of foreign meddling regarding the Clinton and Trump campaigns. The FBI obtained FISA orders against former Trump campaign aide Carter Page in October 2016...
    The FBI investigated a foreign government’s efforts to influence Hillary Clinton in 2015, going as far as seeking a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act order.  But FBI documents released Sunday show that the bureau opted against a FISA. Instead, an FBI agent provided a defensive briefing to Clinton’s personal lawyers in October 2015.  Sen. Lindsey Graham, who released the documents, said the records are evidence of a double standard at the FBI. The bureau obtained FISA warrants against a Trump aide and planted an FBI agent in a defensive briefing for Donald Trump and Michael Flynn in August 2016. FBI agents in 2015 sought authorization to surveil foreign government operatives who sought to influence Hillary Clinton, but ultimately settled for a defensive briefing given to lawyers for the Democratic presidential candidate, according to documents released on Sunday. One FBI agent involved in the investigation asked then-FBI Director James Comey...
    US intelligence agencies are sitting on a treasure trove of documents that detail Iran’s direct, material involvement in the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that cost the lives of four Americans. But until now, deep state bureaucrats have buried them under layers of classification, often without reason. From CIA officers, military contractors, and sources within US Special Forces, I have learned of the existence of at least 50 briefing documents that warned of Iranian intelligence operations in Benghazi. Some specifically predicted an Iranian attack on US diplomats and US facilities. Those documents have remained inaccessible, including to the Select Committee on Benghazi chaired by former US Representative Trey Gowdy. The CIA, the NSA, and Joint Special Forces Operations Command operatives in Benghazi and in Tripoli were actively monitoring Iranian operations in Benghazi in the months leading up to the attacks. Indeed, according to a private military contractor who...
    Garrison Courtney talked a great game. In his real life, he was a middle-aged former government flack with a broken marriage and a pile of unpaid bills. But when he tried to work his smooth-talk magic on an unsuspecting company executive, he was someone else altogether. Then, he was a Gulf War veteran with hundreds of kills under his belt who could vividly recall choking on the thick black smoke of Iraq’s oil fields. He was a CIA operative who might just let you in on the secret that a foreign government had tried to poison him. He was a patriot who needed help. He wanted these companies to put him on their payroll and give him “cover,” so he would look like an ordinary citizen and not a globe-trotting spy. The companies, of course, would be rewarded for their help, with fat government contracts. He couldn’t give them too...
    Jeremy Corbyn brandished the documents during last year’s General Election campaign – AFP Classified US-UK trade documents leaked ahead of December’s general election were stolen from the email account of former trade minister Liam Fox by suspected Russian hackers, Reuters has reported. Two sources told the wire that the hackers had accessed the account multiple times between July 12 and October 21 last year. They declined to name which Russian group or organisation they believed was responsible, but said the attack bore the hallmarks of a state-backed operation. Among the stolen information were six tranches of documents detailing British trade negotiations with the United States, which were touted by the then Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn as evidence of a Government plot to sell the NHS to the US as part of trade deal talks – something Boris Johnson has repeatedly denied.  When approached at the time, Labour refused to say...
    LONDON (Reuters) - The British government on Monday declined to comment on a Reuters report that classified U.S.-UK trade documents leaked ahead of Britain's 2019 election were stolen from the email account of former trade minister Liam Fox. "There is an ongoing criminal investigation into how the documents were acquired, and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this point," a government spokeswoman said. "But as you would expect, the government has very robust systems in place to protect the IT systems of officials and staff," the spokeswoman said. (Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge and Jack Stubbs; Editing by Alison Williams) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    Claims that Prince Andrew 'lobbied the US government to help get a sweetheart plea-deal for pedophile friend Jeffrey Epstein' that saw him jailed for just 18 months in 2008 are a 'straight forward untruth', a Royal insider insists. The allegation is contained in newly unsealed court documents, including a motion by lawyers for two anonymous Epstein accusers who were trying to get hold of documents which they claim showed the Duke's lobbying efforts. The motion forms part of a 2015 libel case against Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein's alleged madam, which have been kept under lock and key until today - when they were released following her arrest on sex trafficking charges. However, an unnamed friend of the prince today described the allegation as 'a straight forward untruth, no ifs, no buts,' adding that the US federal appeals court last year said the claim should be treated with 'extreme caution'.  Prince...
    (CNN)Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf on Friday directed the intelligence branch of his department to cease collecting information involving journalists and ordered a review of the incident that was made public on Thursday.The department "will no longer identify US members of the media in our intelligence products," he wrote in a memo obtained by CNN, adding that he is ordering an "immediate review of the circumstances surrounding the collection and dissemination of intelligence on US members of the press." The order comes a day after The Washington Post reported that DHS compiled "intelligence reports" about the work of two American journalists covering protests in Portland, Oregon, in what current and former officials called an alarming use of a government system meant to share information about suspected terrorists and violent actors.It's unclear why Wolf had been unaware of the actions taken by the DHS Office of Intelligence & Analysis, one...
    Prince Andrew urged authorities to consider a lenient plea deal for Jeffrey Epstein when Epstein faced underage prostitution charges in Florida in 2008, according to unsealed court documents. The cache of more than 600 pages of documents, published this week after a judge rejected an appeal by Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell to keep them secret, reveal fresh claims of abuse. And they cast light on Epstein’s friendship with figures such as Andrew. Andrew has denied any wrongdoing and said he distanced himself from the disgraced New York financier in 2010. However, he has disappeared from British public life as questions continue to swirl about time he spent with Epstein and young women in his circle. The new details come from a motion lodged during a 2015 libel case against Maxwell when lawyers for two alleged victims sought to obtain documents they said would show Andrew’s lobbying efforts. Lawyers for...
    Newly released documents in a lawsuit against Jeffrey Epstein’s associate Ghislaine Maxwell shed new light on the late accused sex trafficker’s friendship with Prince Andrew, including the claim that the British royal worked to help Epstein secure a reduced sentence in a child prostitution case in Florida in 2008. Photograph appearing to show Prince Andrew Duke York with Jeffrey Epstein’s accuser Virgina Guifre and alleged madam Ghislaine Maxwell. (Florida Southern District Court) (Florida Southern District Court) Andrew’s reputation has already been tarnished by his long association with Epstein and by allegations that he had sex multiple times with Virginia Roberts Giuffre, one of the teenage girls Epstein allegedly pimped out to his powerful friends. Andrew, who was asked to step down from his royal duties last year, has repeatedly denied having sex with Giuffre. But the new documents appear to challenge his assertion that he wasn’t good friends with Epstein and...
    PRINCE Andrew lobbied the US government in a bid to strike a "favourable" plea deal for pal Jeffrey Epstein over his 2008 underage prostitution case, legal papers claim. The allegation is made in startling documents released by a US judge relating to former Epstein "sex slave" Virginia Roberts - also known as Virginia Giuffre. 5Prince Andrew has been accused of trying to lobby on behalf of pal Jeffrey EpsteinCredit: Jae Donnelly They are part of a 2015 civil lawsuit brought against Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, 58, by Roberts, who claims she was forced by the shamed financier to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was just 17. The Duke of York. 60, has always vehemently denied the allegations against him and the Sun Online has contacted his representatives and lawyers for comment on the latest claims. Two unnamed Epstein victims - named only as Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2...
    Prince Andrew lobbied the US government to help get a sweetheart plead-deal for pedophile friend Jeffrey Epstein that saw him jailed for just 13 months in 2009, newly unsealed court documents claim. The allegation is contained within a motion by lawyers for two anonymous Epstein accusers who were trying to get hold of documents which they claim showed Andrew's lobbying efforts. The motion forms part of a 2015 libel case against Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein's alleged madam, which have been kept under lock and key until now. Prince Andrew lobbied the US government to get a favorable plea deal for pedophile friend Jeffrey Epstein which saw him jailed for just 13 months in 2009, new documents alleged (pictured, Andrew alongside Epstein accuser Virgina Roberts and Ghislaine Maxwell in 2001) Prince Andrew drives himself out of Windsor Castle in his Bentley as his friend Ghislaine Maxwell launched a new legal...
    The federal government on Tuesday asked a federal judge to sentence Anthony Levandowski to 27 months in prison for theft of trade secrets. In March, Levandowski pleaded guilty to stealing a single confidential document related to Google's self-driving technology on his way out the door to his new startup. That startup was quickly acquired by Uber, triggering a titanic legal battle between the companies that was settled in 2018.ARS TECHNICAThis story originally appeared on Ars Technica, a trusted source for technology news, tech policy analysis, reviews, and more. Ars is owned by WIRED's parent company, Condé Nast. The government initially charged Levandowski with 33 counts of trade secret theft, with each count related to different confidential documents taken by Levandowski. Levandowski agreed to plead guilty to stealing one of the documents if the government dropped the other charges. It's up to Judge William Alsup to decide the appropriate punishment for...
    WALKER COUNTY GOVERNMENT ONLINE DOCUMENTS BECOME MORE USER FRIENDLY Nearly 300 Resolutions, Agendas and other materials are now searchable by keyword    A request from the public to make Walker County Government documents searchable has been fulfilled. The County recently partnered with Municode to index and host its documents online.   Nearly 300 public meeting agendas and minutes, resolutions, proclamations and other documents have been included in the new online searchable database. Records from January 2017 to the current month are now available. Documents from 2010 to 2016 will be added before the end of the year.   “We’ve had several requests from the public to add a search feature to our online government documents,” said Joe Legge, Public Relations Director for Walker County Government. “The public has always had the ability to search document titles on our website,...
    The man accused of firing dozens of bullets into the Cuban embassy in D.C. was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday. Alexander Alazo, 42, of Middletown, Pennsylvania, and Aubrey, Texas, was arrested in April. He’s charged with “a violent attack on a foreign official or official premises using a deadly weapon, willfully injuring or damaging property belonging to or occupied by a foreign government in the United Statesand interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition with intent to commit a felony.” Alazo faces 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000. According to the complaint, he fired approximately 32 rounds from an assault-style weapon at the embassy. “We commend the efforts of local and federal law enforcement who intervened quickly to protect lives and reduce damage to the property of a foreign government present in the United States,” U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin said in a...
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a statement outside 10 Downing Street, London, as he resumes working after spending two weeks recovering from Covid-19.Stefan Rousseau | PA Images via Getty Images The U.K. has accused Russia of interfering in its political system in a long-awaited report into the country's influence on British politics. The U.K.'s Intelligence and Security Committee published the report on Tuesday morning, even though it was completed back in March 2019 and sent to the Prime Minister Boris Johnson in October. The report's publication had been delayed during wrangling over Brexit late last year, a snap general election in December and then the coronavirus pandemic, but critics of the government say it was trying to suppress its findings. "Russian influence in the U.K. is the new normal," the report stated. "Successive governments have welcomed the oligarchs and their money with open arms, providing them with a means of...
    MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin on Friday “categorically” rejected allegations of interfering in a 2019 U.K. election and said the claims will negatively impact Russia’s relations with Britain. “We consistently, categorically deny any possible involvement of the Russian Federation in interfering in any country’s elections, including the U.K.,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. The British government accused “Russian actors” on Thursday of seeking to interfere in its last general election. British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in a written statement to lawmakers that it is “almost certain” that the unnamed individuals “sought to interfere” in the December 2019 election by amplifying online “illicitly acquired and leaked government documents.” Raab also said there was an “ongoing criminal investigation” into how the documents were obtained. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on Thursday slammed Raab’s statement as “vague and contradictory” and called on the U.K. to “produce facts” supporting...
    Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn holds up the trade documents as he speaks about the NHS in November last year – Rex Russian actors “almost certainly” attempted to interfere in last year’s General Election by “amplifying” online leaked US-UK trade negotiation documents which Jeremy Corbyn promoted as evidence of the Conservatives attempting to sell off the NHS. In a written ministerial statement released on Thursday, Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secretary, said the Government believes the classified papers were almost certainly promoted online by Russian actors.  However, it remains unclear whether Russian actors had any involvement in the illicit acquisition of the documents, which first appeared on the Reddit website before the election campaign started. A criminal investigation into how the documents were first acquired is currently under way.  There is no suggestion that Labour had any involvement in the illicit obtaining of the papers.  It comes eight months after...
    Leaked documents on US-UK trade talks deployed by Jeremy Corbyn during the election were 'almost certainly' spread by 'Russian actors', the government said today. The papers were brandished by the then-Labour leader during the campaign for the December poll as evidence that the NHS was at risk from a Transatlantic deal. He said at a series of press conferences that the 451-page dossier showed there had been discussion about drugs pricing and proved the health service was 'for sale'.  But the government furiously denied the claims as 'nonsense' and launched an investigation with the National Cyber Security Centre after complaining that the material had been circulated by Russians.  The results were announced today as Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee was finally appointed, seven months after it last met. Although Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab very carefully stopped short of pinning the blame on the Russian state and Vladimir Putin directly, he insisted...
            by Chuck Ross  The Justice Department this week provided Michael Flynn’s lawyers with a long-rumored government memo which shows that FBI officials did not believe that the former national security adviser intentionally lied in a White House interview at the center of his legal battle. The memo, dated Jan. 30, 2017, and published Friday, also said that FBI investigators did not believe that Flynn was working as an agent of Russia. Two FBI agents interviewed Flynn on Jan. 24, 2017, regarding his phone calls weeks earlier with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Flynn pleaded guilty on Dec. 1, 2017, in the special counsel’s probe to making false statements to the FBI regarding his conversation with Kislyak. He sought to retract his plea on Jan. 29, saying that he did not intentionally lie to investigators and that he pleaded guilty because of intense pressure from the special...
    A Justice Department memo from late January 2017 shows that the FBI did not believe that Michael Flynn intentionally lied in a White House interview at the center of his legal case.  The memo, which the Justice Department gave Flynn’s lawyers this week, also said that the FBI did not believe that Flynn was acting as a Russian agent.  Flynn’s lawyers said that document further warrants a federal judge to drop charges against the retired general.  The Justice Department this week provided Michael Flynn’s lawyers with a long-rumored government memo which shows that FBI officials did not believe that the former national security adviser intentionally lied in a White House interview at the center of his legal battle. The memo, dated Jan. 30, 2017, and published Friday, also said that FBI investigators did not believe that Flynn was working as an agent of Russia. Two FBI agents interviewed...
    The new series "Fox Nation 101: The Constitution" explains the history and significance of one of America's founding documents: The Constitution. The U.S. Constitution is the world's longest surviving written charter of government, penned in 1787 and ratified in 1788. It was brought about by necessity. "As of the summer of 1787, when the Founders came together in Philadelphia, they understood that we wouldn't survive as a country," explained Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, in the Fox Nation show. LIMITED TIME OFFER, GET YOUR FIRST MONTH OF FOX NATION FOR $0.99 The United States declared independence on July 4, 1776, laying out the reasoning behind the war fought by the people of the original 13 colonies to free themselves from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Now, the new nation had to determine how to govern itself. "The biggest challenge for the Americans was that they no longer had a king. They no longer had a monarch," said...
    THE coronavirus R rate could be above the crucial threshold of 1 in England, leaked documents have revealed. Public Health England (PHE) has reportedly warned there is "uncertainty" around the latest figures published by the Government. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 4The most recent regional R rates published by the Government last week Sage said last week that across the UK, the average Covid reproduction number is 0.7 to 0.9. When the value is below one, it means transmission of the virus is no longer high and the epidemic is shrinking. The Government announced the country's alert level would be dropped from four to a three last week. And it paved the way for the decision this week to announce a raft of relaxed social distancing measures - including reducing the 2m rule. But an "officially sensitive" PHE document, seen by HuffPost UK,...
    Rhode Island plans to remove part of its state name from official documents and agency websites. Gov. Gina Raimondo, a Democrat, announced Monday that she will be signing an executive order to remove part of her state's title, "and Providence Plantations," from official documents after critics said it unnecessarily evokes the legacy of slavery. “Rhode Island was founded on the principles of acceptance and tolerance, and our state’s name — and actions — should reflect those values," Raimondo said. Changing the state's name altogether would require approval from Rhode Island's legislature and a sufficient majority among state voters in a constitutional referendum. The order, which is a response to nationwide protests and riots over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, also requires mandatory implicit bias training for all employees within the state's executive branch. In a Monday press release, Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner...
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