Posted by: Chuck | June 13, 2013

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Breaking News:Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell Resigns

12 Jun 2013 the deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency is stepping down to join President Barack Obama’s intelligence advisory board. Michael Morell announced his resignation from the CIA on Wednesday, and the White House said President Obama would appoint Avril Haines to take his place. Mr. Morell, who has spent 33 years at the CIA, was named acting head of the agency in November after then-director General David Petraeus resigned amidst a cheating scandal.

Ron Paul fears NSA leaker assassination

12 Jun 2013 as the hunt continues for Edward Snowden, the former CIA employee who outed himself last weekend as the source of top-secret leaks about U.S. surveillance program, some people have concerns about his fate. “I’m worried about, somebody in our government might kill him with a cruise missile or a drone missile,” said Ron Paul a former Texas congressman who twice ran for the Republican presidential nomination, in an interview Tuesday with Fox Business Network. “I mean, we live in a bad time where American citizens don’t even have rights and that they can be killed, but the gentlemen are trying to tell the truth about what’s going on.”

European Commission demands answers about Prism data requests

12 Jun 2013 the EU’s Justice Commissioner has written to the US attorney general, questioning him about America’s data surveillance program, Prism. Viviane Reding wrote that she was concerned America’s efforts “could have grave adverse consequences for the fundamental rights of EU citizens”. A series of leaks suggest major tech firms have passed information to the National Security Agency, the US government’s snooping organization. Experts say they could now be sued.

Edward Snowden vows not to ‘hide from justice’ amid new hacking claims

12 Jun 2013 the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden vowed to fight an expected move by the US to have him extradited from Hong Kong in a new interview published on Wednesday. In his first comments since revealing his identify in the Guardian at the weekend, Snowden told the South China Morning Post that he was not in Hong Kong to “hide from justice” and would put his trust in its legal system. He also claimed that the US had been hacking Hong Kong and China since 2009, and accused the US of “bullying” the territory to return him because it did not want local authorities to learn of its cyber activities. Snowden claimed that the US had hacked hundreds of targets in Hong Kong — including public officials, a university, businesses and students in the city — and on the mainland. These were part of more than 61,000 NSA hacking operations globally, he alleged.

Whistle-blower Edward Snowden tells SCMP: ‘Let Hong Kong people decide my fate’

Ex-CIA operative wants to remain in Hong Kong 12 Jun 2013 Edward Snowden says he wants to ask the people of Hong Kong to decide his fate after choosing the city because of his faith in its rule of law. The 29-year-old former CIA employee behind what might be the biggest intelligence leak in US history revealed his identity to the world in Hong Kong on Sunday. Snowden said last night that he had no doubts about his choice of Hong Kong… Local activists plan to take to the streets on Saturday in support of Snowden. Groups including the Civil Human Rights Front and international human rights groups will march from Chater Gardens in Central to the US consulate on Garden Road, starting at 3pm.

Whistleblower Edward Snowden talks to South China Morning Post

12 Jun 2013 Surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden has spoken for the first time since blowing his own cover in an exclusive interview with the South China Morning Post. The ex-CIA analyst has been holed up in secret locations in Hong Kong since fleeing Hawaii ahead of highly sensitive leaks revealing details of US top-secret phone and internet surveillance of its citizens. “People who think I made a mistake in picking HK as a location misunderstand my intentions. I am not here to hide from justice; I am here to reveal criminality,” Snowden told the Post earlier today.

Bradley Manning’s laptop scrutinized in WikiLeaks trial

12 Jun 2013 Pfc. Bradley Manning’s court-martial over sending sensitive material to WikiLeaks has resumed with a U.S. Army investigator testifying about what he found on the soldier’s personal laptop. Army computer crimes investigator Mark Johnson testified Wednesday that he found evidence of chats between Manning and Julian Assange, who founded the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. Manning faces numerous charges, including aiding the enemy, which carries a potential life sentence.

‘I watch him bleed out:’ Drone operator who helped kill 1,626 targets reveals trauma of watching them die on a computer screen

When he was recruited to the job, he was told he would be like the smart guys in the control room in a James Bond movie 06 Jun 2013 a former drone operator who helped kill 1,626 targets says he’s haunted by the carnage he witnessed from behind his computer screen. Brandon Bryant, 27, served as a drone operator from 2006 to 2011 at bases in Nevada, New Mexico and Iraq. It was a desk job of sorts, but unlike any other, it involved ordering unmanned aircraft to kill faraway targets while he watched. In an interview with NBC News, Bryant recalled one operation where his team fired two missiles from a drone at three men in Afghanistan.

Syrian army makes fresh advances in strategic city of Aleppo

12 Jun 2013 The Syrian government forces have made fresh advances in fighting with foreign-backed Takfiri insurgents in the flash point city of Aleppo, Press TV reports. The Army campaign against foreign backed militants in the strategic city of Aleppo is considered one of the largest operations carried out by the Syrian government. The Army regained full control of Kafar Hamra, a suburb of Aleppo.

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