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Jun 26, 2013

U.S. launches biggest crackdown on designer drugs

, June 26 (Reuters) – U.S. authorities carried
out their biggest sweep against designer synthetic drugs on
Wednesday, cracking down on potentially dangerous herbal blends
marketed to young people, the Drug Enforcement Administration
said.

Law enforcement officers carried out more than 150 arrest
warrants and nearly 375 search warrants in 35 U.S. states and
five countries, the DEA said. More than 770 pounds (350 kg) of
synthetic drugs have been seized in the last three days, it
said.

Jun 25, 2013

WikiLeaks soldier’s court-martial wrestles online evidence rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The trial of a U.S. soldier accused of providing classified materials to WikiLeaks is unique for the size of the leak and also faces the unresolved cyber-age issue of whether Tweets and Web pages can be admitted as evidence.

Judge Colonel Denise Lind was left to wrestle with this question when the court-martial of Private First Class Bradley Manning, who is accused of the largest leak of classified material in U.S. history, last convened a week ago.

Jun 19, 2013

Three U.S. Naval Academy football players charged with rape

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Three U.S. Naval Academy football players have been charged with raping a female midshipman and making false statements, the school said on Wednesday, the latest in a string of sexual assault allegations in the U.S. military.

The midshipmen will face an Article 32 proceeding, similar to a preliminary hearing in civilian law. The hearing will kick off a process similar to a grand jury to determine if a general court-martial is warranted.

Jun 19, 2013

U.S. in danger of losing humanities, social sciences edge: panel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is in danger of losing its advantage in the humanities and social sciences, just as China and other rivals move toward the U.S. model of a broad education in the liberal arts, a federal panel warned in a report to be released on Wednesday.

The congressionally mandated Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences said the embattled liberal arts sector needed support similar to the campaign to boost study of the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. STEM has the public support of President Barack Obama.

Jun 6, 2013

Soldier in WikiLeaks case boasted of hacking passwords: witness

FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – The U.S. soldier accused of passing classified files to the WikiLeaks website boasted of his ability to crack passwords, one of his Army supervisors said at a court-martial on Wednesday.

The soldier, Private First Class Bradley Manning, 25, is charged with providing more than 700,000 documents to WikiLeaks, the biggest unauthorized release of classified files in U.S. history. The most serious among the charges is aiding the enemy.

Jun 5, 2013

U.S. soldier in WikiLeaks case boasted of hacking passwords – witness

FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – The U.S. soldier accused of passing classified files to the WikiLeaks website boasted of his ability to crack passwords, one of his Army supervisors said at a court-martial on Wednesday.

The soldier, Private First Class Bradley Manning, 25, is charged with providing more than 700,000 documents to WikiLeaks, the biggest unauthorized release of classified files in U.S. history. The most serious among the charges is aiding the enemy.

Jun 5, 2013

Soldier in WikiLeaks case boasts of busting passwords

FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – The U.S. soldier accused of passing classified files to the WikiLeaks anti-secrecy website had boasted that he could get around any password protection, one of his former Army supervisors told a court-martial on Wednesday.

The soldier, 25-year-old Private First Class Bradley Manning, is charged with providing more than 700,000 documents to WikiLeaks, in the biggest unauthorized release of classified files in U.S. history, in a case that has raised questions about the limits of secrecy and openness.

Jun 4, 2013

Questions of motivation mark WikiLeaks soldier’s court: martial

FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – The court-martial of U.S. soldier Bradley Manning, accused of the biggest breach of classified information in U.S. history, focused Tuesday on his motivations for giving secrets to the WikiLeaks website in 2010 and prosecutors sought to show he leaked documents and discussed it with others.

Military prosecutors called to the witness stand an admitted computer hacker who befriended Manning and then turned him in to U.S. Army investigators. The man, Adrian Lamo, testified that Private First Class Manning contacted him online in May 2010 from his base in Iraq, seeking guidance in encrypted online chats.

Jun 4, 2013

No signs of hatred in WikiLeaks soldier’s laptop – investigator

FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – An Army investigator testified on Tuesday he found no evidence that a soldier accused of the biggest breach of classified information in U.S. history hated his country or had any terrorism-related material on his laptop.

The investigator’s testimony on the second day of Private First Class Bradley Manning’s court martial came after prosecutors told the judge on Monday that the soldier had been driven by arrogance to leak more than 700,000 documents, combat videos and other data to the anti-secrecy website, WikiLeaks.

Jun 4, 2013

Cyber specialist to testify at U.S. soldier’s WikiLeaks trial

FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – The court-martial of a soldier charged with using the WikiLeaks website for the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history heads into a second day on Tuesday, with a cyber crime investigator the day’s lead-off witness.

At the start of the trial on Monday, military prosecutors said Private First Class Bradley Manning, 25, had been driven by arrogance to leak more than 700,000 documents, combat videos and other data to the anti-secrecy website, hurting U.S. interests.

    • About Ian

      "Ian Simpson covers Italian equities from Milan with a focus on banks. In a 30-year career, he has been based in Dallas, Kansas City, New York, Washington, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Portugal and Italy. He has reported from more than 20 countries."
      Joined Reuters:
      1990
      Languages:
      Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, some Dari
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