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Sep 3, 2015

Former Clinton aide will not testify in House probe, lawyer says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A former U.S. State Department information technology staffer who worked for Hillary Clinton is refusing to testify before U.S. lawmakers probing the former top diplomat and the 2012 attacks on U.S. installations in Benghazi, Libya, according to a letter sent by his lawyer to Congressional investigators.

Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, was secretary of state at the time of the attacks, in which four Americans were killed. A Republican-led House of Representatives Select Committee is investigating the incident as well as Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure.

Sep 1, 2015

Millions hit by personal data hack still have not been told

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government has not yet notified any of the 21.5 million federal employees and contractors whose security clearance data was hacked more than three months ago, officials acknowledged on Tuesday.

The agency whose data was hacked, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), said the Defense Department will begin “later this month” to notify employees and contractors across the government that their personal information was accessed by hackers.

Aug 26, 2015

British hacker for Islamic State killed in U.S. drone strike in Syria: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A British hacker who U.S. and European officials said became a top cyber expert for Islamic State in Syria has been killed in a U.S. drone strike, a U.S. source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

It was the second reported killing of a senior Islamic State figure in the last eight days. Islamic State’s second-in-command was killed in a U.S. air strike near Mosul, Iraq, on Aug. 18.

Aug 21, 2015

Swiss probe into FIFA runs into obstacles-sources

LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – A Swiss criminal investigation
into corruption at the world soccer body FIFA has hit some
roadblocks, according to U.S. and European sources familiar with
the matter.

Barriers to progress include reduced levels of collaboration
with U.S. authorities. who are conducting a parallel probe that
is much more advanced, and an increasing acknowledgment by
prosecutors in Bern that their powers under Swiss law are
constrained in this kind of case, these people said.

Aug 20, 2015

Exclusive: Swiss, U.S. probes into FIFA unlikely to disrupt 2018 Russia World Cup

London (Reuters) – American and Swiss criminal investigations into corruption in global soccer are unlikely to lead to any threat to Russia retaining the hosting rights for the 2018 World Cup, according to U.S. and European sources familiar with the probes.

Prosecutors in New York and Zurich are examining whether there were irregularities in the awarding of the rights to hold that tournament and the 2022 competition, which went to Qatar. The executive committee of global soccer’s governing body, FIFA, made the decisions in 2010.  

Aug 20, 2015

Exclusive: Swiss, U.S. probes into FIFA unlikely to disrupt 2018 Russia World Cup – sources

London (Reuters) – American and Swiss criminal investigations into corruption in global football are unlikely to lead to any threat to Russia retaining the hosting rights for the 2018 World Cup, according to U.S. and European sources familiar with the probes.

Prosecutors in New York and Zurich are examining whether there were irregularities in the awarding of the rights to hold that tournament and the 2022 competition, which went to Qatar. The executive committee of global football’s governing body, FIFA, made the decisions in 2010.  

Aug 20, 2015

Swiss, US probes into FIFA unlikely to disrupt 2018 Russia World Cup – sources

London, Aug 20 (Reuters) – American and Swiss criminal investigations into corruption in global soccer are unlikely to lead to any threat to Russia retaining the hosting rights for the 2018 World Cup, according to U.S. and European sources familiar with the probes.

Prosecutors in New York and Zurich are examining whether there were irregularities in the awarding of the rights to hold that tournament and the 2022 competition, which went to Qatar. The executive committee of global soccer’s governing body, FIFA, made the decisions in 2010.

Aug 18, 2015

U.S. demanded anti-money laundering group delete soccer warning: sources

LOUIS (Reuters) – The United States and several other countries forced an international anti-money-laundering organization to withdraw a public warning it issued in June to financial institutions about corruption in soccer, according to two people familiar with the matter.

After the Financial Action Task Force published the warning, some top anti-money laundering compliance officials at large U.S. banks contacted U.S. Treasury delegates to the Paris-based group to express their concerns, one of the sources said. The U.S. delegates then demanded the statement be withdrawn.

Aug 7, 2015

Iran Quds chief visited Russia despite U.N. travel ban: U.S. sources

LONDON (Reuters) – The head of Iran’s elite military Quds Force, who is subject to a United Nations travel ban, has visited Russia, two U.S. security sources said on Friday.

Qassem Soleimani, chief of the force which is an overseas arm of the Revolutionary Guards, has been subject to an international travel ban and asset freeze by the U.N. Security Council since 2007.

Jul 23, 2015

U.S. personnel office says security clearance system restarting

WASHINGTON, July 23 (Reuters) – The U.S. government’s hiring
office, hit recently by a massive computer hack, said on
Thursday it was restarting its online system for processing
security clearance applications.

Shut down in late June for “security enhancements,” the
Office of Personnel Management’s e-QIP system was back on line,
OPM spokesman Sam Schumach said in a statement.