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Mar 13, 2014

Satellites picked up “pings” from Malaysia jet, sources says

WASHINGTON/PARIS, March 13 (Reuters) – Communications
satellites picked up faint electronic pulses from Malaysia
Airlines Flight 370 after it went missing on Saturday, but the
signals gave no information about where the stray jet was
heading and little else about its fate, two sources close to the
investigation said on Thursday.

The “pings” indicated that the aircraft’s maintenance
troubleshooting systems were switched on and ready to
communicate with satellites as needed. But no data links were
opened because the companies involved had not subscribed to that
level of service from the satellite operator, the sources said.

Mar 13, 2014

White House tried to mediate dispute between Senate panel, CIA

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House tried to mediate between the CIA and the Senate panel that oversees it after both sides alleged they were spied on by the other over a Bush-era interrogation program, a source familiar with the discussion told Reuters on Wednesday.

The involvement of the White House’s most senior lawyer indicates President Barack Obama’s interest in ending the increasingly bitter dispute between the Central Intelligence Agency and the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Mar 12, 2014

White House tried to mediate dispute between Senate, CIA panel: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House’s top lawyer has tried to mediate between the Senate Intelligence Committee and the CIA, which are making increasingly bitter mutual charges of spying on each other about a Bush-era program of harsh interrogation, a source familiar with the discussion told Reuters.

The involvement of Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler indicates White House interest in ending the battle, in which the Central Intelligence Agency and the Senate panel have essentially accused each of spying on the other.

Mar 11, 2014

Search widened as Malaysia air probe finds scant evidence of attack

KUALA LUMPUR/WASHINGTON, March 11 (Reuters) – The so-far
fruitless search for a missing Malaysian airliner entered its
fourth day on Tuesday, as sources in Europe, the United States
and Asia voiced growing scepticism that the flight lost with 239
people on board was the target of an attack.

The massive search has drawn in navies, military aircraft,
coastguard and civilian vessels from 10 nations, but failed to
turn up any trace of the Boeing 777-200ER that vanished
about an hour into a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing early
on Saturday.

Mar 10, 2014

Malaysia air probe finds scant evidence of attack: sources

KUALA LUMPUR/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Investigators in Malaysia are voicing skepticism that the airliner that disappeared early Saturday with 239 people on board was the target of an attack, U.S. and European government sources close to the probe said.

The fate of the Malaysian airliner that vanished about an hour into a flight to Beijing remained a mystery, as a massive air and sea search, now in its third day, failed to turn up any trace of the Boeing 777 plane.

Mar 10, 2014

Evidence so far does not point to attack on Malaysian plane: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Investigators in Malaysia are voicing skepticism that the Malaysian airliner which disappeared early Saturday was the target of an attack, say U.S. and European government sources close to the probe.

Neither the Malaysian agency leading the investigation locally, Special Branch, nor spy agencies in the United States and Europe have ruled out the possibility that militants were involved in downing the aircraft, which suddenly disappeared while flying at 35,000 feet en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Mar 6, 2014

U.S. Justice Department reviews dispute between CIA and Senate panel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Justice Department and FBI are looking into allegations the Central Intelligence Agency secretly monitored a Senate Intelligence Committee investigation of Bush-era detention and interrogation policies, sources familiar with the inquiry said on Thursday.

The review began after a referral from the office of the CIA’s inspector general, which earlier had opened its own inquiry into the matter at the request of the agency’s leadership, the sources said.

Mar 5, 2014

Ukraine crisis: CIA, not Pentagon, forecast Russian move – sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Until recently, collecting intelligence on Ukraine was a low priority for U.S. spy agencies, and as a result their reporting on recent developments was patchy, several current and former U.S. security officials said this week.

The Central Intelligence Agency says it was following events closely enough to have outlined scenarios in which upheaval in Ukraine would become so intense that Russia would take military action.

Feb 26, 2014

Lawyer tied to Ukraine’s Yanukovich says he’s cooperating with authorities

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Reinhard Proksch, an Austrian lawyer with financial dealings linked to leaders in former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich’s government, said on Wednesday he is eager to cooperate with international authorities to freeze their assets.

In a telephone interview with Reuters, Proksch said he is happy to provide information and has already made contact with the U.S. tax authority, the Internal Revenue Service, and with the Financial Intelligence Unit in Liechtenstein, which investigates money laundering and financial crimes.

Feb 25, 2014

House oversight panel demands documentation on Target breach

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A House of Representatives committee with broad investigative jurisdiction has turned up the heat on Target Corp, demanding that the No. 3 U.S. retailer turn over internal documents and messages describing how and when it learned of a recent massive consumer data breach.

In a letter made available to Reuters, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform requested that Target turn over all documents or communications generated between November 1 and December 13, in which Target employees or “agents” discuss “any suspicion” that a data breach had occurred.