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Dec 17, 2014

New York premiere of North Korea comedy canceled after threats

BOSTON (Reuters) – The New York premiere of “The Interview”, a Sony Pictures comedy about the assassination of North Korean President Kim Jong-Un, has been canceled and a source said one theatre chain had scrapped plans to show it, after threats from a hacking group.

The hackers, who said they were also responsible for seizing control of Sony Corp’s computer system last month, on Tuesday warned people to stay away from cinemas showing the film starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, and darkly reminded moviegoers of the Sept. 11 hijacked plane attacks on the United States in 2001.

Dec 16, 2014

No credible sign of plot on theaters over Sony movie – U.S. officials

BOSTON, Dec 16 (Reuters) – U.S. security agencies are
investigating a threat against theaters planning to show Sony
Corp’s controversial movie about an assassination of the leader
of North Korea, and so far they have seen no real sign of an
active plot, two U.S. officials said.

A hacking group published what appear to be more internal
emails on Tuesday and promised a “bitter fate” for those who
went to see the movie, “The Interview” following a cyber attack
that severely damaged movie studio’s network.

Dec 11, 2014

CIA chief admits agency used ‘abhorrent’ methods on detainees

By Mark Hosenball

LANGLEY, Va. (Reuters) – CIA Director John Brennan said on Thursday some agency officers used “abhorrent” methods on detainees captured following the Sept. 11 attacks and said it was “unknowable” whether so-called enhanced interrogation techniques yielded useful intelligence.

With his agency under fire in the aftermath of a U.S. Senate report detailing the CIA’s use of torture on detainees after the attacks, Brennan rejected the report’s conclusion that the agency had deceived the White House, Congress and the public about its interrogation program.

Dec 10, 2014

For CIA, fallout from Senate report looks far from over

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As outcry grows over its now-defunct brutal interrogation program, America’s spy agency appears caught in the crossfire of debate over its methods in the ongoing U.S. battle against Islamic militants and whether it has changed its ways.

Inside the Central Intelligence Agency, intelligence officials expressed resentment over what they said was the unfairness of a Senate Intelligence Committee report released on Tuesday that harshly criticized the spy agency’s detention and questioning of militant suspects.

Dec 10, 2014

CIA tortured, misled, U.S. report finds, drawing calls for action

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The CIA misled the White House and public about its torture of detainees after the Sept. 11 attacks and acted more brutally and pervasively than it acknowledged, a U.S. Senate report said on Tuesday, drawing calls to prosecute American officials.

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s five-year review of 6.3 million pages of CIA documents concluded that the intelligence agency failed to disrupt a single plot despite torturing al Qaeda and other captives in secret facilities worldwide between 2002 and 2006, when George W. Bush was president.

Dec 9, 2014

Sexual threats, other CIA methods detailed in new U.S. report

WASHINGTON, Dec 9 (Reuters) – “Enhanced interrogation”
techniques used by the CIA on militants detained in secret
prisons were ineffective and never produced information which
led to the disruption of imminent terrorist plots, a
declassified report by the Senate Intelligence Committee found.

The report released on Tuesday said the CIA misled the
public and government policymakers about the effectiveness of
the program, which ran from 2002 to 2006 and involved
questioning al Qaeda and other captives around the world.

Dec 8, 2014

Sexual threats, other CIA methods detailed in Senate report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Graphic details about sexual threats and other harsh interrogation techniques the CIA meted out to captured militants will be detailed by a Senate Intelligence Committee report on the spy agency’s anti-terror tactics, sources familiar with the document said.

The report, which the committee’s majority Democrats are expected to release on Tuesday, describes how senior al Qaeda operative Abdel Rahman al Nashiri, suspected mastermind of the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, was threatened by his interrogators with a buzzing power drill, the sources said. The drill was never actually used on Nashiri.

Dec 4, 2014

North Korea still a suspect in Sony attack despite denial

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North Korea is a principal suspect in the cyber attack on Sony Pictures, a U.S. national security source told Reuters on Thursday, while a North Korean diplomat denied Pyongyang was behind the crippling hack.

The U.S. government’s investigation into the Nov. 24 attack is being led by the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office and the Hollywood studio is cooperating, a law enforcement source said.

Dec 3, 2014

As CIA, senators settle feuds, long-awaited ‘torture’ report imminent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Senate committee and the CIA have resolved a dispute over redactions in a long-awaited report highly critical of the spy agency’s coercive interrogation program, paving the way for the document’s likely release early next week, U.S. officials said.

The document’s publication is the culmination of years of work by Democrats who control the Senate Intelligence Committee, but who will cede power when the newly elected Republican majority takes over the Senate next month.

Dec 2, 2014

North Korea, other nations among suspects in Sony hack: U.S. source

WASHINGTON/BOSTON (Reuters) – U.S. investigators are considering multiple suspects, including North Korea, in their investigation into a cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment that knocked out the company’s computer systems for over a week, according to a U.S. national security official with knowledge of the investigation.

The official, who asked to remain anonymous, told Reuters on Tuesday that the forensic investigation is in its early stages, and that no clear suspects have emerged.