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Oct 28, 2015

CIA watchdog criticizes agency’s dealings with Hollywood

WASHINGTON, Oct 28 (Reuters) – The CIA’s internal watchdog
has criticized the spy agency for introducing Hollywood
representatives to undercover officers and allegedly being
careless in talking to them about agency secrets.

In a 20-page report prepared in 2012 and stamped “secret,”
the spy agency’s Inspector General said that CIA employees who
had contact with Hollywood representatives had “not always
complied” with agency regulations intended to stop leaks of
classified information.

Oct 22, 2015

FBI, Secret Service probe hack of CIA chief’s private emails

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The FBI and U.S. Secret Service have opened criminal inquiries into the hacking of a private email account used by CIA Director John Brennan and his family, the FBI said on Thursday.

The investigations followed the posting on social media earlier this week by the hackers of data stolen from an AOL account. Intelligence officials said the account was used by Brennan and his family, but was not used to transmit or store government secrets.

Oct 20, 2015

Democrats mull exit from Benghazi panel: U.S. House member

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats on a U.S. House of Representatives panel set up to investigate the 2012 Benghazi attacks will discuss resigning from the committee after Hillary Clinton testifies before it this week, a Democratic member of the panel told Reuters on Tuesday.

“That, I think, is going to be a matter of our discussion after the hearing this week: How much longer does it make sense for us to continue to participate?” Representative Adam Schiff said in an interview.

Oct 20, 2015

With Obama’s new plan for Syrian rebels, new worries

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama’s plan to directly arm rebels fighting inside Syria is raising concern from Congress and intelligence officials over whether it provides enough safeguards to prevent the weapons falling into the wrong hands.

The new approach replaces a largely failed effort in which the Pentagon trained rebels outside of Syria and sent them back to the battlefield after an exhaustive vetting process to ensure they were not linked to radical Islamic groups. Only about 180 rebels were trained, of whom 145 remain active, with about 95 inside Syria, a military spokesman said on Friday.

Oct 20, 2015

Secret source in Hillary Clinton email was no secret: CIA

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The CIA has told Congress that the name of an alleged secret agency source, mentioned but then partially redacted by the U.S. State Department from an email received on Hillary Clinton’s private server was not considered by the agency to be secret at all.

At issue is Moussa Koussa, a one-time intelligence chief for Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, and the question of whether or not his name should have been treated as a secret in an email Clinton received four years ago from a close confidant.

Oct 16, 2015

Malaysia arrests hacker for supplying US targets to Islamic State

KUALA LUMPUR/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – At the request of the United States, Malaysia has arrested a man on charges of hacking personal data of more than a thousand U.S. officials and handing it to Islamic State militants in Syria so they could target the individuals.

The man, 20-year-old Ardit Ferizi from Kosovo, who entered Malaysia in August 2014 to study computer science and forensics, will be extradited to the United States, police said on Thursday night.

Oct 15, 2015

U.S. government reviews Goldman Sachs as part of broad 1MDB probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government is reviewing Goldman Sachs’ business relationship with Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund as part of a broader, wide-ranging investigation into 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), an FBI spokeswoman told Reuters on Thursday.

U.S. law enforcement sources are “aware of Goldman’s possible involvement” in investments with the fund, the spokeswoman said. She added that the bureau has “yet to determine if the matter will become the focus of any investigation into the 1MDB scandal.”

Oct 15, 2015

U.S. gov’t reviews Goldman Sachs as part of broad 1MDB probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government is reviewing
Goldman Sachs’ business relationship with Malaysia’s
sovereign wealth fund as part of a broader, wide-ranging
investigation into 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), an FBI
spokeswoman told Reuters on Thursday.

U.S. law enforcement sources are “aware of Goldman’s
possible involvement” in investments with the fund, the
spokeswoman said. She added that the bureau has “yet to
determine if the matter will become the focus of any
investigation into the 1MDB scandal.”

Oct 8, 2015

Insight – As lawyers took control at FIFA, Blatter became increasingly isolated, powerless

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s loss of control of soccer’s world governing body had been evident to staff in its hilltop glass headquarters here well before Thursday’s announcement by FIFA’s Ethics Committee that he had been suspended.

The Swiss national who has won five successive elections to dominate FIFA for 17 years had become increasingly isolated in the months following the U.S. indictment of 14 soccer officials and sports marketing executives on corruption charges in late May, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. The power had shifted to FIFA’s lawyers and some external advisers.

Oct 8, 2015

As lawyers took control at FIFA, Blatter became increasingly isolated, powerless

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s loss of control of soccer’s world governing body had been evident to staff in its hilltop glass headquarters here well before Thursday’s announcement by FIFA’s Ethics Committee that he had been suspended.

The Swiss national who has won five successive elections to dominate FIFA for 17 years had become increasingly isolated in the months following the U.S. indictment of 14 soccer officials and sports marketing executives on corruption charges in late May, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. The power had shifted to FIFA’s lawyers and some external advisers.