Mark's Feed
Jan 5, 2015

U.S. charges two men in connection with failed Gambia coup

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two Americans with ties to Gambia were part of a failed effort last week to overthrow the tiny West African nation’s government, the U.S. Justice Department charged on Monday.

Cherno Njie, 57, and Papa Faal, 46, a former U.S. Army sergeant, will appear in federal courts in Baltimore and Minneapolis on Monday, the department said. The two men have been charged with conspiring to carry out the violent overthrow of a foreign government, it added.

Jan 5, 2015

Exclusive: CIA says its inspector general is resigning at end of month

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – CIA inspector general David Buckley, who investigated a dispute between the agency and Congress regarding the handling of records of the CIA’s detention and interrogation activities, is resigning effective Jan. 31, the CIA said on Monday.

The agency said in a statement that Buckley, who had served as the agency’s internal watchdog for more than four years, was leaving the agency to “pursue an opportunity in the private sector.”

Dec 29, 2014

U.S. suspects North Korea had help attacking Sony Pictures-source

WASHINGTON/BOSTON, Dec 29 (Reuters) – U.S. investigators
believe that North Korea likely hired hackers from outside the
country to help with last month’s massive cyberattack against
Sony Pictures, an official close to the investigation said on
Monday.

As North Korea lacks the capability to conduct some elements
of the sophisticated campaign by itself, U.S. investigators are
looking at the possibility that Pyongyang “contracted out” some
of the cyber work, according to the official, who was not
authorized to speak on the record about the investigation.

Dec 18, 2014

Spy freed from Cuban prison hailed as secret U.S. hero

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama hailed him as one of the best spies America has ever had in Cuba, but precious little is known about the Cuban man freed in a prisoner swap on Wednesday after two decades of incarceration on the Communist island.

The U.S. government did not identify the man but credited him for providing information that helped authorities root out a network of spies working for Cuba in the United States, including two senior U.S. government officials.

Dec 17, 2014

FIFA ethics investigator Garcia resigns in protest

MARRAKECH, Morocco (Reuters) – FIFA ethics investigator Michael Garcia resigned on Wednesday in protest at the way his report into allegations of corruption in awarding the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments to Russia and Qatar was handled by the soccer governing body’s ethics judge.

Former U.S. prosecutor Garcia said in a statement that he had lost confidence in the independence of the ethics committee’s adjudicatory chamber after judge Hans-Joachim Eckert issued a 42-page statement in November based on the report.

Dec 17, 2014

Soccer-FIFA ethics investigator Garcia resigns in protest

MARRAKECH, Morocco, Dec 17 (Reuters) – FIFA ethics investigator Michael Garcia resigned on Wednesday in protest at the way his report into allegations of corruption in awarding the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments to Russia and Qatar was handled by the soccer governing body’s ethics judge.

Former U.S. prosecutor Garcia said in a statement that he had lost confidence in the independence of the ethics committee’s adjudicatory chamber after judge Hans-Joachim Eckert issued a 42-page statement in November based on the report.

Dec 17, 2014

U.S. fears Sony hackers may never be caught -law enforcement official

WASHINGTON/BOSTON, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Government
investigators fear the hackers behind the unprecedented attack
on Sony’s Hollywood studio may never be caught if they are under
the protection of North Korea, a U.S. official said on
Wednesday.

The law enforcement official, who declined to be identified
because the investigation is ongoing, said authorities will
require significant time to definitively confirm their
suspicions that North Korea sponsored the attack, which severely
damaged the movie studio’s network.

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.