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It seems every day brings news of another data breach, from defense firms to banks and even the U.S. Senate.
Among the questions raised in the report is about the role of the National Security Agency, the Pentagon’s top secret intelligence outfit.
A central conundrum is that the Pentagon’s National Security Agency, which specializes in electronic eavesdropping, has personnel with the best cyber skills, but has been until recently mostly shut out of protecting domestic networks. That’s due to the highly classified nature of the NSA’s work, and fears that it will stray into domestic spying.
By Mark Hosenball
On Tuesday, Julian Assange, the controversial Australian-born founder and frontman of the WikiLeaks website is scheduled to appear in a London courtroom for the latest hearing on a request by Swedish authorities that he be extradited to Sweden for questioning in a sexual misconduct investigation.
Assange has denied any wrongdoing in Sweden, and some of his supporters have dropped dark hints that the Swedish investigation could be part of some sinister conspiracy by the CIA or other WikiLeaks enemies to shut down both Assange and the website, which has lately roiled the world of international diplomacy by disclosing a cache of secret U.S. diplomatic cables.