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WikiLeaks releases encrypted mystery file

UPDATE: WikiLeaks blames Guardian journalist for release of 251,000 unredacted U.S. cables WASHINGTON — WikiLeaks released a mysterious encrypted file on Wednesday after telling its followers on Twitter to stand by for “an important announcement.” WikiLeaks did not identify the contents of the 571 megabyte file and it could not…

British plane flying $212 million to Libya

LONDON — A British plane flew $212 million worth of Libyan banknotes to Libya on Wednesday after an assets freeze aimed at the then leader Moamer Kadhafi’s regime was lifted, a British official said. The notes, amounting to 280 million Libyan dinar, should be available to replenish cash machines and…

Khmer Rouge court takes action against U.S. news service

Cambodia’s UN-backed war crimes court said Wednesday it had started contempt of court proceedings against Voice of America Khmer for revealing confidential information about a new Khmer Rouge case. The move comes after the US-funded news service posted an article and video on its website describing prosecution allegations of mass…

Israel sees Palestinian statehood bid a ‘greater threat’ than Hamas

The Palestinian campaign to secure full UN membership presents a greater threat to Israel than that posed by Hamas, the Israeli finance minister said on Wednesday. “This Palestinian initiative represents a more serious threat than that posed by Hamas,” Yuval Steinitz told Israel’s public radio, referring to Gaza’s Islamist rulers…

WikiLeaks revelation sours U.S.-Philippine relations

The Philippine foreign minister on Wednesday slammed a former US ambassador as a “dismal failure” in an angry reaction to a secret cable published by anti-secrecy website Wikileaks. Albert del Rosario assailed Kristie Kenney, who stepped down as US ambassador to Manila last year, after she allegedly criticised the Philippines’…

WikiLeaks says hit with cyberattack

Controversial anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks said Tuesday it was fending off a cyberattack after being lambasted for releasing more supposedly confidential US diplomatic cables. “WikiLeaks.org is presently under cyberattack,” the organization said in a terse message on microblogging service Twitter. The message provided a link to a cablegatesearch.net website where digital…

U.S. fears individuals at risk after WikiLeaks dump

The United States voiced renewed concern over the risks to individuals after the anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks made public more US diplomatic cables, many of which contained the names of sensitive sources. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland would not confirm the authenticity of the latest documents, but said “the United States…

Asian shares mostly up on U.S. stimulus hopes

Asian markets were mostly up Wednesday, extending a recent rally on renewed hopes for a fresh round of US monetary easing despite weak consumer confidence data in the United States and Europe. Sydney rose 0.56 percent, or 27.3 points, to 4,296.5 while Hong Kong jumped 1.64 percent, or 330.68 points,…

U.S. investigating Oracle over possible bribery

US authorities have been investigating Oracle for at least a year to see if the business software titan violated anti-bribery laws in its overseas business, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. Citing unnamed sources, the Journal said the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Justice Department have been pressing…

Islamist says ‘sorry’ for killing U.S. airmen

A 21-year-old man from Kosovo apologised in court Wednesday for killing two US soldiers at Frankfurt airport as they headed to Afghanistan, saying he had been influenced by Islamist propaganda. “I want to apologize to everyone,” Arid Uka told the court in Frankfurt, western Germany, on the first day of…

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