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Pentagon’s ultra-secretive fuel contractor linked to revolutions in Kyrgyzstan

The Department of Defense paid billions of dollars to an ultra-secretive fuel contractor linked to two revolutions in Kyrgyzstan and turned a blind eye to corruption that threatened diplomatic relations, a congressional report published Monday found. The 75 page report was prepared by the House Subcommittee on National Security and…

Exclusive: Wikileaks chief said he has 5GB of secret docs on Bank of America

In an interview published Monday, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange revealed that his whistleblower website intends to publish a trove of secret documents exposing the corruption of a major American bank. He declined to say which bank, but he offered what may be a telling hint last year as to who…

Pentagon report shows little progress, rampant corruption in Afghanistan

Little progress has been made against Taliban fighters and the Afghan government remains weak and rife with corruption, according to the Pentagon’s semiannual report to Congress on the war in Afghanistan. The report, titled “Progress Toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan,” was released this week and outlines the failures and…

WikiLeaks release to feature corruption among world leaders, governments

The Obama administration on Wednesday warned that the next release of documents from whistleblower Web site WikiLeaks could damage relations between the US and foreign governments. Now, a report from Reuters offers an explanation as to why that may be. According to “sources familiar with the State Department cables held…

Poll: Majority of Afghans back talks with Taliban

Poll: 83 percent of Afghans back the government’s efforts to negotiate with the Taliban An overwhelming majority of Afghans support the government’s efforts to negotiate peace with Taliban insurgents, according to a poll released Tuesday that ranks insecurity as the top concern among citizens, followed by unemployment and corruption. Some…

Revealed: Chamber of Commerce funding effort to weaken anti-bribery law

The US Chamber of Commerce, which has injected massive sums into 2010 election races, is allegedly behind a massive push to weaken anti-bribery laws. The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, first enacted in 1977, prohibits companies from paying bribes to foreign officials in order to retain or obtain business. Both US…

US slips to historic low in global corruption index

The United States has dropped out of the “top 20″ in a global league table of least corrupt nations, tarnished by financial scandals and the influence of money in politics, Transparency International said on Tuesday (link). Somalia was judged the most corrupt country, followed by Myanmar and Afghanistan at joint…

Under investigation, Ted Stevens’ prosecutor commits suicide

A Justice Department prosecutor killed himself while under investigation over whether he and other attorneys in the prosecution of Sen. Ted Stevens acted improperly in the case, officials said. Nicholas A. Marsh, 37, committed suicide on Sunday, two years after being part of the Justice Department team that convicted Stevens…

Afghan President Karzai questions US withdrawal deadline

President Hamid Karzai on Thursday criticized the U.S. plan to begin withdrawing troops starting next July and said the war on terror cannot succeed as long as the Taliban and their allies maintain sanctuaries in Pakistan. Karzai’s statements were made during a meeting with visiting U.S. congressmen and come at…

Report: Aide to Afghan president Karzai on CIA payroll

An aide to Afghan President Hamid Karzai who is under investigation for corruption is on the payroll of the Central Intelligence Agency, The New York Times reported on Wednesday. Citing unnamed Afghan and US officials, the newspaper said Mohammed Zia Salehi, the chief of administration for Afghanistan’s National Security Council,…

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