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Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers threaten to ‘undermine’ maid’s credibility

NEW YORK – Defense lawyers for Dominique Strauss-Kahn say they have information which could “gravely undermine” the credibility of the New York hotel maid accusing the former IMF chief of trying to rape her. The threat appeared in a long letter from attorneys William Taylor and Benjamin Brafman to Manhattan…

Sony Ericsson’s Canada site hacked: company

TOKYO (AFP) – Hackers have attacked Sony Ericsson’s Canadian eShop website, affecting 2,000 users, the latest online strike against the Japanese electronics and entertainment giant, a Sony spokesman said Wednesday. The new security breach follows a massive theft of personal data from Sony’s PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment services,…

New York Times reporter James Risen subpoenaed in CIA leak case

The U.S. Justice Department subpoenaed New York Times reporter James Risen on Monday to testify at the criminal trial of a former CIA operative cited in Risen’s 2006 book. The New York Times reported that federal prosecutors are seeking information about the CIA operative Jeffrey Sterling, who allegedly leaked information…

Advocacy group pushes back on government wiretapping

A communications public advocacy non-profit, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, has filed a Freedom of Information Act request, demanding that the Department of Justice explain why the government can access citizen phone records and other private information. The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) has been controversial since it was implemented in…

CIA chief’s letter confirms torture did not lead to Osama bin Laden

A private letter from CIA chief Leon Panetta to Senator John McCain (R-AZ) confirms that the so-called enhanced interrogation techniques put in place by the Bush administration did not reveal intelligence about Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti, the courier that eventually led the U.S. to Osama bin Laden. The letter was obtained…

Secret Service Twitter page laments having to watch ‘blathering’ Fox News

The official Twitter account of the U.S. Secret Service posted a tweet on Wednesday afternoon that blasted Fox News. “Had to monitor Fox for a story. Can’t. Deal. With. The. Blathering,” the tweet said, before being deleted almost immediately, according to the Huffington Post. “An employee with access to the…

Court denies Winklevoss twins a new Facebook hearing

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court on Monday denied Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss a second shot at getting out of a deal they made in a lawsuit charging that Mark Zuckerberg stole their idea for Facebook. The US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a bid by the identical…

GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain defends Afghanistan non-answer

Potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said he did not have enough information to express a clear policy on Afghanistan, but knew the United State’s relationship with Israel should be strengthened. At the Fox News Republican debate in South Carolina two weeks ago, Cain struggled to answer foreign policy…

Supreme Court refuses ‘extraordinary rendition’ torture case

The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that it would not hear the case of five men who said they had fallen victim to a Central Intelligence Agency practice called “extraordinary rendition,” in which suspects are sent illegally to other countries to be tortured for information. The men, some of whom…

Conservative group Judicial Watch sues for release of Osama bin Laden death photos

The conservative interest group Judicial Watch has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Defense (DOD) seeking photographs and video recordings from the U.S. military raid that killed Osama bin Laden. “The American people have a right to know, by law, basic information about the…

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