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Russian WikiLeaks comes under attack over photos allegedly showing Putin’s ‘palace’

It was just over a month ago when a high-ranking, unnamed Russian official told a state-controlled media outlet that Julian Assange, founder of secrets outlet WikiLeaks, deserved a Nobel Prize for his work exposing the US empire’s secrets. Perhaps they spoke too soon. A Russian-language version of WikiLeaks came under…

Democratic Senator Kent Conrad to retire

Sen. Kent Conrad, a Democrat from North Dakota, will announce his retirement today, according to two major media outlets. The Washington Post‘s Chris Cillizza first reported the news Tuesday morning based on knowledge from “two informed Democratic sources,” and Conrad soon confirmed it in an e-mail to the Associated Press.…

Up to half in US have pre-existing conditions: study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As many as 129 million Americans under age 65 have medical problems putting them at risk of being rejected by insurance companies or having to pay more for coverage, according to a U.S. government study reported by the Washington Post on Tuesday. The Department of Health and…

‘Humor writer’ names Olbermann a ‘target’ after Giffords shooting

A self-described humorist named a liberal cable news host a “target” on her blog the day after he denounced incendiary political rhetoric in response to an Arizona shooting that claimed the lives of six people, including a federal judge, a congressperson’s aide, and a child. Andrea Rouda’s post entitled “Speaking of Target…

Holbrooke’s last words: ‘You’ve got to stop this war in Afghanistan’

UPDATE: The Washington Post has elaborated on its report that veteran diplomat Richard Holbrooke’s last words called for an end to the war in Afghanistan. According to the Post, Holbrooke was reportedly joking around with a doctor when he made the comment. As Dr. Jehan El-Bayoumi was attending to Holbrooke…

Top gun dealers for Mexican cartels are in Texas: report

Eight out of the 12 top US gun dealers whose products fuel Mexico’s drug violence are located in the state of Texas, The Washington Post reported. The newspaper said it had uncovered the names of 12 top US dealers of guns traced to Mexico in the past two years following…

WikiLeaks supporters’ group to republish cables

‘Anonymous’ activists change tactics, stop cyber attacks LONDON – A loose grouping of cyber activists supporting WikiLeaks has abandoned its strategy of online attacks on organizations seen as hostile to the site in favor of spreading the leaked documents far and wide online. Internet activists operating under the name “Anonymous”…

Swedish prosecutor’s website under cyber attack

WASHINGTON — The website of the Swedish prosecutor’s office pursuing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange came under cyber attack on Tuesday in the latest salvo by his online supporters. PandaLabs, the malware detection laboratory for computer security firm Panda Security, said the prosecutor’s website, aklagare.se, was brought down by members of…

US trains Mexican military for escalating drug war

The United States is supplying intelligence and crucial training to elite units of Mexican marines who are engaged in an operation against drug cartels, The Washington Post reported late Friday. Citing unnamed diplomats and law enforcement officials, the newspaper said the effort includes more information-sharing and training than previously known.…

Karzai: US should reduce military operations

WASHINGTON — Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said that the United States must reduce the visibility and intensity of its military operations in Afghanistan, The Washington Post reported. The United States should end special operations forces raids that aggravate Afghans and could exacerbate the Taliban insurgency, Karzai said in an…

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