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Police were ordered to tell journalists the death of a Russian whistleblower was a ‘non-issue’: secret docs

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Newly-released confidential documents have revealed that British police were ordered to tell inquiring journalists that a Russian whistleblower’s suspicious death was a “non-issue.”

BuzzFeed News reported that documents released by the coroner overseeing the investigation into the death of Alexander Perepilichnyy show that although US intelligence had “high confidence” the whistleblower was killed by the Kremlin, the officer leading the investigation was to downplay the Russian’s death when interviewed about it.

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Perepilichnyy, a financier, left Russia in 2009 and later handed documents over to Swiss prosecutors alleging the Kremlin was involved in a fraud scheme soon after. In 2012, he collapsed while jogging, and his death along with lawyer Sergei Magnistky exposed potential Russian assassinations in the UK.

Minutes from a meeting about the financier’s death reveal that Olivia Pinkney, then the assistant chief constable of Surrey, instructed detective superintendent Ian Pollard to coordinate with the police’s media office “and make it a non-issue.” Perepilichnyy’s death was classified as “unexplained and under investigation” in the cache of documents released by the coroner following a request from BuzzFeed, and the initial autopsy on him was “inconclusive.”

Despite her instructions, the report noted, Pinkney also criticized Surrey police for missing multiple opportunities to fully investigate whether Perepilichnyy was murdered.


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Pennsylvania Republican senator arrested and charged with possession of child pornography

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According to a release from Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Republican state Sen. Michael Folmer has been arrested and charged with possession of child pornography.

The release said that the investigation began as the result of a CyberTip about Tumblr discovering that a user had uploaded child pornography onto their site. It ultimately led to the home of Folmer in Lebanon, PA. A search warrant yielded images on Folmer's phone.

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Netanyahu refuses to concede after he falls short — blames media instead

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Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, refused to concede after being down in the election night polls. Like the last election, Netanyahu is claiming his own personal victory and blaming the media for all of his woes.

Senior Diplomatic correspondent Barak Ravid, at Channel 13 News in Tel-Aviv, was live-tweeting the election results late Tuesday night.

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"Netanyahu says Israel needs a Zionist government that is committed for Israel as a Jewish state. No government can be based on support from Arab parties," Ravid said.

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Mitch McConnell crony running for Kentucky AG is ineligible for office: lawsuit

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On Tuesday, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported that a new lawsuit seeks to remove Daniel Cameron from the ballot as the Kentucky GOP's nominee for state attorney general.

According to the lawsuit, filed by retired union worker and "concerned citizen" Joseph Leon Jackson Sr. in Jefferson Circuit Court, Cameron does not meet the office requirement of having practiced law for eight years — because although he was admitted by the Kentucky Bar Association in 2011, he spent two of the following years clerking for U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove.

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