US spied on Russian President Medvedev at 2009 G20 summit – NSA leaks
As Britain readies to host the G8 summit, the documents uncovered by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have revealed that back in 2009 US spies intercepted top-secret communications of then Russian president, Dmitry Medvedev, during his visit to London.
The shocking news was broken by The Guardian which has seen the documents. It also revealed that a UK intelligence agency, [...]
China has tightened the screws on its infamous web-filtering system, according to virtual private network providers.
The Great Firewall of China has been enhanced to “learn, discover and block” encrypted VPN protocols. Machine learning algorithms have been applied to carry out encrypted traffic analysis, something advocated by Fan Bingxing, the founding father of China’s web filtering system.
China Unicom drops connections where a VPN is detected, The Guardian reports. Astrill, an application that provides [...]
Dec 14, 2012
The Guardian reports:
CIA agents tortured a German citizen, sodomising, shackling, and beating him, as Macedonian state police looked on, the European court of human rights said in a historic judgment released on Thursday.
“The grand chamber of the European court of human rights unanimously found that Mr el-Masri was subjected to forced disappearance, unlawful detention, extraordinary rendition outside any judicial process, and inhuman and degrading treatment” ….
“Masri’s treatment at Skopje airport at the hands [...]
August 25, 2012
The Guardian reports:
“Johnson did not fire at police, according to law enforcement, but he did raise his gun. Nine civilians – four women and five men – were shot or grazed by the two officers who shot Johnson dead.”
Initial reports suggested the shooter shot the bystanders, additionally it was suggested the cops had “returned fire,” which has also been proven wrong.
One of the shooting victims says police fired “randomly” into [...]
Europe has dominated headlines in recent weeks, with the election of France’s new president François Hollande, and the crumbling state of Greece as leaders grapple with the country’s possible exit from the Euro and repeated and failed attempts to form a new government. Austerity measures often feature heavily within these debates about the state of the European Union, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel often touted as the fiscally conservative head of [...]