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Venezuela’s ex-spy chief promotes possible presidential bid

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A former spy chief under the late leader Hugo Chavez is emerging as a political player in turbulent Venezuela, mistrusted by the opposition and despised by the government as he travels the country in a possible bid for the presidency. Miguel Rodriguez Torres is a longshot …

Reported treason arrests fuel Russian hacking intrigue

MOSCOW (AP) — In the days since it emerged that four men had been arrested on treason charges linked to cyber intelligence and Russia’s domestic security agency, conspiracy theories and speculation about the case have swept through Moscow. Was it some fallout from the alleged Russian hacking of the U.S. …

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“I am always busy. I have a backlog of things to do: legal, administrative, press inquiries, and writing — lots of writing. Being me is a full-time job.” ~CHELSEA MANNING on her life in prison as she serves the longest sentence ever imposed for disclosing government secrets. Source: Quotation of …

Soviet defector’s trove of KGB secrets made public

CAMBRIDGE, England (AP) — The papers spent years hidden in a milk churn beneath a Russian dacha and read like an encyclopedia of Cold War espionage. Original documents from one of the biggest intelligence leaks in history — a who’s who of Soviet spying — were released Monday after being …

Tour Iran? Operators Hope So – NYTimes.com

At the top of the agenda of Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, is fixing the country’s crumbling economy, and promoting international tourism is part of his solution. Mr. Rouhani wants the number of foreign visitors to more than double, to 10 million from 4 million, each year, according to a …

Double Take ‘Toons: Whistle Blown? : NPR

The from Bradley Manning’s trial means he could still face lengthy imprisonment for theft and espionage as the sentencing phase of his trial begins. Alfredo Martirena wonders how fairly justice will be meted out, while Randall Enos has no doubts about what should happen. Alfredo Martirena Randall Enos/Cagle Cartoons Double …