Some Plausible Alternatives to the Election Hack

On Friday, the political establishment whipped itself into a fury over the release of an unclassified version of the Director of National Intelligence’s report on the purported Russian hacking of the 2016 election. The report, entitled Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections, was long on hyperbole—but woefully short on substance.


Plastic Rice Confiscated in Nigeria


Nigeria has confiscated 2.5 tonnes of “plastic rice” smuggled into the country by unscrupulous businessmen, the customs service says.

The “plastic rice” looks very realistic

Lagos customs chief Haruna Mamudu said the fake rice was intended to be sold in markets during the festive season.

He said the rice was very sticky after it


Japan’s Secret Meetings with North Korea

Japanese officials have been meeting secretly with North Korea’s ruling party in recent months, according to sources.

Senior officials from the Japanese and North Korean foreign ministries hold talks in Stockholm in May 2014. | KYODO

The back-channel meetings are an apparent attempt to make progress on pending issues through a different route


China Claims Drone was Spy Related, Just Tip of Iceburg

A US military underwater drone recently seized by China in the waters of the South China Sea is just one small instance of American hostility in the area, according to a recent op-ed.

To China’s chagrin, the discovery of the waterborne drone is another example of US efforts to maintain control of the region,


Unexplained: Video Shows Apparent Light Beam Migrating to Clouds

Unidentified Flying Objects or UFOs put up a rare appearance here or there somewhere. In a new video, a UFO can be seen bursting through clouds and appearing to shoot a bolt of lightning into the ground.

The video was reportedly published by a Spanish Facebook group and has since gone viral with speculation


FBI Agent Accused of Leaking Major Case Information to News Outlets

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U.S. prosecutors said on Friday that an FBI agent had confessed to being a “significant source” of leaks to journalists covering an insider trading probe involving a famed Las Vegas sports gambler as well as professional golfer Phil Mickelson.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan, who are pursuing the case against gambler William “Billy” Walters, said


China Defends Right to Bear Weapons in South China Sea

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China defended its right on Thursday to put “necessary military installations” on artificial islands in the South China Sea, after a U.S. think-tank said Beijing appeared to have deployed weapons such as anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems.

The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies said its findings, made


Reasons The Presidential Election Couldn’t Have Been Hacked

1. Why is it unlikely the presidential election can be swayed by a hack? The American election system is decentralized by design, with state, county and local governments all managing voting. Even though many precincts use voting machines, none are connected to the Internet, nor are they connected to each other. That’s not to


Snowden May Have Had Foreign Intelligence Connections Before Stealing Info

Exclusive: Leaked doc shows Russian spies from Cuba met Ecuadorean counterparts in Quito on April 4th, 2013 The letter of credentials was held in Ecuador’s London Embassy among intelligence files marked ‘Assange’ Julian Assange tried to arrange Snowden’s asylum in Ecuador Snowden originally planned to fly there via Cuba – but never boarded


CIA Says Russia Intervened to Help Trump Win Election

The CIA has concluded that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help President-elect Donald Trump win the White House, and not just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, the Washington Post reported on Friday.

Citing U.S. officials briefed on the matter, the Post said intelligence agencies had identified individuals with connections


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