Newsbite 27/01/2015

Quote of the day

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. -John F. Kennedy

Codename Merlin

It could be the plot of a Hollywood movie, except for the fact that it isn’t a movie, it is very real. Back in 2006, the New York Times reported James Risen published top-secret documents about a CIA plot called: “Operation Merlin” that was active during the Clinton Administration. Operation Merlin’s aim was to mess with Iran’s Nuclear Weapon programme by providing Iran with faulty weapon blueprints, issued by a Russian Nuclear engineer (codename: “Merlin”).

Risen’s article sparked a CIA search for Risen’s source, who yesterday has been identified as formed CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling. Sterling has been found guilty of nine federal charges, including espionage. His sentence will be spoken on April 24th.

According to persecutors Sterling likely leaked much of the information to Risen (for Risen’s book and the “Operation Merlin” article) because Sterling was fired in the early 2000’s.

Kobani declared free by Kurds

Yesterdays the Kurds that have been fighting against ISIS have declared that the ISIS fighters have been driven out of the city of Kobani.

Eqyptian doctor on trial

For the first time an Egyptian doctor faces trial for female genital mutilation that killed a teenage girl. Female genital mutilation was banned in Eqypt in 2008 because of it’s many health and psychological effects on a girl. The World Health Organisation estimates that around 140 million women around the world have been mutilated. The doctor has been sentenced to more than two years of prison, and his practice was ordered to close.

Russian spy inquiry

According to Vice news, the United Kingdom has launched a public inquiry to the death of Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko who died in 2006 as a result of radiation poisoning. He was poisoned by radioactive polonium-210 poisoning after drinking tea with two Russians (Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun) in the Millennium hotel in London. According to the Litvinenko family lawyer, Ben Emmerson, said that Litvinenko was “eliminated” because he had made an enemy of the “close knit group of criminals who surrounded and still surround Vladimir Putin and keep his corrupt regime in power”. According to investigators, three attempts to Litvinenko’s life were made before he died.

Featured image via: weheartit


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