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North Korea says CIA sent lumberjack to assassinate Kim Jong-un with radioactive material at Day of the Sun parade

North Korea says CIA sent lumberjack to assassinate Kim Jong-un with radioactive material at Day of the Sun parade

North Korea has accused the CIA and South Korea of trying to assassinate Kim Jong-Un with a biochemical weapon.

The secretive country made the astonishing claim today as tensions continue to increase between the state and America.

Credits: AFP© Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: AFP In a statement, the North’s Ministry of State Security said “the last-ditch effort” of U.S. “imperialists” and the South had gone “beyond the limits”.

It also said such a “pipe-dream” could never succeed.

The country claimed the US’s Central Intelligence Agency and South Korea’s Intelligence Services (IS) “hatched a vicious plot” against its “supreme leadership”.

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It alleged the organisations infiltrated a “hideous terrorists’ group” into North Korea “to commit state-sponsored terrorism” by use of “bio-chemical substance”.

The alleged assassination plot was due to be carried out during Day of the Sun celebrations in Pyongyang in April, according to the state and media reports.

Credits: Rex Features© Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Rex Features It involved “biochemical substances” – such as radioactive substances or nano poisonous substances – although it is unclear exactly which ones.

It also involved a North Korean lumberjack-turned-“assassin”, known only by his surname, “Kim”, according to the North’s KCNA news agency.

The worker was allegedly “corrupted” by the CIA and IS and transformed into “a terrorist full of repugnance and revenge against the supreme leadership of the DPRK.”

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According to the KCNA, the Ministry of State Security statement said: “The Central Intelligence Agency of the U.S. and the Intelligence Service of south Korea, hotbed of evils in the world, hatched a vicious plot to hurt the supreme leadership of the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] and those acts have been put into the extremely serious phase of implementation after crossing the threshold of the DPRK.

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“A hideous terrorists’ group, which the CIA and the IS infiltrated into the DPRK on the basis of covert and meticulous preparations to commit state-sponsored terrorism against the supreme leadership of the DPRK by use of bio-chemical substance, has been recently detected.”

The U.S. Embassy in Seoul and South Korea’s Intelligence Service were not immediately available for comment.

The U.S. military has said CIA director Mike Pompeo visited South Korea this week and met the IS chief for discussions.

KCNA claimed the two intelligence services “ideologically corrupted” and bribed the North Korean lumberjack surnamed “Kim”.

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“They hatched a plot of letting human scum Kim commit bomb terrorism targeting the supreme leadership during events at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun and at military parade and public procession after his return home,” KCNA reported.

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“They told him that assassination by use of biochemical substances including radioactive substance and nano poisonous substance is the best method that does not require access to the target, their lethal results will appear after six or twelve months…

“Then they handed him over $20,000 on two occasions and a satellite transmitter-receiver and let him get versed in it.”

North Korea conducted an annual military parade, featuring a display of missiles and overseen by top leader Kim Jong-un and his right-hand men on April 15 and then a large, live-fire artillery drill 10 days later.

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KCNA, which often carries shrill, bellicose threats against the United States, gave lengthy details about the alleged plot but said it could never be accomplished.

“Criminals going hell-bent to realize such a pipe dream cannot survive on this land even a moment,” it said.

The allegations come after Kim said he was considering a plan to strike South Korea as he visited military bases near the border yesterday.

He also called for combat readiness.

Kim visited military units on Jangjae and Mu islets located near South Korea’s front-line Yeongpyeong Island – less than 10 miles from North Korea.

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The units are believed to be the location of multiple rocket launchers and artillery pieces and is within sight of South Korea.

Kim “acquainted and examined the plan for fire strike of the newly organized forces at the objects of the enemy”, South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported.

It added that the North Korean leader was considering a plan to strike South Korea.

Tension on the Korean peninsula has been high for weeks, driven by concern that North Korea might conduct its sixth nuclear test or test-launch another ballistic missile in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

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Reclusive North Korea warned this week that U.S. hostility had brought the region to the brink of nuclear war.

During his visit yesterday, Kim went to the units on a small military vessel, the South Korean military believe.

North Korea shelled Yeongpyeong Island in November 2010, leaving four people dead, the agency said.

The Yonhap News Agency said a South Korean Marine Corps commander inspected troops near the Western maritime border on Thursday.

Any provocations by North Korea, he said, will be retaliated against.

One of the sources for the reports of the Kim inspection was a North Korean newspaper, Rodong Sinmun.

The paper featured pictures of the visits and reported he received reports on the movements of the “South Korean puppet army”.

“He said that the KPA elite artillery group defending the southwestern front should keep highly alert to break the backbone of the enemy once ordered,” the newspaper reported.

Kim also tasted water in a newly-built room for turning sea water into fresh water.

“He was greatly satisfied with the combat readiness and the soldiers’ living of the two defence detachments, he said, adding he confirmed that all the combat positions are fully ready for combat and to go into action,” the newspaper reported.

On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Washington was working on more sanctions against North Korea if it takes steps that merit a new response.

He also warned other countries their firms could face so-called secondary sanctions for doing illicit business with Pyongyang.

Tillerson said the Trump administration had been “leaning hard into China … to test their willingness to use their influence, their engagement with the regime”.

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Washington Post-CIA connection undermines Post’s election-hack claim

Washington Post-CIA connections destroy Post’s “election-hack” claim

By Jon Rappoport

“The CIA says” is never a great way to start a sentence. But that’s the basis of the latest charge that Russia hacked the US presidential election.

 

Members of Congress have now been secretly briefed by the CIA on “the Russian affair,” and media, led by the Washington Post, are running with the story that Russia influenced the US election on the side of Trump.

 

Until and unless the denizens of Langley decide to show specific and convincing evidence for their claim, this is disinformation.

 

It’s easy to assemble a circumstantial case. But each case has to be judged on its own merits, and the devil is in the details. If we aren’t privy to those details in the “Russian affair,” no judgement is possible. Of course, major media outlets don’t seem bothered by that. They’re happy to cite the CIA as an authority—conveniently ignoring the fact that people in the intelligence field are taught to lie. It’s their stock in trade.

 

You might remember the Washington Post’s role in defaming and destroying Gary Webb, who, in 1996, published a series of articles in the Mercury News about the CIA seeding black Los Angeles neighborhoods with crack cocaine. The Post basically asked the CIA whether the charge was true, and when the Agency denied it, the Post attacked Webb as a “fake news” reporter. The same Washington Post is now leading the campaign to tie the Russian government to Hillary Clinton’s defeat. And the Post, once again, is using unproven statements from the CIA to back up their claim.

 

I could go on and on about the Post and its historic CIA ties. But now, right now, the owner of the Post is Jeff Bezos, who also owns Amazon. And Amazon has a $600 million contract to provide the CIA cloud computing services.

 

Boom.

 

Ordinarily, that would be called a fatal conflict of interest, whenever the Post opens up its yap about the CIA in any context.

 

However, mainstream news outlets, the very big ones, don’t go around criticizing each other’s ownerships; so the Bezos-CIA relationship is conveniently ignored and left “in the past.”

 

An honest lead paragraph on the current Russia-CIA-Trump allegations in the Post, however, would start this way:

 

“Our paper is owned by Jeff Bezos, and Jeff is making $600 million to provide the CIA with computing services, so take everything below with a grain of salt the size of Langley.”

 

Going one step further, Amazon and the CIA are both in the data-collecting business. What are the chances that Amazon, in the interest of “national security,” has been sharing its massive customer data with the CIA and other US intelligence agencies?

 

This should lead to another conflict-of-interest statement from the Washington Post: “As you read any article in our paper, keep in mind that our owner may be data-mining you and passing the information to the CIA. Have a nice day.”

 

Am I being too hard on Amazon? Do they have the basic guts to stand up to the intelligence community and resist its demands? Here is what author Norman Solomon had to say about that in 2014 (Huffington Post):

“Amazon’s trajectory into the CIA’s spooky arms may be a bit more than just corporate eagerness to land a lucrative contract. In late 2010 – amid intense public interest in documents that WikiLeaks was posting to illuminate U.S. actions overseas – Amazon took a notable step. As the Guardian reported at the time, Amazon ‘pulled the plug on hosting the whistleblowing website in reaction to heavy political pressure.’

 

“It didn’t take much for Amazon to cave. ‘The company announced it was cutting WikiLeaks off … only 24 hours after being contacted by the staff of Joe Lieberman, chairman of the Senate’s committee on homeland security,’ the Guardian noted.”

 

Let’s see. In 2010, Amazon cuts off WikiLeaks, proving its willingness to cave to the intelligence community.

 

In 2013, Jeff Bezos, the owner of Amazon, buys the Washington Post.

 

In 2016, during the presidential campaign, WikiLeaks releases tons of email data exposing Hillary Clinton, the Democratic National Committee, and associated players.

 

In 2016, after Clinton loses, the CIA—now Amazon’s business partner, and by extension, the Washington Post’s business partner—tells the Post that Russia influenced the election on behalf of Trump, and also implies/asserts that Russian hackers supplied Wikileaks with those tons of email data…

 

And the Washington Post accepts what its business partner, the CIA, is saying at face value and then leads the charge to blame Russia for handing the election to Trump.

 

The Post doubles down and absurdly accuses numerous sites and blogs of being a) “fake” and b) conscious or unconscious dupes of the Russian government.

 

A nice neat package.

 

Who exactly is the fake news outlet?

 

BBC: Obama reaffirms support for CIA

If the CIA is so worthy an institution, why have those responsible for 9/11 not yet been punished?

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US President Barack Obama has told the CIA it remains key to protecting the country, days after releasing memos on its harsh interrogation techniques.

In a visit to CIA HQ to boost morale, he acknowledged recent “difficult” days but told staff they were needed to fight threats from al-Qaeda and piracy.

Mr Obama has already said CIA staff would not be prosecuted for the methods, which critics say are torture.

It was revealed earlier two al-Qaeda suspects were waterboarded 266 times.

On his first visit to the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, Mr Obama said he would “vigorously” protect the agency, just as it protected the US.

“Don’t be discouraged by what’s happened in the last few weeks,” Mr Obama told a large audience who applauded and cheered when he first appeared before them.

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Radio New Zealand: Vast computer spy network uncovered

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An electronic spy network based mainly in China has infiltrated computers in government offices around the world, say Canadian researchers.

Hackers are reported to have stolen documents from governments and international organisations, including that of the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

In a report provided to the New York Times, a team from the Munk Center for International Studies in Toronto said at least 1,295 computers in 103 countries had been breached in less than two years by the spy system, which it dubbed GhostNet.

Embassies, foreign ministries, government offices and the Dalai Lama’s Tibetan exile centers in India, Brussels, London and New York were among those infiltrated, said the researchers, who have detected computer espionage in the past.

The researchers concluded that computers based almost exclusively in China were responsible for the intrusions, although they stopped short of saying the Chinese government was involved in the system, which they described as still active.

Researcher Ronald Deibert said the CIA or the Russians could well be behind the network. “It’s a murky realm that we’re lifting the lid on,” he said.

A spokesman for the Chinese Consulate in New York dismissed the idea China was involved, telling the newspaper that the stories are nonsense.

The Toronto researchers began their sleuthing after a request from the office of the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, to examine its computers for signs of malicious software, or malware.

The network they found possessed remarkable “Big Brother-style” capabilities, allowing it, among other things, to turn on the camera and audio-recording functions of infected computers for potential in-room monitoring, the report said.

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