Why the arrest of a Huawei boss puts US-China relations in jeopardy

The chief financial officer of the world’s largest manufacturer of telecommunications equipment was arrested in Canada at the apparent request of US prosecutors. On Saturday night, Chinese president Xi Jinping and Donald Trump sat down in Buenos Aires for dinner as part of the G20 summit in Argentina. Despite the US president’s aggressive campaign language, the two have always seemed to have
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Fed up with Facebook, US fund managers look for alternatives

Author:  Reuters ID:  1544101450144591200 Thu, 2018-12-06 12:00 NEW YORK: Facebook Inc’s losses are becoming other companies’ gains. Concerns about the social media giant’s declining profit margins and battered reputation have prompted 93 US mutual funds to completely sell out of their positions in the company so far this year, exacerbating a roughly 35 percent decline in Facebook’s share price
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Headlines for December 6, 2018

Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions Rise to Record High in 2018, WHO Says Meeting Paris Climate Goal Would Save Millions of Lives, Quebec Youth Sue Canada, Citing Gross Negligence on Climate Change, Barclays Customers Demand Divestment from Tar Sands Pipelines, George H.W. Bush Remembered at Washington National Cathedral, Canada Arrests Huawei Executive for Extradition to U.S., Trump Praises Chinese Death Penalty for Drug Dealers, Wisconsin Republicans Complete Legislative Power Grab, Michigan Republicans Move to Limit Power of Incoming Democratic Leaders, NYT:
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At 2am, Britain’s largest wholesale market buzzes with thoughts of Brexit and purple Brussels sprouts

Hit hard by nouvelle cuisine and the financial crash, seasonal trade here isn’t what it once was. At the height of the heatwave the Metro screamed “Cancel Christmas, a Brussels sprout shortage is looming!”, blaming three months of dry weather for the delay in planting. But on a dark, damp night in late November, Matt Mole of P&I Fruits –
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With Michael Cohen’s guilty plea, the Mueller inquiry heats up

Trump’s former fixer’s deal with prosecutors confirms that the president lied about his Russian business interests It can be easy, given the steady drip-drip of news and intrigue related to the Mueller Inquiry, to lose sight of the bigger picture. By pleading guilty to lying to Congress, Donald Trump’s former fixer Michael Cohen, confirmed the extraordinary ( though long suspected ) information
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Davis and Raab messed Britain up then ran away – and now they’ve got the award to prove it

For Britain, Brexit is lose-lose. For its former Brexit secretaries, it’s the opposite.  Last night, hours after the Bank of England warned of a no-deal Brexit sending the UK headfirst into a recession worse than that of the 2008 financial crash, two men stood, suited and booted and beaming, on a stage in a five-star hotel just across London, ready to collect their
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Davis and Raab messed Britain up then ran away – and now they’ve got the award to prove it

For Britain, Brexit is lose-lose. For its former Brexit secretaries, it’s the opposite.  Last night, hours after the Bank of England warned of a no-deal Brexit sending the UK headfirst into a recession worse than that of the 2008 financial crash, two men stood, suited and booted and beaming, on a stage in a five-star hotel just across London, ready to collect their
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What on earth is going on with WikiLeaks, Trump and Russia?

Recent revelations suggest close communication between the Trump team and Julian Assange, but there is plenty of other evidence of links between both them and Russia.  On Tuesday, the Guardian published an apparent bombshell: allegations that Paul Manafort – Donald Trump’s convention manager and one-time campaign chairman – had met with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on multiple occasions in Ecuador’s
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Headlines for November 28, 2018

U.N. Report Warns World Falling Far Behind on Paris Climate Goals, Mexico Agrees to U.S. Demand to Hold Asylum Seekers While Claims Are Decided, Trump Administration Defends Tear Gas Use at U.S.-Mexico Border, Border Patrol Fired Tear Gas Dozens of Times Under President Obama, U.S. Waived Background Checks for Staff at Jail for Migrant Children, Mississippi: GOP's Cindy Hyde-Smith, Who Posed as Confederate Soldier, Wins Senate Seat, Ukraine's President Warns of "Full-Fledged War" with Russia, Trump "Not Even a Little
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'This Is Sketchy': Critics Warn Against Blind Acceptance of Explosive Guardian Report About Secret Manafort-Assange Meetings

Jake Johnson, staff writer After the Guardian sent the punditry into a frenzy on Tuesday by publishing a bombshell report alleging that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort secretly met with WikiLeaks founder and editor Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy in London during the 2016 presidential race, journalists and critics were quick to warn against blindly accepting the claims made in the piece due to the story's scant material evidence, anonymous sources, and explosive
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A Worn Out Welcome: Ecuadorian Embassy Sours on Julian Assange

In 2012, Julian Assange was granted political asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Today, even as he faces the threat of a possible U.S. indictment, the new Ecuadorian leadership would like to get rid of their guest.
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Snowden Speaks Out for Assange: 'If You Would Deny a Thing to Your Enemy, It Is Not a Right'

Jon Queally, staff writer Acknowledging that many people have come to "despise" Assange over the years for a variety of reasons, Snowden declared: "If you would deny a thing to your enemy, it is not a right. What do you stand for?"
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Exclusive: WikiLeaks Lawyer Warns U.S. Charges Against Assange Endanger Press Freedom Worldwide

The Justice Department has inadvertently revealed that it has prepared an indictment against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. In an unusual development, language about the charges against Assange was copied and pasted into an unrelated court filing that was recently unsealed. In the document, Assistant U.S. Attorney Kellen S. Dwyer wrote, "Due to the sophistication of the defendant and the publicity surrounding the case, no other procedure is likely to keep confidential the fact that Assange has been charged." The news
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Headlines for November 16, 2018

Deadly NorCal Wildfire Kills At Least 63; 631 Reported Missing, Wildfire Smoke Creates Hazardous Air Quality in NorCal, DOJ Accidentally Reveals Indictments Against WikiLeaks' Assange, Florida Senate Race Heads to Manual Recount, Democrats Score House Wins in Maine, California, U.S. Sanctions 17 Saudis over Khashoggi Murder, White House Weighing Extradition of Exiled Turkish Cleric, Central American LGBTQ Migrants Face Additional Hurdles on Journey to U.S. Border, North Korea Deports U.S. Citizen as Kim Jong-un Oversees Weapon Test, Bangladesh Delays Plans
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'Dangerous Path for Democracy' and Dire Threat to Press Freedom: Trump DOJ's Secret Charges Against WikiLeaks' Julian Assange Revealed

Jake Johnson, staff writer Free speech advocates and civil libertarians are warning that fundamental press freedoms are under threat after the Trump Justice Department accidentally revealed in an unrelated court filing that secret charges have been filed against journalist Julian Assange.
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Updated: A guide to discredited conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi

Portions of this guide were originally published in January 2017; it has been revised and updated in light of reported developments in Mueller’s investigation. Robert Mueller has reportedly been scrutinizing Corsi Corsi reportedly could face charges related to his comments about WikiLeaks and Trump ally Roger Stone. As CNN reported, Corsi has claimed he expects to be indicted by Mueller and he “could face any number of charges
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‘Most intense’ period of Cathay Pacific data breach lasted months

Author:  AFP ID:  1542090125574602900 Tue, 2018-11-13 05:57 HONG KONG: The world’s biggest airline data breach, affecting millions of Cathay Pacific customers, was the result of a sustained cyberattack that lasted for three months, the carrier admitted, while insisting it was on alert for further intrusions. The Hong Kong-based firm was subjected to continuous breaches that were at their “most
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White women are posing as black on Instagram. Are the Kardashians to blame?

The latest Instagram trend, in which white women alter their appearances to appear more ethnic, has been branded “the Kylie Jenner effect”. Imagine following someone on Instagram, stalking their posts, watching their daily routine through their stories, feeling almost like you almost know them – and then finding out they’re an entirely different race to the one they appear as in their
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Energy shocks ‘biggest risk for Middle East business’

Author:  daniel fountain ID:  1542035238239169600 Mon, 2018-11-12 18:15 DUBAI: Potential energy price shocks are the biggest worry facing business leaders in the Middle East and North Africa, according to a report on global risk by the World Economic Forum (WEF). The prospect of sharp volatility in energy prices — the main government revenue stream in most of the countries
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Steve McQueen’s Widows is a deft, intelligent female heist flick

There isn’t much that Widows doesn’t do right or radically. A politician is arguing with his stick-in-the-mud father about the painting he’s just bought. The son says it’s art, the old man calls it wallpaper. On and on they go – art, wallpaper, art, wallpaper – until it occurs to you that a director who places this exchange near the start of
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Facebook’s data breach shows us how the internet is broken - and we’re making it worse

Online data security is fundamentally broken, and the more we link accounts the worse it will get. Online security is completely broken, and we are engineering the world to make that – possibly unfixable – problem even worse, day by day. We have a tendency to compare the online world to the offline one, so when we think of security we
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John Grant’s fourth album, Love is Magic, is a work of musical mood swings

Grant represents a very human set of contradictions. In his songs, horrific experiences are set alongside transcendent ones; cynicism alongside childlike wonder Like James Gandolfini, or Lucille Ball, John Grant got famous later in life, after 40. He’d spent the latter part of his thirties trying to kick alcohol, crack, coke and syphilis. When things weren’t working out with his band, the Czars, he’d
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Citi’s Middle East banking business is no joking matter

Sat, 2018-10-06 23:45 DUBAI: At around 6 p.m. last Tuesday, Atiq Rehman was racking his brains for a joke. The CEO of the Middle East and Africa for Citigroup, the giant American banking business, was delivering closing remarks after a one-day summit of media and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Dubai. The summit had encompassed virtually every aspect of the business of a global financial business, from trade wars to fintech, but humor
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Open Letter to Mordechai Vanunu, Fans, and Detractors

On the 32ndanniversary of his kidnapping, Israel’s nuclear whistle blower Mordechai Vanunu tweeted the image of his inked palm, which led to exposing the Mossad agent who facilitated Vanunu’s kidnapping.   The Center for Israel Education’s “This week in Israeli history” spun Vanunu’s kidnapping as a “return.” By Eileen Fleming On the way to his closed door trial in 1986, Mordechai Vanunu pressed his inked palm to the window of the transport van which read: “ I,
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STATEMENT BY HIS EXCELLENCY MR. OSMAN SALEH MOHAMMED MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE STATE OF ERITREA AT THE GENERAL DEBATE OF THE 73rd SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY STATEMENT BY HIS EXCELLENCY MR. OSMAN SALEH MOHAMMED MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE STATE OF ERITREA AT THE GENERAL DEBATE OF THE 73rd SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY NEW YORK 29 SEPTEMBER 2018
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Tortured Solutions: Ecuador, the UK and Julian Assange’s Fate

The pulse of negotiations, a flurry of communications, and the person central to this is one who threatens to go nowhere – for the moment. But go somewhere these parties would wish Julian Assange to do.  For six years, cramped within a space in London a stone’s throw away from Harrods, one he has made […]
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Seven companies named for the Palestinian Exporter award for 2017

RAMALLAH/PNN/ September 20, 2018 – The Palestine Trade Center (PalTrade) announced on Wednesday the names of the winning companies of the 2017 Palestinian Exporter Award during a ceremony held in Ramallah in the presence of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and Minister of National Economy Abeer Odeh, Minister of Agriculture Sufian Sultan, and Tourism Minister Rola …
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Europol warns on Daesh cyber threat

Author:  REBECCA SPONG ID:  1537286397274875900 Tue, 2018-09-18 18:44 LONDON: Daesh followers could be seeking cyber-attack tools from the so-called ‘digital underground,’ according to a new report from Europol. With Daesh forces having lost most of their territorial strongholds in the Middle East since 2016, the terror organization has increasingly retreated to the web to continue its campaign. The annual
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Free Press Advocates Alarmed by US Government's "Terrifying" Secret Rules for Spying on Journalists

Jessica Corbett, staff writer Journalists and free press advocates are responding with alarm to newly released documents revealing the U.S. government's secret rules for using Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court orders to spy on reporters, calling the revelations "important" and "terrifying."
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Government Can Spy on Journalists in the U.S. Using Invasive Foreign Intelligence Process

Newly released documents illuminate the little-known use of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court orders against journalists. The post Government Can Spy on Journalists in the U.S. Using Invasive Foreign Intelligence Process appeared first on The Intercept .
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Trump Declassifying Page, Ohr Records Will Have Broader Effects

President Donald Trump plans to declassify documents as early as this week about the FBI’s surveillance of campaign advisor Carter Page pursuant to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), as well as “the investigative activities of senior Justice Department lawyer Bruce Ohr,” according to a report in Axios.…   continue »
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‘All the Roads Leading to Agadez and Italy are Dangerous’

El Adama Diallo left his home in Senegal on Oct. 28, 2016, with dreams of reaching Europe in his heart and a steely determination that made him take an alternative, dangerous route to get there despite the absence of regular migration papers in his pocket. It was a journey that took him from West Africa—through […] The post ‘All the Roads Leading to Agadez and Italy are Dangerous’ appeared first on Inter Press Service .
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BA apologizes after 380,000 customers hit in cyberattack

Author:  Reuters ID:  1536339131831278800 Fri, 2018-09-07 15:32 LONDON: British Airways apologized on Friday after the credit card details of hundreds of thousands of its customers were stolen over a two-week period in the most serious attack on its website and app. The airline discovered on Wednesday that bookings made between Aug. 21 and Sept. 5 had been infiltrated in
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The Intersectional Jewish-American

In 1967, the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) published a two-page spread in its Newsletter on “The Palestine Problem.” The group was in the midst of transitioning from being an American civil rights group to a “human rights” organization with an international outlook. SNCC wanted to show the connection between injustices everywhere—but their soon-to-be estranged American-Jewish allies had no such inclination, at least with regards to the newly occupied Palestinian territories. A Diaspora Divided
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The Perils of the Ultra-Orthodox Alliance

The weeks before the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, breaks for summer recess are often a telling time. It’s when the government tries to cram through as many contentious yet politically expedient laws as possible to increase its chances of survivability come fall. A case in point is the passage, in July, of the so-called Nation-State bill. The law, which is akin to a constitutional amendment, entrenches national self-determination in Israel as a right “unique to the Jewish people.” It spells out, for the first time since Israel’s
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Banning Chelsea Manning: The Dubious Tests of Character

National security advocates have been crotchety ever since the release of Chelsea Manning for a sentence they hoped would go the full, crushing 35 years. Her sins were intimately tied up with making WikiLeaks the publisher of fame, less than fortune: the disclosure of 750,000 classified diplomatic and military documents which revealed, to various degrees, […]
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Robotel: Japan hotel staffed by robot dinosaurs

Author:  Raito ONO | AFP ID:  1535748211411044900 Fri, 2018-08-31 08:55 URAYASU, Japan: The reception at the Henn na Hotel east of Tokyo is eerily quiet until customers approach the robot dinosaurs manning the front desk. Their sensors detect the motion and they bellow “Welcome.” It might be about the weirdest check-in experience possible, but that’s exactly the point at
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Global Outcry After Australia Moves to Ban Entry of Whistleblower Chelsea Manning

Jon Queally, staff writer Human rights groups and free speech defenders around the world are speaking out on Thursday after the Australian government moved aggressively to block Chelsea Manning—the U.S. Army whistleblower who was imprisoned by her own government after leaking hundreds of thousands of military and diplomatic document, including evidence of war crimes—from entering the country as part of a global speaking tour.
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What Happened at the Court: The Hasbajrami Oral Argument on Section 702 of FISA and the Fourth Amendment

On August 27, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit heard argument in United States v. Hasbajrami , a case that raises several challenges to the constitutionality of surveillance under  Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) .…   continue »
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James Risen: Reality Winner's Sentence Is One of the Worst Miscarriages of Justice in Recent History

NSA whistleblower Reality Winner was handed the longest sentence ever imposed in federal court for leaking government information to the media Thursday. She is the first person to be sentenced under the Espionage Act since President Trump took office. Winner was arrested by FBI agents at her home in Augusta, Georgia, on June 3, 2017, two days before The Intercept published an exposé revealing Russian military intelligence conducted a cyberattack on at least one U.S. voting software company just days
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'Complete Joke': Democrats Ripped for Totally Failing to Grill FCC Chair Ajit Pai Over Net Neutrality Cyberattack Lies

Jake Johnson, staff writer Anyone who was expecting Democrats to aggressively and intelligently grill FCC chair Ajit Pai over his egregious lies about his agency's fabricated "cyberattack" story or his deeply unpopular net neutrality repeal was disappointed after the Senate Commerce Committee's much-anticipated oversight hearing on Thursday, which ultimately ended up being a "complete joke" that produced little of substance and few answers to important questions.
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Denouncing 'Wanton Disregard for Congress and the American People,' Dems Call on Ajit Pai to Come Clean About False FCC Cyberattack

Jessica Corbett, staff writer "Lawmakers are rightly demanding answers. But they should also act immediately to overrule Ajit Pai's corrupt gutting of net neutrality."
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Intel Professionals Plead for Humanitarian Asylum for Julian Assange

Memorandum for: The US Embassies of Ecuador and the United Kingdom, and the U.S. State Department From: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity Subject: Humanitarian Asylum for Julian Assange For six years, WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange has been effectively imprisoned without charges at Ecuador’s London embassy. In that time, two international courts and dozens of respected … Continue reading "Intel Professionals Plead for Humanitarian Asylum for Julian Assange" The post Intel Professionals Plead for Humanitarian Asylum
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Jewish Nation-State Law: Why Israel Was Never a Democracy

The head of the Arab Joint List Alliance at the Israeli Knesset (Parliament), Aymen Odeh, described the passing of the racist Jewish Nation-state Law as “the death of our democracy.” Did Odeh truly believe that, prior to this law, he had lived in a true democracy? 70 years of Israeli Jewish supremacy, genocide, ethnic cleansing, … Continue reading "Jewish Nation-State Law: Why Israel Was Never a Democracy" The post Jewish Nation-State Law: Why Israel Was
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Assange’s Freedom, Democracy’s Last Line of Defense

Over 50 years ago, in his letter from the Birmingham Jail, addressing a struggle of the civil right era, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote, "We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people." His message … Continue reading "Assange’s Freedom, Democracy’s Last Line of Defense" The post Assange’s Freedom, Democracy’s Last Line of Defense
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21st Century Witchcraft: The Real Election Meddlers

The most chilling thing about the just released Carter Page FISA application is right at the top. It essentially says that if you talk to any foreign government not approved by Washington about any civilian topic such as energy policy, you can be accused of being a foreign agent, wiretapped and charged with a crime: … Continue reading "21st Century Witchcraft: The Real Election Meddlers" The post 21st Century Witchcraft: The Real Election Meddlers
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Senegal looks to expand cooperation with China after Xi visit

Senegal’s Minister of Infrastructure, Land Transport and Opening-Up Abdoulaye Daouda Diallo looks to expanding cooperation with China, especially in the area of infrastructure after Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the West African country. In 2014, Senegal proposed a plan to achieve an average economic growth rate of 7 percent by 2035. The plan consists of 27 projects with six prioritizing the development of a transport infrastructure, which will help build a broader stage for cooperation with China. China’s
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Martyrs to the Cause: Carter Page and Julian Assange

In an unprecedented move, the Justice Department has released the FISA application submitted by the FBI to spy on Carter Page, the rather hapless would-be advisor to the Trump campaign who has been smeared as a “Russian agent” – but has not been charged after almost two years. We’ve never before even seen a FISA … Continue reading "Martyrs to the Cause: Carter Page and Julian Assange" The post Martyrs to the Cause: Carter Page
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