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Tehran Signals Intention To Normalize Relations With Riyadh – Citizen Truth

“We should establish security in the Gulf and Strait of Hormuz through expanding our cooperation and preventing foreign powers to interfere.” – Iranian President Rouhani. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani expressed on Tuesday his country’s willingness to normalize ties with the Sunni-majority influential Arab Gulf country of Saudi Arabia. “Iran believes that there is no problem […] […]

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Meet the man behind the shop most people aren’t allowed to visit

LANGLEY, Va. – There’s a room in the main building of the Central Intelligence Agency stocked with secret sauce. Barbecue sauce, that is. It’s available by the bottle: $12.99 plus tax, complete with a “Top Secret” label and the official CIA seal. Nearby are a display of infant onesies stamped “the result of an UNDERCOVER operation”; a rack of ties designed to look like burn bags (the bags government spies ignite to disappear classified materials); and a basket of plush “secret squirrels” inspired by the ones scurrying about on the Langley grounds. “We like wordplay and fun things,” Mark Wiggins says of the merchandise. Wiggins is executive director of the CIA gift shop, a one-of-a-kind souvenir store that most of the world can’t visit. He greets me and a photographer – and our entourage of plainclothes security chaperones – at the door to the unmarked space in the Original Headquarters Building, past the Directors Gallery, a wall of portraits of the men who’ve headed the agency since its 1947 founding (Gina Haspel’s portrait is not up yet). At 6-foot-6, Wiggins rivals the height of the sauce display. Affable and casual, he’s sporting a red polo shirt emblazoned with the agency’s circular blue logo that matches the shirts hanging in the shop’s golf section. “All right, let’s go,” he says, and with a coach’s zeal, he starts our tour at the “tchotchke wall” – his nickname for popular quick grabs, such as seal-emblazoned Bic lighters. Packages of fudge, pecans and a handful of CIA challenge coins – brass medallions commemorating various events and units – line the mahogany shelves. “Collect ’em. Gift ’em. Just have them because they’re new and awesome,” Wiggins says of the collectible coins, which also keep the store competitive with other government agency gift shops that carry their own. If you’re wondering whether… […]

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Akel calls for arrests over spy van – Cyprus Mail

President Nicos Anastasiades has asked to meet later this week with the leader of the main opposition party to discuss the issue of the ‘spy van’ operated by a company run by an ex Israeli intelligence officer. In a statement on Tuesday, the government spokesman said the meeting has been… […]

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Edward Snowden calls for the restructuring of the Internet

As for the GDPR, Snowden does not believe that it is the right solution: “I think the mistake that it makes is actually in the name: The General Data Protection Regulation misplaces the problem. The problem isn’t data protection. The problem is data collection. Regulating the protection of data presumes that the collection of data in the first place was proper that it was appropriate that it doesn’t represent a threat or a danger that it’s okay to spy on everybody all the time whether they’re your customers or whether they’re your citizens, so long as it never leaks. And I would say not only is that incorrect but if we learned anything from 2013, it’s that eventually everything leaks. It’s a bad strategy. […]

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Edward Snowden Calls GDPR a Paper Tiger. Accuses of Just Making The Spying Legal. | TechDator

The guy who’s been visioning about stringent data protections strikes again. Edward Snowden, a popular whistleblower who worked for both NSA and CIA, and responsible for leaking classified information of the American government’s mass surveillance program on global citizens in 2013. He’s contribution along with The Guardian and other news reporters surprised everyone in the […] […]