Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Gay News and Voices: George Michael died from heart condition, coroner reveals by Mariah Cooper Tuesday March 7th, 2017 at 4:26 PM

Gay News and Voices: George Michael died from heart condition, coroner reveals 

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George Michael’s cause of death was from natural causes, a coroner has revealed.
CNN reports that a British coroner announced Michael passed away from dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver. The singer was found dead at his Oxfordshire home on Christmas day last year. He was 53.
Dilated cardiomyopathy limits the heart’s ability to pump blood and myocarditis is inflammation of the heart muscle. Fatty liver can be caused by alcohol abuse but is also seen in cases where people are overweight or obese.
Police first called Michael’s death “unexplained but not suspicious” but since the final post- mortem report has been received investigation into his death has been discontinued.
Michael’s 35-year career, which included reported substance abuse, was highly successful selling more than 100 million albums and winning two Grammy awards.


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Middle East News: US working with Israel on settlements issue, State Department says

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Netanyahu acknowledged that settlements were "an issue" in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict– if not a primary obstacle to peace.


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Voice of America: Russian Officials Cautious on How to Mark 1917 Revolution Centenary

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Russia this year is marking 100 years since the Russian Revolution ended the country's monarchy, an event that led to the creation of the Soviet Union, a communist regime that for much of the 20th century ruled an empire. Despite the significant anniversary, Russian authorities have been cautious about how to observe it, apparently fearful of inciting divisions, especially in the wake of a revolution in neighboring Ukraine. The Russian Revolution changed the course of history as the monarchy was replaced by a communist government — the world's first. "These are the greatest events — both February and October [revolutions]," said Boris Rivkin, with the historical cultural museum complex in Razliv. "One should not idealize them. But it was a turning point, a change of the state system, a change in the state of minds and social relations." Hiding place Russia's communist revolutionary leader, Vladimir Lenin, hid near the museum's countryside location for a few days in July-August 1917 in a shed, as well as a shelter made out of hay. A giant cement bust of Lenin sits near the woods outside the museum, which tells the story of Russia's Bolshevik leaders and has a small exhibit of modern art paintings of Lenin. Despite the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, its global influence continues to be felt, from former Soviet republics to other communist movements it inspired, and from Asia to Africa to South America. WATCH: Russian Monarchy Still a Touchy Issue, 100 Years After Revolution "It is impossible not to mark the revolution at all. This is a global event, and it affected the entire history of Russia and the whole world," said the State Museum of Political History's Sergey Spiridonov. "But it is quite unclear, both for the authorities and many other people, whose side to choose in this revolution," said Spiridonov. "We do not seem to support Bolsheviks anymore; we try to avoid this situation, to keep a distance from the Bolshevik ideology. But nevertheless, we realize that the present Russia is a successor of the Soviet Union." In contrast to the Soviet era, however, the Russian Revolution's centenary observances are being played down by Russian authorities, who instead are urging reconciliation and unity. "It is clear now that it is no holiday! Though this is quite a grand, significant and commemorative event for our country," said Spiridonov. "The president [Vladimir Putin] was probably right to some extent when he called for a certain national reconciliation in connection with this date, because we have not yet survived through the situation of the revolution to the very end." Spiridonov said a democratic Russia would probably be expected to honor the Provisional Government, which came to power immediately after the popular uprising against the monarchy but was then overthrown by Lenin and other communist leaders. "There is no split in society in relation to these events, but authorities are concerned about that," said the Saint Petersburg Institute of History's Igor Lukoianov. "And, they try by all means to be quite cautious in assessing those events, so as not to cause again an antagonism in society." On this 100-year anniversary, the Soviet Union's many victims are remembered as much as its achievements. The Russian Civil War, Stalin's Red Terror and Russia's involvement in World War II cost the lives of countless millions. The 2014 Ukrainian Revolution reinforced Russia's wariness of movements and radical political change at home. Russian officials called the popular uprising against Ukraine's former Moscow-leaning President Viktor Yanukovych a "coup" backed by Western governments. Yanukovych fled to Russia, which annexed Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and launched military support for rebels in eastern Ukraine. 'October Coup' Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russians increasingly refer to the "Bolshevik Revolution" as the "October Coup." "There is a difference between a coup d'etat and a revolution with masses [of people] involved," said Lukoianov. "I shall not take a risk to answer that it is the last one, but it might not be a surprise to me that power might be changed and possibly by a nonconstitutional method." A century later, the 1917 revolution that shook Russia and the world is no longer a cause for celebration, but a time for contemplation.



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U.S. says Iraq removed from travel ban partly for fight against Islamic State

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iraq was dropped from President Donald Trump's revised travel ban because of both the steps it is taking to better vet potential travelers and its cooperation in the fight to destroy Islamic State, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday.
  

The U.S. and Global Security Review: The Pentagon's top officer meets with generals fro... https://t.co/PZHVr0utv3

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USA TODAY Poll: Tweets and temperament are tripping up President Trump - USA TODAY

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USA TODAY Poll: Tweets and temperament are tripping up President Trump
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WASHINGTON — President Trump gets high marks for leadership amid growing economic optimism, a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll finds, but questions about his temperament and his tweets have cost him the political boost that a president ...

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Ex-UK spy behind alleged Trump-Russia intel dossier emerges - CBS News

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Ex-UK spy behind alleged Trump-Russia intel dossier emerges
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LONDON -- A former British spy who compiled an explosive -- and as yet unproven -- intelligence dossier on President Donald Trump's purported activities in Russia has returned to work. Christopher Steele said Tuesday he was “really pleased” to be back ...
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Is a grand conspiracy killing Russian diplomats? Or is it demographics? - Washington Post

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Is a grand conspiracy killing Russian diplomats? Or is it demographics?
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Sergei Krivov's death in New York on Election Day last year spurred its own conspiracy theorizing. A consular employee, he was apparently found dead with head trauma. The Russiandeputy foreign minister said the death was a natural one — a heart ...

Tillerson Looking at Ways for US, Russia to Move Forward on Syria - Sputnik International

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Tillerson Looking at Ways for USRussia to Move Forward on Syria
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is assessing ways in which the United States and Russia can move forward on Syria as well as on other issues, a USDepartment of State official told reporters on Tuesday. "Secretary Tillerson ...

What Russian Threat? Americans Shouldn’t Be Running Scared Of Moscow 

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American politicians should stop tempting fate by demonizing Russia and acting in ways that seem to confirm that the U.S. poses a threat to Russia.

How hard is it to get an intelligence wiretap? Pretty hard.

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Wiretaps on Americans in foreign intelligence investigations are not easy to get. And if you're a candidate for president, it's even harder.

Trump seeks Congress’ help on wiretap claim; FBI disputes it

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President Trump asks Congress for help finding evidence to support his claim that former President Obama had Trump's telephones tapped during the election.
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The Government’s Intelligence Wiki Might Be a Lockbox for Russian-Hacking Secrets 

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Analysts reportedly tucked classified information about Russian election meddling inside Intellipedia for safekeeping.

The Cyberwar Information Gap 

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un looks at a warhead tip in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency.

CIA Silent as Wikileaks Claims to Publish Thousands of Agency Files 

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Putin's Puppet Trump Claims President Obama Let Putin Walk All Over Him - PoliticusUSA

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Putin's Puppet Trump Claims President Obama Let Putin Walk All Over Him
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No talk here of Trump's ties to Russia, or of Trump pleading with Vladimir Putin to hack Hillary's emails, or of clandestine meetings between members of Trump's team and Russian intelligence agents or of Michael Flynn lying about talking to the Russian ...
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WikiLeaks releases massive CIA hacking document archive - The Hill

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WikiLeaks releases massive CIA hacking document archive
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WikiLeaks on Tuesday published a massive trove of documents purportedly pertaining to the CIA's hacking programs — the first of many document dumps the site says it has coming on the intelligence agency. The documents contain descriptions of hacking ...

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So much for Trump being Putin's puppet... - American Thinker (blog)

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So much for Trump being Putin's puppet...
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To hear left's "narrative," President Trump conspired with Russia's de facto Tsar Vladimir Putin in a deal with the devil to win the U.S. election. It's now the Black Legend of their politics – not just a bid to delegitimize Trump's presidency, but a ...

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Here's a shocker: Russia reveling in Trump disaster - Daily Kos

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Here's a shocker: Russia reveling in Trump disaster
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What do you know. It's not that Russia was rooting for Donald Trump himself so much as it was rooting for instability and incompetence taking over the United States, and Trump looked like the best vehicle for that. Now that Russia has helped him into ...

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US-Russia Competition in the Middle East Is Back - Foreign Policy (blog)

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US-Russia Competition in the Middle East Is Back
Foreign Policy (blog)
Russia views the Middle East as its near abroad, and is in the early stages of executing a long-term strategy in an attempt to return itself to the powerful stature and influence it had in the region during the heart of the Cold War. It is working to ...

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Donald Trump, the unwanted Palm Beach mansion and the Russian fertilizer king - Chicago Tribune

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Donald Trump, the unwanted Palm Beach mansion and the Russian fertilizer king
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Since the allegations about Donald Trump's business connections to Russia started to fly last year in the middle of his presidential campaign, the fog of political war has made it difficult to tell the real from the shadow. Except for one very visible ...

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WikiLeaks says it has obtained trove of CIA hacking tools - Washington Post

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WikiLeaks says it has obtained trove of CIA hacking tools
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Trump also initially sided with WikiLeaks, which disputed that its Clinton email archive had been stolen by hackers associated with Russian intelligence services. Trump dismissed the CIA's conclusion that Russia was behind the hack, but has since said ...
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British Spy Who Compiled Dossier on President Trump Speaks Out - TIME

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British Spy Who Compiled Dossier on President Trump Speaks Out
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(LONDON) — A former British spy who compiled an explosive and unproven dossier on President Donald Trump's purported activities in Russia has returned to work. Christopher Steele said Tuesday he is "really pleased" to be back in his London office ...
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Rosenstein parries calls for Russia special prosecutor

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Are Trump Advisors Accessories To A Russian Plot For European Energy Dominance? - Huffington Post

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Are Trump Advisors Accessories To A Russian Plot For European Energy Dominance?
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Russia's attempt to influence the 2016 presidential election in favor of Trump may be part of an elaborate attempt to destroy opposition to its Nordsteam 2 natural gas pipeline set to launch in 2019. ... Central and Eastern European nations in the EU ...

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Why Even Russia Is Turning on Trump - Vanity Fair

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Why Even Russia Is Turning on Trump
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Vladimir Putin has his pipelines. Donald Trump prefers skyscrapers. It was all so Potemkin, so compensatory, to Americans of a certain ilk—those who think grown-ups, including presidents, ought not to demean people with diseases or tweet or rant or ...
Russia's take on Trump: Glee gives way to frustrationCNN

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CIA providing raw intelligence to senators for Trump-Russia probe - Politico

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CIA providing raw intelligence to senators for Trump-Russia probe
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Warner emphasized that the documents were “not the extent of the information we'll need” to conduct the Intelligence Committee's Russia investigation, which will include looking into contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. The ...
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Family - Family Security Matters

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"It means there [was] some basis to believe that somebody in Trump Tower may have been acting as an agent of the Russians, for whatever purpose, not necessarily the election, but for some purpose. And the FBI keeps track of people who act as agents of ...

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Cold War Spy Series 'The Americans' Taps Into Today's Concerns About Russia - WFAE

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Cold War Spy Series 'The Americans' Taps Into Today's Concerns About Russia
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She's also embarked on a budding romance with the teen son of the next-door neighbor — who just happens to be an FBI agent investigating spies just like his seemingly innocent best-friend neighbors. Elizabeth and Philip ... But even though it's set in ...

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James Comey's SXSW Appearance Canceled, Cites Scheduling Conflict - Newsmax

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James Comey's SXSW Appearance Canceled, Cites Scheduling Conflict
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Comey has no plans to resign over the issue. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said on CNN he thinks Trump must have evidence of the wiretapping and that Comey should call for an investigation. “Jim Comey is an honorable guy,” Kelly said, “and so ...

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Poll: More than half want outside Trump-Russia probe - The Hill

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Poll: More than half want outside Trump-Russia probe
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Thirty-eight percent oppose an outside probe into alleged links between Trump's campaign andRussia, while 7 percent are unsure. Pollsters also found that most respondents have serious concerns about Russian interference in last year's White House race.

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George Michael Died of Natural Causes, Coroner Rules - PEOPLE.com

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George Michael Died of Natural Causes, Coroner Rules
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George Michael died of natural causes, the coroner investigating his death revealed early Tuesday. The legendary singer suffered a dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver, according to the senior coroner for Oxfordshire, Darren Salter.
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Trump administration pledges 'great strictness' on Iran nuclear deal

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VIENNA (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's administration pledged on Tuesday to show "great strictness" over restrictions on Iran's nuclear activities imposed by a deal with major powers, but gave little indication of what that might mean for the agreement.
  

U.S. tells China that anti-missile system in South Korea not a threat to China

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has told China that Washington's deployment of the anti-missile defense system THAAD in South Korea is a defensive measure against North Korean threats and does not pose a threat to China, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday.
  

Polish government moves to increase parliament's powers over judiciary

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WARSAW (Reuters) - The Polish government approved on Tuesday a draft bill that would give parliament a bigger say on the appointment of judges, a move the country's top judiciary council and ombudsman said would violate the constitutional separation of powers.
  

Before Elections, Dutch Fear Russian Meddling, but Also U.S. Cash 

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Geert Wilders at a campaign stop in Spijkenisse, the Netherlands, last month. The far-right Dutch lawmaker has drawn support from some American conservatives.

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Daring nighttime raid turns to deadly trap in Mosul

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Hours after Mosul’s municipal complex was declared liberated by the country’s top military commanders and U.S.-led coalition officials, the wounded began pouring into a small frontline clinic just a few hundred meters away.





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Amal Clooney: 'Yazidis in Iraq are IS genocide victims'

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Lawyer Amal Clooney says she has heard "harrowing" testimonies from the ethnic Kurdish group.

The Pentagon's top officer meets with generals from Turkey and Russia to discuss Syria operations 

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It marks the second meeting in a month between Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. and his Russian counterpart.





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FBI Director James Comey Cancels SXSW Appearance - Variety

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FBI Director James Comey Cancels SXSW Appearance
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SXSW announced Tuesday morning that FBI director James Comey will no longer attend the Austin festival due to “scheduling conflicts.” FBI general counsel James Baker will speak in his place. Comey was scheduled to join Newseum president and CEO ...
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The CIA’s No Good, Very Bad, Totally Awful Tuesday

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It is now almost Lawfare tradition that when interesting classified technical documents are dumped, I take advantage of my lack of security clearance to do an initial analysis. (I’ll leave for another day the question of why this is becoming common enough to have established a tradition.)
As has been widely reported, this morning Wikileaks released a trove of documents, the first installation (Year Zero) of a series of planned releases it is calling “Vault 7.” According to Wikileaks,
the CIA lost control of the majority of its hacking arsenal including malware, viruses, trojans, weaponized "zero day" exploits, malware remote control systems and associated documentation. This extraordinary collection, which amounts to more than several hundred million lines of code, gives its possessor the entire hacking capacity of the CIA. The archive appears to have been circulated among former U.S. government hackers and contractors in an unauthorized manner, one of whom has provided WikiLeaks with portions of the archive.
A word of caution: Wikileaks has in the past habitually exaggerated the quantity and quality of its leaks. We do not yet know exactly what we are dealing with. For example, Wikileaks touted its “introductory disclosure last month of CIA targeting French political parties and candidates in the lead up to the 2012 presidential election.” The shocking revelation that the CIA…does its job generated less of a splash than they seemed to be anticipating. That said, these documents appear to be a collection of developer notes and related materials from an internal development server. And Wikileaks promises more, both some of the currently redacted documents in this dump and potentially other archives.
The story here isn’t that the CIA hacks people. Of course they do; taxpayers would be right to be annoyed if that weren’t the case. The CIA’s job, after all, is collect intelligence and while its  primary purview is human intelligence, hacking systems interacts synergistically with that collection. The actual headline here is that someone apparently managed to compromise a Top Secret CIA development environment, exfiltrate a whole host of material, and is now releasing it to the world. The compromise appears to have occurred in February or March 2016.
The dump itself is mostly developer notes and Wiki-type contents, probably from a private Atlassian development coordination server based on automatic-text in a PDF. It describes a large variety of tools targeting a whole host of platforms, ranging from Cisco routers to iPhones to Samsung Smart TVs. Technically, there really are no big surprises; these are all systems we would expect the CIA’s hackers to target.
The dump by Wikileaks is also deliberately incomplete. It actually did a decent job redacting names and IP addresses, at least far better than by its normal standards. It also deliberately did not include attack tools, but did provide directory listings suggesting that it may have a few of the CIA’s tools and not only these documents.
The CIA is no doubt scrambling to assemble an internal damage assessment, but the Wikileaks release already paints a very ugly picture. Dates in the files suggest that the compromise happened in February or March of 2016, so this is a recent breach. Two documents have Top Secret markings, which suggest either a mishandling of classified information or that the attacker managed to compromise a Top Secret CIA internal network.
Although Wikileaks did not release any exploits, the CIA must assume that whoever compromised this CIA server also exfiltrated any other information available on that network. Since some of these are zero-days, this shifts the vulnerabilities equities calculation for all exploits on that network. The CIA has an obligation to inform potentially affected companies. While I am reasonably tolerant of the US government retaining exclusive iOS 0-days, it should not be holding onto the 0-day once there is reason to believe it has been compromised by an adversary.
Wikileaks claims that “The archive appears to have been circulated among former U.S. government hackers and contractors in an unauthorized manner, one of whom has provided WikiLeaks with portions of the archive.” I strongly doubt this is the case.  
It would be a pretty extreme violation for someone with a Top Secret clearance to spread this archive around, and it is exceeding strange a “whistleblower” would use Wikileaks instead of an actual news outfit like the Guardian or the Washington Post. To my mind, there are pretty limited suspects who would have both the capability of exfiltrating from a Top Secret CIA network and who would want to both boast about it and damage the CIA by releasing this archive to Wikileaks. Presumably more information will emerge on this count.
Today is only the beginning of this story. People like me will continue technical analysis on the 500 MB and it will probably lead to discovering individual vulnerabilities used (based on their descriptions) as well as amusing notes about developer life in the CIA. (Apparently they hate GIT as much as those of us on the outside do.)
This shouldn’t distract us from the real story, however. Around a year ago, it looks like someone compromised a Top Secret CIA system and exfiltrated untold amounts of data. And now the world wants to know who, and how, and why.
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"While I am reasonably tolerant of the US government retaining exclusive iOS 0-days, it should not be holding onto the 0-day once there is reason to believe it has been compromised by an adversary."
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State Department says working with White House on Israeli-Palestinian peace

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department is working closely with the White House on formulating the next steps in seeking peace between Israel and the Palestinians, a spokesman said on Tuesday.