Source : Reuters Exclusive | 12 Nov 2013
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei controls a business empire worth around $95 billion - a sum exceeding the value of his oil-rich nation’s current annual petroleum exports - a six-month Reuters investigation shows.
The little-known organization, called Setad, is one of the keys to the Iranian leader’s enduring power and now holds stakes in nearly every sector of Iranian industry, including finance, oil, telecommunications, the production of birth-control pills and even ostrich farming.
By Cora Currier | ProPublica | 13 Apr 2013
The long-troubled military trials at Guantanamo Bay were hit by revelations earlier this year that a secret censor had the ability to cut off courtroom proceedings, and that there were listening devices disguised as smoke detectors in attorney-client meeting rooms.
By Al Arabiya | 28 Feb 2013
The head of Israel’s nuclear program, who has top secret information, the highest security clearance and free access to the country’s most guarded sensitive sites, recently had his second laptop stolen, Israeli media reported Thursday.
The laptop was taken from Shaul Horev’s family home, a military censor kept the news of the theft from the Israeli public on Monday.
Source : Agencies | 06 Feb 2013
Deadly CIA drone strikes into Yemen originated in Saudi Arabia, The Washington Post reported.
The secret base's location, also disclosed by several other U.S. news organizations Tuesday, had been withheld by the organizations for more than a year at the request of senior Obama administration officials, the news organizations said.
But they reported the location after The New York Times reported online the CIA quietly established a drone base in Saudi Arabia two years ago to carry out strikes in Yemen.
By AFP | 07 Jan 2013
Bloody interrogations like those depicted in Hollywood’s take on the hunt for Osama bin Laden “Zero Dark Thirty” never really happened, according to the former CIA official who ran such programs.
“The truth is that no one was bloodied or beaten in the enhanced interrogation program which I supervised from 2002 to 2007,” Jose Rodriguez wrote in a Washington Post article headlined: “Sorry Hollywood. What we did wasn’t torture.”
By Al Arabiya | 04 Jan 2013
France’s former President Nicolas Sarkozy took more than €50 million from the late Libyan leader, Muammar Qaddafi, a French judge has been told, a report on Thursday revealed.
Lebanese-born businessman, Ziad Takieddine told an investigative judge that he has “written proof” that transfers from Qaddafi and one of his sons to Sarkozy exceeded €50m in illegal payments, British newspaper the Independent reported.