Fox News Channel: US Officials Challenge Putin over Snowden Claims, Push for Extradition
Fox News Channel: Major Websites in North and South Korea Shut Down on War Anniversary
New York Times: Standoff in China Drags On for U.S. Man Held by Workers
The Twitter reactions throughout today were enough to make me laugh, now citing references to the thieving sprees of Carmen Sandiego. I can’t imagine what Russian President Vladimir Putin and his oligarchs would be pondering after the information they had regarding all those jihadists running amok in Chechnya and its neighbors, and Scandinavia’s intelligence operatives could follow suit. The diplomatic back-and-forth may be better off spared, from Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s observations about territorial entry to Senator Lindsey Graham’s continued calls, and I’m not quite certain what to opine about Tailored Access Operations after this snafu. For my part, I’m willing to avoid any special scenarios about this former contractor this time around. One imagines that the Korean Peninsula’s war 63 years ago today might offer some additional underlying bitterness after everything else the United States has done, and as we press forward, our cyberwarfare capabilities should be certain to receive their own upgrades. Somebody attacked both sides earlier this morning, including a cyberattack against the Blue House, the official residence and workplace of President Park Geun-Hye herself. If it’s any help, however, the current attacks don’t appear to be as serious and widespread as the ones leading up to the Boston Marathon bombings. Hackers associated with Anonymous claimed to be behind other cyberstrikes against North Korea, and they didn’t respond to any requests from the Associated Press to talk to them directly. Between this and what’s happening with the businessperson, it appears that more payback-oriented individuals are taking action on their own. Chip Starnes, who founded and leads a company specializing in medical supplies, “was kept out of sight” throughout the day, in a dispute that started with the closure of an injection molding division followed up by an announcement of a move to India. Rumors began to circulate that this executive was planning to flee the country altogether without paying the workers one last time, and apparently, this type of disturbance has happened quite a few times already. This global entanglement may already be enough to make quite a few people’s heads spin, and it excludes the jihadists themselves.:
Fox News Channel: #Jihad: Report Shows Extremist Groups Flocking to Twitter
Fox News Channel: Taliban Claim Responsibility for Suicide Attack in Afghanistan, Say CIA Base Targeted
Spiegel: Hasnain Kazim: Exodus: Afghan Diplomats Defect as Western Withdrawal Nears
Disheartening, perhaps? Well, if we find Al-Qaeda’s Twitter team, we could just stay silent and watch their propaganda operations in action. The Combating Terrorism Center released this new report, also earlier today, stating that new recruits to the terror group start participating in physical violence after a round of online activity “where exposure to the media had an effect on their personal lives and understanding of religious conflict”, from the place formerly known as Syria all the way to Burma, I guess. Face-to-face contact was the standard before the suicide attacks of September 11, 2001, but now that social media’s spreading worldwide, that standard is declining. The Taliban could use this sooner or later, following up on that attack against the presidential palace, right in the middle of a scheduled conference for President Hamid Karzai. Some residents in Kabul initially thought the gunfire to be a coup attempt… until the Taliban revealed themselves as they likely did. Taliban fighters “with false papers and military-style uniforms bluffed their way through two checkpoints on their way to the palace before jumping out of their explosives-packed vehicle and opening fire” on the surrounding guards. I recall learning about one journalist trapped in the presidential palace as the attack wore on, which could only prompt further alarm among Afghan diplomats, such as the ones who defected to their separate host countries or applied for extensions until the presidential election to be held in early 2014. Talk about a headache.
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