After weeks of rumor mongering around the life, health and whereabouts of Julian Assange after the 2016 Election, he gave and interview today. It was feared that covert operation was executed to capture him from the Ecquadorian Embassy in London. Many feared he was at a BlackSite or in fact already dead. You can find a detailed timeline of the latest mysteries here.
There is only audio available provided here via YouTube. While the audio is not the best, there is a call for subtitles on the YouTube channel. We’ll update this notice if subtitles become available.
The long-time leader of Cuba, Fidel Castro has died at age 90. Probably most known for his dealings with JFK, The Bay of Pigs, and the Cuban Missile Crisis, he survive innumerable assassination attempts to lead the small island country for 5 decades. He officially stepped down in 2008 for health reason yet still ruled via proxy through his brother Raúl.
Today, Friday 25th November, WikiLeaks releases The Yemen Files.
The Yemen Files are a collection of over 500 documents from the United States embassy in Sana’a, Yemen. Comprising of over 200 emails and 300 PDFs, the collection details official documents and correspondence pertaining to the Office for Military Cooperation (OMC) located at the US embassy. The collection spans the period from 2009 until just before the war in Yemen broke out in earnest during March 2015. This time covers both Hillary Clinton’s term as Secretary of State (2009-2013) and the first two years of Secretary John Kerry.
Julian Assange said: “The war in Yemen has produced 3.15 million internally displaced persons. Although the United States government has provided most of the bombs and is deeply involved in the conduct of the war itself reportage on the war in English is conspicuously rare.”
Yemen is of significant strategic interest as Yemen controls a narrow choke point to the Red Sea and the Suez Canal through which 11% of the world’s petroleum passes each day. In addition Yemen borders Saudi Arabia (to the north) and Oman (to the east) and has access to the Arabian Sea through which another 20% of the world’s petroleum passes from the Strait of Homuz (including the oil of Saudi Arabia and Iran). Saudi Arabia seeks to control a port in Yemen to avoid the potential constriction of its oil shipments by Iran along the Straight of Homuz or by countries which can control its other oil shipment path along the Red Sea.
The Yemen Files offer documentary evidence of the US arming, training and funding of Yemeni forces in the years building up to the war. The documents reveal, among other things, procurement of many different weapon types: aircrafts, vessels, vehicles, proposals for maritine border security control and Yemeni procurement of US biometric systems.
US presence remained in the country until February 2015 when the US closed its embassy due to the continuing unrest between different factions in the country. The war broke out a month later.
A Reddit user noticed Jill Stein’s recount fundraiser was gaining donations at a way to steady pace for humans. Not only that, she’s raising money faster than she could for her actual campaign. According to u/384981 the 4.5 million goal should be reached at 6:10 pm, and they were correct.
The info was posted as a picture (below) and is archived here.
The CEO changed established, unsavory user comments that were directed at him. The change entailed replacing his name with that of The_Donald moderators. Mr. Huffman did openly admitted he made the changes in another comment, blowing the issue open.
Appalled at this behavior, another senior moderator at Reddit leaked internal Slack chat screenshots confirming the actions by u/spez. The moderator who leaked, UnimatrixZeroOne, soon had “leaker’s regret”. But then again he didn’t. After initially feeling bad, he reconsidered because of the severity of the incident. He released a statement this morning you can read in full here.
The changes were not logged and are untraceable. This poses serious issues as internet chat board records can be used as evidence in court. There is real concern this opens the possibility that much more nefarious changes could be made against someone with malicious intent. Some users have reported this opens CondeNaste/Addvance Publications (owners or Reddit) to legal liabilities as the action by the CEO negates Reddit’s “safe harbor” protections.