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Snowden granted 1-year asylum in Russia, leaves airport
The whistleblower has been granted temporary political asylum in Russia, Snowden’s legal representative Anatoly Kucherena said.
“I have just handed over to him papers from the Russian Immigration Service. They are what he needs to leave the transit zone,” he added.
He departed at around 15.30 Moscow time (11.30 GMT), airport sources said. His departure came some 30 minutes before his new refugee status was officially announced. Snowden has already left the transit zone of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport, an RT crew at the scene has confirmed.
His present location has not been made public nor will it be disclosed, Kucherena said.
“He is the most wanted person on earth and his security will be a priority,” the attorney explained. “He will deal with personal security issues and lodging himself. I will just consult him as his lawyer.”
Snowden eventually intends to talk to the press in Russia, but needs at least one day of privacy, Kucherena said.
The whistleblower was unaccompanied when he left the airport in a regular taxi, Kucherena added.
However, WikiLeaks contradicted the lawyer, saying the organization’s activist Sarah Harrison accompanied Snowden.
Posted by Judy Morris
MASSIVE EXPLOSIONS ROCK CENTRAL FLA. GAS PLANT
John Herrell of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said early Tuesday that no one died despite massive blasts that ripped through the Blue Rhino propane plant late Monday night. Officials initially scrambled to find more than a dozen employees after the explosions.
“Management is comfortable saying all of those they knew were there tonight have been accounted for,” he said.
Tavares Fire Chief Richard Keith said possible causes of the explosion may be either equipment malfunction or possibly human error. Sabotage was not suspected.
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Florida airport evacuated after depleted uranium discovered
Firefighters cleared a 150-foot area of the Opa-locka Executive Airport in south Florida after a 55 gallon drum located either on or near part of a dismantled aircraft was discovered to be containing exposed, depleted uranium, NBC 6 South Florida reported.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Public Information Officer Arnold Piedrahita Jr tweeted that a haz-mat scene was dispatched to the scene to assess the severity of the situation and monitor the levels of radiation.
The rescue team later reduced the size of the impacted “hotzone” to just a five-foot perimiter and declared that the depleted uranium posed minimal to no hazard.
Opa-locka is a reliever airport which serves as a secondary landing field for aircraft normally going in and out of the larger Miami International Airport. It also is a hub used by the United States Coast Guard for air and sea rescue stations.
Depleted uranium is a radioactive product used in military munitions and fission bombs, and is regulated by the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Earlier this week, RT reported that the US military’s use of depleted uranium during the war in Iraq has led to a sharp increase in cases of Leukemia and birth defects, according to some local doctors.
“After the start of the Iraq war, rates of cancer, leukemia and birth defects rose dramatically in Najaf. The areas affected by American attacks saw the biggest increases. We believe it’s because of the’ illegal’ weapons like depleted uranium that were used by the Americans. When you visit the hospital here you see that cancer is more common than the flu,” Dr. Sundus Nsaif told RT.
According to a local NBC affiliate, officials at Opa-locka say there are no reported injuries.
The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department has asked the US Environmental Protection Agency for assistance.
4 Russians, 1 Ukrainian charged in massive US hacking
Russian hackers charged in ‘biggest’ US hacking case, 160mn credit card numbers stolen
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A US court has charged four Russians and a Ukrainian for stealing more than 160 million credit card numbers, which the prosecution says has resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in losses for major corporations worldwide.
The five have been charged with running a sophisticated hacking organization that penetrated computer networks of more than a dozen major American and international corporations over seven years.
As the indictments were announced on Thursday in Newark, N.J., a local US attorney called it “the largest hacking and data breach scheme ever prosecuted in the United States.”
The so-called “dumps” acquired by the hackers amounted to more than 160 million credit and debit card numbers, attorney Paul Fishman said in a statement. According to indictments, the group was selling stolen data to “dumps resellers,” who in turn offered them to individuals and organizations, partly by means of online forums.
“Financial institutions, credit card companies and consumers suffered hundreds of millions in losses, including losses in excess of $300 million by just three of the corporate victims, and immeasurable losses to identity theft victims,” the indictment said. The companies targeted included the NASDAQ, 7-Eleven Inc., Heartland Payment Systems Inc., the Belgium bank Dexia Bank Belgium, as well as Carrefour SA (CA), France’s biggest retailer.
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LaGuardia closed as Southwest flight’s landing gear collapses on impact
New York’s LaGuardia Airport has closed Monday after a Southwest Airlines flight lost its wheels on landing. The landing gear under the nose of the plane, which was arriving from Nashville, Tennessee, collapsed as the aircraft was pulling into the gate.
While at least a dozen emergency vehicles were on hand at the scene, only a small number of passengers reported minor injuries. They were seen exiting the plane via inflatable slides.
Heavy delays were reported, with the airport temporarily refusing incoming flights.
“Standby for more information regarding #Flight345 BNA-LGA. We are gathering details and will post a statement soon,” tweeted Southwest Airlines.
Unmarked Military Base Discovered in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS, NV – A stockpile of military vehicles were recently discovered occupying a secluded commercial property on the outskirts of Las Vegas at the address of 5750 Sky Pointe Dr.
It doesn’t seem as if the Humvees and other military-grade vehicles are for sale, even though they are stationed at a former car dealership that has been stripped of its business logo and signs.
Good News: Judge Orders U.S. to Release Aaron Swartz’s Secret Service File
What is so disturbing about this aspect of the Aaron Swartz tragedy is the fact that the Secret Service had thousands of pages on Aaron Swartz to begin with. Considering he was known to all as a kind and gentle soul, what was the Secret Service so worried about?
Unfortunately, the truth of the matter is now inescapably clear. When the U.S. government refers to “national security,” what it actually means is the wealth and power of the status quo, the 0.01%. That is why a genius such as Aaron Swartz was considered an enemy of the state, and why the government amassed thousands of pages on him and drove him to his death. His genius and kindness was a threat to the corrupt establishment. As I’ve noted before: All My Heroes Have FBI Files. From Wired:
A federal judge in Washington, D.C. on Friday ordered the government to promptly start releasing thousands of pages of Secret Service documents about the late activist and coder Aaron Swartz, following months of roadblocks and delays.
The order was issued in my ongoing FOIA lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security – the Secret Service’s parent agency.
It was Secret Service agents who, in 2011, investigated Swartz’ bulk downloads from the JSTOR academic database, leading to the computer hacking and wire fraud case that loomed over Swartz at the time he committed suicide in January.
That criminal case was formally dismissed after Swartz’s death. Yet in February, the Secret Service denied in full my request for any files it held on Swartz, citing a FOIA exemption that covers sensitive law enforcement records that are part of an ongoing proceeding.
Judge Kollar-Kotelly is giving the government until August 5 to answer the lawsuit and produce a timetable for releasing all the responsive documents. In the meantime, the government has to start releasing the files it’s already processed. You’ll see them here when I get them.
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The Ron Paul Channel is preparing to launch, better buckle up!
Tom Woods posted on facebook today. “Here’s the Ron Paul announcement that’s been hinted at for months now.”
The new Ron Paul Channel will be in full launch mode this summer. “Turn off your tv. Turn on the truth.” It is expected to become an interactive alternative media powerhouse! Utilizing the latest technology, it promises to deliver the truth on a continuing basis and in a very interactive format.
All interested can watch the just released promo video and sign-up for all the latest updates as they move closer toward the full launching of the Ron Paul Channel.
By CBC News Posted: Jul 6, 2013 3:24 PM ET | Last Updated: Jul 6, 2013 4:00 PM ET
Boeing 777 crashes in landing at San Francisco airport
Plane can carry up to 300 passengers, according to South Korean airline
An Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 passenger jet has crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport, according to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.
It has not yet been confirmed whether any of the passengers on board were injured. There are no reports of casualties so far.
Firefighters and rescue crews were on the scene, spraying the burning jet with white foam. Aerial images broadcast by local news station KTVU showed the blackened aircraft on the tarmac, apparently with its tail broken off.
The plane was travelling from Seoul, South Korea, when it apparently landed and then crashed, FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown said.
In a video clip posted to YouTube and purportedly showing the crashed plane, smoke can be seen billowing from a silver-coloured jet on the tarmac. Passengers could reportedly be seen jumping down inflatable emergency slides.
The South Korea-based airline’s website says its Boeing 777 can carry between 246 to 300 passengers.
With files from The Associated Press
Copyright © CBC 2013
Republished with permission
By CBC News Posted: Jul 6, 2013 6:19 AM ET | Last Updated: Jul 6, 2013 10:13 AM ET
Quebec town rocked by explosions, fire after derailment
Train derailment in Lac-Mégantic forces 1,000 from homes as several reported missing
A train carrying crude oil derailed overnight in the heart of Lac-Mégantic in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, sparking a major fire that led to the evacuation of 1,000 people from their homes.
Witnesses reported between four and six explosions overnight in the town of about 6,000 people. The derailment happened at about 1 a.m. ET, about 250 kilometres east of Montreal.
It is not yet known if there are any casualties, but several people have been reported missing and are feared dead.
The teary-eyed mayor of Lac-Mégantic, Colette Roy-Laroche, said emergency services are doing everything possible to deal with the crisis.
“We have deployed all resources to ensure that we can support our citizens,” she said.
A spokesperson for Quebec’s Environment Ministry says 73 rail cars filled with crude oil were involved.
The fire, which can be seen for several kilometres, has spread to a number of homes. Authorities say some 30 buildings were affected.
“It’s dreadful,” said Lac-Mégantic resident Claude Bedard. “It’s terrible. We’ve never seen anything like it. The Metro store, Dollarama, everything that was there is gone.”
Firefighters called in from U.S.
More than 100 firefighters, some as far away as Sherbrooke, Que., and the United States, were on the scene early Saturday morning to bring the flames under control.
A large but as-yet undetermined amount of fuel is also reported to have spilled into the Chaudière River.
The derailed train belongs to Montreal Maine & Atlantic, which owns more than 800 kilometres of track serving Maine, Vermont, Quebec and New Brunswick, according to the company’s website.
The cause of the derailment is under investigation. A spokesperson for Quebec provincial police said it is still early too early to say what caused it.
With files from The Canadian Press
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Republished with permission