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There's a massive new leak of confidential spy files from MI6, Mossad and the FSB


Al-Jazeera has obtained hundreds of confidential "spy cables" from some of the world's top intelligence agencies, in what the news channel is calling "the largest intelligence leak since Snowden."

Documents from Britain's MI6 and Israel's Mossad are included, along with the Russian FSB, South African SSA and the Australian ASIO. (No American intelligence agencies appear to be included.) Al-Jazeera is publishing the leaks over the coming days in conjunction with the Guardian, promising that they will provide "an unprecedented insight into operational dealings of the shadowy and highly politicised realm of global espionage."
READ MORE: http://www.businessinsider.in/Theres-a-massive-new-leak-of-confidential-...

Slippery Corrupt Liar Prime Minister John Key Does it Again


The mostly ignorant, fearful and dumbed down public of New Zealand have probably long forgotten the fiasco last year during the election campaign over a letter written by then leader of the Labour Party David Cunliffe in support of violent Chinese businessman Donghua Liu's immigration application. At the time David Cunliffe said he did not remember ever having written such a letter, it turned out that he actually had, 11 years before. He could have been forgiven for not remembering a specific letter written over a decade earlier amongst the many thousands of letters he must have written since then but the mainstream media decided to latch onto the non story like a pit-bull with rabies and wouldn't let go for a week.

John Armstrong of the NZ Herald proclaimed:
"David Cunliffe is in deep political trouble. So deep that his resignation as Labour's leader may now be very much in order.

Why I Have Resigned From the Telegraph

By Peter Oborne: The coverage of HSBC in Britain’s Telegraph is a fraud on its readers. If major newspapers allow corporations to influence their content for fear of losing advertising revenue, democracy itself is in peril.

Five years ago I was invited to become the chief political commentator of the Telegraph. It was a job I was very proud to accept. The Telegraph has long been the most important conservative-leaning newspaper in Britain, admired as much for its integrity as for its superb news coverage. When I joined theTelegraph had just broken the MPs’ expenses scandal, the most important political scoop of the 21st century.

I was very conscious that I was joining a formidable tradition of political commentary. I spent my summer holiday before taking up my duties as columnist reading the essays of the great Peter Utley, edited by Charles Moore and Simon Heffer, two other masters of the art.

It’s Official, McDonald’s and Monsanto Are Both ‘Losing Money Fast’

In a series of headlines that would pass as virtually unbelievable several years ago, mainstream economists are sounding the alarm over the financial decline of both fast food giant McDonald’s and biotech juggernaut Monsanto.

CNN asks, ‘Is McDonald’s doomed?’ Business Insider declares that ‘McDonald’s Is Losing America’ as the company fires its own CEO. What’s happening? As it turns out, the world is starting to ask what they’re truly eating in their food — and the new conglomerate of natural grocers and restaurants are trailblazing the way into an entirely new economic environment. In other words: people are simply tired of shoveling garbage into their bodies, and they’re not going to put up with it anymore.
READ MORE: http://naturalsociety.com/official-mcdonalds-monsanto-losing-money-fast/

CIA tried to plant fake nuke evidence in Iran for the IAEA to find

Details of a 15-year-old Central Intelligence Agency sting emerging from a court case in the U.S. may prompt United Nations monitors to reassess some evidence related to Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons work, two western diplomats said.

International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors in Vienna will probably review intelligence they received about Iran as a result of the revelations, said the two diplomats who are familiar with the IAEA’s Iran file and asked not to be named because the details are confidential. The CIA passed doctored blueprints for nuclear-weapon components to Iran in February 2000, trial documents have shown.

“This story suggests a possibility that hostile intelligence agencies could decide to plant a ‘smoking gun’ in Iran for the IAEA to find,” said Peter Jenkins, the U.K.’s former envoy to the Vienna-based agency. “That looks like a big problem.”

Ron Paul: “Good News” That Secession Is Happening

Former Republican presidential candidate and congressman Ron Paul says secession is happening and it’s “good news.” Paul later predicted the states would stop listening to federal laws.

“I would like to start off by talking about the subject and the subject is secession and, uh, nullification, the breaking up of government, and the good news is it’s gonna happen. It’s happening,” Paul, the father of potential Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul, told a gathering at the libertarian Mises Institute in late January. The event Paul was speaking at was titled “Breaking Away: The Case for Secession.”
READ MORE: http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/ron-paul-good-news-that-secessio...

America Has Been At War 93% of the Time – 222 Out of 239 Years – Since 1776

The U.S. Has Only Been At Peace For 21 Years Total Since Its Birth. Pick any year since 1776 and there is about a 91% chance that America was involved in some war during that calendar year.

* No U.S. president truly qualifies as a peacetime president. Instead, all U.S. presidents can technically be considered “war presidents.”

* The U.S. has never gone a decade without war.

* The only time the U.S. went five years without war (1935-40) was during the isolationist period of the Great Depression.
READ MORE: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2015/02/america-war-93-time-222-239-years...

Fresh leak of highly radioactive water detected at Fukushima nuclear power plant

Sensors at the Fukushima nuclear plant have detected a fresh leak of highly radioactive water into the sea.

Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said the sensors, which were rigged to a gutter that pours rain and ground water at the Fukushima Daiichi plant to a nearby bay, detected contamination levels up to 70 times greater than the already-high radioactive status seen at the plant campus.
READ MORE: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-22/fresh-nuclear-leak-detected-at-fuk...

The Media Is "Run By A Tiny Group Of Politically Motivated Moguls", And "Controlled By The CIA"

While the US media is delighted to entertain the population with the latest diversionary "scandal" about what Rudy Giuliani may or may not have said about the president, to be replaced with another tabloid scandal in the next week and another the week after, things in the UK have suddenly become quite complicated as the entire facade of the media as one working on behalf of the "common man" and seeking to unearth the truth and publish "all the news that's fit to not anger one's advertisers" has come crashing down, in the aftermath of the Telegraph scandal which started last week when a "Political Commentator Quits Over HSBC Coverage, Accuses Telegraph Of "Fraud On Readers" followed by "Guardian Slams Telegraph Suggesting HSBC Coverage Was Biased Due To Owners' £250 MM Loan From Bank."
READ MORE: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-02-21/media-run-tiny-group-politicall...

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