Will there ever be justice for the Belgacom hack?

The Intercept recently wrote about how UK spies hacked a European ally and got away with it. However, the UK’s sigint agency GCHQ were obviously not hacking Belgacom on their own. Information is also available that the Swedish sigint agency FRA participated in similar type of activity. Both GCHQ and FRA are believed to participate in what is sometimes called the “European bazaar“, said to be run by the NSA in the USA to spy on EU citizens.

According to Swedish Television’s Uppdrag Granskning (link to content in Swedish), it appears that FRA participates in Quantum, which means NSA’s secret hacking programs, at least in April 2013. Note the timing with the Belgacom hack. In the summer of 2013 European investigators were looking into this unprecedented breach of Belgium’s telecommunications infrastructure. Ryan Gallagher writes more on his blog about how the NSA’s goal was to transition activities, that may be illegal in the UK, to the Swedish partner.

Changing of European laws to allow mass surveillance “for our security” has obviously also opened the door for critical infrastructure to be undermined.


Illustration by Carlos Latuff, available on Wikimedia Commons

Former Swedish policeman claims evidence was forged by the police

In 1989, Christer Pettersson was first convicted and later acquitted by a higher court for the murder of Olof Palme. Now a former Swedish policeman claims evidence was forged by the police in the case against Christer Pettersson (links to texts in Swedish). And a key witness who tried to save Palme’s life claims she was later contacted by a man in military uniform, telling her that some things should not be made known. These are only the latest indications of many, all pointing to that Swedish authorities have probably been working to cover-up the murder by framing someone innocent, rather than solving it. In has been known for many years that a group of leading policemen hated Palme and were right-wing extremists. Some policemen involved in the so-called “baseball gang” have made a career, despite (or because of) suspicions that they have been involved in serious crime.

Israel’s assassination operations

The Independent is one of the newspapers reporting about a new book by Ronen Bergman, which tells the stories on state-sponsored killings. The Washington Post writes that:

Toward the end of the book, Bergman hints at the tantalizing possibility that then-prime minister Ariel Sharon authorized the killing of Arafat, who died in 2004 of a “mysterious intestinal disease.” Even if he knew what happened, Bergman writes, he wouldn’t be able to write the truth because “the military censor in Israel forbids me from discussing this subject.”

Four minutes from nuclear war

Listen to the documentary Fyra minuter från kärnvapenkrig in Swedish. Some translated excerpts from the introduction on the web page of Swedish Radio:

25 times we have been close to nuclear war. Each time due to misunderstandings or technical breakdowns. How long can the luck last?

One chance in three

So large is the risk of dying in a nuclear war, the physics professor Max Tegmark assesses.

Read more in English why Tegmark has called on the research community to support a ban on nuclear weapons and about countries like Russia refusing to join.

Torture at Guantanamo Bay

The UN Special Rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer has appealed to the United States to end a pervasive policy of impunity for crimes of torture. He highlighted a case at Guantanamo Bay, where torture and ill-treatment are reported to continue. Read more,

As we have earlier reported, it is even suspected that inmates have been tortured to death there.