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Former CIA officer convicted of leaking secrets to journalist

Jeffrey SterlingA former CIA officer was convicted Monday of leaking classified details of an operation to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions to a New York Times reporter.

Jurors convicted 47-year-old Jeffrey Sterling of O'Fallon, Missouri, of all nine counts he faced in federal court. On the third day of deliberations, the jurors told the judge that they could not reach a unanimous verdict. However, they delivered guilty verdicts later in the afternoon after the judge urged them to keep talking.

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Journalist and activist sentenced to 5 years for FBI threats

Barrett BrownAfter he was arrested more than two and a half years ago, a journalist once known as the unofficial spokesman for Anonymous has been sentenced to five years in prison for his involvement with the hacker collective.

Inside a Dallas federal district courtroom on Thursday, Barrett Brown pleaded guilty to three charges: transmitting threats, accessory to hacking charges, and interfering with the execution of a search warrant. Judge Samuel A. Lindsay also ordered that Mr. Brown pay $890,000 in restitution and serve two years parole.

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Paris Mayor Announces Plans to Sue Fox News

Paris MayorParis is suing Fox News after the "image" of the city was "insulted" and "prejudiced," CNN's Christiane Amanpour reported Tuesday, citing a conversation with Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo.

Amanpour's post was retweeted from Hidalgo's Twitter account.  The mayor's account also wrote that Hidalgo was "of course shocked by Fox's stigmatizing error."

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British intelligence captured emails from the NY Times, The Guardian, Reuters and more

GCHQ captured emailsThe British intelligence organization GCHQ instigated a test exercise in 2008 that captured the emails of journalists and editors from Reuters, the New York Times, The Guardian, the BBC, NBC, the Washington Post and others, according to recently released files from Edward Snowden.

As a result of the test, the content of the emails was shared on the organization's internal servers where anyone in the organization could read them. GCHQ was tapping fiber-optic cables in November of 2008 when they intercepted over 70,000 emails, including emails from the mentioned news companies, according to The Guardian.

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New guidelines issued for US news media leak investigations

Eric HolderThe Justice Department on Wednesday announced revised guidelines for obtaining records from the news media during leak investigations, removing language that news organizations said was ambiguous and requiring additional levels of review before a journalist can be subpoenaed.

The updated policy revises protocols announced last year amid outrage among news organizations over Obama administration tactics. It was released two days after the Justice Department formally abandoned its yearslong efforts to compel a New York Times reporter to testify in the trial of a former CIA officer accused of disclosing classified information.

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Charlie Hebdo plans 3 million copies of new issue

Charlie HebdoThe French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo is planning a multimillion copy press run of its next issue, which will feature a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad on the cover, the first since extremists killed 12 people at its offices Jan. 7.

The newspaper Libération hosted Charlie Hebdo staffers as they prepared the new issue and is handling its special 3 million copy print run in numerous languages.

Libération published the Charlie Hebdo cover online late Monday night, ahead of the satirical magazine's publication on Wednesday. The cartoon shows a bearded man in a white turban with a tear streaming down his cheek and holding a sign reading "Je suis Charlie" ("I am Charlie").

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Fox News’ terrible, horrible, no good, very bad weekend

Rupert MurdochNews Corp head honcho Rupert Murdoch found himself in the eye of a social media storm last weekend for tweeting out the sort of bigoted ignorance often heard on his premier U.S. news network, Fox News.

“Maybe most Moslems peaceful,” the Australian-born billionaire tweeted, “but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible.”

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