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Mikael Thalen

Mikael Thalen is an investigative journalist covering foreign policy, information security and digital surveillance. His reports have been cited by sites such as the New York Times, Computerworld, International Business Times and the Drudge Report. How to contact Mikael securely:

U.S. Hits Syria with Sanctions Over Chemical Weapons Attack

The United States announced sanctions against Syria Monday in response to a chemical weapons attack earlier this month. According to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, U.S. companies are now barred from doing business with 271 employees of a Syrian government agency said to be responsible for the development of chemical ...

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Manhunt Underway for CIA ‘Vault 7’ Leaker

A manhunt is currently underway inside the Central Intelligence Agency for whoever leaked thousands of documents to anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks, CBS News reports. The leaked data, dubbed “Vault 7” by WikiLeaks, details the CIA’s offensive cyber capabilities and specific attacks against cell phones, computers and smart TVs. The joint investigation, ...

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Russian Bombers Fly Near Alaskan Coast for Second Day in a Row

Russian bombers flew off the Alaskan coast for a second time this week, coming within 35 miles of the U.S. mainland. The two Tu-95 nuclear-capable bombers, which entered the U.S. military’s Air Defense Identification Zone, were detected by U.S. radar flying northeast of the Aleutian Islands. Although remaining in international ...

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U.S. Scrambles Jets After Russian Bombers Fly Near Alaska

Two nuclear-capable Russian bombers were detected near Alaska Monday evening, reaching as close as 100 miles from Kodiak Island. According to Fox News, the Tu-95 strategic bombers first appeared 280 miles southwest of the Elmendorf Air Force Base, inside the US Air Defense Identification Zone. The U.S. Air Force scrambled ...

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North Korea: ‘All Out War’ if U.S. Uses Military Action

North Korea has threatened “all out war” if the United States uses military intervention to deter its nuclear ambitions. Speaking to the BBC, Vice Foreign Minister Han Song-Ryol asserted that North Korea would respond with force if the US was “reckless enough” to attack. “If the US is reckless enough ...

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Defense Sec. Mattis: North Korea’s ‘Reckless’ Actions Must Be Stopped

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday that North Korea’s “reckless” actions must be stopped. Defense Sec. Mattis: North Korea's 'Reckless' Actions Must Be Stopped — Mikael Thalen (@MikaelThalen) March 31, 2017 Speaking beside British Defense Minister Michael Fallon at a London press conference, Mattis alluded to North ...

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