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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: https://keybase.io/mikaelthalen

Debunked Trump Server Story Resurfaces Amid Wiretap Controversy

A previously debunked claim alleging then-candidate Donald Trump ran a “secret server” to communicate with Russia during the 2016 presidential race has resurfaced. After President Trump on Saturday accused his predecessor, President Barack Obama, of illegally wiretapping phone calls at New York’s Trump Tower, media outlets began to list possible ...

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The Sessions Controversy Explained

Critics of Attorney General Jeff Sessions have accused the former senator of purposefully lying about contacts with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak last year. The incident stems from comments made by Sessions under oath during his confirmation hearing for attorney general on January 10. When asked by Democratic Senator Al Franken ...

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Iraqi Intelligence Finds ISIS Jihadists Among Refugees

Numerous ISIS jihadists were detained by Iraqi intelligence among refugees fleeing Mosul this week. According to Reuters, several hundred men were stopped by the officers as they attempted to escape the front lines in the war-torn region. One of the suspected jihadists, a teenager, reticently admitted to joining the terrorist ...

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Russia’s Ambassador to the United Nations Dies in New York

Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations died unexpectedly in New York Monday, the Russian Foreign Ministry has said. Vitaly Churkin, 64, suffered from cardiac arrest one day before his 65th birthday while at the Russian Mission on East 67th Street. The ambassador was rushed to New York’s Presbyterian Hospital where ...

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