Ukraine: Why do world leaders take the night train to Kyiv?

…The German chancellor arrived in the Ukrainian capital by rail on
Thursday morning, alongside the French president and Italian premier.
Such a trip is a security headache but there are few alternatives.

Ex-CIA director called to testify on US plot to kill Assange — media — RT World News

3 Jun, 2022 10:50

Ex-CIA director called to testify on US plot to kill Assange — media

A Spanish court has summoned Mike Pompeo, according to ABC
Ex-CIA director called to testify on US plot to kill Assange — media
Spanish court has summoned former CIA Director Mike Pompeo as a witness
to testify about whether the US government planned to abduct or even
assassinate WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, ABC has reported on Friday
citing its sources.

“The judge of the National Court
Santiago Pedraz has agreed to summon as a witness Mike Pompeo, former US
Secretary of State and former CIA director, to explain whether the
intelligence agency and the US government with Donald Trump at its helm
drew up a plan in 2017 to kidnap and assassinate the founder of
WikiLeaks,” the report read.

According to the outlet’s
sources, Pompeo has been summoned to appear as a witness this June,
although he may give testimony via video link. Pedraz made the decision
after prosecutor Carlos Bautista supported the request made by Assange’s
lawyer Aitor Martinez.

In September 2021, Yahoo News broke a
story alleging that the CIA plotted to kidnap the WikiLeaks founder, a
plan that sparked fierce debates within the Trump administration over
the legality and practicality of such an operation. Moreover, senior US
officials reportedly went so far as to request “sketches” or “options” on how to assassinate Assange.

Following the report, Pompeo called for the criminal prosecution of
the sources who shared the story with Yahoo News, saying that they all “should all be prosecuted for speaking about classified activity inside the Central Intelligence Agency”.

Assange rose to fame owing to WikiLeaks’ pro-transparency activism and
the publication of huge troves of leaked classified documents that
exposed dark secrets of many governments, including alleged war crimes
committed by US forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. The WikiLeaks founder
has been confined in the Belmarsh maximum-security prison in London
since April 2019 pending possible extradition to the US.

April, a London court issued a formal extradition order for Assange that
is now subject to approval by Britain’s interior minister. However, the
WikiLeaks founder still has legal avenues of appeal. Should he be
extradited to the US, he will be tried under the Espionage Act, which
prohibits obtaining information related to national defense that can be
used to undermine US interests.

The activist has denied all
charges and his lawyers have argued that the defendant had not been
under US jurisdiction and had engaged in completely legal journalism.

Biden Orders Officials To Stop Intel Leaks On Ukraine
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Ukrainian forces allegedly foiled plan by Chechen paramilitaries to kill president |

It is worth noting that, according to Danilov, Ukrainian forces “received information” about the alleged assassination plot by agents of Russia’s Federal Security Service —Russia’s counterintelligence and counterterrorism agency— who “do not want to take part in this bloody war”.

Israeli role in killing of top Iran commander Soleimani revealed — RT World News

…Former Israel Defense Forces (IDF) intelligence chief Major General Tamir Hayman has admitted the country’s role in the assassination of
Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani, describing the killing as “significant and important.”…

Kidnapping, assassination and a London shoot-out: Inside the CIA’s secret war plans against WikiLeaks

…The CIA’s fury at WikiLeaks led Pompeo to publicly describe the group in
2017 as a “non-state hostile intelligence service.” More than just a provocative talking point, the designation opened the door for agency
operatives to take far more aggressive actions, treating the organization as it does adversary spy services, former intelligence
officials told Yahoo News…

…The fear at the National Security Council, the former official said, could be summed up as, “Where does this stop?”…

Russia found responsible for poisoning death of former KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko, UK charges third Russian in Skripal case – ABC News

… The European Court of Human Rights (EHCR) has ruled that Russia was
responsible for the 2006 killing of ex-KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko,
who died an agonising death after he was poisoned in London with
Polonium 210, a rare radioactive isotope.

Watch: Oliver North Warns Taliban Have Names, Addresses, Phone Numbers Of Everyone Who Worked With US In Afghanistan
Watch: Oliver North Warns Taliban Have Names, Addresses, Phone Numbers Of Everyone Who Worked With US In Afghanistan Authored by Steve Watson via Summit News, Appearing on Hannity Thursday, Lt. Col. Oliver North warned that the Taliban has managed to obtain the personal details of everyone who worked with the US in Afghanistan, and are using the…