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Data firm reached out to WikiLeaks about Clinton emails


Published: Sat, November 11, 2017 @ 12:00 a.m.

Data firm reached out to WikiLeaks about Clinton emails

WASHINGTON

A data firm that worked for President Donald Trump’s campaign reached out to WikiLeaks during the campaign about obtaining emails related to Democrat Hillary Clinton, the company’s CEO said.

Alexander Nix, CEO of Cambridge Analytica, said the approach was in “early June 2016” after WikiLeaks Editor Julian Assange had publicly claimed he had Clinton emails and planned to publish them. Nix said his company asked a speaker’s agency representing Assange whether WikiLeaks “might share that information,” but Assange turned him down.

Nix’s comments Thursday at the Web Summit technology conference in Lisbon, Portugal, were his first acknowledgement that he had sought emails from WikiLeaks.

Big cheetah-like feline captured in Pennsylvania town

READING, Pa.

Police say they captured a big African cat, resembling a cheetah, running loose through the streets of a small Pennsylvania town.

Reports about the spotted feline started coming in Nov. 3. When Reading officers tracked it down, they initially thought they’d found a cheetah.

The Animal Rescue League of Berks County says it got a call from the police department about the feline Saturday.

When staff responded, they found a cat called an African serval about 60 miles northwest of Philadelphia. The cats are illegal to own in Pennsylvania without a license. The animal was declawed and very friendly, leading animal workers to presume it had been a pet.

It’s been transported to a big-cat rescue group.

Drill instructor gets 10 years for abusing recruits

RALEIGH, N.C.

A Marine Corps drill instructor was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison for choking, punching or otherwise tormenting recruits, especially three Muslims – one of whom ultimately killed himself by leaping down a stairwell.

A military jury handed out the punishment to Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Felix a day after convicting him of abusing more than a dozen trainees at the Marine boot camp at Parris Island, S.C.

Among other things, he taunted the Muslims as “terrorists” or “ISIS” and ordered two of them to climb into an industrial clothes dryer, spinning one of them around in the scorching machine until he renounced his faith, the jury decided.

Pope asks leaders to imagine a world without nukes

VATICAN CITY

Pope Francis warned Friday that nuclear deterrence policies developed during the Cold War provided a “false sense of security,” and he urged government leaders to instead pursue an admittedly utopian future of a world free of atomic weapons.

Francis welcomed Nobel laureates, United Nations officials, NATO representatives and diplomats from countries with the bomb to a Vatican conference aimed at galvanizing global support for complete nuclear disarmament.

The pope acknowledged that current tensions might make a shift away from the idea that nuclear powers need their arsenals to prevent enemies from using them “increasingly remote.”

But he said relying on atomic weapons to maintain a balance of power “creates nothing but a false sense of security.”

Associated Press


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