Trump dismisses his head of diplomacy, Rex Tillerson, and replaces him with the boss of the CIA

Donald Trump announced Tuesday, March 13 in a tweet morning the departure of his head of diplomacy Rex Tillerson replaced by the current director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo . He also appointed Gina Haspel as head of the intelligence agency. She becomes the first woman to become the director.

"As director of the CIA, Mike earned the praise of members of both our parties by strengthening our intelligence gathering, modernizing our offensive and defensive capabilities, and by forging close ties with our allies in the intelligence community, "Donald Trump said in a statement. Mike Pompeo said he was "deeply grateful."

Donald Trump wanted to change his team for negotiations with North Korea, said a senior US official to explain the sidelining of Rex Tillerson. Mike Pompeo takes the head of the State Department just days after the spectacular announcement of a summit meeting – including the venue, date and other details to be determined – between the US president and the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

US President Donald Trump also raised disagreements with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson over his dismissal, citing Iran's nuclear issue in particular. "We got on well but we had disagreements," Trump said from the White House gardens, heading to California. "When you look at the Iranian nuclear deal: I thought it was horrible, he thought it was OK," he said.

(With AFP)

WWF boss wants to put the company at the service of the environment

"The company is the most important institution of our time". This creed does not come from the mouth of a financier but from that of Pavan Sukhdev, new president of WWF International, convinced that entrepreneurs have a "moral" duty to protect the environment.

The purpose of the company "goes well beyond profit," says the Indian economist, in an interview with AFP. The former banker was in Paris Wednesday and Thursday, while he took the reins of the environmental NGO, present in more than 80 countries to preserve species and wild areas at risk. It has been forming partnerships with companies for about ten years.

"To survive, I have to breathe, but breathing is not my goal." In the same way, the company needs to make a profit. to exist, but the benefits are not its end, it's just part of the mechanism, "he says.

Fine glasses, impeccable tie suit, Pavan Sukhdev challenges" the creed "of the liberal economist Milton Friedman "that the company is simply a cash machine for the shareholders", during a meeting at WWF France headquarters in the Paris suburbs.

In his view, the goal of private companies must be "societal : solve problems, add value, serve society "because they cause damage to the planet. "It's a moral and economic imperative."

The economist, 57, gives a concrete example: "I'm selling a car, I'm making a profit, I'm happy … You're driving the car (…) you're happy, but a third person may not be, because the emissions from your car can affect his lungs, and a fourth person may not be happy either because these emissions contribute to climate change and his house on board of sea was destroyed by the rise of the waters and the storms. "

" These people suffer from the + externalities + of our economic activity (…) ", that is to say of collateral effects.

Today, "CEOs and economic leaders have a moral imperative to recognize the existence of these" + externalities ", to measure them (…) and to reduce them to the extent possible."

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If a trend in this direction is initiated, "changes must be accelerated", both by "encouraging good behavior" and "overwhelming the bad". To achieve this, "we all have a role to play," insists the Indian, who took advantage of his stay in Paris to meet the Secretary of State for the Transition Brune Poirson ecological or representatives of the OECD. 19659002] He pleads for "a more responsible mode of consumption, which recognizes its impact" on the environment and "does not encourage you to consume in a way that is damaging to nature, society."

Pavan Sukhdev has an atypical profile in the world of NGOs: he spent 11 years in the Australian bank AZN, then 14 years in the German group Deutsche Bank, in Asia and London, working in particular on derivatives. But his "passion" for the environment has finally taken over, he says.

He was director of the UN's green initiative and led the study on the economics of the environment. Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), published in 2010, which helped to popularize the concept of "natural capital". The idea is to evaluate the value of the services rendered by biodiversity, now made free of charge. According to this work, the erosion of biodiversity costs between 1,350 and 3,100 billion euros per year.

Even today, this concept remains poorly understood, which can lead to "resistance", recognizes the economist.

"It's not about privatizing the commons, it's the exact opposite: it's about finding a rational reason to ensure that the public wealth of nature – central to our lives – be kept ". From theory to practice, there is still a chasm, he admits.

Secret Memo Turns His Institution Trump Revealed, It's The FBI's Boss Reaction

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 The secret memo recently disclosed by US President Donald Trump to the public, contains allegations of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). What is the reaction of FBI Director Christopher Wray?

Trump authorized the release of a four-page secret memo on Friday (2/2) local time. The secret memo reveals allegations of abuse of authority and neutrality of the FBI as well as the US Department of Justice (DOJ) during the 2016 presidential election campaign.

The names of a number of high-ranking FBI and DOJ officials are listed in secret memos compiled by Devin Nunes as Chairman of the US House Intelligence Commission Republicans. They were called abusing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (19459013) (FISA) program for political purposes.

As reported by AFP Saturday (3/2/2018), Wray immediately issued an internal letter aimed at 35,000 FBI staff on the same day after Trump allowed the release of the secret memo to the public. The internal letter contains an appeal to FBI staff to ignore the 'attack' on FBI independence.

"Talk is easy, the work you do that will prove it," writes Wray in the internal letter.

"You have all gone through many things in the last nine months and I know often, And the last few days there is not much that can be done to calm the situation, "he added.

"Let me be clear: I am fully committed to our institution … I stand with you," Wray said.

Wray had earlier given a stern warning to Trump not to disclose the secret memo to the public, as it could potentially harm state secrets. He mentioned there are 'facts that are not listed that fundamentally impact the accuracy of the memo'. Wray's warning was ignored by Trump.

He disclosed this secret memo to the public, sparking fears that Wray will be forced to step down after just six months appointed Trump to the position of Director of the FBI. Wray was the Director of the FBI after his predecessor James Comey was fired by Trump in May 2017.

The internal letter from Wray did not directly address the disclosure of secret memos by Trump. He also did not mention his plans in the future, including fears he will retreat. Wray's focus praised the high integrity, work ethic and FBI professionalism he called 'unmatched anywhere in the world'.

"We talk through our performance," he said. "We stay focused like lasers in doing great tasks, even when the situation is not easy, because we believe in the FBI," Wray said.

(nvc / fjp)

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Census Email CIA Boss, Adolescent Hacker On Trial in UK

A teenage hacker was tried in Britain for hacking and accessing the communications accounts of high-ranking US intelligence and security officials. One of those hacked is the email account of a former boss of the US Central Intelligence Agency or CIA, John Brennan.

As reported by AFP Saturday (20/1/2018), 18-year-old Kane Gamble is again on trial this week at the Old Bailey Criminal Court, England. Gamble has acknowledged 10 criminal charges in violation of the Computer Abuse Act, which is caught up to him.

Hacking of US high officials was between June 2015 and February 2016, when he was still 15-16 years old. From his room in Coalville, England, Gamble managed to 'mimic' the targets he hacked to collect some very confidential and sensitive information.

"Kane Gamble gained access to the communication accounts of a number of high-ranking US intelligence officials and US government officials and also gained access to a network of US intelligence and law enforcement agencies," prosecutor John Lloyd-Jones told the hearing on Friday (19/1) yesterday.

It was revealed in the trial that Gamble founded a group named Crackas With Attitude (CWA) that exploited social engineering to manipulate call centers desk to disclose confidential information, which is then exploited.

Social engineering is a psychological manipulation of a person in taking action or revealing a secret information. Social engineering is usually done by telephone or internet. This method became one of the methods of hackers obtaining information.

In action several years ago, Gamble pretended to be Brennan when contacting Verizon and AOL telecom companies in the US. A number of sensitive documents reportedly obtained Gamble from inbox Brennan's personal email. Not only that, Gamble also managed to get information about intelligence and military operations in Iran and Afghanistan.

"Apparently he also managed to access Brennan's iCloud account," said prosecutor Lloyd-Jones. Gamble called AOL and asked for a password reset to take over the Brennan wife's iPad.

In addition to Brennan, Gamble also targets former US Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson. He dialed Johnson's number and left a voicemail saying 'Am I scaring you?'. Gamble also managed to display a message that reads 'I have you guys' on the Johnson family screen.

Other Gamble targets include Avril Haines who was then deputy national security adviser to President Barack Obama, then senior adviser to technology and scientific John Holdren and special agents FBI Amy Hess. Gamble gained unauthorized access to the US Department of Justice computer network and was able to access court documents, including the Deepwater oil spill. He reportedly gave a number of secret documents that he got to WikiLeaks.

Gamble was arrested at his home in England, on February 9, 2017, at the request of the FBI. Gamble claims his action aims to support the Palestinians and because the US kills innocent civilians a lot. Gamble is currently awaiting the verdict. Not yet known when the verdict was held.

(nvc / nkn)