Richard Branson halts $1B project with Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi disappearance

‘Virgin Group founder Richard Branson has suspended a $1 billion investment project with Saudi Arabia due to the disappearance of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Branson made the announcement Thursday as US Senators sparked an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the mystery of the missing US resident and Saudi critic.’

Facebook deletes Russian firm’s accounts over alleged data scraping

‘Facebook has disabled dozens of accounts and profiles belonging to Russian database provider SocialDataHub for what it termed the unauthorized collection of user information, the social media giant said on Thursday.’

Russian Meddling in Macedonia Blocked by US Spies and Stealth Diplomacy

‘The U.S. government intervened to stall a Russian disinformation campaign this summer that was aimed at preventing the Balkan state of Macedonia from joining NATO, according to a report in The New York Times.’

English version: An overview of the Danske Bank money laundering scandal

‘An overview of the Danske Bank money laundering scandal
Berlingske has been investigating the money laundering at Danske Bank since March 2017. Here is an overview of the case – with links to the most important articles (some are in Danish).’

Whistleblower alert: Putin family and Russian intelligence used Danske Bank to launder money

‘Family members of Russia’s President Putin and FSB, the Russian intelligence service, were allegedly behind efforts to launder money through Denmark’s biggest bank, claims a whistleblower who alerted top management at Danske Bank in 2013. This information, which has only now come to light, indicates that top management was aware of far more serious conditions than the bank has previously indicated’

U.S. Charges Alleged Chinese Government Spy With Stealing U.S. Trade Secrets

Breaking: DOJ arrests & extradites officer of China’s Ministry of State Security for espionage. Yanjun Xu was lured to Belgium, arrested there and extradited to US yesterday. His targets were multiple US aerospace and aviation companies. Fascinating case & collar for DOJ

Rockland County Man Charged With Manufacturing An Explosive Device And Transporting Explosives Across State Lines

NBC News: Paul Rosenfeld of NY has been arrested by the FBI and charged with building a 200 pound bomb which he would set off on election day to kill himself and draw attention to “sortition”.

That’s a belief that government officials should be chosen at random, not by vote.

Late GOP Activist Peter W. Smith Met With Former Trump Adviser Michael Flynn in 2015

This may be a big story – it has been in the back of people’s minds since the first WSJ article and his death – new details are emerging.

‘Republican activist Peter Smith met with Michael Flynn in 2015, and told associates he was using Flynn’s connections as part of his quest to find Hillary’s emails.’