SPLASH! News for March 9, 2017

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CIA Contractors Likely Source of Latest WikiLeaks

Reuters – Contractors likely breached security and handed over documents describing the Central Intelligence Agency’s use of hacking tools to anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials told Reuters on Wednesday.

Two officials speaking on condition of anonymity said intelligence agencies have been aware since the end of last year of the breach, which led to WikiLeaks releasing thousands of pages of information on its website on Tuesday.

According to the documents, CIA hackers could get into Apple Inc (AAPL.O) iPhones, devices running Google’s Android software and other gadgets in order to capture text and voice messages before they were encrypted with sophisticated software.

The White House said on Wednesday that President Donald Trump was “extremely concerned” about the CIA security breach that led to the WikiLeaks release.

AT&T 911 Outage Affected Several States Last Night

ABC News – AT&T says 911 service has been restored for cellphone customers who had been unable to call 911 in Texas and several other states.

Various law enforcement and government agencies in Texas, Florida, Tennessee and other states had reported the problem Wednesday evening.

A spokesman for Dallas-based AT&T on Wednesday evening offered customers apologies for the problem.

Stocks Have Tripled But Low Rates Squeezing Savers

Wall Street Journal – Stocks are hitting record after record, the Dow Jones Industrial Average tripling since it bottomed out during the financial crisis exactly eight years ago.

For many retirees who’ve been riding that wave, these are risky and confusing times.

Take Steve Stein, a retired dentist here on New York’s Long Island. At 82, Dr. Stein said his nest egg of roughly half a million dollars is 95% invested in stocks. As a rule of thumb, financial planners suggest subtracting an investor’s age from 100 to determine what proportion of savings to allocate to stocks.

“My dad used to put his money in CDs, getting 15%,” said Dr. Stein, whose father, a dental technician, encouraged him to become a dentist as a way to build a stable, successful life. “If interest rates were high, I would’ve invested in fixed income,” he said.

U.S. Rejects China’s Call for a Halt to Korean War Games

TIME – The United States on Wednesday rejected China’s proposal for a halt to joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises if North Korea suspends its nuclear and missile activities. It called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un irrational and demanded “positive action” before the U.S. can take his regime seriously.

In Washington, U.S. State Department acting spokesman Mark Toner said, “At this point we don’t see it as a viable deal.” A Pentagon spokesman, Cmdr. Gary Ross, said U.S. activities to defend South Korea “cannot be equated to North Korea’s repeated violations of its obligations and agreements.

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, told reporters after an emergency Security Council meeting on North Korea’s latest ballistic missile launches that the United States must see “some sort of positive action” by Kim’s regime before discussing ways to reduce tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

Written by Pamela Getz

Writer and Activist. Follow Pamela on Twitter @goddesspamela.

Pamela Getz is Editor of International Affairs for Progressive Army and a member of its Editorial Board.

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