North Korea leader, Kim Jong Un had five members of a convoy executed back in March after the failed, highly-anticipated Kim-Trump summit. South Korea’s newspaper Chosun Ilbo made the claim on Friday according to USA Today (@usatoday). Kim Hyok Chol and four other members of the negotiating envoy were allegedly executed by firing squad back in March on Chairman Kim’s orders. Chosun Ilbo said the claim came from an unidentified source inside North Korea. South Korea’s government was not able to confirm the claim. North Korea has not confirmed or denied the claim.
Chosen Ilbo is one of South Korea’s largest newspapers. Even still, some people say that it’s virtually impossible to obtain information coming out of North Korea because of how closely the country guards its secrets.
According to the newspaper, Kim Hyok Chol and four other senior officials were accused of spying for the United States. The five were allegedly executed after the group failed to reach a deal with U.S negotiators led by Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo. North Korea was demanding sanctions relief, while the United States were demanding complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. A deal was never struck. When asked about the report from the South Korean newspaper during a news conference in Berlin on Friday, Secretary Of State Pompeo said the United States was “doing our best to check it out.”
New rules that are about to take effect in the U.K. will require users of all pornography websites to verify their age and identity before tuning in. The new law will officially go into effect on July 15th. Some in the UK are arguing about internet freedom and privacy, while others say that the new law will protect young people from online pornography.
AOL.com (@aol) reported, opponents and supporters of the law have equally strong opinions about the “touchy” subject.
“We hope that the introduction of this age verification will help in protecting children, making it harder for young people to accidentally come across online pornography, as well as bringing in the same protections that we use offline to protect children from age-restricted goods or services.” said Will Gardner, Chief Executive of Childnet.
“The Government needs to compel companies to enforce privacy standards. The idea that they are ‘optional’ is dangerous and irresponsible. Having some age verification that is good and other systems that are bad is unfair and a scammers paradise– of the Government’s own making. Data leaks could be disastrous. And they will be the Government’s fault. The Government needs to shape up and legislate for privacy before their own policy results in people being outed, careers destroyed, or suicides being provoked.” said Jim Killock, Executive Director of The Open Rights Group.
Compelling arguments on both sides. The policy is set to go into effect on July 15th, but I doubt this is the last we will hear about this topic before that date.
A report fro North Korea’s state media stated that its leader Kim Jung-Un inspected and directed a “new tactical guided weapons firing test” on Wednesday. The report did not state exactly what type of missle had been tested this time.
CNN (@cnn) reported, Kim praised the weapon’s capabilities
“Thedevelopment and completion of this weapons system will be a great historic event in strengthening the combat capability of the People’s Army. I was often completely moved in admiration at the time of strategic weapons development but seeing this, it seems our scientist, engineers, and the labor class is truly great. If they are willing then no weapon is beyond creation.”
Kim said, according to KCNA (North Korean State Media)
Julian Assange who has been living at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012, was arrested by British authorities Thursday morning. Assange had been granted asylum at the embassy. In recent weeks there were public reports that Assange and his Ecuadorian handlers had, had a falling out. Rumors had been floating around for awhile that Assange would be evicted from the Embassy at some point.
The New York Times (@nytimes) reported, the United States charged Assange with one count of conspiracy to hack a government computer, hours after he was taken into custody by British authorities. The charge stems from Assange’s role in the 2010 release of reams of secret American documents. The charge stated that Assange agreed to break a password to a classified United States Government computer. “The Times” also stated that Assange had been on the United States Government’s radar since at least 2010 after he released American documents and videos about wars in Afghanistan and in Iraq, along with confidential “cables” sent among diplomats.
Assange may be best known as the founder of the website Wikil-leaks. The site gained national attention when it was accused of releasing thousands of emails that had been stolen from the computer systems of the Democratic National Party during the United States’ 2016 presidential election. United States investigators say the system was hacked by Russians.
Assange has the right to fight extradition to the United States to face the charges. In November of 2010, after questioning two months prior, Sweden issued a warrant for Assange’s arrest over allegations of sexual assault and rape. Assange denied the charges, and also refused to stand trial in Sweden because he claimed he would be extradited to the United States for his role in publishing secret American documents if he did. Assange eventually surrendered to U.K authorities on December 7th of the same year. He was released on bail in less than 10-days. Assange challenged the extradition to Sweden, but was denied. Before he could be arrested, Assange fled and absconded. Gaining himself another charge. This time in the UK, for skipping out on bail. In 2012 Assange was granted asylum by Ecuador. He stayed at the Ecuadorian Embassy until his arrest Thursday morning. The United States may not be the only Country that wants to speak with Mr. Assange.