Though no Iraqi weapons of mass destruction have yet been found, Washington's chief inspector David Kay said on Sunday he was confident the search would turn up "remarkable things" in the coming months. \nIn a series of television interviews, the CIA special adviser and head of the Iraqi Survey Group said much had been overlooked by the media in an interim report presented last week, in which he said no actual weapons had been discovered. \nKay stressed that the report concluded that Iraq had a vast secret network of laboratories, including some two dozen hidden in the Iraqi intelligence service and operated while UN inspectors were still in the country. \nUS President George W. Bush justified his decision to invade Iraq citing the imminent threat posed by Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's biological, chemical weapons and efforts to develop a nuclear bomb. \nCritics seized on Kay's report as further evidence that US intelligence may have been exaggerated in the drive to oust Saddam. \nOn Fox News Sunday Senator Joseph Lieberman, a Democratic presidential candidate, said though he supported the Iraqi war, he was troubled "the exaggerations and misleading statements made by this administration before the war ... has compromised the just cause of the war." \nKay said his team still was pursuing a number of leads that could result in the discovery of weapons. \nHe said an Iraqi scientist had produced a vial containing an active biological toxin, and his team was now searching for another reported cache possibly containing anthrax. \nHe also cited the manufacture as late as in 2002 of fuel for Scud missiles that Iraq used in the first Gulf war and then told UN weapons inspectors it had destroyed. \n"What everyone has skated over, both in the chemical and the biological area, is what we indeed have found. We found a vast network of undeclared labs engaged in prohibited activity in both of those areas," Kay said on CNN's Late Edition. \n"So it's not that we have found nothing. ... We have actually found quite a bit although we have not yet found shiny pointy things that I would call a weapon." \nKay told ABC's This Week program: "We're inside the country. I know in that country we're going to find remarkable things about their weapons program." \nVice President Dick Cheney pressed the case in Des Moines, Iowa, citing Kay's findings at a Republican fund-raiser and declaring, "Don't let anybody tell you that this was not a significant threat." \nKay said the search for chemical, biological and nuclear weapons would take another six to nine months as his 1,300 inspectors work on many fronts, including the examination of 130 conventional ammunition storage depots that contained some 650,000 tons of arms. He said there were 26 such sites considered critical because chemical munitions might be there. \n"We're going through them, but it is a tough go," he told ABC. \nOn biological weapons, he told the Fox program: "Based on information leads, we have no reason to believe that we will not find more. But we're searching still." \nHe said the team was still investigating how far Saddam had progressed in a "very nascent start up" of a nuclear weapons program.
Since her personal telephone number was posted online, Hong Kong democracy advocate and Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions chairperson Carol Ng has received menacing calls from strangers and been bombarded with messages calling her a “cockroach.” She is not alone. A sophisticated and shady Web site called HK Leaks has ramped up its “doxxing” — where people’s personal details are published online — of Hong Kong democracy advocates, targeting those it says have broken Hong Kong’s National Security Law. Promoted by groups linked to the Chinese Chinese Communist Party and hosted on Russia-based servers, HK Leaks has become the most prominent “doxxing”
‘CONFESSED’: A court in Beijing said that former CCP member Ren Zhiqiang abused his power at a state firm and embezzled almost US$7.14 million of public funds A Chinese tycoon who called Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) a clown and criticized his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic was yesterday jailed for 18 years for corruption, bribery and embezzlement of public funds. Ren Zhiqiang (任志強) — once among the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) inner circle — disappeared from the public eye in March, shortly after penning an essay that lambasted Xi’s pandemic response. His outspokenness had earned the former chairman of state-owned property developer Huayuan Group the nickname “Big Cannon.” Yesterday’s verdict said that Ren embezzled almost 50 million yuan (US$7.4 million) of public funds and accepted bribes worth 1.25 million
A Malaysian student whose cellphone was stolen while he was sleeping has tracked down the culprit: a monkey who took photo and video selfies with the device before abandoning it. Zackrydz Rodzi, 20, on Wednesday said that his mobile phone was missing from his bedroom when he woke up on Saturday. He found the phone’s casing under his bed, but there was no sign of robbery in his house in Johor state. JUNGLE When his father saw a monkey the next day, he searched in the jungle behind his house. Using his brother’s cellphone to call his own device, he found it covered
AUSTRALIAN SITE: China has had a contract with SSC’s Yatharagga station since at least 2011, but the last time it used it was in June 2013. No final date has been given China would lose access to a strategic space tracking station in Western Australia when its contract expires, the facility’s owners said, a decision that cuts into Beijing’s expanding space exploration and navigational capabilities in the Pacific region. The Swedish Space Corp (SSC) has had a contract allowing Beijing access to the satellite antenna at the station since at least 2011. The station is located next to an SSC satellite station primarily used by the US and its agencies, including NASA. The Swedish state-owned company said it would not enter into any new contracts at the Australian site to support Chinese customers after