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Australian Spy HQ Allegedly Compromised By Chinese Hackers



CANBERRA – Australia's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that Chinese Hackers allegedly stole the digital blueprints of a $630 million spy agency headquarters, according to an ABC report.

The news comes on the heels of the US reporting that classified military designs were compromised by Chinese hackers on Monday.

This “security blunder of epic proportions,” in the words of the influential Australian Greens party claimed other victims such as a steel manufacturer (Bluescope Steel) as well as a military and civilian communication company (Codan Ltd), reports Reuters.

The stolen floorplans of Australia’s domestic spy agency ASIO (Australia Security Intelligence Organization) in the capital of Canberra could lead to major leaks of confidential information. “You can start constructing your own wiring diagrams, where the linkages are through telephone connections, through wi-fi connections, which rooms are likely to be the ones that are used for sensitive conversations, how to surreptitiously put devices into the walls of those rooms,” said Australian security analyst Des Ball, quoted by Reuters.

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The current ASIO headquarters (Chris Beer)

Prime Minister Julia Gillard qualified these reports as “inaccurate” all the while denying that “Australia’s intelligence agencies fundings have been cut,” reports SBS.

One day prior to this theft saw the US falling victim of stolen classified military material, notably designs for the Patriot missile system, the Navy’s Aegis ballistic missile Defence systems, the F/A-18 fighter jet, the V-22 Osprey, the Black Hawk helicopter and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, according to Reuters.

China called the accusation groundless despite Australia’s position as the US military pivot to the Asia-Pacific area. Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr claimed that this attack “will not hit ties” with Beijing, reports BBC News.

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An End To Venezuela Sanctions? The Lula Factor In Biden's Democratization Gamble

The Biden administration's exploration to lift sanctions on Venezuela, hoping to gently push its regime back on the path of democracy, might have taken its cue from Brazilian President Lula's calls to stop demonizing Venezuela.

Photo of a man driving a motorbike past a wall with a mural depicting former President Hugo Chavez in Caracas, Venezuela

Driving past a Chavez mural in Caracas, Venezuela

Leopoldo Villar Borda


BOGOTÁ — Reports last month that U.S. President Joe Biden's apparent decision to unblock billions of dollars in Venezuelan assets, frozen since 2015 as part of the United States' sanctions on the Venezuelan regime, could be the first of many pieces to fall in a domino effect that could help end the decades-long Venezuelan deadlock.

It may move the next piece — the renewal of conversations in Mexico between the Venezuelan government and opposition — before pushing over other obstacles to elections due in 2024 and to Venezuela's return into the community of American states.

I don't think I'm being naïve in anticipating developments that would lead to a new narrative around Venezuela, very different to the one criticized by Brazil's president, Lula da Silva. He told a regional summit in Brasilia in June that there were prejudices about Venezuela — and I dare say he wasn't entirely wrong, based on the things I hear from a Venezuelan friend who lives in Bogotá but travels frequently home.

My friend insists his country's recent history is not quite as depicted in the foreign press. The price of basic goods found in a food market are much the same as those in Bogotá, he says.

He goes to the theater when he visits Caracas, eats in restaurants and strolls in parks and squares. There are new building works, he says. He uses the Caracas metro and insists its trains and stations are clean — showing me pictures on his cellphone to prove it.

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