The emails revealed in the government’s affidavit appear to show, however, that James Rosen’s solicitation of government secrets wasn’t nearly so narrow. The affidavit describes how Rosen assigned himself the codename “Alex,” and Mr. Kim the moniker “Leo,” and in their early contacts, explained the noble aims of their prospective relationship:
Thanks Leo. What I am interested in, as you might expect, is breaking new ahead of my competitors.
Sure, that sounds bad, as if James Rosen would jeopardize America’s contacts in a hostile foreign government just to get some eyeballs away from his competition, but surely, every reporter has this competitive urge. Although it was the first thing Rosen mentioned, there was another consideration. After outlining the kinds of secret information he hoped to get from “Leo,” Rosen summed up his intention to… report the news objectively? To serve the public?
Let’s break some new, and expose muddle-headed policy when we see it - or force the administration’s hand to go in the right direction, if possible.
Wait, what? Is that what a News reporter is supposed to do, force the administration’s hand to guide American foreign policy to the reporter’s whim? Separate and apart from the DOJ investigation, this email seems to indicate that James Rosen is not just a News reporter, but an activist intent on pushing his own agenda, with the stated goal of manipulating U.S. foreign policy.
Obviously, there is no gun safety instruction in the North Korean military. But plenty of German Shepherds who jump fearlessly through fiery obstacles.
(And watch out — the video begins with a frantically barking pack of dogs and the volume is pretty loud.)
Found inspiration this morning to do some Photoshops of Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jong Un after viewing the first image in the series of image below. Let us begin.
You may have already heard that North Korea attempted to launch a multi-stage long range rocket today, and failed, so here’s a thread to point and laugh at me, because I admit I actually thought for one naïve, optimistic moment that the death of Kim Jong-Il might lead to saner relations with this rogue nation.
I should have known it wouldn’t be that easy, but the bigger laugh is on Kim Jong-un, whose scary long range nuclear missile barely got off the launch pad before falling apart.
This could be huge: N.Korea Agrees to Nuclear Moratorium, IAEA Inspections.
WASHINGTON, Feb 29 (Reuters) - North Korea agreed on Wednesday to stop nuclear tests, uranium enrichment and long-range missile launches, and to allow checks by nuclear inspectors, in an apparent policy shift that paves the way for resuming long-stalled disarmament talks.
The surprise breakthrough, announced simultaneously by the U.S. State Department and North Korea, also includes U.S. food aid for the impoverished state and makes possible the resumption of six-nation nuclear negotiations with Pyongyang. The news followed bilateral diplomatic talks in Beijing last week.
“These are concrete measures that we consider a positive first step toward complete and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean peninsula in a peaceful manner,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said.
Analysts cautioned that Pyongyang had backtracked repeatedly on past deals, but the moves by North Korea mark a sharp change in course, at least outwardly, by North Korea’s reclusive leadership after the death in December of veteran leader Kim Jong-il.
The BBC reports tonight that North Korean despot Kim Jong-il is an ex-dictator.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has died at the age of 69, state-run television has announced.
His death was announced in an emotional statement read out on national television.
The announcer, wearing black, said he had died on Saturday of physical and mental over-work.
The emotional announcement on NHK:
The most telling part of Sarah Palin’s “North Korea” gaffe is that no one knows whether it was a simple slip of the tongue or another brain fart revealing massive ignorance.
When asked by Beck how she would handle a situation like the one that was developing in North Korea, Palin responded: “This is stemming from, I think, a greater problem when we’re all sitting around asking, ‘Oh no, what are we going to do,’ and we’re not having a lot of faith that the White House is going to come out with a strong enough policy to sanction what it is that North Korea is going to do.”
It is unclear whether Palin is talking about sanctions against North Korea, or U.S. sanctioning — i.e. approving or supporting — its actions.
Palin continued: “Obviously, we gotta stand with our North Korean allies,” when Beck interrupted and corrected her to say “South Korea.”
“And we’re also bound by prudence to stand with our South Korean allies, yes,” she responded.
Unbelievably pathetic. My opinion: she is seriously confused about the difference between North and South Korea. I don’t believe this was just a slip-up.
Palin, meanwhile, responded to the criticism by attacking President Obama, apparently believing that pointing out someone else’s mistakes is an excuse for her own stupidity: A Thanksgiving Message to All 57 States.
As you read this amazingly venal rant designed to divert attention from her own glaring error, remember that this is a woman who wants to be President of the US.
Is China playing a double game with North Korea, publicly deploring the North’s nuclear weapons program but secretly helping them build it?
A U.S.-based think-tank, the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS), had said in a report last month that North Korea had used China either directly or indirectly, as a transshipment point, to procure items for enrichment.
“Most believe that China views North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme as destabilizing to the region,” the report said. “Nonetheless, China is not applying enough resources to detect and stop North Korea’s illicit nuclear trade.”
ISIS stressed there was no evidence that Beijing was “secretly approving or willfully ignoring exports” to its neighbour to strengthen the North’s nuclear weapons programme.
Mark Fitzpatrick, proliferation expert at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, said he believed Chinese private firms and individuals, rather than state authorities, may have assisted Pyongyang.
Today’s world news: North Korea has shelled South Korea, with a three-hour artillery barrage that killed several people. There are 30,000 US troops still stationed in South Korea, but so far there has been no reaction from the US. Here’s a video report from MSNBC: