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Julian Assange Announces He’s Leaving the Ecuadorean Embassy in London ‘Soon’

The WikiLeaks founder told journalists at a news conference Monday that he can confirm he will leave the Ecuadorean Embassy in London after two years refuge there, though he stated that his departure was “probably not” due to reasons “the Murdoch press” and others have surmised.

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Embattled Reporter: Obama’s Support for Press Freedom ‘Hypocritical’

“The New York Times reporter James Risen, who faces jail over his refusal to reveal a source and testify against a former CIA agent accused of leaking secrets, has called President Barack Obama ‘the greatest enemy of press freedom in a generation,’ ” The Guardian reports.

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Watch This Cat Video (or Anything on YouTube) and Get Hacked

When large flows of Internet traffic and information remain unencrypted, seemingly harmless activities like watching YouTube videos can allow security and intelligence agencies and well-funded private parties total access to a person’s computer.

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Germany Accidentally Collected Kerry and Clinton’s Phone Calls

German intelligence services eavesdropped on calls made by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and predecessor Hillary Clinton, according to German magazine Der Spiegel.

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Ferguson Sees New Police Conflict Overnight

Police in riot dress clashed with small groups of protesters in Ferguson, Mo., early Saturday morning, confirming that tensions over the killing of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown have not disappeared.

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Former U.N. Specialist for Palestinian Rights Suspects War Crimes

Richard Falk, who for six years served as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights, argues in a recent interview that there is no evidence that Israel’s air campaign has decreased rocket fire from Gaza. Likewise the claim that Hamas uses human shields is unfounded and Israel’s siege of Gaza is missing from media accounts of the cause of the current conflict, he contends.

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Grand Jury Indicts Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Abuse of Power Charges

The Texas governor’s presidential aspirations may take a back seat to his legal troubles. Rick Perry stands formally accused of two felonies related to his attempt to force the state capital’s district attorney, a Democrat, to resign.

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A Surer Secret to Firmer Friendship

A survey suggests one in 10 British people—5 million adults—lack what they consider a close friend. Guardian correspondent Tim Lott proposes that “pride” and lack of “humility and the recognition of human fallibility” are partly to blame.

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Armor Clad Police Arrest Journalists After Michael Brown Shooting in Ferguson

Riot police dispersed protesters with rubber bullets and tear gas in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday night. Among 16 people arrested were two journalists, Wesley Lowery of The Washington Post and Ryan Reilly of The Huffington Post.

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‘Blackfish’s’ Role in SeaWorld’s Stock Crashing

A documentary about the treatment of animals at SeaWorld could have a lot to do with its plummeting shares; the militarization of U.S. suburbs is something we all need to pay close attention to; meanwhile, a black person is killed by authorities or pseudo-authorities every 28 hours in America. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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