1/ While the world has been worrying about North Korean nuclear weapons, Kim Jong-un’s Reconnaissance General Bureau (its CIA) has been training its hackers to rob the world’s financial institutions. @pwinn5 has that story for @pritheworld and @globalposts.pri.org/ZQfizCe
2/ Want to know what the RGB’s hackers do? Let’s go back to February 2016. That’s when North Korean hackers pulled off one of the greatest heists in US history, all without setting foot on American soil. The target: The Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
3/ The Federal Reserve holds the world’s largest repository of gold in vaults 80 feet below ground. But it also holds vast foreign wealth on servers wired up to the internet. That’s what North Korean hackers targeted: about $1 billion in a Fed-run account belonging to Bangladesh.
1/ Donald Trump announced the US will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and will instead impose sanctions on the country. "This was a horrible one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made … It didn’t bring calm, it didn’t bring peace, and it never will,” Trump said.
2/ Immediately after Trump’s announcement, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani blasted the US for not fulfilling the international pact and said that Iran plans to remain in the deal without Washington’s participation.
3/ UK Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron released a joint statement emphasizing their continued commitment to the accord. “The world is a safer place as a result” of the Iran deal, they said. gov.uk/government/new…
1/ This week marked the 15th anniversary of the fall of #Baghdad. The ground invasion, toppling of the statue of Saddam Hussein and the outbreak of lawlessness all happened in the space of three days. From our archives, this is what those 3 days sounded like.
2/ Journalist and Iraqi Kurd @ayubnuri recalls the initial days of jubilation after the removal of Saddam Hussein. bit.ly/2quEY0G
3/ As we know, the celebration in #Iraq didn’t last. Journalists @maassp and @EllenKnickmeyer both went into the war zone without being embedded or protected by US forces. They witnessed the ongoing violence that followed the toppling of the capitol. bit.ly/2EK8gwt