Monthly Archives: July 2013

LEAKED: 1,350 Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Members’ Email Addresses

Council on Foreign Relations

07/25/2013

Hacker “Guccifer” has leaked 1,350 names and email addresses of corporate titans, media figures and policy executives who are on the Council on Foreign Relations.

The list includes hundreds of intelligence, defense, government and corporate heavyweights who are members of the New York-based group.

All are contained in a 76-page contact list of CFR members interested in intelligence issues.

The Council on Foreign Relations responded to reports of the hacking by noting that the hack itself was not of the organization’s computer network but of an individual email account that contained the list.

A CFR spokesperson clarified earlier reports by noting the list contained 1,350 names, not 1,500 as sources initially said. CFR also noted that the list contained email addresses, cities of residence and zip codes, but not exact addresses of its members.

The council publishes a list of its members on its website, but does not include email or location information.

Related Link: LEAKED: CFR Newsletter (April 2013), Member Handbook (2012) & Donor Listing (2011-2012)

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U.S. Paying Syrian Rebels $150 Per Month

07/28/2013

The United States has been paying thousands of Syrian police officers who deserted the regime of President Bashar Assad.

Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama has approved tens of millions of dollars to pay the salaries of police officers who joined the rebels. They said the officers were working to maintain order in rebel-controlled territory, mostly in northern Syria.

“There are literally thousands of defected police inside of Syria,” Assistant Secretary of State Rick Barton said. “They are credible in their communities because they’ve defected.”

In an address to the Aspen Security Forum on July 19th, Barton, responsible for State Department stabilization operations, did not say how many Syrian police deserters were on the U.S. payroll. He said the officers were receiving about $150 per month, a significant salary in Syria.

 

The address marked a rare disclosure of direct U.S. aid to Sunni rebels in Syria. Congress has approved more than $50 million for the Syrian opposition, much of which has not been spent.

Barton said the police officers remained in their communities despite their defection from the Assad regime. He said the U.S. stipend was meant to ensure that they stay on the job.

“We’d rather have a trained policeman who is trusted by the community than have to bring in a new crowd or bring in an international group that
doesn’t know the place,” Barton said.

Barton said the rebel movement was awaiting a range of non-lethal U.S. equipment. He cited night vision systems and medical supplies.

Syrian Girl points out that it’s not just defected Syrian police officers on the U.S. payroll,  but rebel groups (many Al Qaeda affiliated) as well. Reports from both AFP and Channel4 in the past year show rebels who say they are getting paid the same amount, $150 per month.

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