News in Scotland - Thursday

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Yes Scotland chief Blair Jenkins contacted police which set in train a
serious criminal email hacking investigation

Scottish News: News in Scotland - Thursday

SCOTLAND

Yes Scotland hacking investigation: 'Yes' admits paying academic for Herald article

An email hacking inquiry described by Yes Scotland as a "serious criminal investigation" relates to a payment Yes Scotland made to an academic in return for writing an article published by The Herald newspaper, it is reported. Yes Scotland chief filed a complaint to Police Scotland after it emerged that private emails within the organisation were allegedly hacked. A media inquiry prompted concerns within the pro-independence organisation that information from one of their private email accounts had been illegally accessed. Yes Scotland denies it had any influence over the content of article titled 'a Scottish constitution to serve the common weal' and written by Dr Elliot Bulmer who Yes Scotland said requested a "small fee". A Yes Scotland spokesman reportedly said that they were "relaxed" and "transparent" about the payment. Yes Scotland argue that they did not wish to make public the contents of the email while the breach of their security was under investigation by police however against the backdrop of increased public speculation the organisation reversed its decision over disclosure.

Salmond seeks ties with north of England to counter London dominance

First Minister Alex Salmond has announced plans aimed at securing ties with councils in the north of England. The councils are frustrated by economic policy which favours London and the south east and they view ties with Scotland as an opportunity to benefit from the economic boost they believe will come via connections with an independent Scotland. Mr Salmond is seeking to forge better relations with the northern English regions which feel the south benefits at their expense.

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Bill Walker MSP guilty of domestic abuse charges

MSP Bill Walker has been found guilty over numerous charges of violent abuse involving three ex-wives and his step-daughter spanning a period between 1967 and 1995. Mr Walker is an independent MSP for Dunfermline.

Salmond could win referendum, says Tory MSP

Cameron Buchanan MSP, who will replace the late David McLetchie when he is sworn in as a Tory list MSP for the Lothians, has lauded Alex Salmond as "impressive, single-minded and a class act". Mr Buchanan said that Mr Salmond could win the referendum and that it was a pity Mr Salmond was an SNP member.

Spanish 'real' GDP could be 21% lower than reported

Spain's GDP could be as much as 21 percent lower than reported according to the Spanish digital newspaper El Confidencial. The crisis-hit nation suffers from unemployment approaching 25 percent and mass youth unemployment close to 60 percent. Concerns are growing that if Spain, one of the largest nations in the EU, requires bailouts the eurozone project would be plunged back into crisis. The move comes after further revisions in UK economic data. A recent ST poll revealed 72 percent of our readers do not believe official UK economic statistics. Spain is a member of the euro currency union.

INTERNATIONAL

UK crisis: Cameron implicated in Guardian surveillance scandal

The Guardian's sister paper The Independent has reported that Senior Whitehall sources have confirmed Prime Minister David Cameron played a central role in attempting to contain revelations over UK and US intelligence activities revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowdon in his disclosure of the US's National Security Agency (NSA) classified data. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg backed Mr Cameron's decision to urge The Guardian to destroy the classified data arguing that the PM sought to protect the Guardian's right to publish while safeguarding national security. Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger has claimed that government officials destroyed the title’s equipment and one unnamed official reportedly said: "You've had your debate. There's no need to write any more," The development comes after David Miranda - the partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald who was the journalist who wrote most of the articles relating to the Snowdon revelations - was detained at Heathrow airport under anti-terror laws. The legality of Mr Miranda's detention by police is expected to be challenged. Meanwhile, a commentary published by Der Spiegel warned that “Most in Britain seem unconcerned about the mass surveillance carried out by its intelligence agency GCHQ. Even the intimidation tactics being used on the Guardian this week have caused little soul-searching. The reason is simple: Britons blindly and uncritically trust their secret service.”

UK crisis: Bank customers to be compensated for 'mis-selling' scam

As many as seven million customers stand to share £1.3bn in compensation after being 'mis-sold' credit card protection they either didn't need or to cover risks which were exaggerated. Credit card insurer CPP, which sold the policies on behalf of numerous banks and card issuers including Bank of Scotland, Clydesdale and RBS, will soon write to customers with instructions over how to claim their compensation payments, according to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The fraud scam labelled 'mis-selling' is one incident in a string of fraud scams deployed by UK banks including money laundering, Libor-rigging, anti-trust activities, ISDAfix-rigging, Forex-rigging and so on. So far no senior banking executive has been criminally charged.

France joins western clamour to blame Assad for chemical attack

After western-backed insurgents claimed government forces unleashed a chemical attack and reporting that there were 1300 fatalities, France has warned that the allegations against the government were proven to be true the international community would be forced to intervene in the conflict. The alleged attack took place during a visit by inspectors investigating claims that both sides may have used such weapons. The claims come after a series of setbacks for the insurgents who, some claim, are desperate to change the tide of the conflict. In June, both the UN and Russia, accused the US of fabricating data aimed at showing it had "found" that the Assad government had used chemical weapons. Russia, a supporter of the Assad government, suggested rebels may have launched a chemical attack to blame it on Assad's government troops in order to gain UN sympathy and kibosh a planned peace conference in Geneva. "All of this really looks like an attempt, at any cost, to create a reason to produce demands for the U.N. Security Council to side with the regime's opponents and undermine the chances of convening the Geneva conference," Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said. Syrian authorities vehemently denied the accusations with one spokesman saying: "These claims are categorically false and completely baseless and are part of the filthy media war waged by some countries against Syria,". Most western media vehicles continue to report the story as suspicious of President Assad.

NSA surveillance: Secret court found Obama government misrepresented data programme

A declassified 2011 court ruling reveals that the US government 'disclosed substantial misrepresentation' of the NSA data collection programme. The secretive foreign intelligence surveillance (Fisa) court ruling found that the "volume and nature of the information it has been collecting is fundamentally different from what the court had been led to believe". The ruling, released under the Freedom of Information Act comes amid widespread fears over the domestic and international scope of NSA surveillance activities.

 

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commented 2013-08-23 10:55:17 +0100 · Flag
In seeking “ties” with Northern England, “arise the old spirit of Scotia Irredenta” ? very astute Mr Salmond.
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