The Guardian: WikiLeaks publishes ‘biggest ever leak of secret CIA documents’/The Independent: Brexit Bill – Theresa May suffers second defeat in Lords
The Guardian: WikiLeaks publishes ‘biggest ever leak of secret CIA documents’. The 8,761 documents published by WikiLeaks focus mainly on techniques for hacking and surveillance. US consulate in Frankfurt, Germany. US consulate in Frankfurt, Germany is home to a ‘sensitive compartmentalised information facility’, according to the leaked documents.
The US intelligence agencies are facing fresh embarrassment after WikiLeaks published what it described as the biggest ever leak of confidential documents from the CIA detailing the tools it uses to break into phones, communication apps and other electronic devices.
Thousands of documents focus mainly on techniques for hacking, including how the CIA cooperated with British intelligence to engineer a way to compromise smart televisions and turn them into improvised surveillance devices.
The Independent: Brexit Bill: Theresa May suffers second defeat in Lords as peers hand more power to MPs. Vote could put at risk PM’s timetable to start talks on quitting the EU later this month
Theresa May has suffered a humiliating setback after the House of Lords approved a plan to give Parliament the final say over Brexit.
After a tetchy debate, Lords voted by an overwhelming majority for the proposal forcing Ms May to seek Parliament’s backing for any withdrawal deal she agrees with the EU.
The change would also mean Ms May must win a future vote in Parliament if she decides to see through her threat of pulling Britain out of the EU with no deal at all.
The Independent: Hungarian parliament approves law allowing all asylum seekers to be detained
A base for border guards and detention camp for migrants near the Hungarian-Serbian border at Kelebia on February 7, 2017. The Hungarian parliament has approved a controversial law enabling all asylum seekers in the country to be detained and forced back into neighbouring Serbia.
Viktor Orban, the Prime Minister, claimed migrants were keeping his country “under siege” and must be defended against. Speaking at a swearing-in ceremony for a group of specialist guards known as “border hunters”, he said that Hungary could only count on itself for protection.
The Telegraph: Donald Trump resumes his attacks on Barack Obama and mistakenly accuses him of ordering release of 122 Guantanamo terrorists
President Donald Trump has accused Barack Obama of “another terrible decision” to release prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, in a tweet in which he wrongly quoted official figures.
Mr Trump said on Tuesday morning that 122 “vicious” Guantanamo inmates had returned to the battlefield, “released by the Obama administration”.
The Guantanamo statistics Mr Trump cited come from a September report by the Director of National Intelligence.