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6 Jul 2015

Edward Snowden plea deal with US a possibility, says Eric Holder

The "possibility exists" that Edward Snowden could make a deal with the US Justice Department and return to his home country, former US attorney general Eric Holder says. But a spokeswoman for Loretta Lynch, Holder s replacement, told Yahoo News the Obama administration s position had not changed.
The "possibility exists" that Edward Snowden could make a deal with the US Justice Department and return to his home...

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30 Apr 2015

Cover-up claims over revelation that Germany spied on EU partners for US

Germany has been spying and eavesdropping on its closest partners in the EU and passing the information to the US for more than a decade, a parliamentary inquiry in Berlin has found, triggering allegations of lying and cover-ups reaching to the very top of Chancellor Angela Merkel s administration. There was outrage in Germany two years ago over the revelations by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden of US and British surveillance activities in Europe. The fresh disclosures are embarrassing for Berlin, which stands accused of hypocrisy in its protests about America spying on its allies.
Germany has been spying and eavesdropping on its closest partners in the EU and passing the information to the US for...

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9 Feb 2015

HSBC files show how Swiss bank helped clients dodge taxes and hide millions

HSBC's Swiss banking arm helped wealthy customers dodge taxes and conceal millions of dollars of assets, doling out bundles of untraceable cash and advising clients on how to circumvent domestic tax authorities, according to a huge cache of leaked secret bank account files.
HSBC's Swiss banking arm helped wealthy customers dodge taxes and conceal millions of dollars of assets, doling out...

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6 Jul 2014

Germany demands answers from US after arrest of suspected double agent

The White House and state department have so far declined to comment on the arrest of a 31-year-old employee of Germany's BND foreign intelligence agency, who has admitted passing documents to a US contact, according to intelligence and political sources. That includes information about a parliamentary committee looking into allegations by the former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden that Washington carried out major surveillance in Germany, including monitoring the phone of the chancellor, Angela Merkel.
The White House and state department have so far declined to comment on the arrest of a 31-year-old employee of...

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10 Apr 2013

Manning trial judge to US: prove suspect knew leaks would ‘aid enemy’

The US government will have to prove that the WikiLeaks source, Bradley Manning, had "reason to believe" that his disclosure of state secrets could be harmful to the US and beneficial to foreign nations, the judge presiding over the soldier's court martial ruled on Wednesday.
The US government will have to prove that the WikiLeaks source, Bradley Manning, had "reason to believe" that his...

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19 Aug 2012

Julian Assange urges US to end ‘war on whistleblowers’

The WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, has urged the United States to end its "war on whistleblowers" as he used a dramatic appearance on the balcony of the Ecuadorean embassy to thank supporters for backing his fight against extradition.
The WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, has urged the United States to end its "war on whistleblowers" as he used a...

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2 Aug 2012

Julian Assange is right to fear US prosecution

As the drama unfolds over Julian Assange's bid for political asylum in Ecuador, a troubling irony has emerged: the besieged founder of WikiLeaks is seeking refuge in this small Andean nation because he fears persecution from the United States, a nation whose laws famously grant asylum to people in precisely Assange's situation. Indeed, the US has demonstrated its commitment to be a safe haven for those being persecuted for their political beliefs by recognising that journalists punished for expressing political opinions in places like China meet the criteria for asylum under the US's own laws.
As the drama unfolds over Julian Assange's bid for political asylum in Ecuador, a troubling irony has emerged: the...

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10 Mar 2012

The dirty war on WikiLeaks

War by media, says current military doctrine, is as important as the battlefield. This is because the real enemy is the public at home, whose manipulation and deception is essential for starting an unpopular colonial war. Like the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, attacks on Iran and Syria require a steady drip-effect on readers' and viewers' consciousness. This is the essence of a propaganda that rarely speaks its name.
War by media, says current military doctrine, is as important as the battlefield. This is because the real enemy is the...

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2 Mar 2012

Stratfor, WikiLeaks and the Obama administration’s war against truth

WikiLeaks, the whistleblower website, has again published a massive trove of documents, this time from a private intelligence firm known as Stratfor. The source of the leak was the hacker group Anonymous, which took credit for obtaining more than 5m emails from Stratfor's servers. Anonymous obtained the material on 24 December 2011, and provided it to WikiLeaks, which, in turn, partnered with 25 media organizations globally to analyze the emails and publish them.
WikiLeaks, the whistleblower website, has again published a massive trove of documents, this time from a private...

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12 May 2011

Wikileaks cables show race to carve up Arctic

Secret US embassy cables released by Wikileaks show nations are racing to "carve up" Arctic resources - oil, gas and even rubies - as the ice retreats. They suggest that Arctic states, including the US and Russia, are all pushing to stake a claim.
Secret US embassy cables released by Wikileaks show nations are racing to "carve up" Arctic resources - oil, gas and...

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11 Apr 2011

China accuses US of human rights double standards

The Chinese government has attacked the US for targeting WikiLeaks while campaigning for internet freedom overseas. Beijing has a doctrine of non-interference in other countries' internal affairs, but the State Council Information Office releases an annual report on the US human rights record as a riposte to Washington's criticisms. The document says it underlines the hypocrisy of the US and "its malicious design to pursue hegemony under the pretext of human rights".
The Chinese government has attacked the US for targeting WikiLeaks while campaigning for internet freedom overseas....
5 Apr 2011

Ecuador asks US ambassador to leave over WikiLeaks row

Ecuador has announced the expulsion of the US ambassador, apparently over a 2009 diplomatic cable divulged by WikiLeaks in which the envoy accuses Ecuador's newly retired police chief of corruption and recommends he be stripped of his US visa
Ecuador has announced the expulsion of the US ambassador, apparently over a 2009 diplomatic cable divulged by WikiLeaks...
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18 Feb 2011

US wanted ‘derogatory’ information on Bahrain king’s sons

The US State Department secretly asked its diplomats in Bahrain to report any "derogatory" information about two of the King's sons and evidence of "rivalry" with senior members of the ruling royal family, leaked documents show.
The US State Department secretly asked its diplomats in Bahrain to report any "derogatory" information about two of the...
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5 Feb 2011

Britain pledged millions to lawless Somali region linked to pirate gangs

Jonathan Allen, the Foreign Office diplomat responsible for East Africa, told the Americans in July, 2009, that Britain planned to support the regional government despite being "under no illusion about who they were dealing with and the connection of the Puntland authorities to piracy".
Jonathan Allen, the Foreign Office diplomat responsible for East Africa, told the Americans in July, 2009, that Britain...

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5 Feb 2011

Britain refused to shut down charity US claims is funding Hamas

For several years, American officials repeatedly raised concerns over a charity called Interpal, the Palestinian Relief and Development Fund, which is accused of aiding Hamas. The charity has been blacklisted in the US since 2003.
For several years, American officials repeatedly raised concerns over a charity called Interpal, the Palestinian Relief...
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5 Feb 2011

How America spied on the Foreign Office

The United States ordered its diplomats to spy on Foreign Office ministers, asking them to gather gossip on their foibles and the strains in their professional relationships, leaked US cables show.
The United States ordered its diplomats to spy on Foreign Office ministers, asking them to gather gossip on their...

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19 Jan 2011

US advised to sabotage Iran nuclear sites by German thinktank

The United States was advised to adopt a policy of "covert sabotage" of Iran's clandestine nuclear facilities, including computer hacking and "unexplained explosions", by an influential German thinktank, a leaked US embassy cable reveals.
The United States was advised to adopt a policy of "covert sabotage" of Iran's clandestine nuclear facilities, including...

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19 Jan 2011

US feared Turkish military backlash in ‘coup plot’ arrests

US diplomats in Turkey feared that a wave of arrests of senior military officers last year over an alleged plot to topple the country's Islamist-rooted government could trigger an "unpredictable military reaction", according to a leaked diplomatic cable.
US diplomats in Turkey feared that a wave of arrests of senior military officers last year over an alleged plot to...
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8 Jan 2011

US Vatican relations strong despite cable leak

Washington's relationship with the Holy See is too strong to be undermined by WikiLeaks revelations, the U.S. ambassador to the Vatican said in an AP interview Friday. Among thousands of U.S. diplomatic cables being leaked by the secret-spilling site are comments on aggressive Vatican diplomacy to head off law suits in the sex abuse scandals and claims that some Vatican officials harbor anti-Semitic sentiments.
Washington's relationship with the Holy See is too strong to be undermined by WikiLeaks revelations, the U.S. ambassador...

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4 Jan 2011

US targets EU over GM crops

The US embassy in Paris advised Washington to start a military-style trade war against any European Union country which opposed genetically modified (GM) crops, newly released WikiLeaks cables show.
The US embassy in Paris advised Washington to start a military-style trade war against any European Union country which...
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21 Dec 2010

US suspected Allen Stanford long before ECB deal

More than two years before he touched down in a helicopter at Lord's cricket ground bearing $20m, US diplomats were so concerned about rumours of "bribery, money-laundering and political manipulation" surrounding Allen Stanford that they avoided contacting him or being photographed with him.
More than two years before he touched down in a helicopter at Lord's cricket ground bearing $20m, US diplomats were so...

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18 Dec 2010

Julian Assange WikiLeaks faces ‘very aggressive’ investigation by US

WikiLeaks faces a "very aggressive" and secretive investigation by US authorities stung by a perceived loss of face following the release of thousands of secret American diplomatic cables, the organisation's founder, Julian Assange, said today
WikiLeaks faces a "very aggressive" and secretive investigation by US authorities stung by a perceived loss of face...

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18 Dec 2010

US criticises court that may decide on Julian Assange extradition, WikiLeaks cables show

US officials regard European human rights standards as an "irritant", secret cables show, and have strongly objected to the safeguards which could protect WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from extradition.
US officials regard European human rights standards as an "irritant", secret cables show, and have strongly objected to...

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18 Dec 2010

US diplomats suggested Bollywood stars should tour Afghanistan

US diplomats suggested that India send Bollywood stars to tour Afghanistan to aid international efforts to stabilise the country. In a confidential March 2007 cable responding to a request from Washington for "specific, concrete ideas for opportunities for India to use soft power in helping Afghanistan's reconstruction", officials said Bollywood was an area that "seems ripe".
US diplomats suggested that India send Bollywood stars to tour Afghanistan to aid international efforts to stabilise the...
18 Dec 2010

WikiLeaks’ lesson on Haiti

One area of US foreign policy that the WikiLeaks cables help illuminate, which the major media has predictably ignored, is the occupation of Haiti. In 2004, the country's democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was overthrown for the second time, through an effort led by the United States government. Officials of the constitutional government were jailed and thousands of its supporters were killed.
One area of US foreign policy that the WikiLeaks cables help illuminate, which the major media has predictably ignored,...
16 Dec 2010

A sad day for the US if the Espionage Act is used against WikiLeaks

Numerous US officials are calling for a resurrection of the US Espionage Act as a tool for prosecuting WikiLeaks. The dusting-off of the old law is all but certain. But the outcome of the constitutional dust-up that is sure to follow will result in triumph or tragedy for the US bill of rights.
Numerous US officials are calling for a resurrection of the US Espionage Act as a tool for prosecuting WikiLeaks. The...

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12 Dec 2010

US proposed counter-terrorism centre in Barcelona

The US grew so concerned about the possibility of an Islamist terrorist attack in Spain in 2007 that it proposed setting up a counter-terrorism centre in the country's second-largest city, according to leaked US embassy cables. The three cables say the US planned the "counterterrorism, anti-crime and intelligence centre" at its consulate in Barcelona. The goal was to "combat the target-rich environment of terrorist and criminal activities centred in the region," which has a "presence of over one million Muslims," according to a 2007 cable.
The US grew so concerned about the possibility of an Islamist terrorist attack in Spain in 2007 that it proposed setting...

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10 Dec 2010

Whitehall told US to ignore Brown’s Trident statement

Two senior Whitehall officials assured US diplomats that the renewal of Britain's Trident nuclear deterrent would go ahead, apparently contradicting then prime minister Gordon Brown's public statements proposing some disarmament by the UK, according to leaked US embassy cables. The London embassy sent a secret cable back to Washington last autumn reporting conversations with the two civil servants, Richard Freer and Judith Gough, in which they cast doubt on the significance of Brown's announcement at the UN general assembly that Britain might cut the number of planned new Trident submarines from four to three.
Two senior Whitehall officials assured US diplomats that the renewal of Britain's Trident nuclear deterrent would go...
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9 Dec 2010

US ‘lobbied Russia on behalf of Visa and MasterCard’

The US lobbied Russia this year on behalf of Visa and MasterCard in an attempt to ensure the payment card companies were not "adversely affected" by new legislation, according to American diplomats in Moscow. A state department cable released this afternoon by WikiLeaks reveals that US diplomats intervened to try to amend a draft law going through Russia's duma, or lower house of parliament. Their explicit aim was to ensure the new law did not "disadvantage" the two US firms, the cable states.
The US lobbied Russia this year on behalf of Visa and MasterCard in an attempt to ensure the payment card companies were...

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9 Dec 2010

US monitors ‘aggressive’ China in Africa

The US is closely monitoring China's expanding role in Africa, the latest secret US diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks reveal. A cable from February quotes a senior US official in the Nigerian capital, Lagos, describing China as "aggressive and pernicious". However, the official says the US does not consider China a military, security or intelligence threat.
The US is closely monitoring China's expanding role in Africa, the latest secret US diplomatic cables released by...
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7 Dec 2010

List of facilities ‘vital to US security’ leaked

In February 2009 the State Department asked all US missions abroad to list all installations whose loss could critically affect US national security. The list includes pipelines, communication and transport hubs. Several UK sites are listed, including cable locations, satellite sites and BAE Systems plants. BBC diplomatic correspondent Jonathan Marcus says this is probably the most controversial document yet from the Wikileaks organisation.
In February 2009 the State Department asked all US missions abroad to list all installations whose loss could critically...

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6 Dec 2010

Internet backlash follows US pressure against whistleblowing site

American pressure to dissuade companies in the US from supporting the WikiLeaks website has led to an online backlash in which individuals are redirecting parts of their own sites to its Swedish internet host. Since early on Friday morning, it has been impossible to reach WikiLeaks by typing wikileaks.org into a web browser because every DNS, which would redirect queries for the string "wikileaks.org" to that machine address, removed its support for Wikileaks, claiming that it had broken its terms of service by being the target of a huge hacker attack.
American pressure to dissuade companies in the US from supporting the WikiLeaks website has led to an online backlash in...
6 Dec 2010

WikiLeaks cables are dispatches from a beleaguered America in imperial retreat

There's more to the WikiLeaks dispatches than leaks. Look behind them, at the writers, and you see the loyal rearguard of America: an imperial power in retreat. There was a tradition in our Foreign Office that a retiring ambassador could blow off steam. In a final, exuberant telegram to Whitehall, he could say exactly what he thought of the country he was leaving, and of the folly of the Foreign Office in ignoring his advice.The best telegrams were treasured by young diplomats. But they began to leak into the press. And a few years ago this privilege was suppressed.
There's more to the WikiLeaks dispatches than leaks. Look behind them, at the writers, and you see the loyal rearguard...
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5 Dec 2010

Hillary Clinton’s question how can we stand up to Beijing

Hillary Clinton revealed America's deep anxiety over China's growing economic power and hold on US finances by asking Australia's then prime minister: "How do you deal toughly with your banker?" The question, at a lunch with Kevin Rudd last March and reported in a US Department of State cable, underscores the evolving and often difficult relationship between the world's superpower and an increasingly mighty China. It is the largest holder of US treasury bonds, with around $870bn. Tensions are also highlighted in an economic dispatch, written by the US ambassador to Beijing last January, warning of a "rough" year for relations between the two countries and accusing China of hubris.
Hillary Clinton revealed America's deep anxiety over China's growing economic power and hold on US finances by asking...
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4 Dec 2010

US goes to Basics over Copenhagen accord tactics

Close reading of the cables released by WikiLeaks reveals in excruciating detail the US tactics deployed to achieve its aim of overwhelming the opposition to the Copenhagen accord. In the cable requesting intelligence from UN diplomats, it names specific countries of interest, including China, France, Japan, Mexico, Russia and the European Union, and seeks biographical details of individuals such as credit card and frequent-flyer numbers. It also seeks compromising intelligence on the officials running the climate negotiations, such as "efforts by treaty secretariats to influence treaty negotiations or compliance".
Close reading of the cables released by WikiLeaks reveals in excruciating detail the US tactics deployed to achieve its...

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4 Dec 2010

Wikileaks Reveals U.S. Diplomats Hatching Blazingly Stupid Schemes

The blazing stupidity of some of the ridiculous schemes hatched by US diplomats is staggering. Take a look at Wikileaks Docs Reveal Secret Scheme To Wean China Off Of Iranian Oil Supply by Joe Weisenthal at the Business Insider, and I will show you exactly what I mean. Very interesting nugget from the WikiLeaks dump showing how the world of economics, security, and energy collide.
The blazing stupidity of some of the ridiculous schemes hatched by US diplomats is staggering. Take a look at Wikileaks...
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3 Dec 2010

Gordon Brown an ‘abysmal’ prime minister

The US embassy in London wrote off Gordon Brown within a year of his arrival in No 10 after concluding that an "abysmal track record" had left him lurching from "political disaster to disaster", according to cables released by WikiLeaks. In a scathing assessment of the former prime minister, George Bush's last ambassador to London blamed Brown for presiding over a "post-Blair rudderlessness" which prompted senior Labour figures to complain of their despair to the embassy.
The US embassy in London wrote off Gordon Brown within a year of his arrival in No 10 after concluding that an "abysmal...
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3 Dec 2010

Gordon Brown’s global moves dismissed by US

The Americans treated Gordon Brown's international initiatives, from food summits to global disarmament and a UK national security council, with indifference bordering on disdain, according to US embassy cables released by WikiLeaks.
The Americans treated Gordon Brown's international initiatives, from food summits to global disarmament and a UK...
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3 Dec 2010

Hague tells US that Tories are ‘children of Thatcher’

Conservative politicians lined up to promise they would run a "pro-American regime" and buy more arms from the US if they came to power this year. Cables released by WikiLeaks show US diplomats in London smiled at Britain's "paranoid" fears about the so-called special relationship. One said the anxious British attitude "would often be humorous if it were not so corrosive".
Conservative politicians lined up to promise they would run a "pro-American regime" and buy more arms from the US if...
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3 Dec 2010

US has lost faith in Mexico’s ability to win drugs war, WikiLeaks cables show

The US has lost confidence in the Mexican army's ability to win the country's drugs war, branding it slow, clumsy and no match for "sophisticated" narco-traffickers. Classified diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks also reveal a growing sense of alarm within Mexico's government that time is running out in the battle against organised crime and that it could "lose" entire regions.
The US has lost confidence in the Mexican army's ability to win the country's drugs war, branding it slow, clumsy and no...
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3 Dec 2010

WikiLeaks cables Secret deal let Americans sidestep cluster bomb ban

British and American officials colluded in a plan to hoodwink parliament over a proposed ban on cluster bombs, the Guardian can disclose. According to leaked US embassy dispatches, David Miliband, who was Britain's foreign secretary under Labour, approved the use of a loophole to manoeuvre around the ban and allow the US to keep the munitions on British territory. Unlike Britain, the US had refused to sign up to an international convention that bans the weapons because of the widespread injury they cause to civilians.
British and American officials colluded in a plan to hoodwink parliament over a proposed ban on cluster bombs, the...
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2 Dec 2010

Putin labels US embassy cables ‘slanderous’

The Russian prime minister, Vladimir Putin, has condemned as "slanderous" a US cable describing him and Russia's president, Dmitry Medvedev, as Batman and Robin. Speaking in a candid but frosty interview with talk show host Larry King, the Russian prime minister dismissed suggestions that his tandem style of leadership with prot g Medvedev resembled the uneven power share between the two comic characters.
The Russian prime minister, Vladimir Putin, has condemned as "slanderous" a US cable describing him and Russia's...
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1 Dec 2010

US ‘kept Pakistani army Swat murders secret’

A deeply entrenched "culture of revenge" in the Pakistani army led to a spate of murders during fighting against the Taliban in Swat and the tribal belt, according to a secret US assessment last year. But while US diplomats voiced private concerns about the killings now admitted to number in the hundreds they deemed it was better not to comment publicly in order to allow the Pakistani army to take action on its own.
A deeply entrenched "culture of revenge" in the Pakistani army led to a spate of murders during fighting against the...

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1 Dec 2010

Wikileaks cable claims UK ‘pledged to limit Iraq probe’

The government secretly promised to limit the scope of the Iraq war inquiry to protect US interests, according to leaked cables reported in the Times. The documents on the Wikileaks website could undermine the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war, the newspaper says.
The government secretly promised to limit the scope of the Iraq war inquiry to protect US interests, according to leaked...

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