The director of the FBI says the whole of Chinese society is a threat to the US — and that Americans must step up to defend themselves

FBI Director Christopher Wray and Chinese President Xi Jinping. (AP/Andrew Harnik/Fred Dufour/Pool)

 

  • FBI Director Christopher Wray issued a dire warning about China’s growing influence during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Tuesday.
  • He said there were a variety of ways China was implementing a plan to replace the US as the foremost global power, including by infiltrating academia.
  • Recent reports have suggested that while China’s Confucius Institutes are ostensibly language-learning centers, they often serve as vehicles for Chinese propaganda at universities around the world, including the US.
  • Intelligence experts have also cited Chinese cybersecurity threats as a major concern in 2018.

FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday reiterated a commonly held view among US intelligence officials that China is seeking to become a global superpower through unconventional means — but he framed it as both a governmental and a societal threat to the US.

Speaking before the Senate Intelligence Committee alongside the heads of other US intelligence agencies, Wray said that to undermine the US’s military, economic, cultural, and informational power across the globe, China was using methods relying on more than just its state institutions. Continue reading

Dying CIA Agent Claims He Assassinated Marilyn Monroe

Normand Hodges is slowly dying. The retired CIA officer confessed to committing the assassinations during his stay at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, in Norfolk, Virginia, according to a World News Daily report.

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Is the end of the world nigh? Atomic scientists set to make ‘major announcement’ about Doomsday Clock

  • Symbolic clock was established by Manhattan Project scientists in 1947
  • It’s designed to show how close civilisation is to facing global catastrophe
  • Scientists track threats by monitoring nuclear weapons and climate change
  • The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) will host a live international news conference to make a ‘major announcement’ on Thursday
  • Expected to reveal the board’s decision regarding the clock’s minute hand
  • Last time, Doomsday Clock minute hand moved was in January 2012, when it was pushed ahead one minute from six to five minutes before midnight
  • Nuclear modernisation, climate change reports and terrorism could feature

The conference will begin at 4pm GMT (11am EST) on 22 January 2015. Continue reading