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CIA director: 'I don't know if Syria can be put back together'

The Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, John Brennan, has said that he doesn't know whether Syria can be "put back together again" because there are so many different groups and interests in the country.

He suggested that a future Syria may be a "confederal structure" with the different factions governing their regions.

He also said that there will not be "tranquility in Syria until you're also able to address the Iraq issue", and that there needs to be a clear transition period where it is clear that Assad is "not part of Syria's future".

Former CIA director David Petraeus fined $100,000

Former US military commander and CIA director David Petraeus has been sentenced to two years' probation and fined $100,000 after pleading guilty to mishandling classified information.

The retired four-star general, who gave the information to his mistress who was writing his biography, admitted the unauthorised removal and retention of classified material.

David Petraeus gave classified information to his former mistress Credit: Reuters

The judge in the federal court in Charlotte, North Carolina, raised the fine from the original $40,000 agreed in a plea deal, noting it needed to be higher to be punitive.


Former CIA director David Petraeus 'set to plead guilty'

Officials at the US department of justice said former CIA director David Petraeus has agreed to plead guilty to mishandling classified materials. A plea agreement has been filed in US District Court in Charlotte, North Carolina, a justice department statement says.

Former CIA Director David Petraeus. Credit: PA

The former top army general was charged with one count of unauthorised removal and retention of classified material, the agency said. Petraeus had signed an agreement pleading guilty to the single criminal count, the statement said.

Vladimir Putin says the internet is a 'CIA project'

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned Ukraine against using the army on its own population Credit: Reuters

Russian President Vladimir Putin has derided the internet as a Central Intelligence Agency project and has pledged to protect Russia's interests online.

According to the Associated Press, Putin mocked the World Wide Web at a media forum in St. Petersburg, claiming that it was "originally a CIA project" and is "still developing as such".

The Kremlin has long sought greater controls over the internet as many opposition activists, who are banned from state media, use the medium to promote their views and organise protests.


Senate decision welcomed by alleged CIA torture victim

ITV News has obtained a statement from former Libyan opposition politician Abdel Hakim Belhadj, who claims he was tortured by the CIA and says British authorities were aware of it.

My wife and I welcome the decision to declassify this report.

She and I were tortured at a CIA black site in Bangkok before being shipped to one of Gaddafi's most notorious prisons.

At the time my wife was several months pregnant. Later we were shocked to learn the UK was also involved in the plot.

We have promised one another not to rest until we find justice - not for vengeance's sake, but for the sake of the new democracy we fought so hard for.

– Abdel Hakim Belhadj

US Senator: CIA report exposes 'shocking brutality'

ITV News Washington bureau editor Matt Williams tweeted the comments from Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, the chair of the Senate intelligence committee, about the decision to declassify the report into the CIA:

Dianne Feinstein is chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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