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Congress to be shown CIA-approved Damascus video

Members of US Congress are to be shown a 13-minute video compilation of CIA-verified footage showing the victims of a chemical attack on eastern Damascas.

Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman Dianne Feinstein said her committee was shown the "grim and ghoulish" video yesterday.

A boy fights for his life in the aftermath of a chemical attack on eastern Damascus. Credit: whitehouse.gov

The 13-minute video is available to watch on senate.gov but viewers are advised that the footage contains some extremely distressing scenes.

  1. Robert Moore

CIA videos more likely to sway opinion than Assad clips

Assad's CBS interview is unlikely to make any difference among the people and policymakers in America.

Much more significant here is the 13 CIA-verified videos, which have just been released, of the chemicals weapons attack on the outskirts of Damascus.

Some of those are extremely harrowing and today those videos are being shown to all members of Congress. That is much more likely to sway opinion.

It is in many ways the secret weapon of the lobbying effort now underway by the White House.

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Apple denies that it was involved in NSA programme

Apple have released a statement refuting claims that it was involved in the NSA's controversial PRISM programme.

In the statement titled "Apple's Commitment to Customer Privacy", Apple claim that it does not "provide any government agency with direct access to our servers, and insisted that "any government agency requesting customer content must get a court order".

Apple did confirm that it did received between "4,000 and 5,000" requests for customer data from government agencies. Credit: REUTERS/Mike Segar

However the company did confirm that it received between "4,000 and 5,000" requests for customer data from government agencies.

The Guardian published a series of revelations earlier this month, concerning allegations that the US security services monitored phone calls and internet data through large companies.

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  1. Angus Walker

Foreign minister: China a 'major victim' of cyber attacks

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying refused to be drawn on the specifics of how an extradition battle would be dealt with between Beijing and Hong Kong.

However, she took the chance to respond to claims made by Edward Snowden; that China was targeted by the NSA spying programme.

She told reporters "...as we have repeatedly said China is one of the major victims" [of cyber attacks], adding that China was "opposed to all forms of cyber and hacker attacks".

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