The Envoy
  • AP96013101827The FBI treated an unidentified ABC News journalist as a confidential informant during the investigation of the Oklahoma City bombing, the Center for Public Integrity's John Solomon and Aaron Mehta report:

    A once-classified FBI memo reveals that the bureau treated a senior ABC News journalist as a potential confidential informant in the 1990s, pumping the reporter to ascertain the source of a sensational but uncorroborated tip that the network had obtained during its early coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing.

    The journalist, whose name is not disclosed in the document labeled "secret," not only cooperated but provided the identity of a confidential source, according to the FBI memo — a possible breach of journalistic ethics if he or she did not have the source's permission.

    The ABC employee was even assigned a number in the FBI's informant database, indicating he or she was still being vetted for suitability as a snitch after providing "highly accurate and reliable information in the past" and then revealing information the network had obtained in the hours just after the 1995 terrorist attack by Timothy McVeigh.

    The journalist "advised that a source within the Saudi Arabian Intelligence Service advised that the Oklahoma City bombing was sponsored by the Iraqi Special Services who contracted seven (7) former Afghani Freedom Fighters out of Pakistan," an April 17, 1996 FBI memo states, recounting the then-ABC journalist's interview with FBI agents a year earlier on the evening of the April 19, 1995 bombing. (The Iraqi connection, of course, never materialized.) [...]

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    Israeli elder statesman President Shimon Peres has arrived in Washington amid another anxious moment in the perennially stalled Middle East peace process. Among Israel's concerns: the ongoing unrest in the Arab world and mounting worries that the Palestinians will seek statehood recognition at the United Nations in September.

    Peres met with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at Blair House last night and will have a working lunch with President Barack Obama at the White House today. Tonight, he'll dine with Middle East experts at a dinner hosted by the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace.

    Peres, who is 88, has more of a figurehead role in the Israeli government. The key decision-maker in Jerusalem is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is expected to come to Washington later this spring for a series of appearances, including at the annual AIPAC policy conference.

    It had been expected that Netanyahu will give a major policy speech during his upcoming D.C. visit, possibly proposing some sort of interim peace agreement with the Palestinians, but some observers are now saying his plans are unclear.

    In the meantime, a group of senior former Israeli security officials, including the former heads of Mossad and Shin Bet, are nudging him to do so by proposing what they are calling an Israeli Peace Initiative, the New York Times's Ethan Bronner reports:

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  • NATO chief, Libyan envoy in Turkey for talks

    rasmussenNATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen held closed-door meetings with Turkish leaders in Ankara Monday as Turkey sought to broker a possible Libya cease-fire, according to reports from numerous news agencies.

    Also due to arrive in Turkey Monday: Libyan Deputy Foreign Minister Abdelati Obeidi, followed by an as-yet unidentified representative of the Libyan opposition. Reuters reports:

    An envoy from Muammar Gadhafi's government was expected to arrive in Ankara later on Monday, a Turkish foreign ministry official said, as Turkey sought to broker a ceasefire in Libya.

    The official said a representative of the opposition was expected to come to Ankara after Libyan Deputy Foreign Minister Abdelati Obeidi, but did not disclose who would be coming from the opposition or when.

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  • Arsenal forced to sweat after late Olivier twist

    By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Olivier Giroud's rush of blood almost ruined Arsene Wenger's Christmas on Friday as the France forward's red card left Arsenal sweating towards the end of their 2-1 defeat of Queens Park Rangers. Giroud lost his cool and appeared to thrust his head into QPR defender Nedum Onuoha's forehead in the 53rd minute when Arsenal were leading 1-0 thanks to Alexis Sanchez's first-half goal. Tomas Rosicky doubled the lead soon after the sending-off but the hosts were left hanging on when Charlie Austin converted a penalty 11 minutes from time. ...

  • Sweet Caroline interruption proves awkward for McIlroy

    DUBLIN (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy, the world's number one golfer, experienced an awkward moment when he went to watch Ulster take on Connacht in a rugby match on Friday. The Ulster supporter was in the middle of a television interview with the BBC when the Neil Diamond song 'Sweet Caroline' was played over the public address system at halftime. McIlroy responded by smiling sheepishly, looking down at the ground and exclaiming "Oh dear". ...

  • McDowall looks to get Rangers back on track
    McDowall looks to get Rangers back on track

    Rangers caretaker manager Kenny McDowall says his aim is to get the Ibrox club back to performing on the pitch following a turbulent one off it. McDowall was promoted from Rangers assistant manager till the end of the season this week after Ally McCoist was placed on gardening leave the day before the board faced a stormy AGM in front of disgruntled shareholders. McDowall, who joined the club from bitter rivals Celtic in 2007 was first team coach under Walter Smith, became assistant manager when McCoist was appointed as manager in 2011.

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