Thanks to a recommendation from UCLA Olympic Laboratory chief Don Catlin, Fogel in 2014 hooked up with Grigory Rodchenkov, a colleague of Catlin’s who ran Russia’s Anti-Doping Centre lab. A gregarious expert with a bushy mustache and a graying mop of hair who shared Fogel’s love of dogs, Rodchenkov was eager to provide guidance to Fogel first via Skype, and then in person, with the two meeting in Los Angeles and then at Russia’s Anti-Doping Centre, in order to perfect a hormonal system that would go undetected by doping inspectors. It was a meticulously arranged clandestine operation involving Fogel creating numerous urine samples and Rodchenkov smuggling some of them back to his homeland (“I am Mafia. This is Mafia,” says the Russian doping pro). Though it didn’t beget actual results on the cycling tour—Fogel finished 27th in the 2014 Haute Route, after having placed 17th in 2013—it did accomplish its primary goal: his drug tests … [Read more...] about How Putin’s Russian Agents Stole the 2014 Winter Olympics
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Cozy Bear is one of two hacking groups linked to Russian intelligence that is believed to have accessed the Democratic National Committee's internal systems in the lead-up to the 2016 US election, but Thursday's announcement is the first time this group has been named in connection to cyberattacks related to the coronavirus pandemic. … [Read more...] about UK, US and Canada allege Russian cyberattacks on CoVID-19 research centers
"This research is further evidence of the extreme temperatures we can expect to see more frequently around the world in a warming global climate. Importantly, an increasing frequency of these extreme heat events can be moderated by reducing greenhouse gas emissions," he added. … [Read more...] about Siberian heatwave made 600 times more likely by climate change, experts find
Trump certainly believes he can pardon himself. He tweeted in June 2018, "As has been stated by numerous legal scholars, I have the absolute right to PARDON myself, but why would I do that when I have done nothing wrong?" Indeed, some legal scholars believe that the President can issue a self-pardon, pointing to the text of the Constitution itself -- which places no such limit on the pardon power. Article II states plainly that the president "shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States." If the Framers meant that a president cannot pardon himself, the argument goes, they could have and would have said so. … [Read more...] about Will Trump try to self-pardon?
The membership of the committee was approved this week, and members were expected to elect as their chair a candidate who had the backing of Downing Street, former transport secretary Chris Grayling. But in a surprise development, one of the Conservative members on the committee, Julian Lewis, put himself forward for election alongside Grayling, winning out with the support of opposition members, according to PA Media. … [Read more...] about Russia likely tried to interfere in UK election, government says