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FBI, Interpol to Work Closely Together to Crack Down on Terrorism, Cybercrime

interpolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In an effort to crack down on global terrorism and cybercrime, the FBI and Interpol plan to work closer together.

The announcement was made last week after FBI Director James Comey met with Interpol Secretary General Jurgen Stock in France, Occupational Health and Safety reports.

“International partnerships remain critical as we work to keep our nations safe from crime,” Comey said. “Recent events underscore the pervasive nature of international terrorism and the increased need to share information. Interpol plays a crucial role by ensuring law enforcement agencies have access to real-time intelligence, which assists in identifying and countering common threats in order to protect those we serve.”

Stock applauded the international cooperation.

“As we face an ever-increasing range and scope of crime and terror threats, international cooperation between law enforcement agencies has never been so important,” Stock said. “Interpol plays a unique role in assisting police in each of our 190 member countries to identify and share intelligence leads, bridge information gaps, and disrupt the organized networks behind a range of crimes which are often interlinked. However, this is not possible without the support and input from agencies such as the FBI, and I look forward to our working even more closely in the future to the benefit of the global law enforcement community and citizens worldwide.”

Head of Interpol in D.C. Accused of Exploiting His Power to Land Jobs for Relatives, Friends

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Warren Lewis, the executive officer at Interpol’s Washington D.C. office, is accused of exploiting his authority to get a job for his son and other relatives and acquaintances, Fox News reports.

The Justice Department’s Inspector General’s Office revealed the findings in a reported released Wednesday. Other high-ranking officials are accused of doing the same thing, contributing to what the report called “a pervasive culture of nepotism and favoritism.”

Interpol serves as a liaison between the American government and the international law enforcement body and is overseen by the Justice Department.

The report says Lewis “earmark a spot” for his son and “provide extra attention to his processing, for obvious reasons.”

His son was even hired as a contractor, according to the inspector general.

“Lewis had no personal knowledge of their professional abilities,” the report says. “After the three individuals all failed to make the certified lists of qualified applicants, Lewis took steps to overcome their exclusion.”

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Interpol Puts WikiLeaks Founder on Wanted List for Rape Charge

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Julian Assange, the Australian-born founder of WikiLeaks, is in more hot water.

Interpol, an international law enforcement agency, has placed Assange on a “red notice” wanted list as a result of a Swedish arrest warrant on allegations of rape and other sexual charges relating to encounters he had with two women in August, the New York Times reported. Assange, 39,  has claimed it was all consensual.

The U.S. isn’t likely to shed a tear over the latest developments. Attorney Gen. Eric Holder Jr. said this week that a criminal probe into the leaked Wikipedia documents is under way.

Several newspaper published confidential documents leaked by Wikipedia. In all, 250,000 diplomatic cables were leaked this week, embarrassing the U.S. and other nations.

Assange’s whereabouts is unknown.

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International Law Enforcement Including Justice Dept. Call For Global Effort to Battle Organized Crime

We’ve acknowledged that we have a global economy. But that’s not the only thing that’s global these days. We need to acknowledge and do much more to address the global crime syndicates, which are ruthlessly cashing in on violent drug trafficking and money laundering while helping terrorist networks. This gathering is a step in the right direction.

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By Josh Meyer
Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON — International law enforcement officials, including deputy U.S. Atty. Gen. David Ogden, called today for a far more coordinated global response to the growing threat of organized crime syndicates, which they said are increasingly teaming up with terrorist networks and drug traffickers to pose an unprecedented national security threat to the United States and its allies.

Speaking at the 78th general assembly of the global police agency Interpol in Singapore, Ogden and some of his counterparts acknowledged that they need to do much more to work together on many fronts, including attacking the money laundering pipelines that are enabling the crime syndicates to flourish in terror hot spots such as Pakistan and Afghanistan and other strategic locations such as Europe, Africa and Latin America.

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