In 2006, Halit Yozgat, the son of Turkish immigrants, was murdered in an internet cafe in Germany. A neo-nazi group took credit for it, but a major question hangs over the entire case — a German intelligence officer named Andreas Temme was in the cafe at the time of the murder yet claimed he didn’t hear or see anything. For The Intercept, Robert Mackey and Robert Trafford revisit the case.
State of policing
For Buzzfeed, Megha Rajagopalan looks at the draconian surveillance being used by China against the Uyghur minority – a Muslim ethnic group in the country’s far west. She details how police actively monitor phone calls and internet traffic, along with other tools, to heavy handedly repress the Uyghur population. It’s a frightening look inside an unfolding dystopian reality.
Rumours have been circulating for months that Rex Tillerson, US Secretary of State, is on the outs with President Donald Trump. Tillerson is a known recluse, yet here in The New Yorker, Dexter Filkins is able to construct a fascinating profile of him — from Boy Scout to CEO to Secretary of State, this piece takes you inside the mind of a someone used to getting his way, who is now undermined by his own boss.
On science and spies
For The Guardian, Daniel Golden exposes a sprawling, secretive operation conducted over years by the CIA: staging scientific conferences around the world to encourage academics to defect. Golden finds that conferences such as ones hosted by the International Atomic Energy Agency “probably [have] more intelligence officers roaming the hallways than actual scientists."