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  1. Houdini Miniseries to Be a Thing, In Case We Forgot How Awesome Houdini Was

    Also, because we all need a bit more Adrien Brody in our lives.

    The History Channel will air a new miniseries about Harry Houdini, starring Adrien Brody and Kristen Connolly. If you don't know enough about him to know why to be excited, his occupation according to Wiki: Illusionist, magician, escapologist, stunt performer, actor, historian, film producer, pilot, debunker. Who doesn't want to watch that show?

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  2. Chinese “Spy” Had A Laptop Full Of Porn And Pirated Movies, Not NASA Secrets

    A Chinese national the government suspected of trying to smuggle NASA secrets out of the United States and back to his home country has been brought up on charges, and it's looking like things are going to go easier than anticipated for him. That's because former NASA researcher Bo Jiang's laptop wasn't full of the sensitive material that authorities thought they would find. Instead, it was full of the same things you'd expect to find on pretty much anyone's laptop -- pirated movies and pornography.

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  3. Bradley “WikiLeaks” Manning Pleads Guilty, But Not Completely

    If a torrent of treasonous charges were levied against you, and a lot of them were undeniable, would you give in? Today, Private First Class Bradley Manning -- of the WikiLeaks controversy -- pleaded "guilty" to at least 10 of the charges held against him, setting him up for 20 or more years in jail.

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  4. Czech Leader Sends Note to Greek President Over Jailed Game Developers

    As some might recall, Greece tossed two Bohemia Interactive employees in jail back in September. The charge? Espionage, of course. The two were working on Arma 3 prior to their arrest, but they've denied that they were doing anything other than having a holiday at the time. Thanks to a legal strike in the country, the pair are still waiting to appear in front of a Greek court. In an appeal to Greek president Karolos Papoulias, Czech president Václav Klaus has asked that Papoulias pay "special attention" to the matter.

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  5. Two Bohemia Interactive Employees Arrested for Espionage

    It shouldn't come as a surprise that wandering around a foreign island taking video and photographs of military installations can be seen as kind of suspicious in the eyes of that island's government. After all, any military is generally not going to be happy about such a situation. This is the unfortunate predicament that two Bohemia Interactive employees now find themselves in. The duo was arrested on Sunday on charges of espionage after conducting surveillance on the island of Lemnos for their company's newest video game: Arma 3.

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  6. Obama’s Secret, Information-Shielding Tent

    What might first appear as a bizarre juxtoposition with the leader of the free world apparently on a camping trip inside a tent within a hotel room is actually one of the most information-secure locations in the world. This photo, recently released on the White House Flickr account, shows President Barack Obama inside a portable Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, or SCIF, while traveling in Brazil. During his trip, the President used the SCIF to conduct high-level meetings regarding the escalating military situation in Libya. Generally speaking, a SCIF is any space that has been specially prepped to prevent information within it from being intercepted by someone outside of the SCIF. The layers of protection are elaborate, as SCIFs are designed to prevent all levels of electronic observation, and can cost up to $200 to $5,000 per square foot to set up in the Baltimore/Washington area SCIFs are in high demand. The mobile SCIFs are set up when the President or other official is away from the security of Washington and need to carry out secret business.

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  7. Akamai Employee Arrested: Accused by Feds of Offering to Spy for a Foreign Country

    Elliot Doxer, an employee of web content delivery company Akamai Technologies, Inc., has been arrested by federal authorities on the accusation that he offered to spy on behalf of a foreign country in exchange for money. According to Reuters, Doxer was charged with one count of wire fraud for providing "customers lists, contract details and employee information," and he asked for $3000 in return. Per the Jerusalem Post, court papers show that Doxer tried to contact a foreign consulate in Boston to offer his spying assistance in 2006: He allegedly wrote that he was a Jewish American, and wanted "to help our homeland and our war against our enemies."

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