Charges Revealed Against Assange, California Schools Close, Drones Hold Information On Owners, And More

Charges Revealed Against Assange, California Schools Close, Drones Hold Information On Owners, And More
  • ​​U.S. prosecutors have charged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with crimes, but the charges themselves and the indictment remain under seal. The existence of charges against Assange were inadvertently revealed in a recently unsealed court filing, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Kellen S. Dwyer is urging a judge to keep the Assange charges sealed, according to The Washington Post. 

  • California schools in the San Francisco Bay Area closed today due to smoke-filled air moving into the region while the Camp Fire continues to burn. Offshore winds are helping the smoke move towards the Bay Area, and authorities are urging people to stay indoors with their windows and doors closed.

  • Drones are becoming increasingly more popular for both personal and professional use. But an investigation from WIRED finds that drones can reveal a wide variety of information about their owners. “The exposed data includes credit card numbers, which might be stored in an owner’s account for after-market purchases, or GPS information about the drone’s flights. It can even include an email or physical address.”

  • Nearly four decades later, an international tribunal​​ ruled that the Khmer Rouge committed genocide in Cambodia. “More than 1.7 million people, or approximately a fifth of Cambodia’s population, are believed to have died from forced labor, starvation, and execution under the Khmer Rouge, which ruled the country between 1975 and 1979,” CNN reports.

  • In other news, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announces changes to “curb toxic content” on the platform following a New York Times report; a defense attorney linked a thong with consent, causing protests to erupt in Ireland; Bruce Schneier suggests that surveillance kills freedom by killing experimentation; and election officials order a hand recount of ballots in the Florida Senate race.