National Briefs: Russian hackers get NATO secrets

Weeks before the Democratic convention was upended by 20,000 leaked emails released through WikiLeaks, another little-known website began posting the secrets of a top NATO general, billionaire George Soros’ philanthropy and a Chicago-based Clinton campaign volunteer.

Security experts now say that site,, with its spiffy capitol-dome logo, shows the marks of the same Russian intelligence outfit that targeted the Democratic political organizations.

The emails and documents posted to the DCLeaks site in early June suggest that the hackers may have a broader agenda than influencing the U.S. presidential election, one that ranges from the Obama administration’s policy toward Russia to disclosures about the hidden levers of political power in Washington.

It also means the hackers may have much left in their grab bag to distribute at will.

More flights canceled

ATLANTA — Delta Air Lines canceled 25 flights Thursday in the last stages of its recovery from a computer outage and said at noon that its operations have returned to normal. The airline canceled more than 2,100 flights over the past three days. Some of the Thursday cancellations were due to the recovery while others were due to bad weather.

Also, Delta isn’t providing details on a “small fire” Monday at its data center and whether that fire — or attempts to extinguish it — compounded the airline’s troubles. Delta’s problems started early Monday morning when a piece of electrical component at its Atlanta headquarters failed, CEO Ed Bastian siad. That led to a shutdown of the transformer providing power to the airline’s data center.

Trump Tower scaler

NEW YORK — A Virginia teenager who climbed partway up Trump Tower in New York City had a history of problems at home. A police report says he ran away from home in 2014 after arguing with his parents about his obsession with a political blog.

The New York Police Department identified the climber as 19-year-old Stephen Rogata, of Great Falls, Va., though his legal name is Michael Joseph Ryan. He was said to be seeking “a private audience” with Donald Trump. He was hospitalized on Thursday after his arrest a day earlier on charges of reckless endangerment and trespassing.

Shooting officer’s past

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. — The officer who shot and killed a 73-year-old retired librarian during a police “shoot/​don’t shoot” demonstration in Florida was accused of using excessive force with his police dog and resigned from another police agency in 2013 for failing to satisfactorily complete a field training program.

Officer Lee Coel, 28, was put on administrative leave as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigates why real ammunition was used by mistake at an event designed to bring police and the public together in the small Gulf Coast city.

Also in the nation …

Linda P.B. Katehi, chancellor of the University of California-Davis, has resigned after an investigation, ending years of upheaval and criticism of her leadership at the public university. … A small section of Massachusetts northwest of Boston is under extreme drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor’s latest map posted Thursday, and things are not expected to improve in the near future; extreme drought is the fourth highest of the drought monitor’s five classifications.


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