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The director of national intelligence said the al Qaeda-linked Al Nusrah Front is establishing a foothold in Syria. The Obama administration wants China to acknowledge the problem of Chinese cyberattacks, crack down on Chinese hackers, and agree to help set up global cybercrime standards. The Pentagon said it is creating a number of "offensive" teams to counter the increasing threat of cyberattacks. The US expelled two Venezuelan envoys in retaliation for Venezuela's expulsion of two US Air Force Embassy attaches.
Former al Qaeda spokesman Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, who was arrested in Jordan on Feb. 28, pled not guilty in a Manhattan district court to the charge of conspiring to kill Americans. According to the indictment, Ghaith had urged Afghans to swear allegiance to Osama bin Laden and agreed to assist him with the 9/11 attacks. Ghaith made a 22-page statement after his arrest.
Shortly after being released by Turkey, bin Laden spokesman Abu Ghaith was captured by the CIA as he passed from Jordan to Kuwait, and has been extradited to the US. A Pakistani US citizen in Portland, Ore., was indicted for supporting an al Qaeda suicide bomber. John Brennan was confirmed as CIA Director. The US said it could defend against a North Korean nuclear attack.
The Senate panel voted to approve the nomination of John Brennan as CIA head. Hafiz Khan, 77, a Florida imam and US citizen, was found guilty of providing some $50,000 to the Pakistani Taliban. Khan was arrested with two of his sons and three other people in May 2011; charges were dropped against the sons, and the other defendants remain in Pakistan. Khan's defense team had attempted to use Taliban testimony to show credibility of witnesses in Pakistan.