NYPD agent provocateur reveals spying on Muslims 23 Oct 2012 A 19-year-old American of Bengali descent says he was ordered by New York police to work undercover "creating" and capturing terrorist suspects by befriending Muslims and discussing jihad with them - actions he now considers unconstitutional. Shamiur Rahman told the Associated Press that in exchange for being an undercover informant, the New York Police Department (NYPD) would pay him $1,000 a month and forget about a case of marijuana possession for which he would have otherwise been charged. The teenager worked for the police by studying Islam, surveilling mosques and Islamic study groups, and talking to Muslims – all while secretly taking pictures and recording conversations.
Ecuador 'gravely concerned' about Assange's health 24 Oct 2012 A senior Ecuadorian diplomat says the health of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is deteriorating, and wants the UK to give him safe passage out of the country's London embassy, where he is holed up, if it declines further. "We have officially asked the UK for safe passage," Vice Foreign Minister Marco Albuja Martinez told RT in an exclusive interview. "But we are concerned that while UK authorities mull over the decision, Julian Assange's health may break down completely." Assange himself complained of a "racking cough," and said that being under prolonged house arrest has left him demoralized as his health "slowly deteriorated."