Wow. Talk about your slow news day, eh? The New York Times published an astonishing front page story exposing the CIA’s practice of using empty shell companies, some apparently run by people who don’t exist, to hide the agency’s use of civilian plane to perform clandestine government business.
Two days after the French public dealt a serious blow to European unity by rejecting the EU constitution, French president Jacques Chirac fired his Prime Minister and appoints Dominique de Villepin, France’s former foreign minister from 2002-04 and leading critic of the United States-led invasion of Iraq.
Sir Bob Geldof announced a series of “Live 8” shows in cities in Europe and the US to commemorate both the 20th anniversary of “Live Aid” as well as to call attention to the impending G8 summit of the leaders of the USA, UK, France, Russia, Germany, Japan, Italy and Canada. The European Commission is also represented and this year’s summit is set for Gleneagles, Scotland on July 6-8, 2005.
Oh….and one of the largest political mysteries of modern times was solved when the identity of the chief source that enabled Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein to break the Watergate scandal in the early 1970’s. Like I said. Slow day.