A “small number” of Colombians detained in the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse had previously received US military training, the Pentagon said on Thursday.
“A review of our training databases indicates that a small number of the Colombian individuals detained as part of this investigation had participated in past U.S. military training and education programs, while serving as active members of the Colombian Military Forces,” Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Ken Hoffman told The Washington Post.
It’s unclear how many Colombians had the training as well as when the training to place, though Colombia is a US military partner and its military members have received training and education for decades, The Post reported.
Hoffman told The Post that the Pentagon is reviewing its training databases.
The Pentagon did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
“It wasn’t our commandos. There has to have been a conspiracy,” Gutierrez told Reuters. “Their extraction was total chaos. Why? Because they weren’t going on an assault, they went in support of a request by the security forces of the president.”
Gutierrez said he was not with the group last week because he tested positive for COVID-19.
Moise was killed in his home in the early morning of July 7. A motive for the president’s killing remains unclear.
Previous reports located Moïse’s private home in Pétion-Ville, an upscale suburb of the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince.
The Associated Press reported, citing Joseph, that the police had been deployed to the National Palace and Pétion-Ville.
ABC News reported that the Toussaint Louverture International Airport, near Port-au-Prince, was closed following the attack.
Moïse was deeply unpopular in his country
The attack on Moïse followed years of protests against his government, and calls for his resignation.
Moïse has served as Haiti’s president since February 2017 and the country was due to hold a general election in 2019, but they were postponed. The election is due to take place on September 2021.
Critics of Moïse said he was clinging on to power and argued that his term should have ended this February, AFP reported.
“He is doing everything, utilizing all kinds of maneuvers, to hold onto power and to ensure that he remains the only person governing in the country,” Gédéon Jean, a lawyer and human-rights activist in Port-au-Prince, told the Miami Herald in January.
In addition to the election, the people of Haiti were also due to vote in a referendum this September concerning reforms to the constitution that would give the executive leadership more power.
The move to reform the 1987 constitution, which was supported by Moïse, was extremely unpopular, and had been postponed twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In his statement, Joseph described the attack as “odious, inhumane, and barbarous.” He also told The Times that the president had been “cowardly assassinated,” but that the perpetrators “cannot assassinate his ideas.”
Joseph plans to address the country later Wednesday, The Times said.
A major bitcoin investor has suddenly died, leaving behind a cryptocurrency fortune reportedly worth more than $2 billion.
Mircea Popescu, a Romanian national, drowned last week off the coast of Costa Rica, local reports said. He was 41.
Popescu drowned at Playa Hermosa, according to Teletica.com, which reported that Popescu was swept away by the current and died.
His death has prompted questions surrounding what will now happen to Popescu’s enormous bitcoin fortune.
Popescu, a controversial figure sometimes referred to as “the father of bitcoin toxicity,” is known for launching a “bitcoin securities exchange” called MPEx in 2012, according to Bitcoin magazine.
“The website was once an early breeding ground for early bitcoin IPOs, a practice that earned him the ire of the US Securities and Exchange Commission, an agency whose power he took no shortage of joy in openly undermining,” the magazine said.
Popescu generated “an aggressive brand of unapologetic bitcoin evangelism that made his influence enduring despite documented instances of sexism, bigotry and anti-semitism,” Bitcoin Magazine said.
He has claimed to hold 1 million bitcoins, though some have estimated that he had tens of thousands of coins.
Almost all of the COVID-19 deaths in the US are among those who are unvaccinated, an Associated Press analysis found.
While over 853,000 were hospitalized for COVID-19 in May, less than 1,200 of them or about 0.1% were people who were fully vaccinated, the AP found using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Of the 18,000 COVID-19 deaths, only 150 were people who were fully vaccinated or only 0.8%.
“They are [vaccines] nearly 100 percent effective against severe disease and death, meaning nearly every death due to COVID-19 is particularly tragic because nearly every death, especially among adults, due to COVID-19 is, at this point, entirely preventable,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said during a press briefing on Tuesday.
More than 45% of all Americans are fully vaccinated against, CDC data shows, but The Washington Post reported vaccination rates have been on the decline, with fewer Americans signing up to get the shot.
This comes at a time when top health officials are urging Americans to get vaccinated as the more transmissible Delta variant – which originated in India – becomes a growing concern. It may also be able to evade protection from existing vaccines, as Insider’s Aria Bendix reported.
Walensky told NBC News that data so far shows that two doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines should work really well against the Delta variant, and she is encouraging people to get their second doses if they haven’t.
Those that have lower vaccine rates are at a higher risk of an outbreak as a result of the variant. Experts told Insider’s Aria Bendix and Joanna Lin Su that they ideally want a community to have at least a 75% vaccination rate so the virus is less able to pass from person to person.
“Some places are above 60%, so there are some pockets that are pretty protected,” Lisa Lee, an epidemiologist at Virginia Tech, recently told Insider. “We have to understand, though, that it just takes a couple of cases, a couple of people coming into a community, to pass this along.”
The Catalan justice department confirmed McAfee’s death to Reuters.
Earlier in the day, Spain’s National Court approved the extradition of McAfee to face the US-based charges.
McAfee, who made his fortune selling antivirus software, had been arrested at Barcelona’s airport last October and held in jail while awaiting the outcome of the extradition hearings.
McAfee was accused of evading his taxes in Tennessee by failing to disclose money he made from cryptocurrency and speaking fees, as well as selling the rights to his life story for a documentary. The charges carried a sentence of up to 30 years in prison, according to the Associated Press.
McAfee was fighting the extradition, and claimed to the court earlier this month that he would be forced to spend his life in prison if he was sent to the US. Despite being jailed, the outspoken mogul’s Twitter account remained active, praising cryptocurrency and railing against his prosecution.
After launching the antivirus software, McAfee turned his attention to cryptocurrency and political activism.
McAfee, born in the UK and raised in Roanoke, Virginia, made a name for himself after founding an antivirus software company in 1987. Large US corporations began using McAfee’s software by the late 1980s, and Intel acquired the company for $7.6 billion in 2010.
Earlier, in 1994, the founder had left the company and soon after sold all his shares for $100 million.
After reportedly losing much of his fortune in the 2008 financial crisis, McAfee moved to Belize and founded the biotech firm Quorumex. In Belize, the mogul admitted to bribing members of the coast guard to stop them from hassling his ferry business. and largely withdrew from society.
“My fragile connection with the world of polite society has, without a doubt, been severed,” McAfee wrote in an email reviewed by Wired. “My attire would rank me among the worst-dressed Tijuana panhandlers. My hygiene is no better.”
In 2015, shortly after McAfee returned to the US, Tennessee police officers arrested him for driving under the influence and possession of a handgun while intoxicated, according to The Jackson Sun. McAfee had previously told news outlets he struggled with drug and alcohol addiction during his life.
That year McAfee also filed paperwork to run in the 2016 presidential race as a Libertarian candidate. The tech mogul lost the party nomination to former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson.
Recently, McAfee had actively wrote his musings on politics and tech on Twitter. He frequently touted cryptocurrency and said, “crypto is the key to unlocking our prisons.” McAfee later said he lost his entire crypto fortune.
“The US believes I have hidden crypto. I wish I did but it has dissolved through the many hands of Team McAfee,” he tweeted. “My friends evaporated through fear of association. I have nothing. Yet, I regret nothing.”
The family of Ashli Babbitt – who was fatally shot while storming the US Capitol building during the January 6 insurrection – has filed a complaint against Washington DC’s Metropolitan Police Department asking for the identity of the Capitol officer who shot his wife.
Babbitt was fatally shot by a police officer as she tried to enter the Speaker’s Lobby at the House of Representatives by climbing through a broken window during the January 6 siege.
No charges have been brought against the officer who shot her, and the officer has not been publicly named.
But according to court papers first obtained by CNBC and seen by Insider, Babbitt’s husband, Aaron Babbit, is now seeking access to the officer’s identity, video footage of the incident, and more.
The compliant, filed last week, alleges that the MPD “failed to comply” with a Freedom of Information Act request by missing a May 12 deadline to provide or deny the materials.
Babbitt family lawyer Terrell Roberts told CNBC that the purpose of the FOIA was to find more information out about the shooting.
The complaint is separate from a lawsuit in which the Babbitt family plans to sue both the Capitol Police and the officer who shot Babbitt for wrongful death.
The MPD would not comment on the complaint to Insider because it is pending litigation.
Andrii Beshta, the Ukrainian ambassador to Thailand, died suddenly early Sunday while vacationing with his son in the Thai island of Koh Lipe.
Beshta, 45, was found dead in his hotel room at 5:30 a.m. local time. He was appointed as the Ukrainian ambassador to Thailand in 2016, according to the Agence France-Presse. He first began working in Thailand in 2007 as a diplomat, the report said.
Beshta’s son, Ostap, who was traveling with him, told authorities his father had gone to bed around 11 p.m. Saturday but woke up around 4:30 a.m. Sunday and began to vomit before he fell unconscious.
Beshta and his son had arrived at the Koh Lipe resort hotel for a vacation on Friday, according to the Bangkok Post.
“Preliminary investigations showed no signs of him being attacked, no signs of a raid or violence,” said Kissana Phathanacharoen, a police spokesperson, according to multiple reports.
According to Satun governor Ekkarat Leesen, a preliminary autopsy conducted at the Satun Hospital where his body was transported early Sunday found he died of a heart attack. Ekkarat said Beshta tested negative for COVID-19 and the disease was not involved in his death, according to the report.
Beshta’s body was transported to the Police General Hospital for a complete autopsy, the Bangkok Post reported.