Daily World Dispatch – The truth is hidden in computers

From the presidency of the United States to the presidency of South Korea, it would seem that if you want to avoid trouble, you need to look out for computers.

The scandal that is threatening to destroy Park Geun-hye's presidency began with a lifelong friend, Choi Soon-sil, who seems to have become something more. South Korean media found drafts of Park's speeches on a tablet computer belonging to Choi, who is a key figure in a shamanistic cult once led by her father.

Hillary Clinton's aide Huma Abedin is a far less mystical figure, but her 20-year association with the Democratic presidential nominee is being sorely tested by the FBI's discovery of emails from Clinton on the computer of Abedin's estranged husband, former New York congressman Anthony Weiner.

Clinton will be hoping to turn the heat back onto the FBI, an organisation that has its own long history of unsavoury secrets.

But it was no surprise that when our own Nick O'Malley ran into Republican attack dog Roger Stone - an interview you can read and watch here - he felt the wind was well and truly back in the Trump campaign's sails.

Iceland's Pirate Party has also benefited from the leaking of documents, most recently the Panama Papers that revealed the extensive offshore entanglements of the island's governing elites. But as in Spain and countries across Europe and the Middle East, the collapse of the political establishment has not led neatly to a takeover by the new parties of protest. Instead, uncertainty reigns.

A far more conventional instability has returned to trouble Italians in the country's struggling centre. Scientists are now warning that the recent string of seismic events could be only the beginning of a much larger sequence.

Even by the frenetic standards of international affairs, the coming fortnight will be a time for the sure-footed.

Other must-reads:

The extraordinary story of a man adopted by Americans aged 3 who now faces deportation at 41 through a legal loophole;

Europe Correspondent Nick Miller takes us on a tour of a nuclear facility in France that might just save the world.

The story Daily World Dispatch - The truth is hidden in computers first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.

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