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Cheat Sheet - The Navy ‘Hero’ Who Pimped an HIV+ Teen

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December 11, 2014

On paper, Jeffrey Chadwick Wright was a good sailor, a recipient of the National Defense Medal and the Humanitarian Service Medal. M.L. Nestel reports that Wright led a seedy double life, turning a teen girl into a hooker—then enlisting his mother to cover up the evidence.


Friends of "Jackie," the young woman featured prominently in a Rolling Stone article on rape at the University of Virginia, tell a different account of the night she was allegedly attacked—and say the magazine never contacted them. (Rolling Stone said it was told one refused to speak to them.) Andy, Cindy, and Randall, as they are referred to in Rolling Stone, spoke to The Washington Post. In its initial article, Rolling Stone described them as discouraging Jackie from reporting her alleged assault, but they told the Post they encouraged her to report it. Far more damning is their claim that the name Jackie gave them of her date—prior to the night of the attack—doesn't match anyone at U-VA. Later, Jackie used a different name for her alleged attacker when she told another group of friends. The Post reports a man whose name is similar to that new name says he did work with Jackie as a lifeguard, but never took her out and is not a member of the fraternity where she says she was raped. Furthermore, photos sent by the mystery date to Jackie's friends prior to the alleged rape were not of him, but instead were of a high-school classmate of Jackie's (who says he hasn't spoken to her in years).


Senate investigators have known about the abuses in the CIA interrogation program for years. Kimberly Dozier reports that the man actually overseeing them, Jose Rodriguez, claims he just found out about some of them on Tuesday.


A recent infusion of $1.2 billion by investors has ballooned Uber to a $40 billion valuation. Kyle Chayka reports that at the same time, the list of lawsuits is growing—from sexual-assault cases to city transportation regulations.


The CIA's early framework for its detention program following the 9/11 attacks included the same basic rights and protections for U.S. prison inmates, according to the new Senate Intelligence Committee report. The CIA planned for interrogation practices to "be tailored to meet the requirements of U.S. law and the federal rules of criminal procedure," according to a 2001 memo from CIA lawyers. The report also revealed the CIA first planned to use the federal Bureau of Prisons to help run detention centers. As the U.S. faces international outcry over the brutal conditions at CIA prisons, the early reports reveal an alternate ending to a harrowing history. 

Cheney: CIA Report 'Full of Crap'
A "terrible piece of work."
ISIS Shops Foley's Body for $1 Million
Will provide DNA sample.
HK Police Begin Clearing Protest Site
Following court injunction.
Google Closes in Spain Ahead of New Law
Beginning Dec. 16.
U.S. Tried Hip-Hop to Spark Cuban Revolt
Infiltrated local music scene.

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