An investigation by the Mexican newspaper El Universal claims that between the years 2000 and 2012, the U.S. government had an arrangement with Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel that allowed the organization to smuggle billions of dollars of drugs in exchange for information on rival cartels. Sinaloa, led by Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, supplies 80% of the drugs entering the Chicago area and has a presence in cities across the U.S. There have long been allegations that Guzman, considered to be "the world's most powerful drug trafficker," coordinates with American authorities. But the El Universal investigation is the first to publish court documents that include corroborating testimony from a DEA agent and a Justice Department official.
Overstock.com is now accepting payments in bitcoin, making it the first major online retailer to embrace the increasingly popular but controversial digital currency. Since December, Overstock's CEO and chairman, Patrick Byrne, has been telling anyone who would listen that his company would adopt Bitcoin sometime in the next six months. But Byrne is an impatient man. "I felt I had tipped my hand," Byrne says. "I didn't want someone else to beat us."
An NSA staffer who asked not to be identifiedand whose claims were checked with Snowden himself via his ACLU lawyer Ben Wizner -- contacted Forbes staff writer Andy Greenberg and offered a very different, firsthand portrait of how Snowden was seen by his colleagues in the agency's Hawaii office: A principled and ultra-competent, if somewhat eccentric employee, and one who earned the access used to pull off his leak by impressing superiors with sheer talent.