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Medvedev: I may run for president again

Hope springs eternal, I guess:

“I am not an old politician yet,” Medvedev said in an interview with the Times newspaper in London where he attended the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on July 27. The Times published the interview on Monday.

“I have never ruled out that I would run for president in the future (and I am not planning to quit politics soon), if Russians are interested in this,” he said in the interview, according to the Russian-language transcript published on Medvedev’s official website.

In 2024, assuming Vladimir Putin serves two full six-year terms and  is once again constitutionally barred from running, Medvedev will only be 58. Maybe we can do this whole awkward maneuver over again. Putin would be 77 in 2030 after Medvedev serves a term, which seems a bit old to make it a threepeat, but who knows?

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Chinese hackers stole Van Rompuy e-mails

Bloomberg's Michael Riley and Dune Lawrence report

The hackers clocked in at precisely 9:23 a.m. Brussels time on July 18 last year, and set to their task. In just 14 minutes of quick keyboard work, they scooped up the e-mails of the president of the European Union Council, Herman Van Rompuy, Europe’s point man for shepherding the delicate politics of the bailout for Greece, according to a computer record of the hackers’ activity.

Over 10 days last July, the hackers returned to the council’s computers four times, accessing the internal communications of 11 of the EU’s economic, security and foreign affairs officials. The breach, unreported until now, potentially gave the intruders an unvarnished view of the financial crisis gripping Europe.

And the spies were themselves being watched. Working together in secret, some 30 North American private security researchers were tracking one of the biggest and busiest hacking groups in China.

Observed for years by U.S. intelligence, which dubbed it Byzantine Candor, the team of hackers also is known in security circles as the Comment group for its trademark of infiltrating computers using hidden webpage computer code known as “comments.”

The group's targets included everyone from British Tobacco companies, to human rights NGOs to -- bizarrely -- an Italian restaurant in midtown Manhattan. According to a 2008 WikiLeaks cable, U.S. officials belief Byzantine Candor is linked to the Chinese military.

In Brussels, the group also stole e-mails from senior trade, foreign policy, and counterterrorism officials. At the time of the breach, the EU was involved in talks on the second Greek bailout.