C.I.A. Director Says Putin Might Consider Nuclear Weapons

William J. Burns, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, cautioned that he had seen no “practical evidence” that would suggest such a move was imminent.

#burns-william-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #nuclear-weapons, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

William Burns, Head of the CIA, Tests Positive For Covid

William J. Burns got the positive result a day after meeting with President Biden.

#burns-william-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #united-states-politics-and-government

Spy Agencies Cite Russia’s Setbacks but Say Putin Is ‘Unlikely to Be Deterred’

Top U.S. intelligence officials told Congress that the Russian leader had underestimated Ukrainian resolve and Western cohesion but was “doubling down” to achieve his goals.

#burns-william-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-intelligence-agency, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #haines-avril-d, #house-committee-on-intelligence, #nakasone-paul-m, #national-security-agency, #office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations

Washington’s Newest Worry: The Dangers of Cornering Putin

Surprised by the speed at which sanctions have been poured on Russia, Biden’s top aides suspect that Putin’s reaction will be to double down and lash out — and perhaps expand the war.

#belarus, #burns-william-j, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #nuclear-tests, #nuclear-weapons, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations

Inside Biden’s Race to Prevent War Between Russia and Ukraine

President Biden made three critical decisions about how to handle Russia’s provocations, aiming to prevent armed conflict in Ukraine.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #burns-william-j, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #europe, #european-union, #group-of-twenty, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr

Wooing Allies, Publicizing Putin’s Plans: Inside Biden’s Race to Prevent War

President Biden made three critical decisions about how to handle Russia’s provocations, aiming to prevent armed conflict in Ukraine.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #burns-william-j, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #europe, #european-union, #group-of-twenty, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr

Most ‘Havana Syndrome’ Cases Unlikely Caused by Foreign Power, C.I.A. Says

A report concluded that most cases have environmental or medical causes, but the government remains focused on investigating two dozen incidents that remain unexplained.

#burns-william-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #defense-department, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #havana-syndrome, #united-states-international-relations

Biden and Putin Hold Virtual Summit Over Ukraine

President Biden said a Russian invasion of Ukraine would result in heavy economic penalties for Mr. Putin

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #burns-william-j, #defense-and-military-forces, #nord-stream-ag, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations

Havana Syndrome Mystery: Review Finds No Answers

Some officials remain convinced Russia is involved, but so far there is no evidence pointing to a particular adversary and no one has detected microwaves or other possible weapons.

#burns-william-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #havana-syndrome, #wray-christopher-a

Putin and West Spar Over NATO’s Military Ties to Ukraine

Tensions over Ukraine escalated as Russia’s leader demanded “legal guarantees” that the Western military alliance would not expand to the East, a position NATO regards as untenable.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #burns-william-j, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #riga-latvia, #russia, #stoltenberg-jens, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations

Biden Signs Bill to Compensate ‘Havana Syndrome’ Victims

The bill leaves it up to the heads of the C.I.A. and State Department to make their own determinations as to who is covered and how much compensation they receive.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #burns-william-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #china, #collins-susan-m, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #havana-cuba, #law-and-legislation, #schiff-adam-b, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations, #zaid-mark-s

C.I.A. Reorganization to Place New Focus on China

The agency will create two new mission centers, one focused on China, the other focused on emerging technology, climate change and global health.

#brennan-john-o, #burns-william-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #china, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #international-relations, #politics-and-government

Lawmakers Back Changes at C.I.A. for Handling Mystery Health Episodes

Legislation approved by a House committee would also offer intelligence officials medical scans before transfer overseas to better diagnose Havana syndrome injuries.

#burns-william-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #havana-syndrome, #house-committee-on-intelligence, #law-and-legislation, #schiff-adam-b

C.I.A. Officer Suffers Havana Syndrome Symptoms

The officer, who had been traveling in India with the agency’s director, was given medical attention after an unexplained incident triggered injuries.

#burns-william-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #havana-syndrome, #india

Amid Afghan Chaos, a C.I.A. Mission That Will Persist for Years

The spy agency had plans to de-emphasize counterterrorism operations to focus on rising global powers. History got in the way.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #burns-william-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #drones-pilotless-planes, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #taliban, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Israel’s Spy Agency Snubbed the U.S. Can Trust Be Restored?

Israel’s new prime minister, Naftali Bennett, heads to Washington promising better relations and seeking support for covert attacks on Iran’s nuclear program.

#al-qaeda, #assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #bennett-naftali, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #burns-william-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #defense-and-military-forces, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #iran, #israel, #mossad, #natanz-iran, #netanyahu-benjamin, #nuclear-weapons, #obama-barack, #politics-and-government, #pompeo-mike, #presidential-election-of-2020, #targeted-killings, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

Seeking Answers on Covid, U.F.O.s and Illnesses, Spy Agencies Turn to Scientists

American intelligence agencies are tapping outside expertise as they wrestle with mysteries that are as much about science as they are about espionage.

#burns-william-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #haines-avril-d, #microwaves-electromagnetic-waves, #office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence, #science-and-technology, #unidentified-flying-objects-ufo, #united-states-politics-and-government

C.I.A. Scrambles for New Approach in Afghanistan

The rapid withdrawal of U.S. troops has left the agency seeking ways to maintain its intelligence-gathering, war-fighting and counterterrorism operations in the country.

#afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #burns-william-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #defense-department, #drones-pilotless-planes, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #inter-services-intelligence, #military-bases-and-installations, #pakistan, #state-department, #taliban, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

White House to Investigate Brain Injuries Within C.I.A.

The Biden administration has begun more aggressively investigating episodes that left spies, diplomats, soldiers and others with brain injuries.

#burns-william-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #defense-department, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence, #state-department, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

Mysterious Ailments Are Said to Be More Widespread Among U.S. Personnel

The Biden administration has begun more aggressively investigating episodes that left spies, diplomats, soldiers and others with brain injuries.

#burns-william-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #defense-department, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence, #state-department, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

In Russia, a Military Buildup That Can’t be Missed

Russia’s massing of tanks and infantry along its southwestern border with Ukraine was meant to send a message, analysts say.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #burns-william-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #defense-and-military-forces, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #federal-security-service, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #peskov-dmitri-s, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #shoigu-sergei-k, #trump-donald-j, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #zelensky-volodymyr

Intelligence Chiefs Warn of Russian Troops Near Ukraine and Other Threats

Officials said that China’s push for global power posed a threat to the United States, and they dwelled on climate change, domestic extremism and more.

#burns-william-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #china, #defense-intelligence-agency, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #haines-avril-d, #office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wray-christopher-a

C.I.A. to Expand Havana Syndrome Inquiry

A task force will push for better care for officers injured in unexplained incidents in Cuba, China and Russia that have caused an illness known as Havana syndrome.

#burns-william-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #haspel-gina, #havana-cuba, #microwaves-electromagnetic-waves, #russia, #state-department, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Biden’s C.I.A. Pick Warns of China and Russia at Amicable Confirmation Hearing

The nominee, William J. Burns, appears likely to win bipartisan support from senators.

#burns-william-j, #carnegie-endowment-for-international-peace, #central-intelligence-agency, #china, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

William Burns Is Biden’s Choice for C.I.A. Director

The president-elect has decided to place the agency in the hands of a career foreign service officer well-regarded by the rank and file.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #burns-william-j, #carnegie-endowment-for-international-peace, #central-intelligence-agency, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

William Burns, a career diplomat, is Biden’s choice to head the C.I.A.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #burns-william-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #presidential-transition-us, #united-states-politics-and-government