China Poses Biggest Threat to U.S., Intelligence Report Says

The annual intelligence assessment does not predict a military confrontation with either Russia or China, but it suggests that so-called gray-zone battles for power will intensify.

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Officials Try to Sway Biden Using Intelligence on Potential for Taliban Takeover of Afghanistan

If U.S. troops leave before any deal between the Taliban and the Afghan government, the militant group will take over much of the country, an intelligence assessment predicted.

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The Intelligence on Russia Was Clear. It Was Not Always Presented That Way.

A newly declassified intelligence report made clear that government agencies long knew of Russia’s work to aid Donald Trump, but he and allies muddied the waters.

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Putin Authorized Russian Interference in 2020 Election, Report Says

The assessment was the intelligence community’s most comprehensive look at foreign efforts to interfere in the election.

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Lifting Veil on Algeria War Trauma, France Eases Access to Archives

Historians say there are still impediments to their research on the Algerian War, which remains sensitive in France, and point to the resealing of tens of thousands of once-public documents last year.

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Crushing Dissent: The Saudi Kill Team Behind Khashoggi’s Death

An elite unit assigned to protect Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is said to have carried out dozens of operations, including forcibly repatriating Saudis.

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Saudi Prince Approved Khashoggi’s Death, U.S. Report Says

The release of the report by the Biden administration was a sign that the new president will try to isolate Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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Biden Speaks With Saudi King; Unclear if Khashoggi Killing Was Discussed

An intelligence report is expected to be released on Friday as the Biden administration engages in a “recalibration” of the United States’ relationship with Saudi Arabia.

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Candidate Biden Called Saudi Arabia a ‘Pariah.’ He Now Has to Deal With It.

In a coming call with King Salman, the president plans to warn him that the United States will soon make public intelligence about the Saudi crown prince’s role in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.

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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.

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Biden Justice Dept. Asks British Court to Approve Assange Extradition

Advocates of press freedoms had urged the new administration to instead drop a Trump-era effort to prosecute the WikiLeaks founder.

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Biden Justice Dept. Asks British Court to Approve Extradition of Julian Assange

Advocates of press freedoms had urged the new administration to instead drop a Trump-era effort to prosecute the WikiLeaks founder.

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China Arrests Cheng Lei, Australian Host for Chinese State TV

The case of Cheng Lei, a CGTN host who was detained in August, has added to tensions between China and Australia.

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Biden Bars Trump From Receiving Intelligence Briefings, Citing ‘Erratic Behavior’

Mr. Biden said there was “no need” for former President Donald J. Trump to get the briefings, traditionally given to ex-presidents as a courtesy and to keep them informed if their advice is needed.

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C.I.A. Warns Former Officers About Working for Foreign Governments

An unusual email from the agency’s counterintelligence chief also warned retired officers to carefully weigh their comments on television, social media and podcasts.

#central-intelligence-agency, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Nominee Vows to Track Foreign Influence on Domestic Extremist Groups

Avril Haines, who has been nominated to be director of national intelligence, told senators that she would assist with a public written assessment of the threat from QAnon.

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A Scoop About the Pentagon Papers, 50 Years Later

A former Times reporter obtained the answer to a major question involving Neil Sheehan’s source, then had to keep it secret until last week.

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With Trump Presidency Winding Down, Push for Assange Pardon Ramps Up

Supporters of the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange have enlisted a lobbyist with connections to the president and filed a clemency petition with the White House.

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Now It Can Be Told: How Neil Sheehan Got the Pentagon Papers

It was a story he had chosen not to tell — until 2015, when he sat for a four-hour interview, promised that this account would not be published while he was alive.

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How Neil Sheehan Got the Pentagon Papers

It was a story he had chosen not to tell — until 2015, when he sat for a four-hour interview, promised that this account would not be published while he was alive.

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It Spied on Soviet Atomic Bombs. Now It’s Solving Ecological Mysteries.

Imagery from the Cold War’s Corona satellites is helping scientists fill in how we have changed our planet in the past half century.

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Inside the C.I.A., She Became a Spy for Planet Earth

Linda Zall is disclosing how she toiled anonymously within the intelligence agency to help scientists intensify their studies of a changing planet.

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U.K. Judge Blocks Assange’s Extradition to U.S., Citing Mental Health Concerns

The WikiLeaks founder, who is currently jailed in Britain, had been indicted in the United States on 17 charges of violating the Espionage Act.

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Julian Assange Faces Ruling on Extradition to U.S.

A British judge plans to rule on Monday whether the WikiLeaks founder should be sent to the U.S. to face charges of violating the Espionage Act and hacking government computers.

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Trump Was Briefed on Uncorroborated Intelligence About Chinese Bounties

The unverified intelligence echoes a similar report, deemed credible by the C.I.A. but dismissed by the president, that Russian military agents had offered payments for attacks on Americans in Afghanistan.

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Jonathan Pollard, Convicted Spy, Arrives in Israel

Mr. Pollard, who gave a range of classified documents to Israel starting in 1984, recently completed his parole, and his case was a longstanding irritant to American-Israeli ties.

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Laura Poitras: Journalism Is Not a Crime

The Justice Department is setting a dangerous precedent that threatens reporters — and the truth.

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Trump Administration Is Criticized Over Proposal to Split Cyberoperations Leadership

As the government grapples with a vast hack, the Pentagon is weighing whether to separate management of the National Security Agency from the United States Cyber Command.

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Russian Hackers Broke Into Federal Agencies, U.S. Officials Suspect

In one of the most sophisticated and perhaps largest hacks in more than five years, email systems were breached at the Treasury and Commerce Departments. Other breaches are under investigation.

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Paolo Gabriele, Ex-Papal Butler in ‘Vatileaks’ Scandal, Dies at 54

He admitted to stealing files and giving them to a journalist as a way to expose Vatican corruption and protect his boss, Benedict XVI.

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Jonathan Pollard, Convicted Spy, Completes Parole and May Move to Israel

The former Navy intelligence analyst served 30 years in prison for stealing American secrets during the Cold War. Some of them ultimately ended up with the Soviet government.

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Here’s How Trump’s Stalling Risks Our National Security

I’ve seen my share of presidential transitions. The administration hurts the country by not cooperating with President-elect Biden.

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Trump Rebuffs Biden Transition Team, Setting Off Virus and National Security Risks

Some Senate Republicans said the president-elect should be given intelligence briefings, and transition team members found workarounds for the president’s stonewalling.

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Trump Stacks the Pentagon and Intel Agencies With Loyalists. To What End?

So far, there is no evidence the appointees harbor a secret agenda or arrived with an action plan. But their sudden appearance amounts to a purge of the Pentagon’s top civilian hierarchy without recent precedent.

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Who Are the Senior Officials at the Pentagon and the N.S.A?

The arrival of the new officials has prompted concerns. Their backgrounds offer insights into their policies.

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An Intramural Republican Fight Breaks Out Over the C.I.A. Director’s Fate

Frustration about Gina Haspel among some of President Trump’s allies stretches back to the impeachment inquiry, officials said.

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How Trump’s Refusal to Concede Affects Biden’s National Security Transition

President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. has yet to receive a presidential daily briefing, and it was unclear whether his team would have access to classified information.

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Trump Is Said to Set Aside Career Intelligence Briefer to Hear From Advisers Instead

For weeks, the director of national intelligence has taken over a job usually done by an intelligence officer.

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The Intelligence Director Who Is Undermining Trust and Truth

John Ratcliffe is breaking norms, which could weaken our defenses.

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Justice Dept. ‘Unmasking’ Review Finds No Irregularities and Is Given to Durham

The finding delivers a blow to President Trump’s push to validate the notion of a “deep state” plot to undermine him.

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Turning Power of State Against Rivals, Trump Seeks Power of Authoritarians

President Trump took a step even Richard M. Nixon avoided in his most desperate days: openly ordering direct, immediate government action against specific opponents, timed to serve his re-election campaign.

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Election Less Than a Month Away, Trump Leans on Barr and Pompeo for a Lift

The secretary of state said he would make Hillary Clinton’s emails public, handing the president a weapon to attack his political foes as the attorney general resisted his overtures to prosecute them.

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John Ratcliffe Pledged to Stay Apolitical. Then He Began Serving Trump’s Political Agenda.

The director of national intelligence is said to be planning more disclosures of intelligence that undermines the Russia investigation.

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Inside the C.I.A.

John O. Brennan’s memoir, “Undaunted,” describes his career at the C.I.A., including his years as head of the agency.

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Government Lawsuit Over John Bolton’s Memoir May Proceed, Judge Rules

The Justice Department is seeking to seize a $2 million advance because President Trump’s former top aide published the book, which criticizes Mr. Trump, without written permission.

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Brennan Rebuffed Requests to Lower Confidence in Key Russia Finding

The revelation that the former C.I.A. director sided with analysts over senior officers, contained in his new book, has been a focus of the Justice Department review of the Russia inquiry.

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In Book Fight, Lawyers Clash on Whether to Fault Bolton or White House

A judge made no ruling at a hearing shadowed by a career official’s claims that Trump aides politicized the prepublication review process.

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In Politically Charged Inquiry, Durham Sought Details About Scrutiny of Clinton Foundation

John Durham’s team has sought information about the F.B.I.’s handling of the Clinton Foundation investigation, raising questions about the scope of the prosecutor’s review.

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White House Accused of Intervening to Keep Bolton’s Book From Becoming Public

A career official said political appointees “commandeered” the prepublication review process.

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At Assange’s Extradition Hearing, Troubled Tech Takes Center Stage

The WikiLeaks founder’s high-profile case was delayed for months by the coronavirus. Now it is being hobbled by faulty livestreams and other technical issues.

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