C.I.A. Officer Is Killed in Somalia

The officer’s combat death came as President Trump considers pulling back on American operations in the region.

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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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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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Australia Quiet on First Foreign-Meddling Arrest, but Target Is Clear

The suspect, who has been active in Chinese-Australian groups, was charged under laws against foreign interference that were seen as a response to China.

#australia, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #international-relations, #liberal-party-australia, #politics-and-government

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The Virus Rate in Orange County Plummeted. Experts Wonder Why.

The sudden drop raises questions about community sensitivities over testing and how useful the data is in determining preventive measures.

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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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What Will Trump Do After Election Day?

Current and former Trump administration officials are worried about what might happen on Nov. 4.

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Trump Campaign Website Is Defaced by Hackers

The defacement lasted less than 30 minutes, and the hackers appeared to be looking to generate cryptocurrency.

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Russia Poses Greater Election Threat Than Iran, Many U.S. Officials Say

Russia’s hackers appeared to be preparing to sow chaos amid any uncertainty around election results, officials said.

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Iran Is Behind Threatening Emails Sent to Influence Election, U.S. Officials Say

Both Iran and Russia have obtained voter information, the officials warned, but there was no indication that any votes themselves have been altered.

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U.S. Still Unsure of Havana Syndrome’s Cause Years Later

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said officials continued to investigate the episodes, which began in 2016, but diplomats and C.I.A. officers have accused the administration of a cover-up.

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Ex-Spy Was Central to Project Veritas Hiring Effort, Testimony Shows

A British former intelligence officer was said to have recruited and interviewed potential hires as the conservative group sought to have former spies train employees.

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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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After Doping Scandal, Russia Hacked the Olympics, U.S. and Britain Say

After suffering embarrassment over its doping scheme, Russia tried cyberattacks against the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea and was targeting the postponed Tokyo Olympics too, American and British officials said.

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U.S. Diplomats and Spies Battle Trump Administration Over Suspected Attacks

American officials in China, Cuba and Russia say U.S. agencies are concealing the true extent of the episodes, leaving colleagues vulnerable to hostile actions abroad.

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U.S. Charges Russian Intelligence Officers in Major Cyberattacks

Prosecutors said the suspects hacked elections in France and the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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China Threatens to Detain Americans if U.S. Prosecutes Chinese Scholars

American officials said China had insisted that the Justice Department not proceed with cases against the arrested scholars, who are in the Chinese military and face charges of visa fraud.

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Trump Said to Be Warned That Giuliani Was Conveying Russian Disinformation

President Trump shrugged off the warning from the intelligence agencies, officials said.

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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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Turkish Defector Says He Was Ordered to Kill Politician in Austria

The testimony by the man, who claimed to be an intelligence agent, offers insight into President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s pursuit of foes and undermines the conviction of a U.S. Consulate employee in Istanbul.

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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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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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After ‘The Salisbury Poisonings,’ Locals Picked Up the Pieces

A new AMC show dramatizes the 2018 poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain. Even for a reporter who covered the real events, the four episodes contain revelations.

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House Reports Push for More Focus on China by Intelligence Agencies

Separate studies by Democrats and Republicans reached a similar conclusion: More resources are needed to compete with Beijing.

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Facebook Takes Down Fake Pages Created in China Aimed at Trump, Biden

The social media campaign was small but targeted all sides of the debate. Officials said Beijing had not decided whether to wade more directly in the American presidential race.

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C.I.A. Reasserts Putin Is Likely Directing Election Influence Efforts to Aid Trump

The assessment, which the agency has moderate confidence in, buttresses earlier findings that the Russian president supports President Trump’s re-election.

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As U.S. Increases Pressure, Iran Adheres to Toned-Down Approach

The Trump administration has ramped up its criticism of Iran, but Tehran has chosen a path of restraint, intelligence showed.

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Trump Is Wrong about TikTok. China’s Plans Are Much More Sinister.

The West still doesn’t understand the scale of Beijing’s soft-power ambitions.

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Venezuela Ordered Killings and Torture of Critics, U.N. Investigators Say

President Nicolás Maduro and other high-ranking officials were accused of being behind the detention of government critics and assaults by state security services.

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One of the Most Perilous Jobs in Government

As Chris Whipple shows in “The Spymasters,” the heads of the Central Intelligence Agency have often been more beleaguered than omnipotent.

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The Housewife Who Was a Spy

Ben Macintyre’s “Agent Sonya” recounts the story of a woman who passed along atomic secrets when she wasn’t raising her family in the Cotswolds.

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Top Aide in Review of Russia Inquiry Resigns From Justice Dept.

The resignation came amid increasing expectations that the department may disclose partial results from the review before it is completed but ahead of the presidential election.

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Whistle-Blower’s Complaint Ignites a Smoldering Homeland Security Agency

The agency created to share information across governments is accused of distorting its intelligence to play down the threats posed by Russia and white supremacists.

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Russian Intelligence Hackers Are Back, Microsoft Warns, Aiming at Democrats and Republicans

China is also growing more adept at targeting campaign workers. But contrary to Trump administration warnings, Beijing is mostly aiming at Biden campaign officials.

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Russian Intelligence Hackers Are Back, Microsoft Warns, Aiming at Officials of Both Parties

China is also growing more adept at targeting campaign workers. But contrary to Trump administration warnings, Beijing is mostly targeting Biden campaign officials.

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Whistle-Blower: D.H.S. Downplayed Threats From Russia and White Supremacists

The former head of the Homeland Security Department’s intelligence division has accused three senior leaders of warping the agency around President Trump’s rhetoric.

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How One Man Conned the Beltway

The billion-dollar “Black Budget” demands secrecy. That made it a perfect target.

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Court Approves Warrantless Surveillance Rules While Scolding F.B.I.

The release of a newly declassified ruling follows a separate decision by an appeals court that a defunct National Security Agency program was illegal.

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Race for Coronavirus Vaccine Pits Spy Against Spy

The intelligence wars over vaccine research have intensified as China and Russia expand their efforts to steal American work at both research institutes and companies.

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Homeland Security Blocked Warnings of Russian Campaign Against Joe Biden

The department’s leaders declined to publish a memo describing Russian attempts to question Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s health, prompting new scrutiny of political influence at the department.

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When America’s Cold War Strategy Turned Corrupt

Scott Anderson’s “The Quiet Americans” describes how good intentions in foreign policy could lead to dire results.

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What Is Novichok?

For decades, scientists, spies and chemical weapons specialists have known about and feared the lethal substance.

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What Is Novichok, the Nerve Agent Tied to Navalny Poisoning?

For decades, scientists, spies and chemical weapons specialists have known about and feared the lethal substance.

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Trump Creates His Own ‘Deep State’

The director of national intelligence is ending oral briefings with Congress — a significant step toward eroding oversight and expanding executive overreach.

#espionage-and-intelligence-services, #office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence, #ratcliffe-john-lee-1965

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Shift on Election Briefings Could Create an Information Gap for Voters

The elimination of in-person election security briefings to Congress could leave the public with a diminished understanding of the threats facing the election as it enters a critical phase.

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Justice Dept. Never Fully Examined Trump’s Ties to Russia, Ex-Officials Say

The former deputy attorney general maneuvered to keep investigators from completing an inquiry into whether the president’s personal and financial links to Russia posed a national security threat.

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Intelligence Officials See No Foreign Effort to Undermine Mail-In Voting

Their assessment contradicted part of President Trump’s attacks on absentee voting.

#absentee-voting, #barr-william-p, #china, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #homeland-security-department, #office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence, #presidential-election-of-2020, #russia, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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Ex-Green Beret Charged With Spying for Russia in Elaborate Scheme

Prosecutors said he provided classified information to Russian intelligence operatives for years, betraying the United States.

#defense-and-military-forces, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #gru-russia, #justice-department, #russia, #united-states-army-special-forces-green-berets, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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He Was Iran’s Homegrown Tech Star. The Guards Saw a Blackmail Opportunity.

A Canadian-Iranian software engineer for Facebook, a tech celebrity in his native Iran, visited family in Tehran in January. His recent revelations of what happened next have stirred outrage.

#computers-and-the-internet, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #facebook-inc, #informers, #iran, #islamic-revolutionary-guards-corps

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