Russia’s Ties With West Fray Further After Czech Republic Expels Its Diplomats

About 60 Russian diplomats were ordered out of the Czech Republic, which said it had evidence of Moscow’s involvement in an ammunition dump explosion in 2014.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #czech-republic, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #kgb, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #sabotage-crime

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Iran Rattled as Israel Repeatedly Strikes Key Targets

Recent attacks suggest that Israel has a clandestine network inside Iran and that Iranian security services have been powerless to break it.

#defense-and-military-forces, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #iran, #islamic-revolutionary-guards-corps, #israel, #nuclear-weapons, #politics-and-government, #quds-force, #targeted-killings, #united-states-international-relations

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Czechs Blame 2014 Blasts at Ammunition Depots on Elite Russian Spy Unit

The unit has also been implicated in the 2018 nerve agent attack in Salisbury, England, on Sergei Skripal, a former Russian spy, and his daughter.

#babis-andrej, #boshirov-ruslan, #czech-republic, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #europe, #gru-russia, #russia, #salisbury-england, #skripal-sergei-v, #skripal-yulia-s

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Why Spy Agencies Say the Future Is Bleak

Climate change, technology, disease and financial crises will pose big challenges for the world, an intelligence report concludes.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #national-intelligence-estimates, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Administration Says Russian Intelligence Obtained Trump Campaign Data

A Treasury Department document shed more light on links between the campaign and Russian spies.

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White House Warns Russia on Bounties, but Stops Short of Sanctions

The available evidence supporting a stunning C.I.A. assessment — which President Donald J. Trump’s inaction on prompted bipartisan uproar — remains less than definitive proof.

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Republicans Question Spy Agencies’ Work on Domestic Extremism

Agency officials say they are analyzing information, not collecting intelligence on Americans.

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Biden Administration to Impose Tough Sanctions on Russia

Administration officials were determined to draft a response that would impose real costs on Moscow, as many previous rounds of sanctions have been shrugged off.

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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.

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Key Findings from the Inspector General’s Capitol Riot Report

Intelligence failures, orders to use less aggressive measures and equipment breakdowns contributed to the Capitol Police’s botched response, a watchdog found.

#bolton-michael-a, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #inspectors-general, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-capitol-police, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Will Afghanistan Become a Terrorism Safe Haven Once Again?

Not likely, at least in the short term, intelligence officials assess. But stopping terrorism groups over the long term could be more difficult.

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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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Intelligence Report Calls China Biggest Threat to US

A threat assessment report puts China’s push for “global power” first on the list of threats, followed by Russia, Iran and North Korea.

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Subpoenaing the Brookings Institution, Durham Focuses on Trump-Russia Dossier

The special counsel scrutinizing the Russia inquiry, a Trump-era leftover, appears to be retreading ground that an inspector general explored in 2019.

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U.S. Intelligence Report Warns of Global Consequences of Social Fragmentation

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted weaknesses of the international order, said the report, which is issued every four years.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #global-warming, #immigration-and-emigration, #income-inequality, #intelligence-report, #international-trade-and-world-market, #national-intelligence-council, #politics-and-government, #united-states-politics-and-government

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He Led Hitler’s Secret Police in Austria. Then He Spied for the West.

Franz Josef Huber, responsible for deporting tens of thousands of Jews, escaped punishment with U.S. backing and went on to work for West German intelligence, newly disclosed records reveal.

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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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After Capitol Riot, Senate Taps Intelligence Official to Lead Security

Lt. Gen. Karen Gibson held top intelligence posts in the military before she joined a post-Jan. 6 security review of the Capitol. She will have an all-female leadership team.

#espionage-and-intelligence-services, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-capitol-police, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Michael Kovrig, Canadian Accused of Spying, Is Tried in China

Michael Kovrig, a former Canadian diplomat, was tried after Michael Spavor appeared in a Chinese court on Friday, Canadian officials said.

#canada, #china, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #international-relations, #kovrig-michael, #political-prisoners, #united-states-international-relations

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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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White House Weighs New Cybersecurity Approach After Failure to Detect Hacks

The intelligence agencies missed massive intrusions by Russia and China, forcing the administration and Congress to look for solutions, including closer partnership with private industry.

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Remote C.I.A. Base in the Sahara Steadily Grows

The agency has been conducting surveillance flights from the base, which has grown since 2018. Any drone strikes would be limited while the Biden administration carries out a review.

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Preparing for Cyberstrike on Russia, U.S. Confronts Hacking by China

The proliferation of cyberattacks by rivals is presenting a challenge to the Biden administration as it seeks to deter intrusions on government and corporate systems.

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German Court Suspends Right to Surveil Far-Right AfD Party

The ruling came days after a news report that Germany’s domestic intelligence agency planned to investigate the leading opposition party on suspicion of being a threat to democracy.

#alternative-for-germany, #cologne-germany, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #germany, #hocke-bjorn-1972, #politics-and-government, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

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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

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Germany Places Far-Right AfD Party Under Surveillance for Extremism

It is the first time in Germany’s postwar history that a party represented in the federal Parliament has elicited this level of scrutiny as a potential threat to democracy.

#alternative-for-germany, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #germany, #politics-and-government, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right

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Biden Administration Announces First Sanctions on Russia in Navalny Case

The action came as the administration declassified an intelligence finding that the F.S.B., one of Russia’s leading intelligence agencies, was responsible for the poisoning of Aleksei A. Navalny.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #european-union, #federal-security-service, #navalny-aleksei-a, #poisoning-and-poisons, #political-prisoners, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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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.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #central-intelligence-agency, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence, #united-states-politics-and-government

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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.

#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

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After Russian Cyberattack, Looking for Answers and Debating Retaliation

Key senators and corporate executives warned at a hearing on Tuesday that the “scope and scale” of the hacking of government agencies and companies, the most sophisticated in history, were still unclear.

#amazon-com-inc, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #defense-department, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #fireeye-inc, #microsoft-corp, #russia, #senate-committee-on-intelligence, #solarwinds, #united-states-politics-and-government

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U.S. Charges 3 North Koreans With Hacking and Stealing Millions of Dollars

The Justice Department unsealed charges against three intelligence officers, revealing more details about incursions on Sony Pictures and the National Health Service in Britain, and other attacks.

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In a Dangerous Game of Cat and Mouse, Iran Eyes New Targets in Africa

Fifteen people arrested in Ethiopia were part of what American and Israeli officials said was a foiled Iranian plot against diplomats from the United Arab Emirates.

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Does the U.S. Need a Cyberdefense Czar?

Recent attacks on government and infrastructure networks reveal the inadequacy of America’s digital defenses.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #russia, #solarwinds, #us-federal-government-data-breach-2020

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White House Announces Senior Official Is Leading Inquiry Into SolarWinds Hacking

The announcement comes after the bipartisan leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee criticized the administration for its disjointed response.

#computer-security, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence, #senate-committee-on-intelligence, #solarwinds, #tiktok-bytedance

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A Rotating Group of Intelligence Analysts Will Brief President Biden

Morgan Muir, who had led Mr. Biden’s first briefings in the early days of the administration, will oversee the assembly of the written President’s Daily Brief, among other responsibilities.

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How the US Lost to Hackers

America’s biggest vulnerability in cyberwarfare is hubris.

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U.S. Will Examine Giving F.B.I. More Resources to Counter Domestic Extremism

The issue of violent extremist groups in the United States has come to the top of the agenda since a mob of far-right groups stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6.

#espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence, #presidential-election-of-2020, #terrorism

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Muddled Intelligence Hampered Response to Capitol Riot

New details about what authorities anticipated on Jan. 6 highlight failures to grasp the degree of the threat from pro-Trump right-wing extremists.

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Senate Intelligence Committee to Examine Antigovernment Extremists

Senator Mark Warner, the committee’s new chairman, said he hoped to lead a bipartisan investigation of the groups, their overseas ties and amplification of their message by foreign powers.

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C.I.A. analyst Morgan Muir to run Biden’s daily briefings

The new intelligence chief wanted a briefer with experience and an apolitical record. She chose Morgan Muir, perhaps the first time a former White House briefer has returned to the post.

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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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White House Orders Assessment on Violent Extremism in U.S.

The order for the evaluation from the intelligence community comes as judges continue to deny bail for suspects in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

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Intelligence Analysts Use U.S. Smartphone Location Data Without Warrants, Memo Says

The disclosure comes amid growing legislative scrutiny of how the government uses commercially available location records.

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Biden Orders Sweeping Assessment of Russian Hacking, Even While Renewing Nuclear Treaty

There will be no “reset” of the American relationship with Moscow, administration officials say. But in an era of constant confrontation in cyberspace, the president seeks to avoid a nuclear arms race.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #haines-avril-d, #office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence, #russia, #strategic-arms-reduction-treaty, #us-federal-government-data-breach-2020

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Raised on Le Carré, He Wrote a Thriller Dipped in Poison

Sergei Lebedev is making his debut as a spy novelist with “Untraceable,” a book inspired by the attempted killing of a former Russian intelligence agent.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #lebedev-sergei-1981, #poisoning-and-poisons, #russia, #untraceable-a-gripping-mystery-thriller-book, #writing-and-writers

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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.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #haines-avril-d, #office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence, #presidential-transition-us, #qanon, #united-states-politics-and-government, #warner-mark-r

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Biden Peloton Raises Security Risks

It doesn’t exactly comport with his “regular Joe from Scranton” persona, but beyond the politics of it, the bike could present cybersecurity risks.

#bicycles-and-bicycling, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #exercise, #peloton-interactive-inc, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #united-states-politics-and-government

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N.S.A. Installs Trump Loyalist as Top Lawyer Days Before Biden Takes Office

The acting defense secretary ordered the spy agency to appoint Michael Ellis, who has been accused of having a hand in one of the Trump administration’s most contentious legal decisions.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #bolton-john-r, #defense-department, #ellis-michael, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #government-employees, #nakasone-paul-m, #national-security-agency, #presidential-transition-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Pompeo Says Iran Is New Base for Al Qaeda, but Offers Little Proof

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s statements were tempered by some U.S. officials, who said there was little new intelligence to suggest that Iran was an active headquarters for the terrorist group.

#abdullah-abdullah-ahmed-abu-muhammad-al-masri, #afghanistan, #al-qaeda, #central-intelligence-agency, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #iran, #pompeo-mike, #state-department, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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