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.

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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.

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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.

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Some Havana Syndrome Cases May Stem From Radio Energy, Panel Says

A group of experts found that not all injuries to diplomats and C.I.A. officers could be explained by stress or psychosomatic reactions.

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U.S. Names Official to Counter Foreign Election Interference

The director of national intelligence appointed a C.I.A. veteran to the post amid delays in congressional approval of money for a new office to oversee threats to American politics from abroad.

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Pentagon Forms a Group to Examine Unexplained Aerial Sightings

The announcement follows a report that failed to clarify strange phenomena observed by military pilots and others over the past two decades.

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U.S. Warns Allies of Possible Russian Incursion as Troops Amass Near Ukraine

Western intelligence officials are increasingly convinced that the Russian president wants to take control of a larger swath of territory.

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Intelligence Review Yields No Firm Conclusion on Origins of Virus

Declassified portions of a report presented to President Biden revealed divisions among federal agencies over whether the virus came from a lab leak or natural processes.

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U.S. intelligence agencies delivered a report to Biden on the virus’s origins.

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How the U.S. Informed a Crisis in Afghanistan

President Biden promised an orderly withdrawal. That pledge, compounded by missed signals and miscalculations, proved impossible.

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Intelligence Agencies Did Not Predict Imminence of Afghan Collapse, Officials Say

The acknowledgment came as the Biden administration faces heavy criticism over its handling of the withdrawal of American-led forces from Afghanistan.

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Intelligence Warned of Afghanistan Military Collapse, Despite Biden’s Assurances

Even as the president was telling the public that Kabul was unlikely to fall, intelligence assessments painted a grimmer picture.

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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.

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U.S. Has No Explanation for U.F.O.s, Does Not Rule Out Aliens

A new government report is likely to fuel theories about unexplained aerial phenomena.

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Government Report Finds No Evidence U.F.O.s Were Alien Spacecraft

The strange objects witnessed by Navy pilots remain unexplained, but officials briefed on a new study say they are not secret technology from a classified American program.

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U.S. Is Said to Have Unexamined Intelligence to Pore Over on Virus Origins

Intelligence officials have told the White House that computer analysis may shed light on the mystery.

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Biden Orders Intelligence Inquiry Into Origins of the Coronavirus

The directive came as health officials and scientists have renewed calls for a more rigorous examination.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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Biden Team Delays Naming Some Interim Officials Until Trump Is Out

The unusual move underscores the deep mistrust of Trump loyalists among Biden transition officials even hours before the inauguration.

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Trump Administration Politicized Some Intelligence on Foreign Election Influence, Report Finds

A report to lawmakers from a watchdog in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence criticizes how threat intelligence was analyzed and presented.

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Treasury Department’s Senior Leaders Were Targeted by Russian Hacking

The disclosure was the first acknowledgment of a specific intrusion in the vast cyberattack. At the White House, national security leaders met to assess how to deal with the situation.

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U.S. Used Patriot Act to Gather Logs of Website Visitors

A disclosure sheds new light on a high-profile national security law as lawmakers prepare to revive a debate over it in the Biden administration.

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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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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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The Intelligence Director Who Is Undermining Trust and Truth

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

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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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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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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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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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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.

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American Intelligence Knows What Russia Is Doing

Congress needs to understand about foreign election meddling, too.

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