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26.02.2016

"US, Russian spies often cooperate despite differences, says CIA director"

http://intelnews.org/2016/02/26/01-1864/

CIA-Direktor John Brennan hat in einem Interview angegeben, dass die USA und Russland bei der Terrorismusbekämpfung trotz der außenpolitischen Spannungen der letzten Jahre immer noch eng kooperierten. "Brennan described the CIA’s relationship with Russian intelligence operatives as a 'very factual, informative exchange. If we get information about threats to Russian citizens or diplomats, we will share it with the Russians', said the CIA director, adding: 'they do the same with us'. Brennan, a fluent Arabic speaker who spent many years in Saudi Arabia, used the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, as an example of a collaborative project between the CIA and its Russian counterparts. 'We worked very closely with them' during the Sochi games, said Brennan, in order to 'try to prevent terrorist attacks'. 'And we did so very successfully', concluded the CIA director."

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23.04.2015

"Yemen’s Shiite rebels are not Iran proxies: US intelligence officials"

http://intelnews.org/2015/04/23/01-1684/

Amerikanische Geheimdienste seien nicht davon überzeugt, dass die schiitischen Huthi-Rebellen tatsächlich Werkzeuge des Irans seien, berichtet Joseph Fitsanakis. "(...) a report in online news agency The Huffington Post said on Monday that American intelligence officials are far from convinced that Iran is actually directing the Houthi insurgency. Citing 'American officials familiar with intelligence' operations in Yemen, the New York-based news agency said Iran actively opposed the Houthis’ advance on the Yemeni capital in September of last year, and tried to prevent it. The Houthis, however, simply ignored Tehran’s advice and took over Sana’a. The Huffington Post quotes one unnamed American intelligence official who says that 'it is wrong to think of the Houthis as a proxy force of Iran'. The article also quotes Bernadette Meehan, spokeswoman for the United States National Security Council, who says that 'it remains [the NSC’s] assessment that Iran does not exert command and control over the Houthis in Yemen'."

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14.01.2015

"German who spied for CIA stole list of 3,500 German spies’ names"

http://intelnews.org/2015/01/15/01-1627/

Der im vergangenen Sommer wegen mutmaßlicher Spionage verhaftete BND-Mitarbeiter hat der CIA möglicherweise die Identitäten von bis zu 3.500 BND-Spionen übermittelt. "He was believed at the time to have spied for the CIA for approximately two years, and to have supplied the American spy agency with around 200 classified German government documents in exchange for around €25,000 — approximately $30,000. (...) Now German authorities, who have been investigating the 31-year-old double spy’s computers ever since his arrest, say they found in one of them a stolen digital document containing a list of the real and cover identities of thousands of BND employees stationed abroad."

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08.01.2015

"Paris attackers bring Mideast urban warfare to Europe"

http://intelnews.org/2015/01/08/01-1624/

Der Anschlag auf das französische Satiremagazin Charlie Hebdo sei offenbar nicht von schlecht vorbereiteten Einzeltätern, sondern von militärisch ausgebildeten Al-Qaida-Anhängern durchgeführt worden, schreibt Joseph Fitsanakis. "Of course, Europe is not new to this. The French experienced it in the days of the Algerian War of Independence, which killed nearly 200,000 people in North Africa and in France. The British faced until recently with the Provisional Irish Republican Army, whose military efficiency makes the al-Qaeda of today seem clumsy in comparison. And there have been a host of other armed groups, including Revolutionary Organization 17 November in Greece, the Red Brigades in Italy, and the Red Army Faction in Germany, whose militant dedication is certainly comparable to the Jihadists of today. There is no question that Wednesday’s attack in Paris has brought the perils of Middle Eastern urban warfare to Europe. But what is needed now is meticulous police work, coupled with a renewed focus on prevention by France’s formidable intelligence community, which features some of the best-known agencies in the world."

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29.12.2014

"Year in Review: The 10 Biggest Spy-Related Stories of 2014"

http://intelnews.org/2014/12/29/01-1618/

IntelNews hat Berichte zu den zehn interessantesten Geheimdienst-Skandalen zusammengetragen, die im vergangenen Jahr internationales Aufsehen erregt haben. Der Fokus richtet sich dabei nicht nur auf die NSA, auf Platz 10 befindet sich z.B. der Fall eines früheren Geheimdienstchefs in Südkorea, der wegen Korruption und politischer Einflussnahme inhaftiert wurde. "Those of you who are regular readers of this blog will surely agree that we witnessed our fair share of significant intelligence-related stories this year. Some of them made mainstream headlines, while others failed inexplicably to attract the attention of the news media. In anticipation of what 2015 may bring, we present you with our selection of stories below, which are listed in reverse order of importance."

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03.11.2014

"Brazil builds direct Internet cable to Europe to avoid US spying"

http://intelnews.org/2014/11/03/01-1587/

Die Pläne für ein neues Internet-Kabel zwischen Brasilien und Europa nehmen Berichten zufolge Gestalt an. Brasilien will mit der direkten Verbindung nach Europa die Überwachung durch amerikanische Geheimdienste umgehen. "According to reports, the fiber-optic cable will stretch for 3,500 miles from the northeastern Brazilian city of Fortaleza to the Portuguese capital Lisbon. It will cost the Brazilian government in excess of US$185 million, but it will allow the country’s existing Internet traffic to and from Europe to travel without going through cables owned by American service providers. According to Brazilian officials, the construction of the cable is among several steps announced by the Brazilian government aimed at disassociating its communications infrastructure from American companies."

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30.10.2014

"Well-trained spy agency adds to strength of Islamic State"

http://intelnews.org/2014/10/30/01-1585/

Der Islamische Staat könne sich bei der Eroberung und der Kontrolle neuer Gebiete auf ein Spionagenetzwerk mit erfahrenen und gut ausgebildeten Agenten verlassen, schreibt Ian Allen. "Sources on the ground in Iraq report that many of the intelligence officers that staff the Islamic State’s spy agency are former employees of the Syrian and Iraqi governments. They were trained by either Russian or American spies during their government service, and are now lending their advanced intelligence skills to the Islamic State."

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04.09.2014

"US intelligence official says ISIS still below al-Qaeda’s strength"

http://intelnews.org/2014/09/04/01-1548/

Trotz des Aufstiegs des Islamischen Staats hält Matthew Olsen, Direktor des US National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), die Al-Qaida immer noch für die gefährlichere Terrororganisation. "(...) NCTC experts have come to the conclusion that the Islamic State does not currently pose a direct threat to America or Western Europe, and said that the risk of a 'spectacular, al-Qaeda-style attack' on American or European targets is negligible. America’s senior terrorism advisor went on to claim that al-Qaeda remains a more serious adversary for American interests than the Islamic State, and that the new organization is 'significantly more limited than al-Qaeda was in the run-up to 9/11', at which time it maintained underground cells across Europe and the US. Olsen continued by saying that there was 'simply no credible information' that the Islamic State was planning to attack US targets anywhere outside the immediate surroundings of its territorial stronghold in Iraq and Syria."

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03.06.2014

"US journalist facing jail term for refusing to testify in CIA officer’s trial"

http://intelnews.org/2014/06/03/01-1489/

Der New York Times-Reporter James Risen, der unter Berufung auf die Pressefreiheit eine gerichtliche Aussage gegen einen früheren CIA-Mitarbeiter verweigert hat, könnte nach einer Entscheidung des Obersten Gerichtshofes in Washington zu einer Gefängnisstrafe verurteilt werden. "Jeffrey Alexander Sterling, who worked for the CIA from 1993 until 2002, was arrested in early 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. He was charged with leaking classified information about Operation MERLIN, a botched CIA covert operation targeting Iran’s nuclear weapons program. The operation was publicly revealed for the first time in New York Times reporter James Risen’s 2006 book State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration. (...) Risen was summoned to testify in Sterling’s trial, but refused, arguing that having to identify the source of his allegation about Operation MERLIN would infringe on press freedom. On the other side of the argument, the United States government claimed that the freedom of the press does not permit journalists 'to refuse to provide direct evidence of criminal wrongdoing by confidential sources'."

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23.05.2014

"The Politics Behind the Thailand Coup Explained"

http://intelnews.org/2014/05/23/01-1482/

Joseph Fitsanakis erläutert die politischen Hintergründe des Militärputsches in Thailand. "Arguably, military coups have become rare outside of Africa in the 21st century. So why does Thailand remain so prone to them? The character of Thai society has for centuries remained starkly divided along economic, political and — to a lesser extent — ethnic lines. In the contemporary setting, perhaps the most prominent division is between the urban middle class and the rural population. The disparity between the two, in terms of income and cultural values, is at the heart of the current political instability in the country. For most of the past century, Thailand’s political life has been dominated by the urban middle class in capital Bangkok. The urban population is, for the most part, westernized in manners and outlook, educated and economically privileged. It is also largely secular and fiercely royalist, revering Thailand’s king, Bhumibol Adulyadej, as the 'father of the nation'."

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