Intelligence

Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence commuted by Barack Obama

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The whistleblower, who has been imprisoned for six years for leaking state secrets, is now set to go free on 17 May Ed Pilkington in New York and David Smith and Lauren Gambino in Washington The Guardian Chelsea Manning, the US army soldier who became one of the most prominent whistleblowers of modern times when she exposed the… Chelsea Manning’s prison… Read More »

CIA chief calls Trump Nazi Germany comparison ‘outrageous’

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‘There is no basis for Mr. Trump to point fingers at the intelligence community for leaking information that was already available publicly,’ John Brennan… By CRISTIANO LIMA Politico CIA Director John Brennan on Sunday said President-elect Donald Trump’s comparison of the intelligence community’s handling of… CIA chief calls… Read More »

 Trump, Russia, and the Return of Scapegoating, a Timeless American Tradition

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Our bipartisan tendency to blame others for our own failures will be the cause of American decline. By Patrick Lawrence The Nation Now that the intelligence chiefs’ report on alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election is available in expurgated form—and… Trump, Russia, and… Read More »

In War on Intel Agencies, Trump Is Hurting Himself

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Donald Trump, once he’s president, has every right, indeed obligation, not to take the Intelligence Community’s assessments at face value. Gary J. Schmitt AEI But it’s problematic to do so before becoming president and do so, so publicly and aggressively. There is plenty of history to… In War on Intel… Read More »

U.S./UK Paid “White Helmets” Help Al Qaeda Blocking Water To 5 Million Thirsty Syrians

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The blockade of water from Wadi Barada to 5 million people in Damascus is taking an interesting turn. Global Research The U.S. and UK financed White Helmet organization seems to be directly involved in it. This increases the suspicion that the… U.S./UK Paid… Read More »

Czechs launch anti-propaganda unit with close eye on Russia

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Kremlin-friendly president Milos Zeman criticises new ‘hybrid threats’ centre Daniel McLaughlin in Prague The Irish Times The Czech Republic has launched a special government unit to counter terrorism and “hybrid” threats such as fake news and… Czechs launch anti… Read More »

Berlin attack: security intelligence has limits in preventing truck-borne terror

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The Christmas market truck assault in Berlin, which has left 12 dead and dozens injured, is a disturbing echo of the truck-borne attack on Bastille Day celebrants on the Nice promenade in July. The Conversation John Blaxland How could such events be allowed to happen? Why weren’t intelligence agencies in Germany and France able to stay one step ahead of the perpetrators? After all, we have become used to… Berlin attack: security intelligence has… Read More »

Now, America, You Know How Chileans Felt

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DURHAM, N.C. — It is familiar, the outrage and alarm that many Americans are feeling at reports that Russia, according to a secret intelligence assessment, interfered in the United States election to help Donald J. Trump become president. The New York Times By ARIEL DORFMAN I have been through this before, overwhelmed by a… Now, America, You… Read More »

We need to resist censorship of cyberspace

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I’m among the liberal US journalists and professors whom Google warned were targeted by government-backed attackers. Al Jazeera By Kara Alaimo The hacking effort – aimed at prominent thinkers including New York Times Pulitzer laureate Paul Krugman , Stanford professor and… We need to… Read More »

Can Democracy Endure Where the Cyber Things Are?

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During a national crisis, executive action to reconfigure U.S. network data flows to the global Internet may be lawful. The National Interest Jessica Smith Imagine if a U.S. president determined that an insurrection or a… Can Democracy Endure… Read More »

Merkel warns of ramped up Russia cyber attacks ahead of vote

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Cyber attacks from Russia are now so common that Germany must learn to cope with them as part of daily life, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Nov. 29, after Europe’s top economy suffered its biggest hacking assault. Hurriyet BERLIN – Agence France-Presse Almost one million Deutsche Telekom clients were knocked offline from Nov. 27, with Germany’s online security chief describing it as “a… Merkel warns of… Read More »

Edward Snowden’s Ossietsky award lawsuit rejected by Norway

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Edward Snowden’s bid to guarantee that he would not be extradited to the US if he visited Norway has been rejected by the Norwegian supreme court. The former spy contractor filed the lawsuit in April, attempting to secure safe passage to Norway to pick up a… Edward Snowden’s Ossietsky… Read More »

The Guardian view on President-elect Donald Trump: a dark day for the world

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This is a political and cultural cataclysm that few believed would really happen. Editorial It’s a bleak day for America, and for the pluralism and diversity the country has come to stand for Donald Trump wins the US election – live Become a Guardian supporter or make a contribution The Guardian view on… Read More »

Russia ships ‘chase away’ Dutch submarine in Mediterranean

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Russia’s defence ministry has said two of its navy destroyers have forced away a Dutch submarine to stop it spying on an aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean. The sub was 20km (12 miles) away from the Admiral Kuznetsov at the time of the incident, the military said. Russia sent a… Russia ships ‘chase… Read More »

‘Increasingly aggressive’ Russia a growing threat to UK, says MI5 head

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Exclusive: In first newspaper interview given by a serving spy chief, Andrew Parker talks of terror, espionage and balance between secrecy and privacy Ewen MacAskill and Paul Johnson Russia poses an increasing threat to the stability of the UK and is using all the sophisticated tools at its disposal to achieve its aims, the director general of MI5 has told the Guardian. In the first newspaper interview given by an… ‘Increasingly aggressive’ Russia a… Read More »

US and Ecuador deny conspiring to take Julian Assange offline

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US says claims John Kerry asked Ecuador to block internet access to prevent WikiLeaks impacting election are ‘simply untrue’ Esther Addley The governments of the US and Ecuador have denied that they conspired to silence Julian Assange, after the… US and Ecuador… Read More »