11 Jun 2019

North Korean leader’s slain half-brother was a CIA informant: Wall Street Journal

A new Wall Street Journal report claims that the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jung-un who was killed in Malaysia in 2017, was a CIA informant. However, the WSJ mentions that “several former US officials said the half brother, who had lived outside of North Korea for many years

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21 May 2019

Former CIA officer jailed for 20 years for spying for China

A former CIA intelligence officer found guilty of conspiring to provide national defense information to China was sentenced to 20 years in prison last Friday. Kevin Patrick Mallory of Leesburg, Virginia, had worked for the CIA and the DIA and held a top secret security clearance. Assistant Attorney General John

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14 Feb 2019

Phone scams remain lucrative, but risks exist: Ex-director of FBI, CIA takes on a phone scammer—and wins

Showcasing some of the common elements of basic phone scams and their surprising successes, a recent case saw a Jamaica-based phone scammer attempt to scam William H. Webster, ex-director of both the FBI and CIA and the only person to have headed both agencies. The case started in 2014 when

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28 Jan 2019

New Research: How the CIA found Soviet missiles in Cuba

While the U-2 spy plane is largely credited for identifying the presence of Soviet missiles in Cuba in the early 1960s, setting off a Cold War escalation with nearly-apololyptic results, new research has pieced together how CIA-trained Cubans ran a highly-successful intelligence network that drove the discovery of the missiles.

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18 Dec 2018

Ex-CIA director: It’s a tech war, not a trade war

Michael Morell, former acting director of the CIA, has characterized the ongoing China-U.S. trade war as a “an escalating technological cold war…not centered on tariffs and trade…[but] involves both China’s use of technology to steal information and the theft of technology itself.” In the area of telecommunications, Morell warns that

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15 Nov 2018

CIA considered potential truth serum for terror suspects

“Shortly after 9/11, the CIA considered using a drug it thought might work like a truth serum and force terror suspects to give up information about potential attacks. After months of research, the agency decided that a drug called Versed, a sedative often prescribed to reduce anxiety, was ‘possibly worth

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20 Aug 2018

Botched CIA Communications System Helped Blow Cover of Chinese Agents

From 2010 to 2012, China was able to dismantle significant portions of the CIA’s network of agents across the country, executing dozens of suspected spies. It now appears that problems in and hacks of the CIA’s communications systems led to China’s penetration of the network. The system itself had been

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26 Jul 2018

How U.S. intelligence agencies find out what Trump tells Putin and others

Sources have displayed confidence that U.S. intelligence agencies specializing in wiretapping communications were able to access enough information on the Trump-Putin meeting that they can know not only what was said, but what the top politicians and spymasters in Moscow think about it. With no access to the meeting, no

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23 Jul 2018

CIA & FBI: China is waging a ‘quiet kind of cold war’ against US

China’s subversive actions against the U.S. goes well beyond the current trade dispute and includes massive, coordinated economic espionage that is “not just a footnote to what we’re dealing with with Russia.” Both the CIA and FBI have continued to emphasize the risks posed to the U.S. by ongoing Chinese

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21 Jun 2018

Senior shipbuilding executive in China arrested for selling military secrets to the CIA

The most recent espionage case involving China and the US has surfaced, this time in China where a senior executive with the Chinese state-owned China Shipbuilding Industry Corp (CSIC) is accused of “gross violation of laws and party discipline,” by Chinese oversight bodies. Although the oversight bodies have not released

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