Tag: Georgia

Doubt cast over US torture investigation as more CIA detainees come forward

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More lawyers for men allegedly tortured by the CIA are coming forward to say that the major US criminal investigation into torture never interviewed their clients. The Justice Department inquiry, concluded in 2012 without charging anyone involved in the CIA’s

The Man Who End The Cold War

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Shevardnadze’s rise to leadership of the Foreign Ministry in 1985, only months after Gorbachev became general secretary, was a “bolt from the blue,” in Chernyaev’s words. Shevardnadze’s talks with Shultz brought a whole new tone to U.S.-Soviet discourse, while the

Time to tame the intelligence monster

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The CIA now admits that it spied on a Senate investigation into the agency’s shameful program of secret detention and torture. Do we need any more proof that the spooks are out of control? An internal “accountability board” will look

CIA Hacked Senate Computers

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The Central Intelligence Agency improperly accessed computers used by the Senate committee investigating  the agency’s use of torture following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, according to the CIA Inspector General Office. The internal report confirms accusations made by Senator

NSA reform bill finds few allies before Senate intelligence committee

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Senators on the intelligence committee expressed deep doubts about curbing the National Security Agency’s broad data collection powers as the upper legislative chamber begins to consider a landmark surveillance bill that passed the House last month. Lawmakers attacked the USA

Kerry: Russia’s Running a Spy Ring in Ukraine, and We’ve Got the Recordings to Prove It

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Secretary of State John Kerry said in a private meeting Friday that the United States knows the Kremlin is running an espionage network that is aiding pro-Russian separatist movements in eastern Ukraine, according to the Daily Beast’s Josh Rogin, who

In Ukraine The Covert War Has Begun

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Ukraine is on the brink of civil war, Vladimir Putin has said, and he should know because the country is already in the midst of a covert intelligence war. Over the weekend, CIA director John Brennan travelled to Kiev, nobody

Russia’s first targets in Ukraine: its cell phones and Internet lines

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he Russian forces occupying Crimea are jamming cell phones and severing Internet connections between the peninsula and the rest of Ukraine. Moscow hasn't succeeded in imposing an information blackout, but the attacks could be sign that Russia is looking to

Ex- CIA Chief: Why We Keep Getting Putin Wrong

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The last time Russian troops invaded one of its neighbors, the U.S. intelligence community was also caught off guard. The year was 2008 and the country was Georgia instead of the Ukraine. And just as in 2014, back then there

Senators Push to Preserve N.S.A. Phone Surveillance

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WASHINGTON — The Senate Intelligence Committee appears to be moving toward swift passage of a bill that would “change but preserve” the once-secret National Security Agency program that is keeping logs of every American’s phone calls, Senator Dianne Feinstein, the

India: ‘Well-Trained Terrorist’ Carried Out Israeli Diplomatic Attack

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India's home minister says Monday's bombing of an Israeli embassy car was carried out by a well-trained terrorist. The attack wounded an Israeli diplomat's wife and was carried out in one of New Delhi's most secure districts. Home Minister Palaniappan

U.S. report: Russia tied to embassy blast in Georgia

U.S. intelligence agencies concluded in a classified report late last year that Russia’s military intelligence was responsible for a bomb blast that occurred at an exterior wall of the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia, in September. The highly classified report

Georgian Prosecutor Announces Plea Deal In Photographer Spy Case

Prosecutors in Georgia say they have requested suspended sentences rather than prison time for three prominent photojournalists who are charged with spying for Russia. A statement from the prosecutor's office said a plea-bargain deal had been agreed because the accused

Photographers detained in Georgia for spying to be questioned again

A group of four photojournalists recently detained on espionage charges in Georgia will undergo more questioning, a lawyer for one of the photojournalists, Nino Andriashvili, said. The photojournalists, including Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili's personal photographer, Irakli Gedenidze and his wife,