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Pakistan poses strategic, tactical challenges to policy makers: CIA

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WASHINGTON: The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) identified Pakistan as one of the countries that poses strategic and tactical challenges to policy makers. “Developments in a host of countries across the globe are raising strategic and tactical challenges for policymakers and our

US intelligence chief reveals details of secret mission to North Korea

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US spy chief James Clapper said that when he made a secret visit to North Korea in November to bring home two jailed Americans he was first given a 12-course banquet and then later told by his hosts that his

David Cohen Becomes the CIA’s ‘Financial Batman’

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Washington — In a reflection of the increasing role the U.S. Department of the Treasury is playing in clandestine operations, America’s “sanctions guru” was sworn in on February 9 as the country’s second-in-command spymaster. David Cohen, whose appointment as deputy

The Government Must Show Us the Evidence That North Korea Attacked Sony

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When you’re attacked by a missile, you can follow its trajectory back to where it was launched from. When you’re attacked in cyberspace, figuring out who did it much harder. This reality of international aggression in cyberspace will change how

US spy chief describes cloak-and-dagger mission to N. Korea (+video)

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Washington — When US spy chief James Clapper flew to North Korea on a mission to bring home two US captives, he ran into a potential hitch. North Korean officials wanted a diplomatic concession of some sort in return for

Two Americans freed by North Korea, returning home -U.S. officials

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WASHINGTON, Nov 8 (Reuters) – North Korea freed two American citizens from prison and they were returning to the United States on Saturday after the surprise involvement of the top-ranking U.S. intelligence official in their release. Kenneth Bae and Matthew

Why Intelligence Whistleblowers Can’t Use Internal Channels

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Imagine a CIA agent who witnessed behavior that violated the Constitution, the law, and core human rights protections, like torturing a prisoner. What would we have her do? Government officials say that there are internal channels in place to protect

After Snowden, Global Espionage Increased Fivehold

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After former NSA contractor Edward Snowden stole and released documents about spying activities of the NSA, the world got a glimpse of the war on the wires. Yet, after the mask over global espionage was pulled off, intelligence agencies in

Snowden being manipulated by Russian intelligence: ex-NSA chief

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(Reuters) – Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who revealed the U.S. government’s data collection programs, is now likely under the control of Russian intelligence agencies, according to former NSA Director, General Keith Alexander. Alexander, who retired on March

Spy wars fuelled by territorial claims

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New insights on the extent of Chinese intelligence’s penetration of Australia’s parliamentary computer network highlight the aggressive espionage contest between the US and its “five-eyes” intelligence sharing allies, including Australia, Britain, Canada, and New Zealand, and rivals like China, Russia,

Cyber-Conflict Escalates in Midst of North Korean Tensions

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  North Korea appears to increase its cyber activity in step with its controversial nuclear program, while the U.S. boosts its own programs and Chinese espionage attacks continue. Nation-state attacks through the Internet continue to escalate, with a massive surge

LSE group on North Korea trip thought Panorama cameraman was a spy

A BBC Panorama cameraman who posed as a former student to report undercover from North Korea was suspected of being a spy before he even reached Pyongyang. The cover of film-maker, Alexander Niakaris, was blown only hours after he joined

Former N Korea spy says military threats show Kim’s insecurity

A former North Korean spy says Pyongyang’s recent threats are born from the insecurity of the country’s leader, Kim Jong-Un. Kim Hyun-Hee says that Kim is too young and inexperienced and is struggling to gain complete control of the military

Ex-CIA Analyst Expects North Korea to Attack South Korea Before Tensions End

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Unless North Korea wants to be annihilated, its leadership has to find a way to climb down from its current wave of provocative rhetoric. But one of the CIA’s former top Pyongyang analysts thinks dictator Kim Jong-un will order a

North Korea threatens ‘merciless’ nuclear strike against US

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The North Korean army says it has received final approval to launch a “merciless” strike on the US, including the possible use of “cutting edge” nuclear weapons. It comes as South Korean intelligence claims Pyonyang has moved a mid-range Musudan

South Korea: Cyber Attack Originated in China

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South Korean officials say a cyber attack that shut down computers at several of the country's top banks and broadcasters originated in China. The Korea Communications Commission on Thursday said an initial investigation revealed that a Chinese IP address created

Major Computer Crash in SKorea, Hackers Suspected

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Computer networks at major South Korean banks and top TV broadcasters crashed en masse Wednesday, paralyzing bank machines across the country and prompting speculation of a cyberattack by North Korea. Screens went blank at 2 p.m. (0500 GMT), with reports

After Sanctions Vote, 2 Koreas Ratchet Up Attack Threats

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  SEOUL, South Korea — Angrily responding to the United Nations Security Council’s unanimous decision to impose tightened sanctions, North Korea said on Friday that it was nullifying all nonaggression agreements with South Korea, with one of its top generals

North Korea says its rockets can hit U.S. mainland

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(Reuters) – North Korea has rockets that can hit the U.S. mainland, it said on Tuesday, two days after South Korea struck a deal with the United States to extend the range of its ballistic missiles. North and South Korea

US moves warships to track North Korea rocket launch

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The US is moving navy ships into position to track a North Korean rocket due to launch later this month. The warships were moved to achieve "the best situational awareness", the US military chief in the region said. Japan's government,