Tag: Poland

CIA torture in Poland

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ZBIGNIEW SIEMIATKOWSKI may yet end up with the dubious honour of being the only person in the world to face legal proceedings over the torture programme carried out by America’s Central Intelligence Agency—and he is not even American. The former

Russian spy threat to troops’ phones and computers

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British troops on military exercise in Poland have been ordered not to take mobile phones or computers amid fears they will be targeted by Russian cyber spies. Troops have been warned of a “very clear and evident counter-intelligence threat” while

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

Seven reasons why Russia is spying on its neighbours

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Russia is ramping up covert and military operations in eastern and northern Europe. On Monday, the secret service of the Czech Republic reported an “extremely high” number of intelligence officers working from Russia’s embassy in Prague. Earlier this month, Poland

Poland Detains 2 Suspected of Espionage

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Polish officials say a high-ranking army officer and a civilian have been detained on suspicion that they spied for a hostile foreign intelligence service. Polish media reported that the two are suspected of spying for Russia, but prosecutors have refused

European Court Says Torture Used on CIA ‘Black Sites’

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(Reuters) – The CIA ran a secret jail on Polish soil, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday, piling pressure on Poland, one of Washington’s closest allies, to break its long silence about the global programme for detaining

The hidden history of the CIA’s prison in Poland

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On a cold day in early 2003, two senior CIA officers arrived at the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw to pick up a pair of large cardboard boxes. Inside were bundles of cash totaling $15 million that had been flown from Germany

Europe Rights Court Hearing on Secret CIA Prisons

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Europe's human rights court shone a rare public light Tuesday on the secret network of European prisons that the CIA used to interrogate terror suspects, reviving memories and questions about the "extraordinary renditions" that angered many on this continent. At

Kerry tells Europeans NSA will strike “right” balance between security and privacy

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry vowed Tuesday that a review into NSA surveillance activities would result in the "right" balance between security and privacy and said outrage over alleged espionage and eavesdropping should not disrupt key trade talks between

Snowden watch: Today’s Moscow-Havana flight taking a very odd detour that avoids the U.S.

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Update: It turns out that several westbound transatlantic flights are diverting south today due to unusual turbulence over Greenland. It’s still possible that Snowden may be on board (click here for why) but it does suggest that the plane detoured

REVIEW. A Secret Life. The Polish Colonel, His Covert Mission, And The Price He Paid To Save His Country

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By Benjamin Weiser. New York: Public Affairs, 2004. 383 pages. Espionage is the staple of intelligence fiction. In reality, espionage provides a very small part of intelligence collection, much more of it coming from technical sources. But the right spy

REVIEW: Democracy, Law and Security. Internal Security Services in Contemporary Europe

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By Jean-Paul Brodeur, Peter Gill, and Dennis Töllborg, eds.  New York: NY:  Columbia University Press, 2003.  354 pages. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The academic attention to intelligence as a factor in international relations and domestic security has increased markedly in the last twenty

Cracking a Vietnam War Mystery

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New Book Uses Long-Hidden Communist Sources to Explore a Potential Missed Opportunity for Peace in 1966. The inside story of these murky diplomatic machinations, as well as other revelations concerning the Vietnam War, the Cold War, the Sino-Soviet split, and