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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

LEGACY OF ASHES. The History of the CIA

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“We went all over the world and we did what we wanted,” said Al Ulmer, the C.I.A.’s Far East division chief in the 1950s. “God, we had fun.” But even their successes turned out to be failures. In 1963, the

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

Shady world of industrial espionage

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Tokyo – Japan vowed on Thursday to fight industrial espionage after domestic media reported technology and information from local companies, including chipmaker Toshiba, had been leaked to rivals from other countries. “Safeguarding Japan's cutting-edge technology and preventing leaks are extremely

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

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

N. Korean Security Services Would Impede Reforms: Rights Group

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As North Korea's young leader Kim Jong Un consolidates power, a Washington-based human rights group warns that the communist country's vast network of internal security services poses a major challenge to any potential reform efforts. The report by the Committee

S. Korea Postpones Military Intelligence Accord With Japan

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South Korea postponed an agreement with Japan to share military intelligence hours before it was to be signed because of opposition over the deal with the country’s former colonial occupier. “The South Korean side told us that, due to domestic

US Commander Warns of Growing North Korean Threat

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The top commander of U.S. forces in South Korea says he is concerned about North Korea's growing capability to carry out attacks through nonconventional means, such as cyber warfare and chemical weapons. Speaking to the House Armed Services Committee on

US to Resume Talks With North Korea

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U.S. officials will travel to China this month to hold talks with North Korea on nuclear issues, resuming a dialogue put on hold last year by the death of leader Kim Jong-Il. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says Glyn Davies,

South Korea spy chief says North lied about train death of Kim Jong-il

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SOUTH Korea's spy chief – accused of incompetence over his failure to learn earlier about the death of Kim Jong Il – has said that North Korea lied about the circumstances surrounding the passing of the "Dear Leader". Won Sei

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il dies aged 69

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MOSCOW, December 19 (RIA Novosti) – North Korean leader Kim Jong-il died at the age of 69, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said on Monday. Kim "passed away from a great mental and physical strain," Yonhap quoted the North Korea's

CIA documents shed light on S Korea’s nuke ambition in 1970s

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As the international community continues to grapple with how best to thwart North Korea's nuclear ambitions, a Seoul-based publication has revealed declassified US Central Intelligence Agency documents shedding light on South Korea's own efforts to acquire nuclear weapons four decades

South Korea Foils Murder Plot Against North Korean Defector

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South Korea's intelligence agents have arrested a North Korean defector on suspicion he was plotting to kill a fellow defector and vocal anti-Pyongyang activist. A spokesman for the National Intelligence Service says the defector, identified only as Ahn, was arrested