Tag: Soviet Union

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

Former CIA tech director talks Cold War stratagems in the Last Frontier

Source: Erik Hill / Alaska Dispatch News

A seismic shift in how spying is conducted took place in the 1950s, and Alaska, an acknowledged front in the Cold War between the U.S. and USSR, was right at the epicenter. “Alaska represents a time in CIA history when

The John Walker Spy Ring and The U.S. Navy’s Biggest Betrayal

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Notorious spy John Walker died on Aug. 28, 2014. The following is a story outlining Walker’s spy ring from the June 2010 issue of U.S. Naval Institute’s Naval History Magazine with the original title: The Navy’s Biggest Betrayal. Twenty-five years

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

Dismantling the Empire: America’s Last Best Hope

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The essential theme of the book is that the U.S. must dismantle its empire or face a future of poverty and strife within a divided nation. As these essays were written over a period of five years, there is some

Espionage programs linked to spying on former Soviet targets

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A one-two combination of malware programs has infiltrated the embassies and government systems of a number of former Eastern Bloc nations as well as European targets, according to a technical analysis by security researchers. Using exploits and malicious downloads delivered

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

How Edward Snowden Broke the Spy Game

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There was a time, not long ago, that an unspoken truth was shared by the international community: All countries, even close allies, spy on one another. This was especially true during the Cold War. The United States spied on Russia,

Obama’s ‘helplessness’ an act: Snowden reveals scale of US aid to Israel

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The turmoil gripping the Middle East is a direct result of the provision of cash, weapons and surveillance to Israel by the US, the latest Snowden leak illustrates. Obama’s “helpless detachment” is just for show, the Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald writes.

The Cold War Isn’t Over, It Just Took A Time Out

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The increasing Russian aggressiveness in espionage and now seeking to annex land from its neighbors has forced NATO nations to again devote a lot of intelligence resources to Russia and what Russia is up to. That revealed a major problem.

Privacy under attack: the NSA files revealed new threats to democracy

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In the third chapter of his History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Edward Gibbon gave two reasons why the slavery into which the Romans had tumbled under Augustus and his successors left them more wretched than

Top 7 JFK files the CIA still keeps secret

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It is not a theory that the CIA is still keeping secrets about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. It is a documented fact. Here is what is known about seven key JFK files —

What’s in CIA’s secret JFK files?

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Fifty years after shots rang out in Dealey Plaza, killing a larger-than-life figure and abruptly ushering in what one historian has called “the decade of shocks” – from Dallas to Watergate – the federal agency that stood at the center

Former NSA chief: ‘Morally arrogant’ Snowden will probably become an alcoholic

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Gen. Michael Hayden, a former NSA and CIA chief, shared a lot of opinions during a discussion at a Washington church Sunday, beyond his thoughts on terrorists' love for Gmail and the U.S. government's approach to the Internet. Discussing the

REVIEW: Strategic Intelligence. Windows Into A Secret World

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By Loch K. Johnson and James J. Wirtz, eds. Los Angeles: Roxbury Publishing Company, 2004. 473 pages, end of chapter notes, bibliography, charts, tables, index The editors of this anthology have assembled 35 articles on the major functions of the

REVIEW: The Shadow Warriors Of Nakano. A History of the Imperial Japanese Army’s Elite Intelligence School

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By Stephen C. Mercado. Washington, DC: Brassey’s, 2002. 331 pages, endnotes, bibliography, photos, index Japanese military intelligence during the Second World War is an important topic infrequently investigated in-depth by western scholars. In particular, training for and the execution of

REVIEW: Charlie Wilson’s War. The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History

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By George Crile.  New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2003. 550 pages, photos, index. FOR most of his 24-year career in the House of Representatives, Charles Wilson was known for his abiding fondness for hot tubs, women and Scotch whiskey. His

REVIEW: Partners at the Creation. The Men Behind Postwar Germany’s Defense and Intelligence Establishments

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By James H. Critchfield. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2003. 243 pages, bibliography, glossary, photos, index This insignificant memoir tells how its author attended the birth of West Germany's intelligence service—the so-called Gehlen Organization, which evolved into the Bundesnachrichtendienst. It

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: Trust but Verify. Imagery Analysis in the Cold War

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By David T. Lindgren. Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, 2000. Pp. xiii+222. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ For some reason, books on cryptology apparently sell well. Go to your local Borders and look in the espionage section and you will find half a dozen