Tag: Virginia

Guidelines call for 20-year sentence in CIA leak case

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A former CIA officer convicted of leaking classified details of an operation to derail Iran‘s nuclear ambitions would spend 20 years in prison if a judge follows federal sentencing guidelines. Jeffrey Sterling of O’Fallon, Missouri, will

Tracking Isis, stalking the CIA: how anyone can be big brother online

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“Our choice isn’t between a world where either the good guys spy or the bad guys spy. It’s a choice of everybody gets to spy or nobody gets to spy.” So said the security luminary Bruce Schneier at BBC Future’s

CIA Hiring Chief Demystifies Agency’s Recruitment

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A tap on the shoulder from a university professor. A call from an unknown number leaving a vague voicemail message. Finding yourself strapped to a polygraph machine in a windowless room in Langley, VA, being told you might be lying

U.S. drops contractor that did background checks for Snowden and Navy Yard shooter

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government is dropping its largest security clearance contractor, U.S. Investigations Services LLC, which carried out background checks on Edward Snowden (pictured above) and the man who shot 12 people to death at the Washington Navy

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

ISIS in Iraq stinks of CIA/NATO ‘dirty war’ op

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For days now, since their dramatic June 10 taking of Mosul, Western mainstream media have been filled with horror stories of the military conquests in Iraq of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, with the curious acronym ISIS. ISIS,

New NSA chief Michael Rogers: Agency has lost Americans’ trust

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The NSA has lost the trust of the American people as a result of the Edward Snowden leaks, and needs to be more transparent to gain it back, the NSA’s new director said Wednesday in his first public comments since

The Cowboy of the NSA

On Aug. 1, 2005, Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander reported for duty as the 16th director of the National Security Agency, the United States' largest intelligence organization. He seemed perfect for the job. Alexander was a decorated Army intelligence officer and

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Bradley Edward Manning (born December 17, 1987) is a United States Army soldier who was arrested in May 2010 in Iraq on suspicion of having passed classified material to the website WikiLeaks. He was ultimately charged with 22 offenses, including

Former NASA Langley Research Center contractor arrested by FBI in Va. on plane bound for China

NORFOLK, Va. — A Chinese national who worked at NASA’s Langley Research Center has been arrested on a plane bound for Beijing on charges of lying to federal agents. Bo Jiang made his initial appearance Monday in Norfolk federal court.

Submarine expert arrested after ‘attempting to hand over Navy’s secrets to FBI agents posing as Russian spies’

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Former U.S. Navy submarine warfare specialist Robert Patrick Hoffman II was arrested Thursday morning on charges of turning over classified information to undercover FBI agents posing as representatives of the Russian Federation. Hoffman, 39, of Virginia, allegedly gave the agents

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: Intelligence in War. Knowledge of the Enemy from Napoleon to al Qaeada

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Intelligence in War: Knowledge of the Enemy from Napoleon to Al-Qaeda By John Keegan.New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2003. 387 pages. In his new book Intelligence in War, John Keegan asks the question of just how useful intelligence information is