April 2013 Intelligence News
- S Korea spy agency comes under probe over scandal PressTV 30 Apr 2013 -- South Korea’s spy agency has come under investigation over its alleged involvement in the country’s last year presidential election.
- US filmmaker charged in Venezuela PressTV 30 Apr 2013 -- A court in Caracas has charged a US filmmaker and a retired Venezuelan general with stirring up post-election violence in the country.
- JSTARS: Connecting the dots on battlefield AFNS 30 Apr 2013 -- The secret of Joint STARS is hidden inside the 27-foot long radome tucked underneath the belly of the aircraft that otherwise looks like a regular airliner.
- Indonesia Readies Mass Production of Drones VOA 30 Apr 2013 -- Indonesia has announced that it will begin to mass-produce surveillance drones this year.
- Karzai Responds to 'Bags of CIA Money' Allegations VOA 29 Apr 2013 -- The office of Afghan President Hamid Karzai says it received what it calls a "small amount" of money from the U.S. government over the past decade.
- Karzai Confirms Getting Some Funds From CIA RFE/RL 29 Apr 2013 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai has confirmed his office received money from the CIA.
- US spy agency bribes Afghans, including Taliban, to buy influence over nation PressTV 29 Apr 2013 -- American CIA spy agency has been bribing Afghan officials and warlords, including the Taliban, in the past decade.
- Hagel, Onodera Discuss U.S.-Japanese Security Concerns AFPS 29 Apr 2013 -- North Korea, the East China Sea and creating a new working group for joint intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities on the table.
- Joint CIA, Navy Operation Unfolds at National Museum of the United States Navy NNS 29 Apr 2013 -- Special presentation by the Central Intelligence Agency's Historical Collections Division.
- India asks Pakistan to release Sarabjit Singh IRNA 29 Apr 2013 -- India asked Pakistan to release death row convict Sarabjit Singh, whose condition remains critical after being brutally assaulted by jail inmates in Lahore.
- Indian Spy Fighting For Survival Following Prison Attack RFE/RL 27 Apr 2013 -- An Indian national facing the death penalty in Pakistan for spying is fighting for life after he was attacked by fellow prison inmates.
- Britain's Deputy PM: snooper's charter won't happen Iran Press TV 25 Apr 2013 -- Britain's Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal democrats leader Nick Clegg has said plans to access records of people's internet use by police and spy agencies, dubbed a snooper's charter by opponents, is 'not going to happen' with the Lib Dems in government.
- China Leads World in Cyber Espionage, says Report VOA 24 Apr 2013 -- China leads the world in computer espionage, according to an annual report that monitors the state of global cyber threats.
- Former Dutch Diplomat Jailed for Spying for Russia RIA Novosti 24 Apr 2013 -- A Hague court has sentenced a former Dutch foreign ministry official to 12 years in jail for passing sensitive documents on NATO and the European Union to Russia.
- Dutch courts sentences ex-foreign ministry worker for spying Iran Press TV 23 Apr 2013 -- A Dutch court has sentenced a former foreign ministry worker to 12 years in prison, after finding him guilty of spying for Russia.
- South Africa Close to Passing 'Secrecy' Bill VOA 23 Apr 2013 -- South African legislators are looking at a final draft of the controversial Protection of State Information Bill, a proposed law that critics say would seriously curtail freedoms in Africa's most prominent democracy.
- Britons' phone calls spied on routinely by UK police: Report Iran Press TV 20 Apr 2013 -- British police forces are making as many as 250,000 requests to snoop on people's email and phone call details every year, a new report reveals.
- Cuts Make Intelligence Failures Likely AFPS 18 Apr 2013 -- The director of national intelligence said today that he’s “seen this movie before.”
- Complex Environment Increases Demand for Intel, Official Says AFPS 18 Apr 2013 -- The United States is at a moment of transition, the Defense Intelligence Agency’s director said.
- Report slams UK involvement in torture PressTV 18 Apr 2013 -- A damning report has slammed Britain for violating human rights through colluding with the U.S. in the torture and rendition of terror suspects.
- Another retired naval officer under espionage probe CNA 17 Apr 2013 -- Prosecutors are investigating the possible role of a yet another retired naval officer in a snowballing espionage scandal.
- Independent Review Concludes U.S. 'Indisputably' Used Torture RFE/RL 16 Apr 2013 -- A nonpartisan panel that includes former senior U.S. officials has issued a report stating that "it is indisputable that the United States engaged in the practice of torture."
- US Soldier Jailed for Selling Secrets to Fake Russian Spy RIA Novosti 16 Apr 2013 -- An US military policeman based in Alaska has been sentenced to 16 years in prison and given a dishonorable discharge for selling US military secrets to someone he thought was a Russian spy.
- Cyber Tops Intel Community’s 2013 Global Threat Assessment AFPS 15 Apr 2013 -- National security threats are more diverse, interconnected and viral than at any time in history, the director of national intelligence said.
- Two Israeli spy drones violate Lebanon’s airspace PressTV 15 Apr 2013 -- Two Israeli reconnaissance planes have penetrated Lebanon’s airspace.
- Germany mulls purchasing Israeli attack drones: Report PressTV 15 Apr 2013 -- A recent report says Germany is engaged in talks with the Israeli regime to buy drones.
- DNI Statement on North Korea's Nuclear Capability Director of National Intelligence 11 Apr 2013
- Statement by Press Secretary George Little on North Korea's Nuclear Capability DoD 11 Apr 2013
- Pentagon: Inaccurate to Say N. Korea Has Nuclear-Armed Missiles VOA 11 Apr 2013 -- The Pentagon late Thursday said North Korea does not have nuclear-armed missiles, playing down an intelligence report leaked earlier in the day which said Pyongyang had the capability to build atomic warheads that could be fitted on missiles.
- Army on the fast path to installing modern cryptographic equipment Army News 11 Apr 2013 -- Until recently, Soldiers learning about cryptography were trained on Cold War-era equipment.
- DOD Releases Military Intelligence Program Base Request for Fiscal Year 2014 DoD 10 Apr 2013 -- The Department of Defense released today the Military Intelligence Program (MIP) Request for fiscal year (FY) 2014. The total base request is $14.6 billion.
- Reports Say Pakistani Spy Agency Secretly Collaborated In CIA Drone War RFE/RL 10 Apr 2013 -- Investigative journalists working out of Washington and Islamabad are making claims of secret collaborations between the CIA and Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) spy agency as part of a covert drone war against militants.
- Russian Military Orders Five High-Res Spy Satellites – Media RIA Novosti 10 Apr 2013 -- Russia's Lavochkin aerospace company has won a defense ministry tender on the development of a series of five high-resolution optical-electronic surveillance satellites worth almost 70 billion rubles ($2.2 bln), the Izvestia newspaper said.
- US Drone Strikes Under Scrutiny VOA 09 Apr 2013 -- The United States' use of unmanned drones to strike terrorists is coming under increasing scrutiny. Those in favor say the drone strikes have been highly effective, but critics suggest they could violate international law. The New York Times claimed Sunday it had uncovered a secret deal between the U.S. and Pakistan over the use of drones in Pakistani airspace.
- FSB Chief Slams 'Insufficient' Counterterror Effort RIA Novosti 09 Apr 2013 -- Russia's state security chief on Tuesday criticized regional efforts to fight terrorism as "insufficient and often perfunctory."
- WikiLeaks Makes Leaked US Documents Searchable VOA 08 Apr 2013 -- The whistleblowing website WikiLeaks has launched a new database containing 1.7 million documents from the U.S. State Department that were declassified, but were difficult for the public to access.
- No secrets leaked at radar system commissioning ceremony: MND CNA 08 Apr 2013 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Monday that no sensitive information was leaked at a commissioning ceremony for a new advanced early warning radar system that took place in February this year.
- US favors killing terror suspects abroad over their capture and prosecution Iran Press TV 08 Apr 2013 -- The Obama administration prefers to kill suspected terrorists using assassination drones rather than capturing and trying them in court despite its claims to the contrary, a US daily states.
- WikiLeaks Publishes 1.7 mln 'Kissinger Cables' RIA Novosti 08 Apr 2013 -- Whistleblowing website WikiLeaks has published online a huge new batch of 1.7 million classified US records, including diplomatic and intelligence reports from the years 1973 to 1976, the website reported on Monday.
- Hamas arrests spying suspects in Gaza Iran Press TV 07 Apr 2013 -- The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas says its security forces have arrested a number of people on suspicion of espionage for certain Western and Arab spy agencies in the Gaza Strip.
- France considering plans to buy US drones: Report Iran Press TV 06 Apr 2013 -- France is reportedly mulling over purchasing US-made unarmed Reaper surveillance drones in a bid to enhance its military capabilities.
- Italy Pardons US Pilot Convicted in CIA Rendition Case VOA 05 Apr 2013 -- Italy's president pardoned a U.S. Air Force officer convicted of kidnapping an Egyptian Muslim cleric who was taken away for interrogation on a CIA "rendition" flight.
- Wounded Afghan Spy Chief Returns From United States RFE/RL 03 Apr 2013 -- Afghanistan's intelligence chief has returned home after four months of medical treatment in the United States.
- Duma Committee OKs Bill on FSB Agent Stationing Abroad RIA Novosti 03 Apr 2013 -- Russia’s parliamentary committee on security urged the parliament to pass a bill that would allow the Federal Security Service to dispatch its officers abroad on a permanent basis.
- MIBOC-A finishes in Kenya; builds professional partnerships, intelligence proficiency USMC News 03 Apr 2013 -- The eighth iteration of the Military Intelligence Basic Officer Course-Africa graduated 28 partner-nation intelligence officers, March 20.
- British staff disclose US abuses in secret jail in Iraq PressTV 02 Apr 2013 -- The British forces who were present at a secret US prison in Baghdad have unveiled new details regarding some of the most shocking human rights abuses to occur in Iraq during the US-led invasion of the country in the facility.
- RAF Reaper pilots gain wings UK MOD 02 Apr 2013 -- The UK's first airmen officially qualified to fly remotely-piloted air systems have graduated in the USA.
- Drone wars: Future deployment to use Ravens USMC News 01 Apr 2013 -- The sound of whirring could be heard overhead as Raven unmanned aerial vehicles took to the skies during a training exercise.
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