January 2017 Intelligence News
- US Declassifies Documents on Bin Laden's Strategy to Fight West Sputnik 19 Jan 2017 -- The declassified documents reveal bin Laden's strategy for upending global politics through protracted violent conflict directed primarily against the United States and the West, according to the statement of the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI).
- CIA unveils new rules for collecting information on US citizens Press TV 19 Jan 2017 -- The outgoing administration of US President Barack Obama has imposed new privacy guidelines on the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) that are designed to limit its use of information on American citizens.
- WikiLeaks Founder Assange Says He Stands By Extradition Offer RFE/RL 19 Jan 2017 -- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said on January 19 that he his standing by his offer to be extradited to the United States as soon as whistle-blower Chelsea Manning is released from a U.S. prison.
- CIA New Rules Allow Operatives to Remain Covert Within US Organizations Sputnik 19 Jan 2017 -- The CIA released new guidelines that allow operatives to remain undercover within US organizations in certain situations, the agency said in a press release.
- WikiLeaks Founder Waffles On Pledge To Accept U.S. Extradition RFE/RL 18 Jan 2017 -- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on January 17 appeared to waffle on his pledge to accept U.S. extradition now that President Barack Obama has pardoned former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning.
- WikiLeaks: Assange Ready for Extradition to US If All Rights Guaranteed Sputnik 18 Jan 2017 -- Founder of the WikiLeaks website Julian Assange is ready to be extradited to the United States for testimony if Washington guarantees all his rights, the whistleblowing organization said Wednesday.
- Russia Extends Snowden's Residence Permit By 'A Couple Years' RFE/RL 18 Jan 2017 -- Russia says that Edward Snowden, the former U.S. intelligence contractor who leaked thousands of secret documents from the National Security Agency (NSA), has been granted permission to remain in the country for at least two more years.
- Obama commutes sentence of Manning, grants clemency to hundreds Press TV 18 Jan 2017 -- Outgoing US President Barack Obama has shortened the prison sentence of over 200 inmates, including Chelsea Manning, the former military intelligence analyst responsible for the biggest breach of classified materials in US history.
- Following Chelsea Manning's commutation, UN expert urges pardons for other whistleblowers UN News 18 Jan 2017 -- Welcoming the commutation of United States army officer Chelsea Manning's 35-year sentence for leaking classified military documents, a United Nations independents human rights expert today called on Governments to recognize the contributions of whistleblowers and pardon those serving prison sentences.
- US Made Attempt to Recruit Russian Diplomat on January 14 - Moscow Sputnik 18 Jan 2017 -- US intelligence services undertook another attempt at recruiting a Russian diplomat on January 14, just a week before President Barack Obama's departure from the White House, the Russian Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said Wednesday.
- Obama Commutes Sentence of Military Documents Leaker Chelsea Manning VOA 17 Jan 2017 -- President Barack Obama has commuted the prison sentence of former U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning, who leaked hundreds of thousands of military documents to anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.
- Lavrov says US diplomats in Russia engaged in espionage Press TV 17 Jan 2017 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says US diplomats in Russia have engaged in espionage in the past few years and participated in opposition protests.
- Trump crossed line with attacks on intelligence community: Brennan Press TV 17 Jan 2017 -- American President-elect Donald Trump has crossed a line by drawing a parallel between the US intelligence community and Nazi Germany, according to outgoing CIA Director John Brennan.
- US Intelligence Made 'Attempt to Recruit' Russian Diplomat Sputnik 16 Jan 2017 -- Several years ago, US intelligence tried to recruit a Russian diplomat to its ranks, while blackmailing him and accusing him of illicit drug trafficking, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told TV Channel Russia 1 on Sunday.
- Trump Picking New Fight with US Intelligence Community VOA 16 Jan 2017 -- U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is engaged in a new fight with the country's intelligence community four days ahead of his inauguration as America's 45th president.
- CIA chief warns Trump to watch his words Press TV 15 Jan 2017 -- The outgoing Director of the Central Intelligence Agency John Brennan has warned Donald Trump to choose his words wisely, blasting the US president-elect for likening the intelligence community to Nazi Germany.
- CIA Chief Warns Trump Against 'Talking, Tweeting' RFE/RL 15 Jan 2017 -- Outgoing CIA Director John Brennan has called on U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to watch what he says and posts on social media, saying spontaneity is not in the interests of national security.
- Russian 'Kompromat' Remains Alive and Well VOA 15 Jan 2017 -- Amid the political maelstrom surrounding the leaked, and wholly unverified, accusations of the Kremlin's possession of compromising information on U.S. President Elect Donald Trump, a new Russian word entered the global lexicon, "kompromat."
- US Senate to probe into Russian hacking Press TV 14 Jan 2017 -- The US Senate Intelligence Committee has said it would start a probe into Russian alleged hacking after reports showed Moscow had interfered in the 2016 presidential election.
- U.S. Senate Panel To Investigate Russian Meddling In 2016 Election RFE/RL 14 Jan 2017 -- The Senate Intelligence Committee will investigate possible contacts between Russia and the people associated with U.S. political campaigns as part of a broader investigation into Moscow's alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
- Algeria busts international spy cell working for Israel: Media reports Press TV 14 Jan 2017 -- Algerian security forces have reportedly disbanded an international espionage network working for the Israeli regime in the North African country.
- US intelligence leaked 'phony allegations' to media: Trump Press TV 13 Jan 2017 -- US President-elect Donald Trump has again accused the country's spy agencies of leaking "phony allegations" against him to the media "even knowing there is no proof."
- British MPs Demand Trump Dossier Inquiry VOA 13 Jan 2017 -- British lawmakers are demanding an inquiry into what role, if any, British security agencies played in the handling of the controversial Trump intelligence dossier prepared by a former member of the country's secret services.
- US spy agencies engaged in Nazi tactics: President-elect Trump Press TV 12 Jan 2017 -- US President-elect Donald Trump has accused the country's spy agencies of using Nazi tactics over leaking "fake news" and "phony stuff" about him to the media.
- Trump's CIA Pick: Russia 'Threatening Europe,' Failing To Destroy Islamic State RFE/RL 12 Jan 2017 -- U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to run the CIA says he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin is likely satisfied with the political furor in the United States over what U.S. intelligence calls a Russian hacking campaign to meddle in the presidential election.
- Trump Told U.S. Intelligence Didn't Write Or Leak 'Compromising' Report RFE/RL 12 Jan 2017 -- A top U.S. intelligence official has told President-elect Donald Trump that U.S. intelligence agencies did not write or leak a document alleging that Russian operatives have "compromising information" on him.
- Trump's CIA Nominee Promises 'Clear-eyed' View of Russia VOA 12 Jan 2017 -- President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to lead the CIA promised to maintain a "clear-eyed" view of Russia and said he would not comply with any White House order to restart the use of torture tactics.
- Russia denies possessing 'compromising' information on Trump Press TV 11 Jan 2017 -- Russia has dismissed allegations that it has collected "compromising" information on US President-elect Donald Trump, describing them as "utter nonsense."
- 'Fair assumption' Putin behind 2016 hack, says Tillerson, yet leavening door open for better Russia ties Press TV 11 Jan 2017 -- President-elect Donald Trump's designated secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, says it is a "fair assumption" that Russian President Vladimir Putin played a role in the 2016 presidential election hack, yet leavening the door open for better ties with Russia by refusing to brand him as a "war criminal" over Moscow's efforts in Aleppo.
- Trump Acknowledges Russian Hacking, Calls Reports Of Compromising Information 'Fake News' RFE/RL 11 Jan 2017 -- U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has acknowledged that Russian hackers intruded on servers of U.S. institutions, and again dismissed a classified document that purportedly details compromising information gathered on him by Russia.
- Trump Calls Reports On Potentially Compromising Materials 'Fake News,' 'Phony Stuff' RFE/RL 11 Jan 2017 -- U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has called a report purportedly detailing compromising information gathered by Russia "fake news" and "phony stuff" crafted by "sick people."
- Trump Tweets 'Fake News' After Reports That Russia Has Compromising Info on Him VOA 10 Jan 2017 -- Shortly after reports surfaced in the media Tuesday that Russian operatives have compromising personal and financial information on Donald Trump, the president-elect tweeted "FAKE NEWS!"
- 'Compromising' information on Trump in Russia's hands Press TV 10 Jan 2017 -- Russia is in possession of "compromising" personal and financial information about United States President-elect Donald Trump, top intelligence officials told him last week.
- U.S. Spy Chief: Russia Saw Trump As 'Fringe Candidate' RFE/RL 10 Jan 2017 -- The top U.S. intelligence official says Russia initially doubted Republican Donald Trump could defeat Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the presidential election, believing that he was a "fringe candidate."
- US to Provide More Intelligence, Recon Support to Turkish Forces in Syria Sputnik 10 Jan 2017 -- The United States and its allies are set to provide additional intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance support to Turkish forces in northern Syria.
- WikiLeaks founder dismisses US intel. report on Russian 'hacking' Press TV 10 Jan 2017 -- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has denounced the US intelligence community's recent report on alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election as a politically motivated "press release".
- National Intelligence Council Releases Global Trends Report Director of National Intelligence 09 Jan 2017 -- The National Intelligence Council today released its quadrennial Global Trends Report. The report–"The Paradox of Progress"–is rooted in conversations with more than 2,500 people around the world from all walks of life in more than 35 countries.
- Russia tired of baseless US hacking allegations: Kremlin Press TV 09 Jan 2017 -- Russia says it is "tired" of "baseless allegations" by Washington that Moscow meddled in the 2016 US presidential election.
- Kremlin Denies Role in US Election Hack, Calls Accusations 'Witch Hunt' Sputnik 09 Jan 2017 -- Russia categorically denies that any of its official agencies took part in any cyberattacks on the United States, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday, noting that the "witch hunt" is becoming tiresome.
- Russia Denounces as 'Amateurish' US Claims of Election Meddling VOA 09 Jan 2017 -- The Kremlin is denouncing as baseless and amateurish U.S. intelligence claims it meddled in the U.S. presidential election to help Donald Trump win a four-year term in the White House.
- Obama Says He 'Underestimated' Impact Of Russian Misinformation, Hacking RFE/RL 09 Jan 2017 -- President Barack Obama says he has "underestimated" the impact misinformation and hacking can have on democracies, after intelligence agencies concluded that Russia's president ordered a hacking campaign that aimed to influence the U.S. presidential election.
- Trump picks former Senator Coats as national intelligence director People's Daily 08 Jan 2017 -- U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said on Saturday that he will nominate former Senator Dan Coats for U.S. director of national intelligence.
- 'British spies gave vital tipoff to US about alleged Russia hacking' Press TV 08 Jan 2017 -- British intelligence services reportedly provided a major tip-off to the United States in 2015 about cyber operations to interfere in the November presidential election.
- Obama Says He 'Underestimated' Impact of Russian Meddling on Election VOA 08 Jan 2017 -- U.S. President Barack Obama, in the wake of a U.S. intelligence conclusion that Russia meddled in the presidential election, says he "underestimated" the impact of the misinformation campaign and computer hacking on a democracy.
- Aide: Trump Accepts U.S. Intelligence On Russia Cyberattacks RFE/RL 08 Jan 2017 -- U.S. President-elect Donald Trump accepts the U.S. intelligence community's conclusion that Russia tried to interfere in the U.S. presidential election, his incoming chief of staff says.
- Trump 'undermining credibility' of intel community: Ex-CIA chief Press TV 07 Jan 2017 -- Former CIA director Leon Panetta has voiced concerns about President-elect Donald Trump's distrust of the US intelligence community regarding Russia's alleged role in election-related hacking, calling it "just unheard of and unprecedented."
- Putin ordered meddling in US vote, helped Trump win: US intel Press TV 07 Jan 2017 -- US intelligence agencies claim that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered his government to help Republican Donald Trump win the presidential election.
- Trump Says US Intel Has 'Absolutely No Evidence' Hacking Affected Election Sputnik 07 Jan 2017 -- US President-elect Donald Trump stated on Saturday that the US intelligence services "stated very strongly there was absolutely no evidence" that alleged Russia's hacking affected the results of the presidential election as voting machines had not been hacked.
- US Intelligence Charges Russia, Putin Aspired to Help Trump Win VOA 07 Jan 2017 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin set out to undermine the 2016 U.S. election and discredit former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in an unprecedented "influence campaign," eventually deciding to help the chances of President-elect Donald Trump, according to a declassified report by the U.S. intelligence community.
- U.S. intelligence releases report on alleged Russia's interference in presidential election People's Daily 07 Jan 2017 -- The U.S. intelligence released a report on Friday, making public its assessment of alleged Russia's interference in the U.S. presidential election last year.
- ODNI Statement on Declassified Intelligence Community Assessment of Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent U.S. Elections Director of National Intelligence 06 Jan 2017-- On December 9, 2016, President Barack Obama directed the Intelligence Community to conduct a full review and produce a comprehensive intelligence report assessing Russian activities and intentions in recent U.S. elections.
- U.S. Nuclear Engineer Pleads Guilty to Violating the Atomic Energy ActU.S. Nuclear Engineer Pleads Guilty to Violating the Atomic Energy Act US Dept. of Justice 06 Jan 2017-- Szuhsiung Ho, aka Allen Ho, 66, a naturalized U.S. citizen, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to unlawfully engage or participate in the production or development of special nuclear material outside the U.S., without the required authorization from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in violation of the Atomic Energy Act.
- Biden to Trump: 'Grow up Donald, time to be an adult' Press TV 06 Jan 2017 -- Outgoing US Vice President Joe Biden has harshly criticized Donald Trump, saying it is time for the president-elect to "grow up" and act like "an adult."
- Trump Decries 'Witch Hunt' In Russian Hacking Furor, Urges Probe Of Leaks RFE/RL 06 Jan 2017 -- President-elect Donald Trump on January 6 called the furor over alleged Russian hacking a "political witch hunt" and requested a congressional investigation into leaks from a classified intelligence report.
- Trump Calls For Investigation Of Media Leaks From Russian Hacking Report RFE/RL 06 Jan 2017 -- President-elect Donald Trump has called for a congressional investigation into an NBC News report featuring details from a classified intelligence report about alleged Russian computer hacking targeting U.S. elections.
- Biden Calls On Trump To 'Grow Up,' Criticizes Spat With Intelligence Community RFE/RL 06 Jan 2017 -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has told President-elect Donald Trump to "grow up" and criticized his public spat with the intelligence community.
- Reports: U.S. Knows Which Russians Provided Hacked E-Mails To WikiLeaks RFE/RL 06 Jan 2017 -- U.S. media are reporting that U.S. intelligence agencies have identified the Russians they say provided hacked e-mails to WikiLeaks in an effort to influence the November presidential election.
- Reports: Trump To Nominate Former U.S. Senator As New Intelligence Chief RFE/RL 06 Jan 2017 -- U.S. media are reporting that President-elect Donald Trump intends to nominate former U.S. Senator Dan Coats (Republican-Indiana) to be his director of national intelligence.
- Detailed Intel Report on Russian Alleged Hacking of US Election Released Sputnik 06 Jan 2017 -- A declassified report of alleged 'Russian hacking' does not make an assessment on the impact of hacking on the election outcome, according to the intelligence community. Voting machines were not tampered with, according to the analysis.
- After Intel Briefing Trump Says Hacking Had No Effect on Outcome of Election Sputnik 06 Jan 2017 -- President-elect Donald Trump has now been briefed on alleged Russian meddling in the US election and issued a statement reiterating that there was absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election.
- Trump Meets with US Intelligence Leaders on Russia Hacking VOA 06 Jan 2017 -- U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, who has dismissed the idea that Russia hacked into the recent presidential election process, received a full briefing Friday from top U.S. intelligence officials. Trump later released a statement calling the meeting "constructive" and said that he has "tremendous respect for the work and service done by the men and women of this community to our great nation."
- US Intelligence: Top Russian Officials Behind Election Interference VOA 05 Jan 2017 -- Top U.S. intelligence officials say they believe high-level Russian authorities were directly responsible for the hacking and leaking of documents from the Democratic National Committee in an effort to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.
- Intelligence Chief Accuses Russia Of Unprecedented Meddling In U.S. Election RFE/RL 05 Jan 2017 -- The United States' top intelligence official has said a suspected Russian cyberhacking campaign constituted unprecedented meddling in the American electoral process.
- Russian cyber attacks are 'major threat,' US intelligence officials say Press TV 05 Jan 2017 -- America's top intelligence officials says that Russia undeniably interfered in the country's 2016 presidential election with cyber attacks, calling Moscow's hacking a "major threat" to the United States.
- Obama Receives Intelligence Report on Alleged 'Russian Hacking' Sputnik 05 Jan 2017 -- Outgoing President Barack Obama has received the report put together by the US Intelligence Community regarding purported evidence that led officials to conclude that Russia attempted to interfere in the US election, White House spokesperson Josh Earnest said in a press briefing.
- Obama 'Did Not Need to Wait for Evidence' Before Responding to 'Russian Hacking' Sputnik 05 Jan 2017 -- Outgoing President Barack Obama did not need "additional evidence" regarding alleged Russain hacking of the US presidential election before imposing more sanctions on Moscow, White House spokesperson Josh Earnest said in a press briefing on Thursday.
- Donald the Reformer: Trump to Revamp 'Politicized' US Intelligence Agencies Sputnik 05 Jan 2017 -- The Trump administration is reportedly going to modernize the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) by reducing the number of staff at the CIA headquarters, while increasing the number of agents around the world.
- N Korean Nuclear Problem Should Be Priority for Trump Administration - CIA Chief Sputnik 05 Jan 2017 -- CIA head John Brennan said the North Korean nuclear issue should be a high-priority problem for the Donald Trump administration.
- Assange denies contact with Putin, Trump Press TV 04 Jan 2017 -- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has denied claims that he obtained hacked Democratic emails through his ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President-elect Donald Trump.
- WikiLeaks Again Denies Getting U.S. Democratic E-Mail Leaks From Russia RFE/RL 04 Jan 2017 -- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has once again denied that he obtained thousands of leaked U.S. Democratic emails from Russian sources in an interview with U.S. network Fox News aired on January 3.
- 70 spies serving jail terms in Iran capital: Tehran prosecutor Press TV 04 Jan 2017 -- Tehran's prosecutor says as many as 70 convicts are serving time in the province's prisons for compromising sensitive national intelligence.
- Trump Rebukes Finding that Russia Meddled in US Election VOA 04 Jan 2017 -- U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, two weeks from taking office, is mocking his political opponents, criticizing the country's mainstream news media and continuing to question the U.S. intelligence finding that Russia meddled in the presidential election.
- Trump Questions U.S. Intelligence Over Russia Hacking RFE/RL 04 Jan 2017 -- With his inauguration less than three weeks away, President-elect Donald Trump has made a fresh assault on the U.S. intelligence community.
- Trump Again Raises Doubt Over Russia Hacking Claim RFE/RL 04 Jan 2017 -- U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has again cast doubt on intelligence alleging Russian meddling in the U.S. election.
- Trump Expresses 'Healthy Skepticism' About Russian Hacking Allegations Sputnik 04 Jan 2017 -- President-elect Donald Trump's skepticism about the US intelligence community's claims Russia interfered with the 2016 election are healthy given its past failures, Vice President-elect Mike Pence said on Wednesday.
- US Global Hawk Drones to Begin Flying Over Czech Republic for Intel Gathering Sputnik 01 Jan 2017 -- The US Global Hawk high-altitude long-endurance drones used for intelligence gathering, surveillance and reconnaissance, will be allowed to fly over the territory of Czech Republic as of Sunday.
- Pentagon contractor leaks sensitive data Press TV 01 Jan 2017 -- A US government subcontractor working for the Pentagon has leaked personal data of some of the country's high-ranking military officials.
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