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December 2003 Intelligence News

  • Ashcroft Removes Himself from Probe Into Leak of CIA Agent Name Washington File 30 Dec 2003 -- Attorney General John Ashcroft and his office staff have recused themselves from the Justice Department's criminal investigation into the leak to the media and subsequently to the public earlier in the year of the name and identity of an undercover CIA officer.
  • Russia: Jury Acquits Scientist Accused Of Spying RFE/RL 30 Dec 2003 -- In a rare defeat for Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB), a jury yesterday acquitted a scientist accused of spying for China. Valentin Danilov's vindication, following a three-year ordeal, heartened human rights activists and raised hopes that others who claim they have been unfairly targeted by the FSB may also see justice.
  • CLAIM THAT PRESIDENT BLEW COVER OF SPIES IN MAINLAND UNTRUE: VP LU CNA 24 Dec 2003 -- Vice President Annette Lu said Wednesday that President Chen Shui-bian's remark on the number of ballistic missiles in mainland China targeting Taiwan had not tipped off the mainland to the whereabouts of Taiwan spies; rather, it was a successful stroke of " defensive diplomacy."
  • POST-SADDAM HUSSEIN VOA 23 Dec 2003 -- Now, the Bush administration says Saddam Hussein is being treated as a prisoner of war under the Geneva Convention. That means he cannot be forcibly interrogated. The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency will direct the interrogation.
  • CHINA-TAIWAN SPIES VOA 24 Dec 2003 -- China's state-run news agency, Xinhua, confirmed on Wednesday that mainland authorities have arrested 24 Taiwanese and 19 mainland citizens accused of spying for Taiwan.
  • DEFENSE MINISTRY DENIES SPY NETWORK CRACKED BY BEIJING CNA 23 Dec 2003 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) denied Tuesday that its spy network in mainland China had been cracked by Beijing.
  • MIB DENIES TAIWAN SPIES ARRESTED IN MAINLAND CHINA: LAWMAKER CNA 22 Dec 2003 -- Both the Ministry of National Defense (MND) and the Military Intelligence Bureau (MIB) have denied that any of their spies have been arrested in the mainland since President Chen Shui-bian announced that Beijing has 496 missiles aimed at Taiwan, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Lee Wen-chung said Monday.
  • SPY RING BUST REPORT DISMISSED AS ILL-MOTIVATED CNA 22 Dec 2003 -- Government authorities dismissed as an "ill-motivated rumor" a Hong Kong press report Monday that mainland China had uncovered a huge Taiwan spy ring following the revelation by President Chen Shui-bian of the exact number of mainland Chinese ballistic missiles aimed at locations in Taiwan.
  • Documents Found With Saddam Point to Regime Network AFPS 16 Dec 2003 -- Intelligence from the capture of Saddam Hussein already is making Baghdad a safer place.
  • Northrop Grumman E-10A Battle Management 'Flights' Successfully Test Cruise-Missile Defense and Time-Sensitive Targeting Concepts Northrop Grumman 15 Dec 2003 -- A Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC)-led team has reached a significant milestone in refining its concept for developing and deploying the battle management command and control (BMC2) subsystem for the U.S. Air Force's E-10A multi-sensor command and control aircraft.
  • U.S. Helping Set Up Iraqi Intelligence Service in Iraq Washington File 12 Dec 2003 -- Several months ago Iraqis requested the assistance of the United States "in establishing an intelligence service capability, and we are assisting them with their request. The United States government is assisting in that effort," White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan told reporters December 11 when asked to comment on a Washington Post article reporting that the Central Intelligence Agency is helping set up an Iraqi intelligence service inside of Iraq.
  • Israel Aircraft Industries' Elta Systems Group Will Acquire NICE Systems Assets of COMINT/DF Military Intelligence Business Israel Aerospace Industries 10 Dec 2003 -- NICE Systems (NASDAQ: NICE), a worldwide leader of multimedia digital recording solutions, applications and related professional services for business interaction management, announced that it has reached a definitive agreement with Elta Systems, a Group and subsidiary of Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI), to sell the assets of its COMINT/DF military-related business to Elta Systems for $4 million in cash.
  • Successful demonstration of the EADS EAGLE UAV in Canada EADS 08 Dec 2003 -- EADS’ EAGLE UAV has successfully completed two weeks of experimental trials in Canada.
  • Japan's Moves for Space Espionage under Fire KCNA 08 Dec 2003 -- A Japanese institution for research and development of space flight recently failed in the launching of prototype rocket "H-2A" No. 6 carrying two spy satellites of the government.
  • UK intelligence `abused` to make case for Iraq war, says ex-chief IRNA 06 Dec 2003 -- A former British intelligence chief has added to the controversy over the justification used for invading Iraq by accusing his successors of abusing their position in helping Prime Minister Tony Blair make a case for the war.
  • No bugging device found in Pak embassy in London - daily IRNA 03 Dec 2003 -- Pakistan`s special investigation team has found no bugging device in the country`s embassy in London, reported a Lahore-based newspaper on Wednesday.
  • U.S. Imperialists' Aerial Espionage on DPRK KCNA 02 Dec 2003 -- The U.S. imperialists made at least 150 espionage flights over the DPRK by intensive mobilization of strategic and tactical reconnaissance planes on different missions in November, according to the military source.

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