December 2006 Intelligence News
- Legendary Soviet agent Boris Gudz dies at 104 RIA Novosti 22 Dec 2006 -- Russia's oldest Soviet-era security agent, Boris Gudz, who helped eliminate the legendaryMI-6 super agent, Sydney Reilly, in the large-scale Operation Trest in 1921-26, has died at the age of 104, the KGB's successor said Friday.
- Authorities Question Italian Who Met with Former Russian Spy in London VOA 27 Dec 2006 -- An Italian man who met with a former Russian spy in London the day the former KGB agent fell ill from poisoning is being questioned by Rome magistrates
- Litvinenko case linked to Yukos probe - Russian prosecutors RIA Novosti 22 Dec 2006 -- Some of the former Yukos executives could be involved in the murder of Russian security service defector Alexander Litvinenko, Russia's top prosecutors said Wednesday.
- No radiation on 17 Aeroflot planes; 3 more to be checked RIA Novosti 22 Dec 2006 -- No traces of radiation have been found on 17 out of 20 planes of Russia's leading air carrier Aeroflot, which flew the Moscow-Hamburg route since late November, the country's chief health official said Friday.
- U.S. counterspy kills Russian to get apartment - Russian paper RIA Novosti 22 Dec 2006 -- The case of an American counterspy who strangled the uncle of his Russian wife in Russia's Far East in September has gone to court, a popular Russian daily said Friday.
- Ex-agent reveals KGB mind control techniques - paper RIA Novosti 22 Dec 2006 -- A former KGB officer has divulged secrets of special mind control techniques that security services in developed nations used during and after the Cold War, a Russian government daily said Friday.
- Pakistani spy arrested in Afghanistan IRNA 20 Dec 2006 -- Afghan security forces have arrested a Pakistani intelligence officer in the east of the country, a presidential spokesman said a day after an army general was arrested for alleged espionage.
- Russia: The KGB's Post-Soviet 'Commercialization' RFE/RL 20 Dec 2006 -- Russia today is honoring workers in the state security agencies -- a professional holiday better known by its Soviet-era appellation, "Chekists' Day" -- as the legacy of the KGB grows increasingly commercial -- and criminal.
- FSB catches 27 foreign spies in 2006 RIA Novosti 19 Dec 2006 -- The Federal Security Service said Tuesday it has exposed 27 foreign intelligence officers and 89 Russian agents this year.
- Relations with Litvinenko strictly business - key witness RIA Novosti 19 Dec 2006 -- A key witness in the Alexander Litvinenko murder investigation said Tuesday that his relations with the former Russian security service defector were strictly business-like.
- No traces of polonium on youth leader after meeting with Litvinenko RIA Novosti 19 Dec 2006 -- Medical experts have detected no traces of polonium on a Russian youth opposition movement head who met with the murdered former Russian security service defector Alexander Litvinenko, the leader said Tuesday.
- Russia: Investigations Continue In Litvinenko Case RFE/RL 18 Dec 2006 -- Russian media reports say Russian and British investigators in Moscow today interrogated Dmitry Kovtun, a key witness in the death of former Russian security officer Aleksandr Litvinenko.
- Safeguarding Information Technology Vital to DoD AFPS 18 Dec 2006 -- Safeguarding and protecting vital computer-accessed information is the job of everyone working at the Defense Department, a senior DoD official said.
- Litvinenko case witness Kovtun gives further testimony RIA Novosti 18 Dec 2006 -- A key witness in the poisoning death of former Russian security service defector Alexander Litvinenko said Monday he has again been questioned by investigators probing the case.
- Director of National Intelligence Fellows Award Winners Announce Office of the Director of National Intelligence 15 Dec 2006 -- Intelligence for Science and Technology, Dr. Eric C. Haseltine, presented the second annual DNI Fellows Awards to 10 renowned members of the Intelligence Community today at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence headquarters.
- US Intelligence Chief: Castro Death Imminent VOA 15 Dec 2006 -- The U.S. director of national intelligence says Cuban President Fidel Castro is very ill and could be close to death.
- ATK Composite and Propulsion Technologies Help Launch National Reconnaissance Office Satellite ATK 15 Dec 2006 -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) propulsion and composite technologies supported yesterday's successful launch of a Boeing Delta II rocket carrying a classified payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.
- No secret department to punish traitors in Russia - KGB veteran RIA Novosti 15 Dec 2006 -- There are no longer secret departments in Russia charged with liquidating traitors, a government daily quoted a KGB veteran as saying Friday.
- Contract Signature for Acquisition of Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for (Australian) Army Israel Aerospace Industries 14 Dec 2006 -- The following is an announcement released today (December 14, 2006) by the Australian Department of Defence:
- Interpol Joins Investigation of Litvinenko Poisoning VOA 12 Dec 2006 -- The international police agency, Interpol has joined the investigation into the poisoning death of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko
- BAE SYSTEMS TEAMS WITH SAIC TO IMPROVE GEOSPATIAL AND HUMAN INTELLIGENCE BAE Systems 12 Dec 2006 -- BAE Systems has been named principal teammate to Science Applications International Corp. [NYSE: SAI] on a contract to develop an enhanced intelligence capability to provide U.S. Army troops and air crews faster access to geospatial and human intelligence information.
- Interpol joins Litvinenko murder probe RIA Novosti 12 Dec 2006 -- Interpol has joined Russian, British and German investigators in their probe of former FSB agent Alexander Litvinenko's murder in London, the head of the international law enforcement organization's Russia branch said Tuesday.
- Key witness in Litvinenko case could be questioned again RIA Novosti 12 Dec 2006 -- Andrei Lugovoi, a key witness in the case of Russian security service defector Alexander Litvinenko's murder in London, could be interviewed again, a source close to the investigation said Tuesday.
- EU condemns CIA secret prisons IRNA 11 Dec 2006 -- In what is seen as a veiled condemnation of secret prisons run by the CIA in Europe, the European Union Monday said it will "continue to follow closely developments with regard to human rights in combating terrorism and take adequate measures for their protection."
- Russian investigators in Litvinenko case may fly to London soon RIA Novosti 11 Dec 2006 -- Russian prosecutors may fly to London soon to probe the lethal poisoning of a former security service officer, a source close to the investigation said Monday.
- Litvinenko Widow Casts Suspicion On Russian Authorities RFE/RL 10 Dec 2006 -- The widow of former Russian intelligence agent Aleksandr Litvinenko says she believes Russian authorities might have played a role in her husband's killing.
- Traces of radiation linked to Litvinenko case found in Germany RIA Novosti 09 Dec 2006 -- Police in the German city of Hamburg on Saturday reported finding traces of radiation in places visited by a key witness in the murder case of former Russian intelligence agent Alexander Litvinenko.
- Questioning of key witness in Litvinenko case begins RIA Novosti 08 Dec 2006 -- Russian and British investigators have started questioning a key witness in the case of Russian security service defector Alexander Litvinenko's murder by radiation poisoning, a source close to investigators said Friday.
- Moscow-London flights safe from radiation - Russian chief doctor RIA Novosti 08 Dec 2006 -- Russia's top health official said Friday that passengers on Moscow-London and London-Moscow flights had no need to fear radiation exposure.
- Six Russian facilities hold licenses to work with polonium-210 RIA Novosti 07 Dec 2006 -- Five Russian companies and the chemistry faculty of Moscow State University hold licenses to deal with substances containing polonium-210, the national nuclear watchdog said Thursday.
- Top prosecutors launch criminal case into Litvinenko's death RIA Novosti 07 Dec 2006 -- Russia's top prosecutors launched Thursday a criminal investigation into the poisoning of Russian security service defector Alexander Litvinenko, and into a related murder attempt on a Russian businessman.
- Questioning of key witness in ex-spy murder case postponed RIA Novosti 07 Dec 2006 -- The questioning of a key witness in the Alexander Litvinenko murder probe has been postponed for technical reasons, a defense lawyer said Thursday.
- Litvinenko probe does not affect Russia-U.K. relations - Lavrov RIA Novosti 07 Dec 2006 -- The investigation into the murder of Russian security service defector Alexander Litvinenko in London does not affect relations with Britain on the Russian side, the foreign minister said Thursday.
- Ex-PM says Kremlin enemies may be behind his mystery illness RIA Novosti 07 Dec 2006 -- A former acting prime minister said Thursday that enemies of Russia might have been involved in the sudden illness that struck him last month.
- Russia intelligence veterans group denies role in ex-spy's death RIA Novosti 07 Dec 2006 -- A Russian intelligence services veterans association has dismissed allegations of its involvement in the death of Russian security service defector Alexander Litvinenko, a group spokesman said Thursday.
- Litvinenko Probe Continues Under Russia's Watchful Eye RFE/RL 06 Dec 2006 -- A team of British investigators today is continuing work on the case of Aleksandr Litvinenko.
- Interview with key witness in ex-agent death in doubt RIA Novosti 06 Dec 2006 -- Investigators might not be able to question Wednesday a key Russian witness in the case of an ex-FSB agent's death in London, as he is undergoing a medical examination, a source close to the witness said.
- Federal Agencies Collaborating on Security Clearance Process AFPS 05 Dec 2006 -- The State Department and the Office of Personnel Management have combined resources to process security clearances for overseas Defense Department installations.
- LOCKHEED MARTIN UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEM FIRST TO FLY HIGH-RESOLUTION SYNTHETIC APERTURE SURVEILLANCE RADAR Lockheed Martin 05 Dec 2006 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] recently accomplished a first for unmanned aerial systems (UAS), demonstrating that high-resolution, broad-area imaging from a Miniaturized Synthetic Aperture Radar (MiniSAR) could effectively be delivered by a UAS into the hands of tactical unit commanders, regardless of smoke, dust, heavy rain or nighttime conditions
- FSB has no comment on accusations of killing ex-Russian spy RIA Novosti 05 Dec 2006 -- Russia's domestic security service said it will not comment on British media reports of its alleged involvement in the killing of former FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko.
- Scotland Yard barred from interviewing jailed ex-FSB officer RIA Novosti 05 Dec 2006 -- Scotland Yard detectives, currently in Russia as part of an investigation into the death of Russian defector Alexander Litvinenko in London, will not be allowed to interview a jailed fellow security officer, a penal service spokesman said Tuesday.
- Doctors fail to diagnose mystery ailment of Russian ex-PM RIA Novosti 05 Dec 2006 -- Russian doctors have failed to identify the exact cause of a sudden illness that struck a former acting premier late last month, a spokesman said Tuesday.
- Danish Reporters Acquitted After Publishing Secret Iraq Weapons Reports VOA 04 Dec 2006 -- Three journalists at a large Danish newspaper have been acquitted of charges they published a secret government report that said there was no evidence that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction
- Russia's only polonium-producing reactor idle for two years RIA Novosti 04 Dec 2006 -- The only reactor in Russia able to produce a radioactive isotope found in the body of a former Russian secret service agent in the U.K. was shut down two years ago, a source in the Russian nuclear agency said Monday.
- Litvinenko Investigation Widens To Russia, U.S. RFE/RL 04 Dec 2006 -- British investigators are set to travel to Moscow to search for clues to the apparent murder of former Russian intelligence officer Aleksandr Litvinenko
- British detectives leave for Moscow in Litvinenko probe RIA Novosti 04 Dec 2006 -- Detectives from Scotland Yard have left for Moscow to pursue their investigation into the death of former Russian security service agent Alexander Litvinenko, UK TV channel Sky News said Monday, citing Home Secretary John Reid.
- Ireland says no traces of radiation in Russian ex-prime minister RIA Novosti 02 Dec 2006 -- Irish medical experts have found no traces of radiation in Russian ex-prime minister's system, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported Saturday.
- British Doctors: Former Russian Spy's Contact is 'Well' VOA 02 Dec 2006 -- British doctors say the health of an Italian contact of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko has improved, after radioactive material was found in his body.
- Stephen A. Cambone to Resign 01 Dec 2006 -- The Department of Defense announced today that Under Secretary of Defense (Intelligence) Stephen A. Cambone will resign from the Department on Dec. 31, 2006.
- Second Man Tests Positive in London Radiation Poisoning Case VOA 01 Dec 2006 -- British media are reporting that the man who met with the former Russian spy who died of radiation poisoning last week has also tested positive for radiation poisoning
- Prosecutors end probe into Russian space firm chief's case RIA Novosti 01 Dec 2006 -- Prosecutors have completed their investigation in the case of an aerospace engineering firm head charged with divulging sensitive technology to China, his lawyer said Friday.
- More than 170 Cases of U.S. Aerial Espionage against DPRK in November KCNA 01 Dec 2006 -- The U.S. imperialist aggressor forces committed more than 170 cases of aerial espionage against the DPRK by mobilizing strategic and tactical reconnaissance planes with diverse missions in November, according to military sources.
- U.K.: British Authorities Continue To Track Radiation Trail RFE/RL 01 Dec 2006 -- British investigators are working in unfamiliar territory as they follow a cross-border trail of radiation and intrigue related to former Russian intelligence officer Aleksandr Litvinenko's poisoning.
- U.K.: Scientists Carry Out Litvinenko Autopsy RFE/RL 01 Dec 2006 -- The autopsy on the body of former Russian intelligence officer Aleksandr Litvinenko begins today in London.
- Russian experts deny polonium-210 in UK has Siberian origin RIA Novosti 01 Dec 2006 -- Siberian scientists have dismissed the idea that a radioactive isotope allegedly used to poison a Russian ex-FSB officer in the UK could have originated in the Krasnoyarsk Territory, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported Friday.
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