July 2007 Intelligence News
- Boeing Awarded U.S. Marine Corps Contract to Extend ScanEagle Services Boeing 31 Jul 2007 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has been awarded a three and one half-year, $18 million U.S. Marine Corps contract to provide additional ScanEagle® intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support services to the Marine Expeditionary Forces (MEF).
- Bush Urges Congress to Modernize Law to Monitor Suspected Terrorists VOA 28 Jul 2007 -- President Bush is urging Congress to quickly amend a law on foreign surveillance that he says is "badly out of date."
- Beale Global Hawk deploys for first time AFPN 27 Jul 2007 -- The 9th Reconnaissance Wing's RQ-4 Global Hawk program passed a significant milestone by completing its first operational Global Hawk deployment July 19 from Beale Air Force Base to Andersen AFB, Guam.
- Northrop Grumman's Global Hawk Unmanned Aircraft Completes 1,000th Flight Northrop Grumman 27 Jul 2007 -- The high-flying RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial systems (UAS) built by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) recently completed their 1,000th flight. The fourth production Global Hawk, designated AF-4, flew the milestone mission June 14-15 in support of the global war on terrorism (GWOT).
- Expelled Russian diplomats leave Britain - embassy RIA Novosti 27 Jul 2007 -- Four Russian diplomats, expelled by U.K. authorities amid a dispute over the Alexander Litvinenko murder case, have left Britain, a Russian Embassy official said Friday.
- FBI Director Defends Anti-Terror Tool, Assures Lawmakers VOA 26 Jul 2007 -- FBI Director Robert Mueller has urged the U.S. Congress not to weaken a key legal tool that law enforcement authorities have been using since September 11, 2001 in their efforts to prevent new terrorist attacks
- Iraq, Afghanistan Campaigns Have Kept U.S. Safe, Intelligence Official Says AFPS 26 Jul 2007 -- The U.S. offensive targeting overseas terrorists has helped to prevent more Sept. 11-type attacks on the homeland, the defense department's top intelligence official told legislators at a Capitol Hill hearing yesterday.
- US Lawmaker Proposes Legal Limits on Renditions VOA 26 Jul 2007 -- An influential U.S. senator is proposing legal limits on the controversial U.S. practice of secretly detaining and moving terrorist suspects to countries where they have allegedly been subject to torture
- US ignored rendition protests, says intelligence committee IRNA 25 Jul 2007 -- There is no evidence of any UK agency being directly involved in the controversial US rendition program, the Intelligence and Security Committee said in a report released Tuesday.
- Russia demands evidence in Litvinenko case RIA Novosti 25 Jul 2007 -- The Russian Prosecutor General's Office has not yet received a single document in the Alexander Litvinenko murder case from Britain, a senior investigator said Wednesday.
- Russia, Britain Air Views On Diplomatic Dispute RFE/RL 23 Jul 2007 -- Russia's deputy prosecutor-general, Aleksandr Zvyagintsev, said Britain's expulsion of four Russian diplomats over Moscow's refusal to extradite Andrei Lugovoi was politically motivated.
- Russian prosecutors propose U.K. ask Russia to try Lugovoi RIA novosti 23 Jul 2007 -- Russian prosecutors proposed Monday that the U.K. request Russia launch criminal proceedings against businessman Andrei Lugovoi, the key suspect in the murder of former Russian security service officer Alexander Litvinenko.
- Russia to make statement on Litvinenko case Monday RIA Novosti 21 Jul 2007 -- Russia's Prosecutor General's Office will make Monday an official statement regarding its cooperation with British authorities in the investigation of the widely-politicized murder of Alexander Litvinenko.
- Russia blames U.K. for halt in antiterrorism cooperation RIA Novosti 20 Jul 2007 -- Russia's Foreign Ministry said Friday that Britain was to blame for Moscow's suspension of bilateral counter-terrorism cooperation, as the U.K. first suspended ties with Russia's main antiterrorism agency.
- Putin Says Britain, Russia To Overcome 'Minicrisis' RFE/RL 20 Jul 2007 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin says relations with Britain will develop normally despite what he called a "minicrisis" between London and Moscow.
- Russia to Stop Counter-Terrorism Cooperation with Britain VOA 19 Jul 2007 -- Russia has escalated its diplomatic dispute with Britain, expelling four British diplomats and also suspending bilateral cooperation in the struggle against terrorism
- US Backs Britain in Extradition Dispute with Moscow VOA 19 Jul 2007 -- The United States Thursday gave strong support to Britain in its escalating diplomatic dispute with Russia over the Alexander Litvinenko murder case
- Belarus: Theories Abound In Ouster Of KGB Chief RFE/RL 18 Jul 2007 -- The chairman of Belarus's State Security Committee (KGB) was dismissed on July 17 -- just days after the KGB publicly boasted of its success in uncovering a spy ring it said was supplying secrets about Belarusian and Russian defense interests to Poland.
- India to orbit Israeli spy satellite in September - paper RIA Novosti 18 Jul 2007 -- A leading Indian broadsheet quoted anonymous sources Wednesday as saying the country is planning to launch an Israeli spy satellite in September.
- Britain Waits For Russia's Response To Ousted Diplomats RFE/RL 18 Jul 2007 -- London and Moscow remain in a diplomatic standoff following Russia's threat to take "targeted" steps against Britain for its expulsion of four Russian diplomats.
- U.S.: Government Report Says Al-Qaeda Planning New U.S. Attacks RFE/RL 18 Jul 2007 -- The White House has released portions of a classified intelligence report that says Al-Qaeda is regrouping and planning to increase its efforts to attack the United States.
- National Intelligence Estimate Foresees Continued Homeland Terrorist Threat AFPS 17 Jul 2007 -- Islamic terrorist groups, particularly al Qaeda, are likely to remain a persistent threat to the U.S. homeland over the next three years, according to unclassified parts of a new National Intelligence Estimate released today.
- Intelligence Estimate Says al-Qaida Intends to Attack US VOA 17 Jul 2007 -- A new U.S. intelligence estimate says al-Qaida remains determined to mount attacks on major targets in the United States, especially if it can acquire weapons of mass destruction
- Press Briefing by White House Homeland Security Advisor Fran Townsend The White House 17 Jul 2007
- US Intelligence Report: US in 'Heightened Threat Environment' VOA 17 Jul 2007 -- The U.S. intelligence community says the United States is in a "heightened threat environment" for a possible terrorist attack
- U.K./Russia: Moscow Reacts Angrily To Expulsion of Diplomats RFE/RL 17 Jul 2007 -- Russian officials and media have reacted angrily to Britain's announcement that it will expel four Russian diplomats, a decision taken in response to Moscow's refusal to extradite the main suspect in the killing a former Russian security-service officer on English soil.
- U.K. govt. misleading public on Litvinenko case - Lugovoi RIA Novosti 17 Jul 2007 -- The U.K.'s latest moves against Russia are designed to draw the public's attention away from the investigation of the "Litvinenko case," agent-turned-businessman Andrei Lugovoi said Tuesday.
- Northrop Grumman Proves BAMS Mission Control System Design Northrop Grumman 16 Jul 2007 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) is conducting a range of system simulations in a prototype Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) Mission Control System (MCS) to validate operational models while generating performance measures and manning effectiveness.
- Britain Says It Will Expel Four Russian Diplomats RFE/RL 16 Jul 2007 -- Britain said today it will expel four Russian diplomats because Moscow has refused to extradite a man suspected of killing former Russian security officer Aleksandr Litvinenko on English soil.
- Britain Expelling Russian Diplomats as Anger Over Spy Murder Case Intensifies VOA 16 Jul 2007 -- Britain is expelling four Russian diplomats and exploring other retaliatory measures after the refusal by Moscow to send former intelligence officer Andrei Lugovoi to London for trial in the murder of his former colleague, Alexander Litvinenko
- Belarus Says Ring Spying For Poland Uncovered RFE/RL 16 Jul 2007 -- Belarus's secret services say they have arrested a spy ring working for Poland.
- U.K. could expel Russian diplomats in Lugovoi standoff - paper RIA Novosti 16 Jul 2007 -- The U.K. could expel a number of Russian diplomats following Moscow's refusal to extradite businessman Andrei Lugovoi, the main suspect in the murder of former security officer Alexander Litvinenko, a respected British paper said Monday.
- Air Force chief of staff initiates MQ-1 Predator plus-up AFPN 13 Jul 2007 -- Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley is accelerating delivery of the Defense Department's December 2009 goal of 21 daily MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle combat air patrols, or CAPs, by one year.
- U.S. spy master says intrigue over the Kremlin successor deepens 12 Jul 2007 -- A senior U.S. intelligence analyst said political maneuvering in Russia is intensifying as the country approaches presidential elections in March 2008.
- Raytheon's Cobra Unmanned Aircraft System Makes a Series of Firsts in North Dakota Raytheon 11 Jul 2007 -- A Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) Cobra Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) conducted the first official unmanned aircraft flight in North Dakota June 25.
- U.K. to curb ties with Russia over Lugovoi; Russia "perplexed" RIA Novosti 11 Jul 2007 -- British media quoted a government spokesman Wednesday chastising Russia over its refusal to extradite a prime suspect in the poisoning of a Russian defector and U.K. national, while Russia has said it was "perplexed" by the British position.
- Iran Claims Spy Networks Disrupted RFE/RL 10 Jul 2007 -- Iran has reportedly discovered five new espionage networks allegedly linked to Western intelligence services.
- U.K. Slams Russia's Refusal To Extradite Murder Suspect RFE/RL 10 Jul 2007 -- Britain's Foreign Office has described as "unacceptable" Russia's refusal to extradite Andrei Luguvoi, the prime suspect in the murder of former Russian security officer Aleksandr Litvinenko.
- Raytheon Awarded Contract to Evolve the DCGS Integration Backbone to the U.S. Air Force Raytheon 09 Jul 2007 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been awarded a U.S. Air Force contract to develop the next generation of the Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS) Integration Backbone (DIB).
- Chechen emissary dismisses MI6 spy story RIA Novosti 09 Jul 2007 -- Chechen separatist envoy Akhmed Zakayev said claims by a former major in the Russian tax police and self-confessed spy, that he cooperated with MI6 are ridiculous, the Kommersant daily quoted him as saying Monday.
- Russia's FSB Opens Probe Into Alleged MI6 Activity RFE/RL 07 Jul 2007 -- Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) has opened a criminal investigation into allegations that Britain's foreign intelligence service, MI6, recruited a Russian man for spying
- Alleged spy says Berezovsky, Litvinenko involved him in MI6 RIA Novosti 07 Jul 2007 -- Vyacheslav Zharko, a Russian ex-security service officer who admitted earlier working for British intelligence, said Saturday murdered Alexander Litvinenko and fugitive Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky introduced him to MI6.
- FSB launches criminal case on officer's claim to spy for MI6 RIA Novosti 07 Jul 2007 -- The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) has completed an inquiry into an ex-security officer's claim on spying for the British intelligence and launched a criminal case on espionage charges, the FSB press service said Saturday.
- US Court Dismisses Challenge to Bush's Domestic Spying Program VOA 07 Jul 2007 -- An appeals court in the United States has dismissed a legal challenge to the government's monitoring of telephone and e-mail contacts between Americans and suspected terrorists outside the country.
- Bush Seeks Changes in Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act VOA 05 Jul 2007 -- The Bush administration is seeking to update a law governing U.S. foreign intelligence surveillance
- Kyrgyz special services deny China involved in spy scandal RIA Novosti 05 Jul 2007 -- The Chinese intelligence service is not connected with a woman arrested on suspicion of spying in Kyrgyzstan last month, the Kyrgyz State Committee for National Security said Thursday.
- Russian prosecutors formally refuse to extradite Lugovoi RIA Novosti 05 Jul 2007 -- Russia's prosecutors Thursday formally refused to extradite businessman Andrei Lugovoi, accused by the U.K. of murdering former Russian security officer Alexander Litvinenko.
- Successful launch of SAR-Lupe satellite, with Thales Alenia Space's SAR sensor electronics units Thales 03 Jul 2007 -- The second SAR-Lupe satellite, part of the German observation system, was successfully boosted into orbit yesterday from the Plesetsk space centre by a Russian Cosmos-3M rocket at 21:38:41 hours CEST. SAR-Lupe provides high-resolution images of the ground 24 hours a day to the German Ministry of Defence.
- Pakistan court bans intelligence agents' entry in premises IRNA 03 Jul 2007 -- The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday banned the entry of the officials of intelligence agencies in the court's premises after a senior defense lawyer of the suspended chief justice informed the court that intelligence agencies are involved in spying on judges.
- Bush Defends Libby Decision VOA 03 Jul 2007 -- President Bush is defending his decision to commute the prison sentence of a former top White House aide
- Grant of Executive Clemency The White House 02 Jul 2007
- Statement by the President on Executive Clemency for Lewis Libby The White House 02 Jul 2007
- President Bush Commutes Libby Sentence VOA 02 Jul 2007 -- President Bush has commuted the prison sentence of a top administration aide, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who had been sentenced to 30 months in prison for perjury.
- Aerial Espionage against DPRK Escalated in First Half of Year KCNA 02 Jul 2007 -- The U.S. imperialists and the south Korean forces committed more than 170 cases of aerial espionage against the DPRK in June, bringing the total number of cases of aerial espionage to more than 1,100 in the first half of the year, according to military sources.
- Egyptian convicted of spying for Israel dies in jail RIA Novosti 02 Jul 2007 -- An Egyptian, serving a 15-year sentence for spying for Israeli intelligence, was found dead by prison officers in a jail near Cairo Monday morning, the local media said.
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