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December 2013 Intelligence News

  • Rocky Future for Afghanistan, US Intelligence Warns VOA 29 Dec 2013 -- A leading U.S. newspaper says an intelligence report on Afghanistan predicts gains made by the United States and its allies will be lost by 2017, with the Taliban and other groups becoming increasingly influential as international forces leave.
  • NSA collects data from undersea cables Iran Press TV 29 Dec 2013 -- The US National Security Agency (NSA) has collected sensitive data on key undersea optical fiber telecommunications cables between Europe, North Africa and Asia.
  • NSA intercepting laptops purchased online to install spy malware Iran Press TV 29 Dec 2013 -- According to a new report from Der Spiegel based on internal NSA documents, the signals intelligence agency's elite hacking unit (TAO) is able to conduct sophisticated wiretaps in ways that make Hollywood fantasy look more like reality.
  • Snowden delivers alternative Christmas message Iran Press TV 25 Dec 2013 -- American whistleblower Edward Snowden has delivered his "Alternative Christmas Message" via Britain's Channel 4, saying his revelations about the scale and scope of Washington's spying activities were to enable people to have a say in how their governments are run.
  • Iran researchers build new unmanned aerial vehicle Iran Press TV 25 Dec 2013 -- Iran has unveiled a new domestically designed and manufactured unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) which can be used for a number of civilian and military purposes.
  • Exiled Internet Spy Snowden Says Mission Accomplished RIA Novosti 24 Dec 2013 -- Former US security contractor Edward Snowden has accomplished his mission of sparking debate by revealing classified United States government documents about the programs he worked on, he said in his first sit-down interview with journalists since arriving in Russia.
  • UN rights experts criticize proposed UK investigation into torture allegations UN News Centre 24 Dec 2013 -- Two United Nations human rights experts today criticized the British Government's decision to replace an independent judge-led inquiry into the United Kingdom's involvement in torture and abuses of people detained overseas in counter-terrorism operations with a parliamentary inquiry.
  • NSA Leaker's 'Mission Accomplished' Comment Derided by Lawmaker VOA 24 Dec 2013 -- Fugitive U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden's comments that he "already won" his battle with the National Security Agency have provoked a strong reaction from a lawmaker who oversees America's intelligence-gathering programs.
  • DOD Looks 25 Years Ahead in Unmanned Vehicle Roadmap AFPS 23 Dec 2013 -- Strategy and budget realities are two aspects of the Defense Department's new Unmanned Systems Integrated Roadmap, released today.
  • U.K. not treating AWOL officer's case as political asylum: envoy CNA 23 Dec 2013 -- The case of a Taiwanese military intelligence officer who fled to the United Kingdom to avoid military service is simply an issue of a visa overstay and has nothing to do with seeking asylum, Taiwan's representative to the U.K. said Monday.
  • Snowden may help Germany probe NSA spying Iran Press TV 23 Dec 2013 -- American whistleblower Edward J. Snowden has said he will help Germany investigate US National Security Agency spying if Berlin grants him political asylum.
  • Report: CIA helped Colombia kill rebel leaders Iran Press TV 22 Dec 2013 -- The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has secretly helped the Colombian government kill at least two dozen rebel leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, an anti-US insurgency group, according to a report by The Washington Post.
  • US Lawmakers to Debate Proposed Intelligence Reforms VOA 22 Dec 2013 -- A U.S. lawmaker says the data collection practices of the National Security Agency will be the focus of a congressional hearing next month.
  • Israel Demands End to US Spying VOA 22 Dec 2013 -- Israel has reacted angrily to reports the country was a target of espionage by the United States.
  • US trying to justify NSA spying effort Iran Press TV 21 Dec 2013 -- Director of US National Intelligence James Clapper on Saturday declassified documents that show how the National Security Agency was first authorized to start collecting bulk phone and Internet records inside the United States and in other countries.
  • UK judge rejects Libyan activist case in favor of MI6 Iran Press TV 21 Dec 2013 -- A British High Court judge has thrown out Libyan activist Abdul-Hakim Belhaj’s case in favor of the country’s foreign spying apparatus, MI6, which kidnapped him in a joint operation with CIA in Thailand in 2004.
  • Taiwan seeking early repatriation of AWOL officer held in U.K. CNA 20 Dec 2013 -- Taiwan is seeking a speedy repatriation for an AWOL military officer detained in the U.K. for illegally staying there, and will arrange for her to meet with Taiwanese diplomatic staff in London if she applies, the foreign ministry said Friday.
  • Taiwan hopes AWOL officer in U.K. will be repatriated for trial soon CNA 20 Dec 2013 -- Emily Yeh, the Taiwanese military intelligence officer who fled to the United Kingdom to avoid military service, will face a sentence of no more than five years when she is repatriated, the defense ministry said Friday.
  • AWOL intelligence officer says she does not regret decisions CNA 20 Dec 2013 -- The Taiwanese AWOL military officer detained in the United Kingdom for overstaying said Thursday she does not regret her decision to return to Taiwan from the United States a few years ago to pursue a career in military intelligence.
  • AWOL Taiwanese intelligence officer held in U.K. CNA 19 Dec 2013 -- A Taiwanese military intelligence officer who went absent without leave and fled to the United Kingdom in July 2012 has been detained as the Taiwanese authorities seek her deportation.
  • Putin: I envy Obama, he gets away with spying Iran Press TV 19 Dec 2013 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin says he envies his US counterpart Barack Obama because he can spy on his allies without any consequences.
  • Inquiry asserts UK complicity with US in rendition, torture Iran Press TV 19 Dec 2013 -- A newly-revealed inquiry shows that British intelligence agents have been involved in the controversial US rendition program, which involved torturing terror suspects.
  • Panel Recommends Changes To NSA Practices RFE/RL 19 Dec 2013 -- A report by a presidential task force has recommended changes to the U.S. government's surveillance programs.
  • Putin Calls Snowden 'Noble,' Says Never Met Him RIA Novosti 19 Dec 2013 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin described Edward Snowden, the former US National Security Agency contractor who has received temporary asylum in Russia, as a noble man, but denied having ever met him.
  • Putin Envies Obama's Ability to Spy on the World RIA Novosti 19 Dec 2013 -- President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that he envied US President Barack Obama's ability to spy on the rest of the world.
  • General Assembly adopts consensus text backing right to privacy in digital age UN News Centre 19 Dec 2013 -- Deeply concerned that electronic surveillance, interception of digital communications and collection of personal data may negatively impact human rights, the United Nations General Assembly has adopted a consensus resolution strongly backing the right to privacy, calling on all countries take measures to end activities that violate this fundamental "tenet of a democratic society."
  • White House Releases Panel Report on US Surveillance Practices VOA 19 Dec 2013 -- The White House has released an independent panel's review of U.S. intelligence practices, with recommendations that are expected to serve as a basis for a revision of policy procedures guiding the National Security Agency. President Barack Obama met with panel members Wednesday to discuss 46 recommendations they made on how to modify U.S. surveillance practices.
  • Liberty and Security in a Changing World: Report and Recommendations of The Presidentís Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies Presidentís Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies 12 Dec 2013, Released 18 Dec 2013
  • Panel Recommends Limits on NSA Spying VOA 18 Dec 2013 -- A special panel appointed by President Barack Obama has released its report on U.S. surveillance activities. Obama ordered the report and a wider government-wide review earlier this year amid leaks by exiled former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
  • President Obama's Meeting with the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies The White House 18 Dec 2013 -- President Obama met with his Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies - Richard Clarke, Michael Morell, Geoffrey Stone, Cass Sunstein and Peter Swire - to discuss the report they submitted to the President on December 13. This meeting offered President Obama an opportunity to hear directly from the group's members and discuss the thinking behind the 46 recommendations in their report.
  • Senate presses CIA over secret report Iran Press TV 18 Dec 2013 -- The Senate Intelligence Committee is pressing the CIA to share an internal secret report on the agency's controversial detention and interrogation program.
  • Brazil denies asylum to whistleblower Snowden Iran Press TV 18 Dec 2013 -- Brazil has denied plans to grant asylum to US whistleblower Edward Snowden, following an offer by Snowden to help the South American nation investigate US spying on its people and president.
  • Brazil Reacts Cautiously to Snowden Asylum Request RIA Novosti 18 Dec 2013 -- The Brazilian government has expressed doubts about the possibility of granting political asylum to US fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden in exchange for his help in the investigation of US spying on the Brazilian soil.
  • Intel Office Realignment Addresses Future Challenges AFPS 17 Dec 2013 -- The office of the undersecretary of defense for intelligence is reorganizing and streamlining its programs to better prepare for future strategic challenges, the principal deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence told reporters yesterday.
  • Basic Military Intelligence Engagement with SP-MAGTF Africa 13 USMC News 17 Dec 2013 -- A Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 13 contact team travelled to Sierra Leone to conduct a basic military intelligence familiarization at the Peacekeeping Mission Training Center in Hastings, Sierra Leone, from Dec. 2-6.
  • Snowden Offers Brazil Spying Info in Exchange for Asylum VOA 17 Dec 2013 -- Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden wrote an open letter to the people of Brazil, published Tuesday in the newspaper Folha de S„o Paulo. In the letter he asks for asylum, the second time he's done so.
  • US Judge Rules NSA Phone Spying Is Likely Illegal RIA Novosti 17 Dec 2013 -- A US federal judge on Monday ruled that the US government's mass collection of telephone data is probably illegal, a decision praised by fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, who first disclosed the surveillance program.
  • Justice minister rules out spy deal involving ex-Taiwanese officer CNA 16 Dec 2013 -- Taiwan will not accept any exchange of spies with China that would free a high-ranking Taiwanese officer convicted of spying for Beijing, Minister of Justice Lo Ying-hsueh vowed Monday, after news of negotiations on a possible deal surfaced.
  • NSA considers Edward Snowden amnesty Iran Press TV 16 Dec 2013 -- The US National Security Agency is offering a controversial amnesty to American whistleblower Edward J. Snowden in exchange for the confidential documents he is keeping about the super spy agency.
  • Iran demands US explanations on former FBI agent ISNA 15 Dec 2013 -- Iranian UN mission called on the US administration to provide explanations about former FBI agent Robert Levinson claimed to have gone missing in Iran a few years ago.
  • US must explain Levinson's mission: Iran diplomat Iran Press TV 15 Dec 2013 -- An Iranian diplomat has demanded the US to explain about the mission of an American national, who went missing in Iran in 2007, after media revealed he was a CIA spy.
  • Levinson not incarcerated in Iran, Zarif says Iran Press TV 15 Dec 2013 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the retired FBI agent, who went missing in Iran in 2007, is not incarcerated in the country.
  • Iran arrests MI6 spy ISNA 14 Dec 2013 -- Iranian security forces identified and arrested a MI6 spy in southeastern Kerman Province, said Head of Kerman Revolution Court Dadkhoda Salari.
  • US: Extent of Snowden leaks unknown Iran Press TV 14 Dec 2013 -- Senior US government officials say American intelligence community may never know the entirety of what the former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden extracted from classified government computers before leaving the United States.
  • Iran arrests man spying for UK's MI6 Iran Press TV 14 Dec 2013 -- Iran has arrested a spy in the southeastern city of Kerman working for Britain's Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), says a local official.
  • French bill allows Internet spying Iran Press TV 13 Dec 2013 -- France has adopted a bill allowing authorities to access and gather Internet user data without judicial approval just a few weeks following Paris's outrage over spying efforts by US National Security Agency (NSA).
  • Obama panel says NSA should continue spying on every phone call Iran Press TV 13 Dec 2013 -- A US presidential review panel tasked with examining policies and procedures at the National Security Agency has concluded that a program to collect data on every phone call made in the United States should continue.
  • Report: Some NSA Officials Consider Amnesty for Snowden VOA 13 Dec 2013 -- Some top officials at the National Security Agency (NSA) might be in favor of giving leaker Edward Snowden amnesty if he would return the estimated 1.5 million documents he has yet to leak.
  • Media: American Who Disappeared in Iran Worked for CIA VOA 13 Dec 2013 -- Two U.S. media outlets are reporting that an American man who mysteriously disappeared nearly seven years ago in Iran was conducting a rogue operation for the CIA.
  • Canada set up spy posts for NSA: Report Iran Press TV 11 Dec 2013 -- Canada has set up covert spying posts around the world and spied on trading partners at the request of the US National Security Agency (NSA), a report says.
  • Iran to accomplish construction of RQ-170 drone soon ISNA 10 Dec 2013 -- Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hossein Salami said the country plans to accomplish construction of RQ-170 drone soon.
  • Canada set up spy posts for NSA: Report Iran Press TV 10 Dec 2013 -- Canada has set up covert spying posts around the world and spied on trading partners at the request of the US National Security Agency (NSA), a report shows.
  • US tech firms demand spying overhaul Iran Press TV 09 Dec 2013 -- In response to revelations that the US National Security Agency is collecting Internet records of millions of people in the United States and across the world, leading technology companies are calling for sweeping changes to US surveillance laws, a report says.
  • US Intelligence Agencies Reportedly Monitor Online Games VOA 09 Dec 2013 -- U.S. and British spies play online games, not as a form of entertainment but a way to look for secret communications, financial transactions and terrorist plans.
  • US Air Force tests secret spy drone Iran Press TV 07 Dec 2013 -- The US Air Force has tested a top secret spy drone which can be used in spying and electronic attack operations in "denied" airspace.
  • NSA tracks cellphone locations under executive order Iran Press TV 06 Dec 2013 -- The US National Security Agency collects cellphone location data from around the world under a 1981 executive order signed by former president Ronald Reagan.
  • Clapper must be prosecuted for lying to Congress, lawmaker says Iran Press TV 06 Dec 2013 -- US Representative James Sensenbrenner Jr. says the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, should be prosecuted for lying to Congress about the nature of massive US spying programs.
  • Indonesia, Australia Mend Ties After Surveillance Scandal VOA 05 Dec 2013 -- Australia has accepted Indonesia's roadmap for an intelligence "code of conduct," allaying some uncertainty about how far it was willing to go to make amends for eavesdropping on the Indonesian president through his cell phone.
  • US spied on Russia with Sweden's help Iran Press TV 05 Dec 2013 -- Leaked documents from the US National Security Agency show Washington has spied on Russia's leadership with the help of Sweden's intelligence service.
  • Report: US Tracking Billions of Cellphone Locations VOA 05 Dec 2013 -- A major U.S. newspaper is reporting that the clandestine National Security Agency is tracking the location of cellphones around the world in a vast effort to follow known intelligence targets and the people they are connecting with.
  • NSA Collects 5Bln Cell Phone Records Daily – Report RIA Novosti 05 Dec 2013 -- The United States is collecting nearly 5 billion records every day on the location of cell phones throughout the world in a massive effort to track individuals' movements across the globe, the Washington Post reported Wednesday, citing classified documents disclosed by US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden.
  • NSA tracking hundreds of millions of cellphone locations worldwide Iran Press TV 04 Dec 2013 -- Top-secret documents and interviews show that the US National Security Agency collects almost 5 billion cellphone records a day, enabling the agency to track individuals' movements and map their relationships.
  • Guardian editor says daily intimidated over NSA leaks Iran Press TV 04 Dec 2013 -- The editor-in-chief of The Guardian says the paper has come under concerted pressure and intimidation for publishing leaks by US whistleblower Edward Snowden.
  • Europe's HR court probes Polish hosting of CIA torture sites Iran Press TV 04 Dec 2013 -- Europe's human rights court has conducted the very first judicial examination of Poland's role in the detention and torture of suspects in 'black site' prisons used by US spy agency CIA.
  • Foreign intelligence services back militants: FSA Iran Press TV 04 Dec 2013 -- One of the former commanders of the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) says militants in Syria are supported by foreign intelligence agencies, including Israeli services, a Syrian TV channel says.
  • France mulls internet espionage powers Iran Press TV 04 Dec 2013 -- The French National Assembly has adopted a bill allowing authorities to monitor and collect internet user data without judicial approval, with critics saying it goes "against the principles of democracy."
  • UN Launches Drone Patrols in Troubled DRC VOA 03 Dec 2013 -- The United Nations has begun deploying its first drones to gather intelligence about rebel groups in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Analysts have mixed views on how effective the surveillance drones will be in helping peacekeepers curb unrest in a country that has been ravaged by fighting for years.
  • UN launches unmanned surveillance aircraft to better protect civilians in vast DR Congo UN News Centre 03 Dec 2013 -- With top United Nations and Government officials and a crowd of reporters looking on, the world Organization today launched its first-ever unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), in the interest of better protecting civilians in the restive east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • Russia to Test UAE-Made Drone Next Year RIA Novosti 03 Dec 2013 -- Russia's armed forces will conduct test flights of a drone aircraft from the United Arab Emirates early next year, the manufacturer said.
  • European Rights Court Holds Hearing on Secret CIA Prison VOA 03 Dec 2013 -- The European Court of Human Rights has begun a hearing on whether Poland ignored human rights abuses by allegedly hosting a secret U.S. prison used by the CIA to interrogate terror suspects.
  • Terrorism threat against US increasing: Intel chairs Iran Press TV 02 Dec 2013 -- The leaders of congressional intelligence panels say terrorism threat against the United States is increasing and that the intelligence community has less ability to counter "a growing number of threats.'
  • Canada arrests citizen on charges of spying for China Iran Press TV 02 Dec 2013 -- The Canadian police have arrested a citizen on charges of trying to provide classified information to the Chinese government, officials say.



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