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July 2014 Intelligence News

  • India furious over 'unacceptable' US surveillance Iran Press TV 31 Jul 2014 -- India has condemned US spying on the country's ruling party as "unacceptable" after recent allegations that Washington's National Security Agency (NSA) targeted the newly-elected Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
  • Senate unveils new NSA reform bill Iran Press TV 30 Jul 2014 -- A US senator introduced a new legislation on Tuesday in order to ban massive collection of Americans' telephone records and Internet data.
  • US Launches Two Surveillance Satellites From Cape Canaveral RIA Novosti 29 Jul 2014 -- A Delta 4 rocket mounted with two GSSAP surveillance satellites to monitor space debris and other space activities was launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida Monday, CBS News reported.
  • U.S. Shares Photos It Says Show Shelling Of Ukrainian Troops From Russian Territory RFE/RL 27 Jul 2014 -- The U.S. State Department on July 27 released satellite images that Washington says support claims rockets have been fired from Russia into Ukraine during the last week.e
  • US: Images Prove Russia Fired Rockets into Ukraine VOA 27 Jul 2014 -- United States officials have released satellite images (see below) they say show that Russia has fired rockets against Ukrainian forces in the last week, in support of separatist rebels.
  • DIA Chief: Transparency Builds Public Trust AFPS 27 Jul 2014 -- Transparency has to be a watchword for the intelligence community if it is to regain the public's trust, Army Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, said here yesterday.
  • Intel Community Assists Flight MH17 Investigation AFPS 26 Jul 2014 -- Agencies throughout the U.S. intelligence community are collaborating to develop as complete a picture as possible of the events surrounding the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, Richard H. Ledgett Jr., the deputy director of the National Security Agency, said here today.
  • EU Sanctions Against Russia Put Under Threat Security Cooperation - Moscow RIA Novosti 26 Jul 2014 -- By imposing additional sanctions against Russia, the European Union puts under threat international cooperation in security field, Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
  • EU imposes sanctions on Russia intelligence chiefs Iran Press TV 26 Jul 2014 -- The European Union has targeted two Russian intelligence chiefs with its sanctions, after announcing it was working on adopting tougher economic sanctions against Moscow.
  • Snowden: NSA, Saudi Arabia spying on Iran ISNA 26 Jul 2014 -- The former US NSA contractor Edward Snowden has recently released documents showing that NSA and Saudi Arabia have closely cooperated, spying on Iran.
  • NSA expands spying cooperation with Saudi Arabia: Leaked memo Iran Press TV 26 Jul 2014 -- The US National Security Agency (NSA) last year significantly expanded its intelligence cooperation with Saudi Arabia, one of the world's most repressive and abusive regimes, a newly leaked document shows.
  • NSA Cooperates with 'Human Rights Violator' Saudi Arabia - Report RIA Novosti 26 Jul 2014 -- The US National Security Agency (NSA) last year significantly expanded its cooperation with Saudi Arabia in spying, despite Washington's accusations of human rights violations in the country, according to the Edward Snowden's latest revelation.
  • EU Sanctions Hit Russian Intelligence Officials, Rebel Leaders RFE/RL 25 Jul 2014 -- The European Union has added to its sanctions list 15 individuals and 18 entities over their role in the Ukraine crisis.
  • Intelligence Must be Applied to be Useful, Official Says AFPS 24 Jul 2014 -- Intelligence collection alone isn't sufficient to secure the nation, Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael G. Vickers said here today.
  • Norwegian Intelligence Warns of New Terrorist Act Threatening Country RIA Novosti 24 Jul 2014 -- Norwegian security services received information that within days the country may be the target of a terror attack, Benedicte Bjoernland, the head of the Norwegian Police Intelligence Service (PST) said during a press conference Thursday.
  • European court slams Poland for helping in CIA renditions Iran Press TV 24 Jul 2014 -- The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday that Poland broke the European human rights convention by allowing the CIA to run a secret jail on its territory.
  • EU Court Fines Poland for Hosting CIA 'Black Sites' VOA 24 Jul 2014 -- In a landmark ruling, Europe's top human rights court has found Poland violated the rights of two terrorism suspects by allowing the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency to secretly imprison them in the country more than a decade ago.
  • Australian Intelligence Service Calls for Broader Surveillance Powers RIA Novosti 21 Jul 2014 -- Access to telecommunications data is essential in order to protect Australian citizens, David Irvine, Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) chief said Monday.
  • Putin Denies Plans to Re-open Soviet-Era Intel Outpost in Cuba RIA Novosti 17 Jul 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has not confirmed rumors alleging that Moscow and Havana last week agreed to re-open a major electronic intelligence facility in Cuba.
  • Putin Denies Cuba Spy Base Reopening VOA 17 Jul 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin is denying media reports that he will reopen a Soviet-era base in Cuba used to spy on the United States.
  • Swedish Court Rules Wikileaks Founder to Remain in Detention VOA 16 Jul 2014 -- A Swedish court has ruled that Julian Assange will remain in detention in abstentia over allegations of sexual misconduct and molestation.
  • GCHQ manipulates online information: Report Iran Press TV 15 Jul 2014 -- Britain's spy agency the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has developed a number of software programs aimed at manipulating online traffic and information, a report says.
  • UK Intel Develops Programs to Manipulate Online Polls, Web Traffic, Media RIA Novosti 15 Jul 2014 -- Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), a British intelligence and security agency, has developed a number of tools to manipulate online polls, spam targets with text messages and track individuals on social networks, British newspaper The Guardian reported Tuesday, referring to information disclosed by former US National Security Agency employee and whistleblower Edward Snowden.
  • ISR Agency becomes part of newest Numbered Air Force AFNS 14 Jul 2014 -- The Air Force Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency is being realigned from Headquarters Air Force as a Field Operating Agency to become part of a new operational Numbered Air Force, or NAF, under Air Combat Command, or ACC, officials said July 11.
  • NSA Whistleblower Snowden Criticizes UK Emergency Surveillance Bill RIA Novosti 14 Jul 2014 -- Former US National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden has criticized a new surveillance bill that British lawmakers are pushing to pass this week, The Guardian reported.
  • Taiwan spying on China using drones - media VoR 13 Jul 2014 -- Taiwan has started using unmanned surveillance aircraft to spy on the deployment of Chinese missiles, media reported Sunday.
  • Germany limits cooperation with US over spy scandal Iran Press TV 12 Jul 2014 -- The German Chancellery has ordered the country's intelligence services to limit their cooperation with the United States amid the recent spy scandal, a media report says.
  • Expulsion of US spy chief inevitable: Germany Iran Press TV 11 Jul 2014 -- German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has defended the government's decision to expel the CIA station chief in Berlin as an inevitable response to fresh allegations of US spying.
  • Germany, US to Discuss Spy Expulsion VOA 11 Jul 2014 -- Germany's foreign minister says he will raise the issue of U.S. spying on his country when he sees Secretary of State John Kerry in Vienna in the coming days.
  • Germany expels top US Intel. official Iran Press TV 10 Jul 2014 -- German government has expelled the top US intelligence official in Berlin, amid undercover agent investigation.
  • Scottish Ministers 'Disappointed' Over Introduction of UK Emergency Surveillance Law RIA Novosti 10 Jul 2014 -- The Scottish Government has expressed its "disappointment" about UK Government proposals to rush through legislation that will allow Britain's intelligence services to continue to carry out mass surveillance of the population.
  • US: Cooperation with Germany Important Despite Spying Fallout VOA 10 Jul 2014 -- The White House said on Thursday it was essential that the United States and Germany continue to cooperate after Germany took the unusual step of expelling the top U.S. intelligence official in Berlin, a highly unusual rebuke to one of its closest allies in the midst of allegations that Washington hired German operatives to sell it secret documents.
  • Snowden asks Russia to extend asylum Iran Press TV 09 Jul 2014 -- Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has formally asked Russia to extend his asylum, which expires on July 31.
  • Snowden seeks to avoid extradition to US, appeals to extend stay in Russia VoR 09 Jul 2014 -- Former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has asked the Russian Federal Migration Service (FMS) to extend his stay in Russia, his lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said. 'A procedure stipulated by the Russian law exists; we have gone through the procedure of getting temporary asylum. It ends on July 31, 2014. So we have submitted documents necessary to appeal for extending his stay in Russia,' Kucherena told reporters on Wednesday.
  • Germany probes 2nd spy case allegedly involving US Iran Press TV 09 Jul 2014 -- German authorities say they are investigating a second espionage case reportedly involving the United States, just a week after the arrest of a German intelligence employee.
  • Obama kept unaware of spying scandal in Germany Iran Press TV 09 Jul 2014 -- President Barack Obama was not aware of the new US spying scandal in Germany when he placed a call to Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday, according to an article published by The New York Times on June 8.
  • Berlin suspects another secret agent in ties with US intelligence VoR 09 Jul 2014 -- Searches have kicked off in Germany at the home and workplace of a German secret service agent suspected of having ties with US intelligence. If Berlin's suspicions are confirmed, this will be the second case in a week of an American spy being detectged. According to Western media, this could lead to tensions in relations between the two countries.
  • Interview: Historian Says Mitrokhin Archive Shows Value Of Human Intelligence RFE/RL 09 Jul 2014 -- As a senior KGB archivist, Vasily Mitrokhin meticulously collected thousands of documents for more than a decade and organized them for another eight years before defecting to the United Kingdom in 1992. The Cambridge-based Churchill Archives Center is now releasing large portions of his trove to the public for the first time.
  • Report: FBI, NSA Monitored Muslim-Americans' Emails VOA 09 Jul 2014 -- The emails of at least five prominent Muslim-Americans were targeted by the FBI and the National Security Agency, according to information in new documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
  • NSA, FBI spied on innocent Muslim Americans - latest Snowden leaks VoR 09 Jul 2014 -- The National Security Agency has been spying on Muslim-Americans - civil rights activists, lawyers and even a political candidate, according to new information leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, and published by Glenn Greenwald. Among the targets were the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations-the top Muslim civil rights organization in the United States-and a former Bush Administration official who worked for the Department of Homeland Security and held a top-secret security clearance during the time he was under surveillance.
  • Greenwald: There is second NSA leaker after Snowden Iran Press TV 08 Jul 2014 -- American journalist Glenn Greenwald suggests that another leaker is providing the US National Security Agency's documents to the media.
  • CIA Involved in US Spy Operation Against Germany RIA Novosti 08 Jul 2014 -- The alleged US spy operation in Germany that sparkled a scandal last week was conducted with the participation of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Reuters reported Tuesday citing anonymous sources in the American government.
  • US double agent allegation serious: Merkel Iran Press TV 07 Jul 2014 -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel says allegations of spying against a suspected US double agent are serious, as German ministers call for swift answers from Washington.
  • US Says It Will Help Resolve German Spy Allegation VOA 07 Jul 2014 -- The United States says it will work with Germany to resolve concerns over whether one of its intelligence employees was a double agent spying for Washington, but is declining to say whether the allegation is true.
  • Germany Seeks Quick US Reply on Suspected Spy Case VOA 06 Jul 2014 -- The German government wants a quick and clear explanation from Washington for U.S. intelligence's apparent contact with a German man arrested last week on suspicion of being a double agent, the Interior Minister said in a newspaper interview.
  • Ordinary Americans Outnumber Foreigners in NSA Spy Sweep VOA 06 Jul 2014 -- A report in a major U.S. newspaper said when the National Security Agency intercepted the online accounts of legally targeted foreigners over a four-year period, the agency also collected the conversations of nine times as many ordinary Internet users, both Americans and non-Americans.
  • Merkel dismayed, disappointed at spy scandal between Germany and US VoR 06 Jul 2014 -- The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, currently visiting China, looks 'dismayed and disappointed' in the wake of the latest spy scandal to break out in Germany earlier this week, the Spiegel Online newspaper reports, quoting a source within the German delegation in China.
  • US ambassador summoned to German Foreign Ministry over spy scandal VoR 05 Jul 2014 -- US ambassador to Germany John Emerson has been summoned to the German Foreign Ministry following the detention of a German foreign intelligence (BND) officer on suspicion of spying for the United States, the ministry says in a statement on its website.
  • US closes out no-spy deal with Germany VoR 04 Jul 2014 -- The United States will not sign a no-spying agreement with Germany as it attempts to settle the diplomatic fallout from the US National Security Agency's surveillance on Chancellor Angela Merkel, a White House official said Thursday. 'We're not going to have a no-spy agreement,' deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes said in response to a question from dpa, during a White House briefing with foreign media. 'We don't have no-spy agreements with any country.' Rhodes said it would 'just take time and a healing process through dialogue' to address the issue, but that the US had to find a balance between fresh limits on espionage and the need to gather intelligence.
  • Internet providers take UK spy agency to court Iran Press TV 02 Jul 2014 -- Seven Internet service providers in six countries have filed a legal complaint against the British spy agency, Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), over its mass surveillance.
  • India summons US envoy over NSA spying Iran Press TV 02 Jul 2014 -- India has summoned the top American diplomat at the US embassy in New Delhi to protest - for the third time - US spying efforts following new charges that its National Security Agency (NSA) targeted India's ruling party.
  • Finland announces of being under cyber-surveillance for years VoR 02 Jul 2014 -- Foreign governments conducted a cyber-attack against the Finnish foreign ministry and were able to spy on it undetected for years, gaining access to sensitive materials, Reuters reports the ministry and the Finnish secret service as saying on Wednesday. The ministry was the target of two separate instances of spying, the Finnish Security Intelligence Service said. It found out about the first case in early 2013, which it said had been going on for years. It did not know when the spying started.
  • Report: NSA authorized to spy on all nations Iran Press TV 01 Jul 2014 -- Newly leaked top-secret documents show the US National Security Agency has been authorized to spy on all but four countries worldwide.
  • NSA claims to narrow circle of world leaders to surveil VoR 01 Jul 2014 -- National Security Agency (NSA) ceased to monitor some of the world's leaders, after a former intelligence officer Edward Snowden uncovered US intelligence secrets. This was stated by the NSA Director Michael Rogers in an interview with journalists of the newspaper The New York Times.

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