December 2014 Intelligence News
- Lithuania detains army officer over 'espionage activities' Iran Press TV 31 Dec 2014 -- Lithuanian authorities have detained a senior air force officer who allegedly conducted deep-cover espionage activities for Russia, officials say.
- CIA Whistleblower Being Treated Like 'Traitor' Sputnik 31 Dec 2014 -- A former CIA case officer has gone public with claims of retaliation against her from the bureau after she tried to report her concerns over the misconduct of colleagues in the intelligence service.
- Merkel Aide Finds Spyware Used by US, UK Intelligence on USB Drive: Reports Sputnik 29 Dec 2014 -- The portable drive, owned by the head of the Chancellery's European policy department, was compromised by advanced Regin malware, reportedly used by the US National Security Agency (NSA) and the British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).
- South Korea, Japan, US Agree to Share Secrets About North Korea Sputnik 29 Dec 2014 -- Amid growing security threats in northeast Asia, South Korea, the United States and Japan signed a military agreement on the exchange of classified intelligence information on North Korea's missile and nuclear programs. The agreement is entering into force on December 29, the South Korean Ministry of Defense confirmed.
- Signing of Trilateral Information Sharing Arrangement Concerning the Nuclear and Missile Threats Posed by North Korea DoD 28 Dec 2014 -- "Today, the Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of Korea, the Ministry of Defense of Japan, and the Department of Defense of the United States of America finalized a trilateral information sharing arrangement concerning the nuclear and missile threats posed by North Korea."
- NSA released spying data in holidays to minimize press coverage: ACLU Iran Press TV 28 Dec 2014 -- The National Security Agency has used the Christmas holiday to 'minimize the impact' of releasing a report on 12 years of privacy violations, the American Civil Liberties Union says.
- NSA internal report shows widespread privacy violations Iran Press TV 27 Dec 2014 -- The US National Security Agency (NSA) has released a report documenting unlawful surveillance activities for more than a decade, including violating the privacy rights of US citizens.
- US, Seoul, Tokyo to sign trilateral intelligence-sharing pact Iran Press TV 26 Dec 2014 -- The Unites states, South Korea and Japan are set to sign their first-ever trilateral intelligence-sharing pact next week.
- US, South Korea, Japan Agree to Share Data on North Korean Nuclear Weapons Sputnik 26 Dec 2014 -- The United States, South Korea and Japan will sign a trilateral agreement on sharing intelligence information on North Korea's nuclear and missile program, due to the country's growing military potential, Yonhap news agency reported Friday.
- US, Japan, S. Korea to Share Intel on N. Korea VOA 26 Dec 2014 -- South Korean officials say Seoul, the U.S. and Japan have agreed on a trilateral intelligence-sharing pact to deal with North Korea's missile and nuclear programs.
- NSA Declassifies Reports of Privacy Violations Sputnik 26 Dec 2014 -- On Christmas Eve, the US National Security Agency released information on its surveillance activities that violated privacy of American citizens.
- Lebanon's Hezbollah seizes 'Mossad agent' in its ranks Iran Press TV 25 Dec 2014 -- Lebanon's resistance movement, Hezbollah, has reportedly arrested a high-ranking official within its ranks on suspicion of having links with the Israeli spy agency, Mossad.
- Yemen's Houthi Rebels Release Kidnapped Chief of Country's Intelligence Sputnik 25 Dec 2014 -- The Shiite Houthi movement has released General Yahya Marrani, the kidnapped head of the Yemeni Intelligence, a source in the country's security services told Sputnik Thursday.
- Russian Army to Receive Corsair Surveillance Drones in Late 2016 Sputnik 25 Dec 2014 -- Russia's United Instrument Corporation (UIC) will start supplying the small-class Corsair surveillance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to the Russian Armed Forces in late 2016, the company's CEO Alexander Yakunin told RIA Novosti.
- Iran warns extra-regional recon aircraft near borders Iran Press TV 22 Dec 2014 -- Iranian military has sent warning signals to extra-regional reconnaissance aircraft flying near the country's borders over the past few days, a senior Iranian commander says.
- Egypt's spymaster sacked for thaw in Doha-Cairo ties, reports say Iran Press TV 22 Dec 2014 -- Egypt's spymaster was removed from his post by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi as a precondition to reconciliation between the country and Qatar, Egyptian political sources have said.
- Cameron under pressure over CIA probe Iran Press TV 22 Dec 2014 -- British Prime Minister David Cameron has come under intense pressure to hold a judge-led inquiry into Britain's alleged involvement in a recently revealed CIA torture program, a report says.
- Polish Committee Investigates Allocation of Funds for CIA Secret Prisons Sputnik 22 Dec 2014 -- The lower house of the Polish parliament, the Sejm, is carrying out an investigation into where the money allocated for CIA 'black sites' in Poland has gone, the head of the Sejm's Special Services Committee said Monday.
- Egypt jails official over spying for Israel Iran Press TV 21 Dec 2014 -- An Egyptian court has sentenced a shipping services manager at the Suez Canal to 10 years in prison on charges of spying for the Israeli regime.
- Putin: Russia Discloses 230 Foreign Intelligence Staff in 2014 Sputnik 20 Dec 2014 -- In 2014, Russian counterintelligence services identified more than 230 foreign intelligence staff, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday.
- Chairman Menendez's Statement on the Release of Alan Gross Senator Menendez 17 Dec 2014 -- Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), issued this statement following the release of Alan Gross.
- Atlas V launch successful AFNS 15 Dec 2014 -- The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload was successfully launched Dec. 12, from Space Launch Complex-3, here.
- CIA Officers Involved in Torture Deserve Praise: Dick Cheney Sputnik 15 Dec 2014 -- The CIA officials revealed to have been involved in the agency's enhanced interrogation program deserve to be praised and decorated, former US Vice President Dick Cheney told NBC News on Sunday.
- Cheney refuses to call CIA's brutal actions 'torture' Iran Press TV 14 Dec 2014 -- Former US Vice President Dick Cheney has refused to call the brutal interrogation techniques used by the CIA in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks "torture", saying he "would do it again in a minute".
- FSB Names Former Russian Spy In Estonia RFE/RL 14 Dec 2014 -- Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) has revealed the name of one of its agents who spied for the FSB for 20 years while also being employed at Estonia's internal security police (KAPO).
- Undercover Agent Helped Reduce Estonian Anti-Russia Activity by 80 Percent Sputnik 14 Dec 2014 -- Thanks to undercover Russian security agent Uno Puusepp, the activity of the Estonian Internal Security Service against Russia has been decreased by 80 percent, Puusepp's liaison has told Russia's NTV channel.
- UK Requests Proof of Involvement in CIA Torture from US: Official Sputnik 14 Dec 2014 -- The UK Intelligence and Security Committee will request the United States for any materials indicating the country's involvement in the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) rendition and torture of terrorist suspects, the committee's head told the BBC on Sunday.
- US Launches Atlas V Rocket With Classified Payload for Intelligence Agency Sputnik 13 Dec 2014 -- The US United Launce Alliance (ULA) has sent its Atlas V rocket into orbit with a classified National Reconnaissance Office payload, according to a message that has been posted on the official website of the ULA.
- Iran test-flies nine new drones during war games IRNA 13 Dec 2014 -- Iranian military forces' aerospace technicians flew nine new types of drones during Towards Beit ul-Muqaddas (occupied Jerusalem) War Games in Dashtestan desert of Bushehr province on Friday.
- CIA may have held captives in Romania: Ex-spy chief Iran Press TV 13 Dec 2014 -- A former head of the Romanian intelligence service says the CIA may have kept detainees in a "transit center" in Romania, as a recent US Senate report confirmed the locations of CIA "black sites" in other countries.
- White House: Obama Backs CIA Chief Over Torture Report VOA 12 Dec 2014 -- President Barack Obama has again backed Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan, a White House spokesman said Friday, a day after Brennan repeated claims that terror attacks had been prevented by the interrogation methods most consider to be torture.
- DPRK Foreign Ministry Spokesman Accuses U.S. of Its Human Rights Abuses KCNA 12 Dec 2014 -- A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry issued the following statement on Friday as regards the fact that the human rights abuses systematically committed by the U.S. were revealed again:
- Alleged UK Redactions to CIA Torture Report Under Examination: Committee Sputnik 12 Dec 2014 -- The UK parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) is investigating the issue of an alleged request by British intelligence agencies to delete references to the United Kingdom from the recent CIA torture report, a member of parliament who sits on the ISC told Sputnik Friday.
- British Intelligence Agencies Come Under Scrutiny After CIA Report Released Sputnik 12 Dec 2014 -- After the CIA released a document revealing how they tortured people suspected of terrorism, British spy agencies are now under pressure to disclose information on how closely they worked with the CIA following the 9/11, the Business Standard reports.
- UK Spy Chiefs Tried to Hide Involvement in CIA Torture: Reports Sputnik 12 Dec 2014 -- The US Senate published a CIA torture report on Wednesday, which examined the CIA's treatment of detainees in the years after the 9/11 attacks in 2001.
- CIA Director John O. Brennan Response to SSCI Study on the Former Detention and Interrogation Program Central Intelligence Agency 11 Dec 2014
- Brennan Defends CIA Against Criticism in Torture Report VOA 11 Dec 2014 -- Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan, responding to a scathing government report, defended his agency’s use of extreme tactics to obtain information from detainees held abroad after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States.
- Bush Era Officials Claim Terrorist Torture 'Necessary' to Prevent Attacks Sputnik 11 Dec 2014 -- After the Tuesday's publication of the report on the alleged CIA torture of suspected terrorists, the most prominent figures of the George W. Bush Republican administration and some CIA leaders unite efforts in defending themselves from the risen wave of leftist criticism.
- UN Official Calls US Torture Practices 'Breeding Ground' for More Terrorism Sputnik 11 Dec 2014 -- The United States' post 9/11 interrogation practices revealed and confirmed in the Senate report released this week have served as a breeding ground for terrorist activities, the UN's Special Rapporteur on torture said Thursday.
- CIA Officials Campaign Against US Senate Torture Report Sputnik 11 Dec 2014 -- High-ranking CIA officials have launched a campaign, criticizing the US Senate's inquiry into the CIA's brutal torture methods, claiming the document was based on adjusted evidence, Wall Street Journal reported.
- After CIA torture revelations, United States must now recover moral high ground - UN expert UN News Centre 11 Dec 2014 -- The United States' use of torture when interrogating prisoners captured in its "War on Terror" has damaged the country's moral high ground and created a set-back in the global fight against the condemnable practice, a United Nations human rights expert has declared.
- US Allies Implicated in Report on CIA Interrogations Respond VOA 10 Dec 2014 -- A U.S. Senate committee's report on CIA interrogation techniques under the Bush administration has produced shock waves felt around the world and has prompted widespread calls for prosecution of officials who were involved.
- Afghan president says shocked by CIA's use of torture against prisoners Iran Press TV 10 Dec 2014 -- Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says that the CIA's use of torture against prisoners "violated all accepted norms of human rights in the world".
- CIA Interrogations Report Triggers Prosecution Calls RFE/RL 10 Dec 2014 -- A top UN human rights envoy and human rights groups are calling for the prosecution of U.S. officials involved in what a Senate report called the 'brutal' CIA interrogation of suspected terrorists.
- Report Unleashes Global Criticism Of CIA Interrogation Methods RFE/RL 10 Dec 2014 -- The release of a U.S. Senate report on CIA interrogation techniques has resulted in widespread criticism about the actions of CIA agents and contractors in the years after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the United States.
- Poland Risks Lives of Own Citizens Hosting CIA Prisons: Lawmaker Sputnik 10 Dec 2014 -- Poland put the lives of ordinary Poles at risk when it agreed to host CIA prisons on its soil, Polish Sejm speaker told Sputnik Wednesday.
- Reports Indicate EU Countries Rendered People to CIA for Torture Sputnik 10 Dec 2014 -- It appears that Poland, Romania and Lithuania hosted CIA 'black sites', which were effectively torture chambers. Evidence points to other European countries cooperating with the US spy agency in organizing covert rendition flights.
- CIA 'Shaped' US Media Reporting on Detention and Interrogation Program Sputnik 10 Dec 2014 -- The CIA has been providing print and broadcast US media with false information and has successfully prevented the disclosure of sensitive details in an attempt to justify the CIA's interrogation program, the Senate report on the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program reveals.
- CIA Torture Report Provokes Calls for Prosecution VOA 10 Dec 2014 -- Calls for the prosecution of officials involved in the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency's use of extreme interrogation methods on suspected terrorists multiplied Wednesday.
- North Korea Calls on UN to Condemn 'Cruel' US Torture Methods Sputnik 10 Dec 2014 -- North Korea has asked the UN Security Council to denounce 'cruel torture' techniques used in the United States, AFP reported on Wednesday.
- N. Korea, China Criticize US Over CIA Torture Report VOA 10 Dec 2014 -- The United States frequently voices concerns about human rights abuses in China and North Korea. But now, both nations are taking Washington to task after a U.S. Senate report said the CIA tortured suspected terrorists.
- UN expert calls for prosecution of CIA, US officials for crimes committed during interrogations UN News Centre 09 Dec 2014 -- A United States Senate report has confirmed what the international community has long believed – that there was a clear policy orchestrated at a high level within the Bush Administration which allowed to commit gross violations of international human rights law, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on counter terrorism and human rights said today.
- Statement by the President on the Report of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence The White House 09 Dec 2014
- Chambliss, McConnell React to Public Release of Senate Democrats' CIA Detention and Interrogation Report Senator Chambliss 09 Dec 2014
- Statement from Director Brennan on the SSCI Study on the Former Detention and Interrogation Program Central Intelligence Agency 09 Dec 2014
- SSCI Releases Report on CIA Detention, Interrogation Program Senator Feinstein 09 Dec 2014-- Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the executive summary of the committee's five-year review of the CIA's detention and interrogation program. The release includes redacted versions of the committee's executive summary and findings and conclusions, as well as additional and minority views authored by members of the committee.
- Floor statement by Senator John McCain on Senate Intelligence Committee Report on CIA interrogation methods Senator McCain 09 Dec 2014
- US Releases Report on CIA Interrogation Methods VOA 09 Dec 2014 -- The United States has released a long-awaited report detailing how the Central Intelligence Agency employed extreme interrogation methods on suspected terrorists following the September 11, 2001, attacks.
- Flawed, brutal and ineffective: Senate report on CIA torture Iran Press TV 09 Dec 2014 -- The US Senate Intelligence Committee has released a drastically redacted summary of its voluminous report on the CIA's torture program during the George W. Bush administration.
- Cheney: CIA torture program 'absolutely, totally justified' Iran Press TV 09 Dec 2014 -- Former US vice president Dick Cheney has defended the use of torture by the Central Intelligence Agency ahead of the release of a new Senate report on the agency's controversial program.
- Senate Report: CIA Misled Officials About 'Brutal' Interrogation Methods RFE/RL 09 Dec 2014 -- A U.S. Senate report has concluded that the CIA used interrogation techniques against suspected terrorists that were "brutal" and "far worse" than they had led officials to believe, and that the methods failed to elicit accurate information.
- Senate Report Reveals Brutal CIA Torture Practices Sputnik 09 Dec 2014 -- CIA interrogators used a number of cruel techniques including 'Russian Roulette', sleep deprivation, along with other tortures against the suspects, detained in relation to 9/11 attacks, according to a US Senate report released Tuesday.
- Release of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Report US Dept. of State 09 Dec 2014
- Military Takes Precautions as Senate Interrogation Report Nears AFPS 08 Dec 2014 -- U.S. military leaders are taking appropriate force-protection measures in case there is unrest caused by the release of a controversial Senate report on CIA interrogation techniques used in the days after the 9/11 attacks, a Pentagon spokesman said today.
- US Government Readies for CIA Torture Report Fallout VOA 08 Dec 2014 -- The U.S. Senate on Tuesday plans to release a long-awaited report detailing the CIA's interrogation methods since the September 11, 2001 attacks.
- House Intel Chairman Warns Senate CIA Torture Report May Cause Violence Sputnik 08 Dec 2014 -- Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Mike Rogers told CNN on Sunday that the release of a US Senate report on the use of enhanced interrogation techniques by the CIA may lead to increased anti-American violence abroad, the Associated Press reports.
- US Officials Warn of CIA Torture Reprisals VOA 08 Dec 2014 -- U.S. officials are warning that the planned release of a report on the CIA's interrogation methods in the war on terror could incite violence against U.S. interests around the world.
- Russian Court Equates Using Personal Gadget by Officer to Babbling Secrets Sputnik 07 Dec 2014 -- The Russian Supreme Court has ruled that the military was justified in firing a naval officer for working on classified material using his own laptop, according to Russia's parliamentary newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta.
- Kerry Questions Timing of Report on CIA Interrogation Techniques VOA 05 Dec 2014 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has questioned 'the broader implications' of the timing of the expected release of a Senate report critical of CIA interrogation methods, the State Department said Friday.
- Iran Possesses Drones That Can Roam Up to 1,800 Miles: Military Official Sputnik 05 Dec 2014 -- Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hossein Salami stated that Iran is able to produce a pistonless engine for unmanned aerial vehicle without the use of UK or US technology
- Lithuanian Military Officer Accused Of Spying For Belarus RFE/RL 03 Dec 2014 -- A Lithuanian military health official is being charged with spying for Belarus.
- UN torture prevention body highlights States' duty to allow access detention centres UN News Centre 03 Dec 2014 -- Countries that have ratified a key legal protocol that allows United Nations experts unannounced and unhindered access to places of detention are obliged to co-operate with such visits, the world body's Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) has reminded today.
- Ukrainian Rebel Leader's Claim Of FSB Ties Omitted By Russian Media RFE/RL 02 Dec 2014 -- Russian state-run media behemoth Rossia Segodnya's interview with a former Ukrainian separatist leader was edited to remove references to his work in Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) and chaos among the rebels, his interviewer says.
- DNI Clapper Establishes the National Counterintelligence and Security Center Director of National Intelligence 01 Dec 2014 -- Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper announced today the establishment of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center.
- Uzbekistan Sentences Kyrgyz To 10 Years On Spy Conviction RFE/RL 01 Dec 2014 -- A Kyrgyz national has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in Uzbekistan after being convicted of spying.
- German Intelligence Aware of US Surveillance Since 2005: Reports Sputnik 01 Dec 2014 -- German intelligence services were aware of increased United States surveillance beginning in early 2005, Spiegel magazine reported Monday, referencing a confidential German foreign intelligence service Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) report.
- Georgian President Signs New 'Phone Tapping' Law: Reports Sputnik 01 Dec 2014 -- Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has signed a law preserving the right of the country's interior ministry to wiretapping, the head of the Georgian presidential administration David Pataraya has told the Rustavi 2 TV channel.
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