December 2015 Intelligence News
- U.S. House Panels Investigating Reports Of Spying On Israel Over Iran RFE/RL 31 Dec 2015 -- Two U.S. House committees are investigating a report by the Wall Street Journal that the United States has continued to spy on the Israeli prime minister because of his opposition to the Iran nuclear deal.
- Putin Signs Amendment Allowing FSB To Use Weapons In Crowds RFE/RL 31 Dec 2015 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has given the state intelligence service the authority to use weapons in crowds and fire at women and children under certain circumstances.
- US continues spying on Israeli prime minister: Report Press TV 30 Dec 2015 -- The US continues spying on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu despite claims to curtail hacking its allies, says a report, quoting the National Security Agency officials.
- Report: U.S. Spied On Israeli Leader During Iran Nuclear Talks RFE/RL 30 Dec 2015 -- The United States spied on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the Iran nuclear negotiations despite a pledge by the White House to stop spying on allies, the Wall Street Journal reported December 29.
- Israeli Anti-Iran Deal Actions Provoked US Spying on Netanyahu Sputnik 30 Dec 2015 -- Israel's actions to counter the Iranian nuclear deal prompted the US National Security Agency (NSA) to spy on the country's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office, a member of the Meretz Party Executive Committee told Sputnik on Wednesday.
- Report Says US Spied on Israel During Iran Negotiations VOA 30 Dec 2015 -- A U.S. newspaper is reporting that the United States spied on communications of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, although President Barack Obama promised two years ago to curtail eavesdropping on friendly heads of state.
- India detains ex-army officer for passing secrets to Pakistan Press TV 29 Dec 2015 -- Indian police have detained a former Indian Air Force officer on charges of passing secrets to Pakistan's premier spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
- Japan confirms detention of three nationals in China Press TV 26 Dec 2015 -- Japan has confirmed the detention of three of its nationals by Chinese authorities, rejecting, however, the charges of spying leveled by Beijing against them.
- Erdogan Refuses to Cooperate With Anti-Daesh Intelligence HQ Sputnik 26 Dec 2015 -- Turkey's government refused the invitation to join the center set up in Baghdad to exchange intelligence on terrorists that pose a threat to the region, the Turkish president said in an interview on Saturday.
- NSA helped British spies hack Juniper firewalls Press TV 24 Dec 2015 -- Leaked documents show the British spy agency enlisted the US National Security Agency (NSA) to help it hack firewalls made by the internet security provider, Juniper.
- Italian Air Force Receives Two More Predator Drones - US Defense Contractor Sputnik 23 Dec 2015 -- The Italian Air Force has accepted delivery of two RQ-1 Predator drones, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA ASI) announced in a press release.
- First NATO AGS aircraft gets off the ground NATO 20 Dec 2015 -- The first of five NATO Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) conducted a successful first flight in California on Saturday (19 December). Taking off from Palmdale Airbase, NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) UAV aircraft successfully soared to 40,000 feet before landing at Edwards Air Force Base 2.5 hours later.
- NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance aircraft arrives at Edwards AFNS 21 Dec 2015 -- NATO's first Alliance Ground Surveillance aircraft arrived at Edwards Air Force Base Dec. 19 completing its first flight.
- Seymour Hersh: Pentagon Secretly Passed Intelligence to Assad Government Sputnik 21 Dec 2015 -- The Pentagon deliberately subverted American policy toward Syria, sabotaging US efforts to aid Syrian rebels and even sending US intelligence to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to journalist Seymour Hersh.
- Japan Delays Charges Over Alleged Leak of Military Data to Russia Sputnik 18 Dec 2015 -- Tokyo prosecutor's office postponed filing charges against seven Japanese officials who was accused in transfer of Japanese military data to Russia, according to local media.
- Espionage Reported at Guatemala's Civil Intelligence Agency Sputnik 17 Dec 2015 -- Guatemalan authorities are investigating allegations of espionage at the General Directorate of Civil Intelligence (DIGICI), the country's Interior Minister Eunice Mendizabal announced.
- Moscow Court Jails Ukrainian On Espionage Charges RFE/RL 15 Dec 2015 -- The Moscow City Court has sentenced Ukrainian Valentyn Vyhovskiy to 11 years in prison for espionage.
- Azerbaijan sets up two new security services Press TV 14 Dec 2015 -- Azerbaijan has set up the State Security Service and the Foreign Intelligence Service amid tightening security conditions in the country.
- Pentagon Oks first step in replacing aging US spy planes Press TV 13 Dec 2015 -- The Pentagon has approved the next step in a program to replace the US Air Force's aging fleet of spy and battle aircraft, spokeswoman Maureen Schumann says.
- Russian Reporter Forced Out Of Poland On Spying Charges RFE/RL 13 Dec 2015 -- A Russian journalist who came under suspicion of espionage was forced to leave Poland on December 12 though he protested that he never was presented with specific charges against him.
- Vietnam produces long-range UAV to serve national security People's Daily 11 Dec 2015 -- The Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology has successfully developed a long-range unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with equipment for scientific research and electronic reconnaissance to serve national security, local media reported Friday.
- Marines focus intelligence capabilities in Baltics USMC News 10 Dec 2015 -- Marines introduced the concept of Company Level Intelligence Cells to Land Forces brigade officers and noncommissioned officers of the Baltic allies from Nov. 24 - Dec. 3, 2015.
- Afghan spy chief resigns over 'disagreements' with president Press TV 10 Dec 2015 -- The head of Afghanistan's main spy agency has tendered his resignation, citing disagreements with President Ashraf Ghani over his policies amid the rising Taliban militancy in the war-torn Asian state.
- Afghan Spy Chief Resigns, Cites Policy Differences With Ghani VOA 10 Dec 2015 -- Afghanistan's spy chief resigned over policy disagreements with President Ashraf Ghani, according to a copy of the resignation letter sent to the media on Thursday.
- Egypt releases convicted Israeli spy Press TV 10 Dec 2015 -- Egyptian officials have released an Israeli who served 15 years in prison on proven charges of espionage for the Zionist regime amid improving ties between Egypt and Tel Aviv.
- Retired Armenian Officer Arrested On Spy Charges RFE/RL 09 Dec 2015 -- Armenian authorities have detained a retired military officer on charges of spying for Azerbaijan.
- National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office Conducts Maritime Information Sharing Exercise NNS 02 Dec 2015 -- The National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO) recently sponsored a three day Operational Value Added Assessment (OVAA) exercise with 13 participating and supporting organizations in the Chesapeake Bay.
- Rights Group Wants Bush-era Officials Tied to US Interrogations Program Investigated VOA 01 Dec 2015 -- An international human rights advocacy group says former U.S. president George W. Bush and other key former government officials should be criminally investigated for their role in the interrogation of suspected terrorists captured after the 2001 terrorist attacks on the country.
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