November 2016 Intelligence News
- CIA chief warns Trump: Scrapping Iran deal 'disastrous' Press TV 30 Nov 2016 -- CIA Director John Brennan says it would be "the height of folly" for US President-elect Donald Trump to sabotage the nuclear agreement with Iran reached under the Obama administration.
- CIA Chief Warns Trump Over Scrapping Iran Nuclear Deal, 'Russian Promises' RFE/RL 30 Nov 2016 -- The director of the U.S. intelligence agency has issued warnings over the dangers of scrapping the Iran nuclear deal, as well as trusting what he called "Russian promises."
- Trump's Administration Should Be 'Wary of Russian Promises' – CIA Chief Sputnik 30 Nov 2016 -- According to the CIA director, Donald Trump's administration should be careful with what promises Russia makes.
- CIA Chief Brennan Warns Trump Against Scrapping Iran Nuclear Deal Sputnik 30 Nov 2016 -- Director of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) John Brennan in an interview published Wednesday warned US President-elect Donald Trump against scrapping the Iran nuclear deal, saying that it would be "disastrous."
- German Intel Agency to Spend About $160Mln on Decryption of Messengers - Reports Sputnik 30 Nov 2016 -- Germany's Federal Intelligence Service (BND) is going to spend 150 million euros (about $160 million) on the project allowing decryption of messengers such as WhatsApp and Telegram, local media reported.
- Eyes in the Sky: Singapore Launches Enormous Military Spy Aerostat Sputnik 29 Nov 2016 -- Singapore has begun test-launching a 55 m tethered aerostat radar system, a move the nation thinks will strengthen its maritime and aerial surveillance capacities.
- Seoul-Tokyo Intelligence Deal Raises Fears in South Korea VOA 25 Nov 2016 -- A landmark Japan-South Korea military pact is drawing complaints from opponents in Seoul, who are protesting the deal and how quickly it was arranged.
- Russia detains ex-naval officer suspected of spying for Ukraine Press TV 24 Nov 2016 -- Russia's security service has arrested a former naval officer in the Crimean peninsula for allegedly spying for Ukraine.
- Trump rejecting intelligence briefings since vote, officials say Press TV 24 Nov 2016 -- US President-elect Donald Trump has been rejecting daily intelligence briefings since his election victory on November 8, officials say.
- Russia's Ex-Black Sea Fleet Member Detained for Passing State Secrets to Ukraine Sputnik 24 Nov 2016 -- According to Federal Security Service, a former service member of the Russian Black Sea Fleet has been detained in Crimea on suspicion of gathering intelligence on the fleet's activities and passing state secrets to Ukraine.
- Training ISR warriors faster, smarter through mobile apps AFNS 23 Nov 2016 -- There are roughly 12,000 intelligence professionals assigned to 25th Air Force, 70 percent have less than five years of military service, and most of those Airmen are millennials; multi-taskers who thrive on high-tech, mobile and innovative training methods.
- Statement by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on signing of the Japan-ROK General Security of Military Information Agreement DoD 23 Nov 2016
- South Korea signs controversial intelligence pact with Japan Press TV 23 Nov 2016 -- South Korea and Japan have signed a military intelligence-sharing deal despite widespread opposition from the South Korean public.
- Is the World's Biggest Surveillance Camera Maker Sending Footage to China? VOA 21 Nov 2016 -- Imagine a world where almost everyone can be tracked, and everything can be seen by cameras linked directly to the Chinese government.
- McCain on torture: I don't give a damn what Trump wants to do Press TV 20 Nov 2016 -- Senator John McCain has issued a stiff warning to President-elect Donald Trump on the subject of torture, insisting the United States would not reinstate waterboarding.
- Senator McCain Pledges to Oppose Bringing Back Waterboarding Sputnik 20 Nov 2016 -- John McCain vowed to oppose reinstating the interrogation technique of simulated drowning if President-elect Donald Trump demanded this.
- Defense, Spy Chiefs to Face House Panel After Reported Attempt to Oust NSA Head Sputnik 20 Nov 2016 -- US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and National Intelligence Director James Clapper were asked late Saturday to appear before a House select committee by the end of the year after they reportedly urged President Barack Obama to fire National Security Agency (NSA) chief Michael Rogers.
- US military officials urge Obama to remove NSA chief Press TV 19 Nov 2016 -- High-ranking military officials in the United States have urged President Barack Obama to remove the director of the notorious National Security Agency.
- British parliament approves draconian surveillance measure Press TV 19 Nov 2016 -- The British parliament has approved a controversial bill which provides new bulk surveillance powers to police and intelligence services that critics have condemned as the most intrusive of any Western country.
- US 'Will Not Torture People,' McCain Insists VOA 19 Nov 2016 -- The U.S. "will not torture people," Republican Senator John McCain told an audience at a security forum Saturday, adding that he didn't care what stance President-elect Donald Trump had taken on the issue.
- Military personnel jailed for spying to lose pensions CNA 18 Nov 2016 -- Military personnel will have their pensions revoked if they are jailed for national security or state secret offenses, according to an amendment that cleared the Legislative Yuan on Friday.
- Outsider Picks by Trump Could Give US Intelligence a Jolt VOA 18 Nov 2016 -- President-elect Donald Trump's first selections for key national security posts may say little about his foreign policy vision, but they do seem to emphasize a commitment to take the country's intelligence agencies out of their comfort zone.
- How the Government Grants Security Clearances VOA 18 Nov 2016 -- Jared Kushner, a real estate developer married to Ivanka Trump, helped engineer his father-in-law's successful run for the White House. This week brought news that President-elect Donald Trump is seeking a top-secret clearance for Kushner, likely to remain a close adviser, so he can attend security briefings.
- Intelligence Agencies Work, Communicate Better Together, DoD Official Says AFPS 17 Nov 2016 -- The Pentagon's intelligence agencies work and communicate better with each other today, and that transformation must continue, the undersecretary of defense for intelligence said at the Defense One Summit here today.
- Cooperation Between Intel, Defense Never Better, Work Tells Lawmakers AFPS 17 Nov 2016 -- The intelligence community's support to the Defense Department has never been better, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work told the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence here today.
- US intelligence head James Clapper to step down Press TV 17 Nov 2016 -- The Director of US National Intelligence James Clapper has announced his resignation, although he would stay until the end of President Barack Obama's administration.
- Top U.S. Intelligence Official: Russia Stopped Hacking After U.S. Warnings RFE/RL 17 Nov 2016 -- The United States' top intelligence official said Russia stopped its election-related cyberactivity after the U.S. administration publicly accused Moscow of interfering in the campaign.
- US Director of National Intelligence Resigns VOA 17 Nov 2016 -- The top U.S. intelligence official will not stay on to work with President-elect Donald Trump, telling lawmakers he has already submitted his resignation.
- Romania sentences Israeli over spying on, harassing anti-corruption chief Press TV 16 Nov 2016 -- Romania has sentenced an Israeli for spying on and harassing the country's anti-corruption chief.
- Ten Years On, No Justice In Case Of Assassinated Kremlin Critic In London RFE/RL 15 Nov 2016 -- Ten years after former Russian intelligence officer Aleksandr Litvinenko succumbed to a fatal dose of radioactive polonium in London, his wife lives with the pain of knowing his killers may never be brought to trial.
- Manning Seeks Commuted Sentence for Leaks VOA 14 Nov 2016 -- U.S. soldier Chelsea Manning, who is serving 35 years in prison for leaking classified documents, is asking President Obama to commute her sentence to time served.
- Germany's Spy Agency May Get Its Own Satellite by 2022 Sputnik 11 Nov 2016 -- Germany's Federal Intelligence Service (BND) will get its own satellite, possibly as soon as in 2022, German media report.
- US Intelligence Officials Concerned Over Trump Presidency Sputnik 10 Nov 2016 -- US intelligence agencies are wary of Donald Trump becoming the new US president due to the election winner's unpredictability, local media reported, citing security officials.
- India Protests Espionage Allegations Against Its Diplomats in Pakistan Sputnik 09 Nov 2016 -- India has summoned the Pakistan Deputy High Commissioner to protest unfair allegations against its mission staffers and shooting that killed three soldiers in a week. Pakistan has reciprocated by summoning the deputy envoy over the ceasefire violation by India.
- Three Indian Diplomats Leave Pakistan Amid Spy Scandal - Reports Sputnik 08 Nov 2016 -- Three Indian diplomats left Pakistan for India afer thet were suspected of terrorist and subversive activities by the local authorities, five other Indian diplomats, suspected in a number of crimes by Islamabad, were still in Pakistan, according to local media.
- UK Privacy Tribunal Taken to Court Over GCHQ Surveillance Claims Sputnik 07 Nov 2016 -- The UK's court relating to privacy and surveillance matters, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, is being taken to the European Court of Human Rights over its failure to disclose whether or not certain people were subjected to surveillance by UK's Communications agency, GCHQ.
- Former Putin Bodyguard Named FSB Deputy Director RFE/RL 05 Nov 2016 -- A former bodyguard of Russian President Vladimir Putin has been named the deputy director of the country's Federal Security Service (FSB).
- Pakistan Accuses Indian Diplomats Of Espionage RFE/RL 03 Nov 2016 -- Pakistan has accused eight Indian diplomats of espionage and terrorism, amid mounting tensions between the two neighbors.
- Pakistan Accuses Indian Diplomats of Espionage and Terrorism VOA 03 Nov 2016 -- Pakistan has accused eight Indian diplomats of espionage and sponsoring terrorism on its soil, just days after withdrawing six of its diplomatic staffers facing similar allegations in India.
- UK Snoopers' Charter Dubbed 'Hackers' Honeypot' Passes Last Hurdle Sputnik 02 Nov 2016 -- The UK Investigatory Powers bill - aka the Snoopers' Charter - passed its last stage through the House of Lords Tuesday (November 1) on its way to becoming law, despite critics saying that it still allows for virtually uninhibited mass surveillance by intelligence agencies.
- Moscow rejects MI5 chief's claims about Russia Press TV 01 Nov 2016 -- Moscow has strongly rejected claims by the director-general of the British Security Service, MI5, that Russia seeks to "push its foreign policy abroad in increasingly aggressive ways."
- Russia poses increasing threat to UK: MI5 chief Press TV 01 Nov 2016 -- Russia presents an ever-increasing threat to the stability of the United Kingdom, the director general of MI5, Andrew Parker, says.
- Kremlin Rejects British Spy Chief's Allegation Of 'Increasingly Aggressive' Russia RFE/RL 01 Nov 2016 -- The Kremlin has dismissed allegations by the head of Britain's MI5 intelligence agency that Russia is mounting cyberattacks and other aggressive measures that pose a growing threat to Europe.
- Moscow on MI5 Chief's Claims: Sad to See Professional Trapped in Propaganda Sputnik 01 Nov 2016 -- MI5 Director General Andrew Parker's allegations that Russia uses aggressive tactics to spread its agenda abroad indicate that the UK intelligence chief has been caught up in his own propaganda, the Russian embassy in the United Kingdom said Tuesday.
- Fear Has Big Eyes: MI5 Chief Claims Russia Trying to Destabilize Europe Sputnik 01 Nov 2016 -- The British MI5 security service's head said numerous Russia's intelligence officers were still operating in the United Kingdom in order to obtain information about state military, industrial and government secrets.
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