May 2017 Intelligence News
- MI5 launches inquiry into Manchester attack intelligence failure Press TV 29 May 2017 -- Britain's domestic counter-intelligence agency (MI5) has launched an inquiry into how it missed warnings from the public about the threat posed by the man behind the Manchester terrorist attack.
- Britain resumes intelligence sharing with U.S. upon Trump promise People's Daily 26 May 2017 -- Britain has decided to resume intelligence sharing with the United States after receiving promises from U.S. President Donald Trump on a recent leak of classified information, the British counter terrorism police said Thursday.
- US takes 'full responsibility' for Manchester attack leaks: Tillerson Press TV 26 May 2017 -- US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the United States takes "full responsibility" for leaks of the British investigation into Monday's attack in Manchester, England.
- Tillerson Tells British Counterpart U.S. Takes 'Full Responsibility' For Intelligence Leaks RFE/RL 26 May 2017 -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has told his British counterpart that the United States took "full responsibility" for a leak of intelligence information related to a deadly May 22 terror attack in Manchester.
- Tillerson: US Takes 'Full Responsibility' for Manchester Intel Leaks VOA 26 May 2017 -- The United States takes "full responsibility" for the leaking of sensitive information in the aftermath of the suicide bombing in Manchester Monday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.
- Shared intelligence must remain 'secure,' May tells Trump Press TV 25 May 2017 -- British Prime Minister Theresa May has reportedly brought up the issue of intelligence leaks from an investigation into the Manchester attack during a discussion with President Donald Trump.
- Russian Officials Discussed Influencing Trump Campaign Advisers: Report RFE/RL 25 May 2017 -- U.S. spies learned last summer that Russian intelligence and political officials were discussing ways to exert influence over Donald Trump through his presidential campaign advisers, the New York Times reported on May 24, citing anonymous U.S. officials.
- Britain Irritated by US Intel Leaks VOA 24 May 2017 -- Britain is criticizing U.S. intelligence officials for leaking information to journalists after a suicide attack Monday in Manchester.
- Israel Alters Intelligence Sharing with US VOA 24 May 2017 -- Israel says it has changed its intelligence-sharing protocols with the United States after President Donald Trump disclosed classified information to Russian diplomats earlier this month that had come from Israel, even though Tel Aviv had not assented to his handing it to another country.
- DIA Director Testifies on Top Five Global Military Threats AFPS 23 May 2017 -- North Korea, Russia, China, Iran and extremist organizations are the top five military threats facing the nation, the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency said here this morning.
- Russia 'brazenly interfered' in US election: Former CIA chief Press TV 23 May 2017 -- Former CIA Director John Brennan has publicly said Russia "brazenly interfered" with the US presidential election and that he was aware of interactions between members of Donald Trump's campaign and Russian officials.
- Ex-CIA Chief Brennan Complained To FSB Director In August Of Election Meddling RFE/RL 23 May 2017 -- Former CIA Director John Brennan said he spoke directly to the head of Russia's main security agency last summer, complaining about the harassment of U.S. diplomats and apparent Russian efforts to meddle in the presidential election campaign.
- CIA Shared Intelligence Over Russia Probe With FBI - Ex-Director Brennan Sputnik 23 May 2017 -- The CIA has routinely shared intelligence information with their partners at the FBI in regards to the ongoing investigation into Russia's alleged efforts to influence the 2016 US election, the agency's former Director John Brennan said in a congressional hearing Tuesday.
- Reports: Trump Asked Intel Chiefs to Disavow Russian Collusion With His Campaign VOA 23 May 2017 -- U.S. President Donald Trump asked two of the country's top intelligence chiefs to publicly disavow possible Russian collusion with his election campaign, but the officials considered the request to be inappropriate and refused, U.S. media reports say.
- Top US Intel Official: North Korea on Trajectory to Nuclear-armed Missile VOA 23 May 2017 -- A top American intelligence official has warned that North Korea is on the path of developing the capability of carrying out a nuclear strike against the United States.
- Defense Contractor Employee Pleads Guilty to Selling Satellite Secrets to Undercover Agent Posing as Russian Spy US Dept. of Justice 22 May 2017 -- Today, Gregory Allen Justice, 49, of Culver City, California, pleaded guilty to federal charges of one count of attempting to commit economic espionage and one count of attempting to violate the Arms Export Control Act.
- NYT's spy in China story full of narcissism Global Times 21 May 2017 -- The Chinese government allegedly killed or imprisoned more than a dozen CIA sources between 2010 and 2012, dismantling US spying operations in the country, The New York Times reported on Saturday.
- Report: China Killed, Jailed Up to 20 U.S. Spies In 2010-12 RFE/RL 21 May 2017 -- The Chinese government "systematically dismantled" CIA spying efforts in China from late 2010, killing or imprisoning at least a dozen covert CIA sources in the following two years, The New York Times reported on May 21.
- China killed, jailed 18 to 20 CIA sources in 2 years: US officials Press TV 20 May 2017 -- The Chinese government has killed or jailed between 18 and 20 CIA informants in the course of two years, US officials say.
- Sweden Drops Case But Assange Still Not In Clear RFE/RL 19 May 2017 -- Sweden's top prosecutor has dropped a seven-year investigation into rape allegations against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, though he still faces an arrest warrant in Britain and possible extradition to the United States.
- Intl. court asks Pakistan to stay execution of Indian 'spy' Press TV 18 May 2017 -- The United Nations' top court has ordered Pakistan to stay the execution of an Indian man convicted of involvement in espionage and sabotage activities.
- Former Israeli spy chiefs attack Trump for 'intel leak' Press TV 18 May 2017 -- Two former directors of Israel's Mossad spy agency have attacked US President Donald Trump for his alleged sharing of highly classified, Israeli-obtained "intelligence" with Russia.
- UN Court Orders Pakistan Not To Execute Indian Naval Officer RFE/RL 18 May 2017 -- The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ordered Pakistan not to execute an Indian naval officer convicted of espionage and terrorism.
- UN Court Orders Pakistan Not to Execute Indian Officer Sputnik 18 May 2017 -- On Thursday, the International Court of Justice ordered Pakistan to stay the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav, who Pakistan claims to be an Indian spy, until the case is heard in full by the court in The Hague, the Netherlands. It also asked Pakistan to give India full consular access to Jadhav.
- WikiLeaks Source Chelsea Manning Freed From U.S. Military Prison RFE/RL 17 May 2017 -- Chelsea Manning, the U.S. soldier who was convicted of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents, says she is seeking to put her past behind her following her release from prison.
- US Releases Chelsea Manning VOA 17 May 2017 -- Chelsea Manning, the U.S. Army soldier who gave more than 700,000 classified military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks in 2010, was freed from prison early Wednesday after serving seven years of a 35-year sentence.
- Putin: I Can Prove Trump Passed No Secrets VOA 17 May 2017 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin says President Donald Trump never passed any classified information to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov when they met last week in Washington, and he has the transcripts to prove it.
- Trump Talk with Russians 'Wholly Appropriate', Adviser Says VOA 16 May 2017 -- U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said Tuesday that information about terrorism and threats to international aviation that President Donald Trump shared with Russian diplomats last week was "wholly appropriate" and did not compromise U.S. intelligence sources.
- Trump Defends Intelligence Sharing With Russia Amid Intense Criticism RFE/RL 16 May 2017 -- U.S. President Donald Trump has defended what he called his "absolute right" to share information with Russian officials amid controversy over classified information.
- White House denies Trump's revealing of classified info to Russia People's Daily 16 May 2017 -- The White House on Monday strongly denied media reports accusing President Donald Trump of revealing highly classified intelligence information to Russia.
- I shared classified info with Russia for 'humanitarian reasons': Trump Press TV 16 May 2017 -- US President Donald Trump has defended sharing sensitive information with Russia, saying he did so for "humanitarian reasons."
- Trump's reported intel-sharing with Russia nonsense: Kremlin Press TV 16 May 2017 -- The Kremlin has denounced as "complete nonsense" new media reports about US President Donald Trump disclosing classified information at a meeting with Russian officials.
- Russia denies Trump shared info on planned Daesh operation Press TV 16 May 2017 -- Russia has rejected recent reports that US President Donald Trump shared with it information on "a planned Daesh operation."
- Israel Provided Intelligence Trump Shared With Russian Officials - Reports Sputnik 16 May 2017 -- Israel was the source of the intelligence information that US President Donald Trump shared with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador to the US Sergei Kislyak during their discussion at the White House last week on efforts to fight terror groups, media reported.
- Trump Says Had Right to Share With Russia Facts on Terror, Airline Flight Safety Sputnik 16 May 2017 -- US President Donald Trump said Tuesday he wanted to and had the right to share with Russian officials facts concerning terrorism and airline flight safety.
- White House Denies Trump Leaked Highly Classified Intelligence to Russian Officials VOA 15 May 2017 -- U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and other members of the Trump administration have denied the accuracy of published reports that the president revealed highly classified information to Russian officials in the Oval Office.
- US intelligence community 'under assault' by Trump: Clapper Press TV 15 May 2017 -- US intelligence agencies have come "under assault" by President Donald Trump following his firing of FBI chief James Comey, says former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
- India Appeals To ICJ To Halt Execution Of Ex-Naval Officer RFE/RL 15 May 2017 -- India has appealed to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to order Pakistan to suspend the execution of a retired Indian naval officer convicted of espionage.
- Arms Caches in Venezuela Pose Threat, CIA Chief Says VOA 11 May 2017 -- Venezuela has large caches of weapons that are at risk of falling into the wrong hands, the head of the Central Intelligence Agency told a Senate panel Thursday, adding, "It's a real threat."
- MND dismisses speculation about alleged espionage case CNA 11 May 2017 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) on Thursday dismissed speculation that former Air Defense Missile Command Commander Hsieh Chia-kang (謝嘉康) spied for China because he was unhappy at being removed from his post in January.
- CIA opens new center to monitor North Korea Press TV 11 May 2017 -- The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has announced the establishment of a Korea Mission Center, which it says will focus on countering military threats coming from North Korea.
- U.S. concerned about leaks in Taiwan espionage case: foreign minister CNA 10 May 2017 -- The United States is concerned about whether a high-ranking Taiwan military officer under investigation for alleged espionage has leaked information about U.S.-made missile systems, Foreign Affairs Minister David Lee (李大維) said Wednesday.
- DNI Releases Updated Budget Figure for FY 2017 Appropriations Requested for the National Intelligence Program Director of National Intelligence 09 May 2017 -- Consistent with Section 601 of the Implementing the Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007, as amended (50 U.S.C. 3306), the Director of National Intelligence disclosed to the public on February 9, 2016, the aggregate amount of appropriations requested for Fiscal Year 2017.
- DoD Releases Revised Military Intelligence Program (MIP) Request for Fiscal Year 2017 DoD 09 May 2017 -- The Department of Defense released today the revised Military Intelligence Program (MIP) top line budget request for Fiscal Year 2017 that was disclosed to the public on Feb. 9, 2016. The $16.8 billion is now updated to include additional funding above the initial president's budget request for the MIP.
- U.S., Georgia Sign Deal To Boost Intelligence Sharing RFE/RL 09 May 2017 -- The United States says it has signed a "milestone" security agreement with Georgia that will boost intelligence sharing and counterterrorism efforts with the former Soviet republic.
- United States and Georgia Sign General Security of Information Agreement US Dept. of State 09 May 2017 -- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili signed a U.S.-Georgia General Security of Information Agreement (GSOIA) this morning at the U.S. Department of State.
- Senior officer in alleged espionage once headed missile command (update) CNA 09 May 2017 -- A high-ranking military officer being questioned by prosecutors Tuesday for alleged breach of national security has raised concerns because he once served as head of the nation's missile command.
- Senior military officer probed for alleged national security violation CNA 09 May 2017 -- A high-ranking military officer is being questioned by prosecutors for alleged breach of national security.
- Russian Defense Ministry Denies Sunk Vessel Secret Equipment Salvaging Claims Sputnik 04 May 2017 -- Defense Ministry denied reports claiming military divers have launched an operation to salvage secret equipment from the sunken Liman vessel.
- German Intelligence Agency Expects More Cyberattacks Before Election RFE/RL 04 May 2017 -- Germany's domestic intelligence agency has said it expects more cyberattacks directed against German politicians and officials ahead of a general election in September.
- Swiss Spy Agency Defends Practices After German Arrest in Tax Case VOA 02 May 2017 -- Switzerland's Federal Intelligence Service (FIS) on Tuesday defended its efforts to combat theft of business secrets after a Swiss man was arrested in Germany on suspicion of working for the spy agency.
- Pakistani, Afghan Spymasters Hold Rare Talks VOA 02 May 2017 -- The Spy chiefs of Pakistan and Afghanistan have held official talks in Kabul on bilateral security and counterterrorism cooperation.
- Pakistan Spy Chief to Visit Afghanistan VOA 01 May 2017 -- Pakistan's spy chief is expected to visit Afghanistan later this week for talks with counterparts in Kabul on bilateral anti-terrorism and security cooperation, officials said Monday.
- CIA chief in South Korea for 'internal visit' Press TV 01 May 2017 -- CIA Director Mike Pompeo has traveled to South Korea for what the US embassy there described as an "internal meeting," as North Korea remains defiant in the face of US threats to drop its development of ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons.
- CIA Chief in South Korea for Talks on Nuclear Threat Posed by North VOA 01 May 2017 -- U.S. Central Intelligence Agency chief Mike Pompeo is in Seoul for talks with South Korean intelligence officials as top U.S. officials continue to express deep concerns about North Korea's nuclear weapons development program.
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