June 2017 Intelligence News
- Ukraine Detains Two Russian FSB Agents Who Came Ashore From Black Sea RFE/RL 30 Jun 2017 -- Ukrainian authorities have detained two men identified as Russian security agents after they came ashore in a small boat on Ukrainian-government controlled territory along the Black Sea, officials of both countries say.
- UAS system improves situational awareness and mission performance Army News 29 Jun 2017 -- The Aviation Development Directorate has developed a system enabling an Air Mission Commander to manage multiple unmanned aerial systems simultaneously, resulting in faster completion of mission tasks without increasing operator workload. The program is called Supervisory Controller for Optimal Role Allocation for Cueing of Human Operators, referred to as SCORCH.
- Australia Spying on China, Monitoring Chinese Nationals Living Abroad - Reports Sputnik 29 Jun 2017 -- Australia is carrying out espionage activities against Beijing and spying on Chinese nationals residing abroad, the Global Times newspaper reported Thursday, citing an unnamed Chinese official.
- UAS system improves situational awareness and mission performance Army News 28 Jun 2017 -- The Aviation Development Directorate has developed a system enabling an Air Mission Commander to manage multiple unmanned aerial systems simultaneously, resulting in faster completion of mission tasks without increasing operator workload. The program is called Supervisory Controller for Optimal Role Allocation for Cueing of Human Operators, referred to as SCORCH.
- German Inquiry Into NSA Spying Slammed for Heavily Redacted Final Report Sputnik 28 Jun 2017 -- The number of omissions from the final report from the German parliamentary committee investigation into the NSA spying scandal is "unacceptable," Die Linke politician Andre Hahn told Sputnik.
- German Police Warn Politicians About Alleged Spying By Turkish Intelligence Sputnik 28 Jun 2017 -- Amid deep political differences between Ankara and Berlin, the German media reports that the Turkish intelligence agency MIT has been caught spying on German politicians.
- Colonel In Ukrainian Military Intelligence Killed In Kyiv Car Bombing RFE/RL 27 Jun 2017 -- A colonel in Ukraine's armed forces has been killed in a car bombing in Kyiv that authorities are investigating as a "terrorist attack."
- Australia - Gulfstream G550 Aircraft with Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Electronic Warfare (AISREW) Mission Systems DSCA 26 Jun 2017 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Australia for Gulfstream G550 Aircraft with Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Electronic Warfare (AISREW) mission systems. The estimated cost is $1.3 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on June 23, 2017.
- Australian Spy Planes to Help Tackle Islamist Threat in Philippines VOA 25 Jun 2017 -- The Australian government is sending two military surveillance aircraft to help the Philippines in its fight against Islamist militants in southern Mindanao province. Philippine forces have been fighting insurgents linked to the Islamic State group, who seized the city of Marawi last month.
- Trump an 'avid consumer' of intelligence with 'difficult questions,' says CIA chief Press TV 24 Jun 2017 -- CIA Director Mike Pompeo says US President Donald Trump has "difficult questions" for the agency and is an "avid consumer" of intelligence.
- Putin honors Russia's intelligence network Press TV 24 Jun 2017 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has honored the officers of his country's intelligence network hailing them as "unique people."
- Virginia Man Arrested and Charged With Espionage US Dept. of Justice 22 Jun 2017 -- Kevin Patrick Mallory, 60, of Leesburg, Virginia, made his initial appearance in federal court today on charges that he transmitted Top Secret and Secret documents to an agent of the People's Republic of China.
- Soviet Spymaster Yury Drozdov Dead At 91 RFE/RL 22 Jun 2017 -- Yury Drozdov, the Soviet spymaster who oversaw a sprawling network of KGB agents living clandestinely abroad, has died at the age of 91.
- Indian Naval Officer Files Mercy Petition Before Pak Army Chief Sputnik 22 Jun 2017 -- Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Indian naval officer sentenced to death by Pakistan on charges of alleged espionage, has filed a mercy petition to the Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan on Thursday.
- Australia Moves to Protect Classified Docs from Cyber Espionage VOA 20 Jun 2017 -- Australia says it will move classified government information from a private data center in Sydney after a Chinese consortium bought a major stake in the company. The move comes despite assurances from the company, Global Switch, that its files are secure.
- US Soldiers, Australian counterparts enhance readiness through intelligence exercise Army News 20 Jun 2017 -- The 8th Theater Sustainment Command recently hosted Perspicuous Provider 17, a joint intelligence exercise with Australian military services, from May 29 - June 17.
- Azerbaijani Spy Scandal Leaves Trail Of Dead Suspects RFE/RL 16 Jun 2017 -- Within days of being swept up in a wave of arrests on espionage charges last month, at least four Azerbaijani soldiers and a retired military officer died in custody. The circumstances of their deaths are shrouded in secrecy.
- Intel Agency Chief: New Ideas, Processes Needed for Flood of Information AFPS 08 Jun 2017 -- The Defense Intelligence Agency needs new ideas, practices, and people who can adapt or it risks becoming irrelevant in a world moving faster and faster, said the agency's director said yesterday.
- US Intelligence Chiefs Push for Permanent OK to Eavesdrop on Foreign Communications VOA 07 Jun 2017 -- U.S. intelligence chiefs are making a strong push, backed by the White House, to reauthorize a controversial law that allows U.S. spy agencies to eavesdrop on foreign electronic communications.
- Top U.S. Intelligence Officials Duck Tough Senate Questions On Trump FBI Probe RFE/RL 07 Jun 2017 -- Top U.S. intelligence officials have refused to answer key questions from senators about whether President Donald Trump sought to influence the FBI investigation into his associates' ties to Russia.
- US Intelligence Chiefs Decline to Discuss Conversations with Trump VOA 07 Jun 2017 -- Two top U.S. intelligence officials told lawmakers they did not feel inappropriately pressured by President Donald Trump to publicly disavow possible Russian collusion with Trump aides in last year's election.
- Trump admin. charges NSA agent with leaking 'Russian hacking' secrets Press TV 06 Jun 2017 -- The US Justice Department has charged a National Security Agency (NSA) contractor with leaking secrets related to the alleged Russian hacking attacks during last year's race for the White House.
- US Arrests Contractor Accused of Leaking Classified Document to News Site VOA 06 Jun 2017 -- The U.S. Justice Department announced Monday the arrest of a government contractor it said sent classified material to an online news outlet.
- Federal Government Contractor in Georgia Charged With Removing and Mailing Classified Materials to a News Outlet US Dept. of Justice 05 Jun 2017 -- A criminal complaint was filed in the Southern District of Georgia today charging Reality Leigh Winner, 25, a federal contractor from Augusta, Georgia, with removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet, in violation of 18 U.S.C. Section 793(e).
- British Security Services Questioned About Surveillance Priorities VOA 05 Jun 2017 -- For the second time in a month Britain's security services are facing awkward questions about their surveillance policies, after it emerged the ringleader of Saturday's terror attack in the heart of London was known to them and had been interrogated in the past.
- US Navy Officer Sentenced For Sharing Classified Info, Discipline Violations Sputnik 04 Jun 2017 -- A US Navy Officer has been sentenced to six years in prison for handing over secrets, improper handling of classified information and multiple violations of the Navy rules. He used the classified information to impress foreign women whom he failed to properly report to the command.
- Trump administration moves to keep CIA torture report secret Press TV 03 Jun 2017 -- The administration of US President Donald Trump has begun returning to Congress copies of a 2014 report describing the CIA's harsh detention and torture techniques under the George W. Bush administration.
- WikiLeaks Releases New Batch of CIA Documents on Hacking Tools Sputnik 02 Jun 2017 -- The WikiLeaks has released another batch of CIA classified documents from the so-called Vault 7 project.
- South Korean Spy Chief Kills Seoul's Domestic Spying Program Sputnik 02 Jun 2017 -- The new director of South Korea's National Intelligence Service (NIS), Suh Hoon, on Thursday ordered the immediate abolition of all domestic intelligence operations.
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