August 2017 Intelligence News
- Serbia Recalls Entire Embassy Staff From Skopje, Citing 'Offensive Intelligence Activities' RFE/RL 21 Aug 2017 -- Serbia has abruptly recalled all staff from its embassy in Macedonia for consultations regarding "offensive intelligence activities" against Serbia, President Aleksandar Vucic has said.
- Iran Denies Appeal Of U.S. Student Imprisoned On Spying Charges RFE/RL 18 Aug 2017 -- Iranian authorities have denied the appeal of a Princeton University researcher who was convicted of spying for the United States and sentenced to 10 years in prison, the university said on August 17.
- ACLU: Psychologists Behind CIA Interrogation Program Settle Torture Case VOA 17 Aug 2017 -- Two psychologists who helped design an interrogation program used by the CIA in the U.S. war on terror have settled a lawsuit brought on behalf of three former detainees.
- German Prosecution Files Espionage Charges Against Swiss Citizen Sputnik 16 Aug 2017 -- German Public Prosecutor General filed charges of espionage in the Supreme Land Court of Frankfurt am Main against 54-year-old Swiss citizen Daniel M. over suspicion of being an intelligence agent, according to official statement.
- President proposes Alavi as Intelligence Minister IRNA 14 Aug 2017 -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani picked Mahmoud Alavi for Intelligence Ministry in 12th government.
- German prosecutors begin probe against Swiss financial spies Press TV 14 Aug 2017 -- Four Swiss spies who allegedly reported on German tax investigators are now under official probe in Germany, local media say, in what could really affect relations between the two neighbors.
- Spy Agency Used 'Psychological Warfare' to Help Disgraced South Korea President Sputnik 04 Aug 2017 -- South Korea's spy agency has admitted it conducted a behind-the-scenes campaign which helped Park Geun-hye win the 2012 presidential election. The National Intelligence Service (NIS) used psychological warfare techniques to boost support for Park, who was ousted earlier this year after becoming embroiled in a corruption scandal.
- Top US Intelligence Officials Wary as Ever of Russia VOA 04 Aug 2017 -- Top U.S. intelligence officials are refusing to back down over concerns about Russia, even as U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian officials lament what they describe as deteriorating relations between the two countries.
- Trump Administration Cracks Down on Leakers VOA 04 Aug 2017 -- U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions told reporters Friday that he has tripled the number of "active leak" investigations over the tally during the Obama administration, in an effort to stem the tide of classified information being released to the media by people in the Trump administration, intelligence community and other government entities.
- Probe Confirms S Korean Intel Service Meddled in 2011, 2012 General Elections Sputnik 03 Aug 2017 -- The South Korean National Intelligence Service (NIS) was involved in influencing the results of parliamentary elections in the country in 2011 and 2012, an investigation found, as reported by local media Thursday.
- Germany Claims Vietnam Kidnapped Asylum-Seeker Wanted By Hanoi VOA 03 Aug 2017 -- The German government has condemned Vietnam's "unprecedented and blatant violation" of German and international law by kidnapping a Vietnamese citizen seeking asylum in Berlin and returning him to Hanoi to face criminal charges.
- Germany orders Vietnamese intelligence services rep to leave in 48 hours People's Daily 02 Aug 2017 -- Germany on Wednesday ordered a representative of the Vietnamese intelligence services to leave the country within 48 hours, according to Xinhua News Agency.
- UK threatens tech companies over message encryption 'problem' Press TV 01 Aug 2017 -- The UK government has once again threatened tech companies over development of message encryption tools, saying they should either cooperate with security and intelligence services to solve the "problem" or face stricter laws.
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