November 2017 Intelligence News
- Initially Praised, CIA Director Mike Pompeo Has Drawn Criticism VOA 30 Nov 2017 -- Since taking charge at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, Director Mike Pompeo has earned a reputation as a strong ally of President Donald Trump, despite breaking with the American leader on some key issues.
- Report: Turkey Swapped Two Alleged Russian Spies For Crimean Tartar Leaders RFE/RL 29 Nov 2017 -- Turkish broadcaster Haberturk reports that Turkey has extradited two Russians accused of espionage in exchange for the release of two Crimean Tatar leaders jailed in Russia-occupied Crimea.
- Canadian Man's Guilty Plea In Yahoo Hack Offers More Glimpses Of Russian Spy Case RFE/RL 29 Nov 2017 -- A Canadian man has pleaded guilty to his role in the 2014 hack of Yahoo's e-mail servers, the latest development in a mysterious investigation that has ensnared officers of Russia's main security agency.
- Ukraine Expels Belarusian Diplomat Amid Spy Scandal RFE/RL 21 Nov 2017 -- Ukraine has expelled a Belarusian diplomat amid a spy scandal between the two neighboring countries.
- Belarusian KGB Says It's Holding Ukrainian Journalist, Claims He's A Spy RFE/RL 20 Nov 2017 -- The Belarusian Committee for State Security (KGB) says it has arrested a Ukrainian journalist on suspicion of espionage, accusing him of being a military intelligence agent - a claim immediately rejected by Ukraine.
- German Intelligence Chief Urges West to Prepare for Russia's 'Potential Threat' Sputnik 14 Nov 2017 -- German Federal Intelligence Agency (BND) chief Bruno Kahl warned Western countries on Tuesday that they should be ready to deter the alleged "Russian threat".
- After US, UK accuses Kaspersky of helping Russia with espionage Press TV 13 Nov 2017 -- The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) - the UK government's largest spy agency - has expressed concern about Russian anti-virus software Kaspersky handed out to millions of British users, weeks after a similar warning by American intelligence officials.
- Trump trying to delegitimize US intelligence report: Brennan Press TV 13 Nov 2017 -- Former CIA Director John Brennan says US President Donald Trump is trying to "delegitimize" a conclusion by the US intelligence community on Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 election, which put the New York billionaire in office.
- US National Security Agency Reportedly in Jeopardy After Its Cyberweapons Stolen Sputnik 13 Nov 2017 -- The crisis in the NSA caused by a massive hacker attack has decreased the morale of its employees, with many of them reportedly preferring to leave the agency for better-paid jobs.
- 'Incredibly Damaging': US Cyber Security Ranks Vacant After Massive Hacks Sputnik 13 Nov 2017 -- Many top cybersecurity top posts remain empty, according to White House cybersecurity coordinator Rob Joyce, as the NSA reports disastrous leaks of key assets.
- On Russia Meddling in US Election, Where Do Trump and US Intel Community Stand? VOA 13 Nov 2017 -- The issue of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election followed President Donald Trump on his 12-day trip through five Asian nations.
- DoD Pledges to Improve Background Investigation Procedures AFPS 09 Nov 2017 -- The Defense Department is pledging to improve the way background investigations are done, according to Garry Reid, DoD's director for defense intelligence and security.
- Estonia Arrests Russian Man Suspected Of Being FSB Agent RFE/RL 07 Nov 2017 -- Estonia has detained a man suspected of being a Russian agent operating against the Estonian state, the Prosecutor-General's Office says.
- Estonia Detains Russian National Suspected of Preparing Cybercrime Sputnik 07 Nov 2017 -- The Russian Embassy in Tallinn was notified of the detention and is ready to help the Russian citizen.
- India Offers Real-Time Intelligence Data Sharing with 10 Countries Sputnik 04 Nov 2017 -- The Indian Navy has proposed the initiative in the backdrop of an increased presence of Chinese naval fleet including submarines in the Indian Ocean Region.
- Germany to Spend $465Mln on New Spy Satellites Sputnik 05 Nov 2017 -- The Airbus and the OHB aerospace companies have submitted bids for construction of the satellites for German Federal Intelligence Service's new satellite program.
- Department of Defense Releases Budget Figure for 2017 Military Intelligence Program (MIP) DoD 01 Nov 2017 -- The Department of Defense released today the Military Intelligence Program (MIP) appropriated top line budget for FY 2017. The total MIP budget, which included both the base budget and Overseas Contingency Operations appropriations, was $18.4B billion.
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