December 2020 Intelligence News
- Taiwanese national found guilty of working with Chinese intelligence CNA 31 Dec 2020 -- A Taiwanese businessman was found guilty of working with Chinese intelligence and handed a three-month jail sentence or payment of a fine by the Taipei District Court Thursday, though the case can still be appealed.
- Jonathan Pollard, Israel spy freed by Trump, greeted by Netanyahu Press TV 31 Dec 2020 -- Jonathan Pollard, an American jailed for 30 years in the United States for spying for Israel, landed in Tel Aviv on Wednesday to a hero's welcome led by prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
- Spying for a Friend: Why Jonathan Pollard Spent 30 Years in US Jail for Selling Secrets to Israel Sputnik 30 Dec 2020 -- US citizen Jonathan Pollard, who served 30 years in jail for spying for Israel, has arrived at Ben Gurion airport. He was welcomed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
- Former Spy Pollard Arrives in Israel, Reports Say Sputnik 30 Dec 2020 -- US citizen and former Jewish American spy Jonathan Pollard, who served 30 years in jail and five years on strict parole for spying for Israel, landed in the Ben Gurion airport on Wednesday and was welcomed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Haaretz newspaper reported.
- Convicted Spy Jonathan Pollard Arrives in Israel VOA 30 Dec 2020 -- Thirty-five years after he was convicted in the United States of spying for Israel, former U.S. Navy analyst Jonathan Pollard arrived Wednesday in Tel Aviv with his wife Esther. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met him at the plane with his new Israeli identity card. Pollard, who served 30 years in a U.S. prison, was on parole for five years before the U.S. allowed him to leave the country.
- Singaporean Special Services Arrest Man, Who Spied in US for China, Security Department Says Sputnik 30 Dec 2020 -- The internal security department (ISD) of Singapore on Wednesday arrested the Singaporean man, Dickson Yeo Jun Wei, who was spying on the United States for China and spent 14 months in a US prison, the ISD said.
- Russia blacklists Germany's top security, intelligence officials Press TV 29 Dec 2020 -- Russia has blacklisted Germany's top security and intelligence officials and barred them from entering the country in response to recent restrictive measures imposed by the European Union (EU) over an alleged cyber attack and the purported poisoning of a Russian opposition figure.
- Russia Blacklists Germany's Top Security, Intelligence Officials Over Bundestag "Hacking" Sanctions Sputnik 29 Dec 2020 -- The officials' entry ban was introduced in relation to Germany's claims of "Russian trace" in the cyberattack on the German federal parliament in 2015.
- Russia Adds German Officials Barred From Entry In Tit-For-Tat Over 2015 Cyberattack RFE/RL 29 Dec 2020 -- Moscow says it has added several senior German security officials to its list of those barred from the country in response to the European Union's decision to place travel bans on Russian officials over a 2015 hacking attack on the German parliament.
- Former Russian Energy Executive Given 15 Years On 'Absurd' Spying Charge RFE/RL 29 Dec 2020 -- The Moscow City Court has found Karina Tsurkan, an executive with energy holding company Inter RAO, guilty on charges of spying for Moldova, which she denies, and sentenced her to 15 years in prison.
- Russia Orders Bulgarian Diplomat To Leave In Tit-For-Tat Move RFE/RL 28 Dec 2020 -- Russia says it has given a Bulgarian diplomat 72 hours to leave the country following the expulsion of its military attache in Sofia.
- Russia Declares Bulgarian Diplomat Persona Non Grata in Response to Expulsion of Envoy From Sofia Sputnik 28 Dec 2020 -- Bulgaria declared a Russian attache at the embassy in Sofia persona non grata earlier this month on suspicion he had been gathering military information. Moscow stated it retained the right to retaliate.
- Cold War-Era Double Agent George Blake Dies In Russia, Age 98 RFE/RL 26 Dec 2020 -- Prominent Cold War-era double agent George Blake has died in Moscow at the age of 98, Russian authorities have reported.
- Legendary Soviet Double Agent George Blake Dies Aged 98, Russian Intelligence Service Confirms Sputnik 26 Dec 2020 -- Legendary British spy and Soviet double agent working in MI-6, George Blake, has died aged 98, Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service Spokesman Sergey Ivanov told Sputnik.
- Russia Opens Criminal Probe Into Navalny Lawyer Who Tried To Meet With FSB Agent RFE/RL 25 Dec 2020 -- Russian law enforcement agencies have opened a criminal case against Lyubov Sobol, a lawyer for the outspoken Kremlin critic Aleksei Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) and took her in for questioning, the head of the foundation said on December 25.
- Russian Couple Jailed For Wedding Photo Treason RFE/RL 24 Dec 2020 -- A Russian court has sentenced a married couple in Kaliningrad to lengthy jail terms after finding them guilty of spying for Latvia and state treason.
- German Hospital's Final Statement Says Navalny Poisoned With Novichok Nerve Agent RFE/RL 23 Dec 2020 -- The German hospital that treated Aleksei Navalny has posted its final statement on the case of the Russian dissident's acute illness, saying he was poisoned with the chemical nerve agent Novichok.
- Russia expels two Colombian diplomats in tit-for-tat move Press TV 23 Dec 2020 -- Russia has expelled two Colombian diplomats in response to the expulsion of two of its diplomats from the South American country.
- Russia Expels Two Colombian Embassy Employees In Tit-For-Tat Move RFE/RL 23 Dec 2020 -- Russia's government has declared two employees of the Colombian Embassy in Moscow diplomats "personae non gratae" following the expulsion of two Russian diplomats from the South American country due to what local media reported was espionage.
- Russian Foreign Ministry Declares Two Colombian Diplomats Persona Non Grata Sputnik 23 Dec 2020 -- Earlier, the Colombian Foreign Ministry said that two Russian diplomats had to leave Colombia due to non-compliance with the Vienna Convention, but the Latin American country was determined to maintain good relations with Moscow.
- 'Russian Watergate': Russian Social Media Reacts After Navalny Dupes FSB Agent On His Poisoning RFE/RL 22 Dec 2020 -- Within 24 hours of being posted, Russian opposition figure Aleksei Navalny's video report of a conversation in which a Federal Security Agency (FSB) chemist confesses to participating in Navalny's poisoning with a deadly nerve agent in August racked up nearly 12 million views.
- Moscow Police Briefly Detain Navalny Foundation Lawyer Who Tried To Meet Duped FSB Agent RFE/RL 22 Dec 2020 -- Moscow police briefly detained Lyubov Sobol, a lawyer for Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation, after she tried to meet an agent who has implicated the Federal Security Service (FSB) in the poisoning of the 44-year-old Kremlin critic.
- UN independent expert asks outgoing US president: Pardon Wikileaks' Assange UN News 22 Dec 2020 -- In an open letter to Donald Trump on Tuesday, an independent UN human rights expert asked the departing United States President to pardon Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
- Foreign Ministry statement regarding OPCW response to Russia's request for technical assistance to clarify the situation around Alexey Navalny Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs 21 Dec 2020 -- On October 1, we sent a request to Fernando Arias, Director-General of the OPCW and head of its Technical Secretariat, for technical assistance under Clause 38 (Ðµ) of Article VIII of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).
- Navalny Says He Duped Russian Agent Into Confessing Poison Plot RFE/RL 21 Dec 2020 -- Kremlin critic Aleksei Navalny says he duped a Russian agent into revealing how the country's Federal Security Service (FSB) poisoned him with Novichok.
- Navalny's Underpants Smeared With Poison, Would-Be Assassin Reveals VOA 21 Dec 2020 -- A Russian agent involved in the cleanup of the near-fatal nerve-agent poisoning of Alexei Navalny in August has revealed in an inadvertent confession how the Russian activist's underpants were smeared with the toxin Novichok by an intelligence unit from the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB).
- Putin orders special services to better protect Russian security Global Times 21 Dec 2020 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday demanded the country's intelligence agencies better safeguard national security.
- Congratulations on Security Agency Worker's Day President of Russia 20 Dec 2020 -- Vladimir Putin visited Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service headquarters on Security Agency Worker's Day.
- Bulgaria Expels Russian Diplomat on Spying Charges VOA 19 Dec 2020 -- Bulgaria accuses a Russian diplomat of spying and is expelling him from the country.
- RAF surveillance fleet to be based in Moray UK MOD 18 Dec 2020 -- The move demonstrates the UK Government's commitment to investing in Scotland
- Russia vows response to Bulgaria's expulsion of diplomat Press TV 18 Dec 2020 -- Russia has pledged to respond to Bulgaria's expulsion of a Russian military attachÃ© after Bulgarian prosecutors accused the diplomat of spying.
- Bulgaria Expels Another Russian Diplomat For Spying On U.S. Troops RFE/RL 18 Dec 2020 -- Bulgarian authorities have given a Russian diplomat 72 hours to leave Bulgaria, alleging involvement in espionage in the EU and NATO member state.
- Russian Diplomat Expelled From Bulgaria Over Espionage Allegations Sputnik 18 Dec 2020 -- Previously, Sofia expelled two staffers at the Russian trade mission. Moscow criticised the move, stating that Bulgaria had provided no proof that the staffers were engaged in any improper activities.
- Turkey denounces detention of consular official in Greece Press TV 18 Dec 2020 -- Police in Greece have detained a Turkish consular official on suspicion of spying, with Ankara saying that the individual's rights have been violated.
- Switzerland Confirms Handing Out Schengen Visas to Chinese Security Agents Radio Free Asia 18 Dec 2020 -- Switzerland has admitted to handing out Schengen visas to agents of the Chinese state, after a report revealed it has scant oversight over what law enforcement officers sent by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) do during their trips to Europe.
- Moscow Court Upholds Scientist's Detention To Await 'High Treason' Trial RFE/RL 17 Dec 2020 -- A court in Moscow on December 17 upheld pretrial detention for a Russian physicist specializing in hypersonic aircraft who was arrested earlier this month on suspicion of high treason.
- Russia's Putin Denies Involvement in Poisoning of Opposition Leader VOA 17 Dec 2020 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed an international media investigation that alleges his government was behind the poisoning of a leading Kremlin critic last Augustâ€” maintaining that opposition politician Alexey Navalny was working in tandem with the United States as part of a "trick" to tarnish Russia's image.
- Joint Statement by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) CISA 16 Dec 2020 -- Over the course of the past several days, the FBI, CISA, and ODNI have become aware of a significant and ongoing cybersecurity campaign.
- New EU Cybersecurity Strategy Suggests Special Cyberintelligence Working Group, Borrell Says Sputnik 16 Dec 2020 -- The European Union's new cybersecurity strategy envisages setting up a special cyberintelligence working group, EU high representative for the foreign policy, Josep Borrell, said Wednesday.
- 'Funny To Read': Russia's Lavrov Dismisses FSB Involvement In Navalny Poisoning RFE/RL 16 Dec 2020 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on December 16 dismissed a joint investigation between Bellingcat and several media outlets that revealed evidence they say shows that the recent poisoning of opposition leader Aleksei Navalny was carried out by Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB).
- Aussie daily 'turns' Chinese service bureau to spying agency overnight Global Times 16 Dec 2020 -- Australian media reports on the Australian embassy's recruitment of Chinese nationals via a Beijing agency as "putting spies into consulates" again exposed their ignorance and sinister motive, insiders and observers said.
- Russian Officials, State Media Tight-Lipped On Report FSB Agents Poisoned Navalny RFE/RL 15 Dec 2020 -- Russian state media has been slow to react to a detailed investigation reportedly showing that Kremlin critic Aleksei Navalny was poisoned by members of the Federal Security Service (FSB), raising questions about whether authorities have been caught off guard.
- 'Intentional Poisoning': New FBI Records, New Clues To Kremlin Critic's Sudden Illnesses RFE/RL 15 Dec 2020 -- U.S. authorities investigated a Russian opposition activist's two near-fatal illnesses as "intentional" poisonings, according to newly obtained government records that also show U.S. doctors and scientists mulled the possibility that he was targeted with a biotoxin or a radioactive substance.
- National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in Midst of Revolution DoD News 15 Dec 2020 -- In existence for almost a quarter-century, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has been providing geospatial intelligence to policymakers, the intelligence community and warfighters since 1996. Now, says its director for operations, when it comes to geospatial intelligence, the agency is in the middle of a revolution.
- Reports: U.S. Department Of Homeland Security Targeted By Russian Hackers RFE/RL 15 Dec 2020 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been added to a growing list of targets in a major cyberattack by suspected Russian hackers, according to U.S. media reports on December 14.
- US Homeland Security Acknowledges Cyber Breaches Across Federal Govt - Assistant Secretary Sputnik 15 Dec 2020 -- The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is looking into cyber breaches that have occurred across the federal government, according to DHS Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Alexei Woltornist in a Monday statement.
- Massive espionage attack reportedly targets US Departments of Defense, State Press TV 15 Dec 2020 -- The US Defense and State departments have reportedly been hacked as part of an alleged espionage attack.
- Hackers target US Homeland Security, thousands of businesses Press TV 15 Dec 2020 -- The US Department of Homeland Security and thousands of businesses have been targeted by a sweeping hacking campaign that officials suspect was directed by the Russian government.
- West's hyping of CPC 'infiltration' ridiculous and untenable: FM Global Times 15 Dec 2020 -- The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Tuesday slammed the West's hyping of members of the Communist Party of China (CPC) being potential spies as just another ridiculous and untenable "China threat" theory.
- West hypes 'leaked' list of CPC members to sow discord in foreign institutions Global Times 15 Dec 2020 -- Some Western media, using an alleged name list of 1.95 million members of the Communist Party of China (CPC), have launched a new round of witch hunts by accusing the people on the list of working in foreign consulates in China and foreign companies' Chinese branches for intelligence purposes, even though the authenticity of the database has been highly questionable.
- Chairman Schiff Statement on Solar Winds Hack HPSCI 14 Dec 2020 -- Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement
- Chinese Communist Party Members Worked in Foreign Consulates: Leaked List Radio Free Asia 14 Dec 2020 -- A leaked database of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) members has revealed that Beijing has had loyal potential agents working in consulates, major multinational companies, and sensitive research facilities around the world, according to reports published in The Australian, the Mail on Sunday, and other news organizations.
- CISA Issues Emergency Directive to Mitigate the Compromise of Solarwinds Orion Network Management Products CISA 14 Dec 2020 -- The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) tonight issued Emergency Directive 21-01, in response to a known compromise involving SolarWinds Orion products that are currently being exploited by malicious actors. This Emergency Directive calls on all federal civilian agencies to review their networks for indicators of compromise and disconnect or power down SolarWinds Orion products immediately.
- Statement by DHS Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Alexei Woltornist on Federal Government Cyber Breaches DHS 14 Dec 2020 -- "The Department of Homeland Security is aware of cyber breaches across the federal government and working closely with our partners in the public and private sector on the federal response."
- Suspected Russian Hackers Breach U.S. Treasury, Other Government Agencies RFE/RL 14 Dec 2020 -- Suspected Russian hackers broke into U.S. government networks, including the Treasury and Commerce departments, as part of a monthslong global cyberespionage campaign believed to have also targeted other governments and major corporations.
- British Cyber Spies Unaware of Any UK Impact from US Hacking, Says Downing Street Spokesman Sputnik 14 Dec 2020 -- US government agencies have been ordered to look for malware and disconnect potentially compromised servers after authorities learnt that the Treasury and Commerce departments had been hacked in an extensive global cyber-espionage campaign.
- Suspected Russian hackers allegedly broke into federal agencies: Sources Press TV 14 Dec 2020 -- Email systems at the US Treasury and Commerce Departments were breached by hackers who are allegedly part of a Russian intelligence campaign, sources familiar with the matter say.
- Man Who Worked At Local Research Institute For 10 Years Pleads Guilty To Conspiring To Steal Trade Secrets, Sell Them In China US Dept. of Justice 11 Dec 2020 -- A former Dublin, Ohio, man pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court today to conspiring to steal exosome-related trade secrets concerning the research, identification and treatment of a range of pediatric medical conditions.
- Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on the Russian citizen detained in Denmark Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs 09 Dec 2020 -- The Russian Foreign Ministry is monitoring the situation concerning the Russian citizen who was detained in Denmark in July of this year and charged with working for the Russian security services. He has been provided with a lawyer. He pleads not guilty.
- Pentagon Considers Halting Support for CIA's Counterterrorism Missions - Report Sputnik 10 Dec 2020 -- The partnership between the US Department of Defense (DoD) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has stood for decades and often involves Pentagon officials offering a variety of support, including logistics and transportation, to the spy agency.
- Netherlands Orders Expulsion Of Two Alleged Russian Spies Who Targeted Tech Sector RFE/RL 10 Dec 2020 -- The Netherlands has ordered the expulsion of two Russians with diplomatic accreditation after a Dutch intelligence agency accused them of espionage targeting the country's science and technology sectors.
- Moscow decries Denmarkâ€™s â€˜groundlessâ€™ spy charges against Russian citizen Press TV 09 Dec 2020 -- The Russian Foreign Ministry has denounced the detention and investigation of a Russian citizen in Denmark over espionage charges as "anti-Russian hysteria" on the part of Copenhagen.
- Denmark Charges Russian Citizen With Espionage RFE/RL 09 Dec 2020 -- Authorities in Denmark say they have charged a Russian citizen living in the Scandinavian country with espionage for allegedly providing information about Danish energy technology to Russia.
- Nigeria intelligence agency using Israeli spyware to monitor dissidents, other citizens: Report Press TV 09 Dec 2020 -- A new report has revealed that Nigeriaâ€™s Defense Intelligence Agency has acquired Israeli spyware to monitor phone calls and text messages of dissidents and other citizens.
- Hezbollah rejects ex-Lebanese minister's claims about intel apparatus Press TV 08 Dec 2020 -- Hezbollah has dismissed a claim by Lebanon's former interior minister Ahmad Fatfat that the Lebanese resistance movement operates a security and intelligence apparatus independent of the national General Security Directorate.
- Ex-Saudi spy chief rips Israel after Netanyahu trip exposÃ© Press TV 07 Dec 2020 -- Saudi Arabia's former influential spymaster has laid into the Israeli regime in strong-worded remarks after Israel's media outlets exposed a trip by the Israeli prime minister to the kingdom.
- Ukrainian National Gets 12 Years In Prison In Moscow On Espionage Charges RFE/RL 07 Dec 2020 -- A Ukrainian national and former professional soccer player has received 12 years in prison in Russia on espionage charges.
- US ends China exchange programs, calling them 'propaganda tools' Press TV 06 Dec 2020 -- The US State Department has announced its termination of five cultural exchange programs with China, referring to them as "soft power propaganda tools." said on Friday it has ended five cultural exchange programs with China, calling them
- US Releases Study on Mystery Illness at US Embassies VOA 06 Dec 2020 -- A U.S. government report says "directed, pulsed radio frequency energy" is the probable cause of a mystery illness that has afflicted U.S. diplomats and their families at U.S. embassies around the world.
- New Report Assesses Illnesses Among U.S. Government Personnel and Their Families at Overseas Embassies National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 05 Dec 2020 -- Government personnel and their families at the U.S. embassy in Havana, Cuba, in late 2016 and the U.S. consulate in Guangzhou, China, in early 2017 began suffering from a range of unusual - and in some cases suddenly occurring â€” symptoms such as a perceived loud noise, ear pain, intense head pressure or vibration, dizziness, visual problems, and cognitive difficulties, and many still continue to experience these or other health problems.
- Israeli spy chief's visit to Saudi cancelled after Netanyahu meeting leaks: Report Press TV 05 Dec 2020 -- Saudi Arabian officials have reportedly cancelled a planned visit by the head of Israel's Mossad spy agency, Yossi Cohen, after details of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's secret trip to the kingdom were leaked.
- Biden shunned by US military spy masters Press TV 05 Dec 2020 -- US military intelligence agencies have avoided meeting with the projected winner of the disputed 2020 US election Joe Biden's transition team, according to a report.
- Termination of PRC-Funded Propaganda Programs US Dept. of State 04 Dec 2020 -- Today, the Department of State terminated five programs, disguised as "cultural exchanges," with the People's Republic of China (PRC).
- Russia detains physicist for passing info abroad Press TV 04 Dec 2020 -- Russian authorities detain a physicist on suspicion of treason for passing classified information about the country's aviation industry to foreign governments.
- Russia Arrests Hypersonic Aircraft Scientist For High Treason RFE/RL 04 Dec 2020 -- A Russian court has ordered the arrest of a physicist specializing in hypersonic aircraft on suspicion of high treason.
- UAE launches satellite Falcon Eye into space People's Daily 03 Dec 2020 -- The United Arab Emirates (UAE) launched Wednesday its fourth reconnaissance satellite, named Falcon Eye 2, aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket that lifted off from Guiana Space Center in French Guiana.
- DOD Releases List of Additional Companies, In Accordance With Section 1237 of FY19 NDAA DoD 03 Dec 2020 -- Today, the Department of Defense released the names of additional "Communist Chinese military companies" operating directly or indirectly in the United States in accordance with the statutory requirement of Section 1237 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1999, as amended.
- Outgoing US Intel Chief Warns China Seeking Global Domination VOA 03 Dec 2020 -- U.S. President Donald Trump's top intelligence official is calling out China, describing the government in Beijing as the most pressing threat to freedom and democracy since the Second World War.
- EU Executive Plan Proposes Sanctions On Spreaders Of Fake News, Such As Russia RFE/RL 03 Dec 2020 -- European Commission Vice President Vera Jourova says the EU's executive arm will propose sanctioning entities who spread disinformation -- especially "foreign actors" from such countries as Russia and China -- in an effort to "impose a cost" on those putting out fake news.
- Moldova's Parliament Strips President-Elect Of Control Over Intelligence Service Amid Protests RFE/RL 03 Dec 2020 -- Moldova's Socialist-controlled parliament has approved legislation stripping President-elect Maia Sandu of control over the country's intelligence service and moving it back under lawmakers' jurisdiction just weeks before she takes office.
- A New White House Spokeswoman, An Old Photo, And A Message About Russian Propaganda RFE/RL 02 Dec 2020 -- Six years ago, the woman who was the face of the U.S. State Department was subjected to constant trolling on the Russian-language Internet, not to mention derision from the state-controlled satellite channel that used to be known as Russia Today.
- European Rights Court Finds Russia Denied Physicist Fair Trial In Treason Case RFE/RL 02 Dec 2020 -- The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on December 1 ruled that Russia violated a top physicist's right to a fair trial in a 2014 trial on treason and fraud charges.
- China seeking influence in Biden administration: US intel official Press TV 02 Dec 2020 -- A top US intelligence official says China has stepped up efforts gain more influence within the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden.
- Iran's intelligence ministry identifies Fakhrizadeh assassins: Gov't spokesman IRNA 02 Dec 2020 -- Government spokesman Ali Rabiei said on Wednesday that Iran's Intelligence Ministry has already launched investigation into assassination of top Iranian scientist Martyr Mohsen Fakhrizadeh and identified perpetrators of the terrorist attack.
- Iran intelligence Ministry identifies individuals involved in scientist assassination: Govt. spokesman Press TV 02 Dec 2020 -- The Iranian administration says the country's Intelligence Ministry has identified the individuals involved in the assassination of senior scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
- Israel behind assassination of Iranian scientist: US official Press TV 02 Dec 2020 -- A senior American official has acknowledged that the Israeli regime was behind the assassination of an Iranian scientist, CNN reports.
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