To Catch a Spy (Foreign Policy)

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“In the age of iris scans and facial recognition software, biometrics experts like to point out: The eyes don’t lie. And that has made tradecraft all the more difficult for U.S. spies.”

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REPORT Yemen Was Washington’s Counterterrorism Success Story. Not Anymore. (Foreign Policy)

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“The sudden departure of U.S. special operations forces from Yemen marks a devastating blow to a counterterrorism campaign that Barack Obama’s administration had heralded as a success story, officials and experts say, as Washington suffers another intelligence reverse in the fight against the al Qaeda group that poses the greatest threat to Americans.”

Read the full article here by Sean Naylor.

Susan Rice on “The United States National Security Strategy” (Brookings)

“On February 6, the Project on International Order and Strategy hosted U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice for the launch of President Obama’s National Security Strategy, which outlines the president’s foreign policy vision and priorities for the American people and Congress—and communicates America’s priorities to its allies around the world.”

Original Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbQS8zp56NA

Ex-NSA director: China has hacked ‘every major corporation’ in U.S. (CNN Money)

Centcom Hack

“The Chinese government — seeking to steal valuable secrets — has hacked into the computers at every major American company, according to the nation’s former spy director.

Mike McConnell, who served as director of national intelligence under President George W. Bush, made the comments during a speech at the University of Missouri on Thursday.”

See the full CNN Article here.

Putin reveals secrets of Russia’s Crimea takeover plot (BBC)

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“Vladimir Putin has admitted for the first time that the plan to annex Crimea was ordered weeks before the referendum on self-determination.

Crimea was formally absorbed into Russia on 18 March, to international condemnation, after unidentified gunmen took over the peninsula.

Mr Putin said on TV he had ordered work on “returning Crimea” to begin at an all-night meeting on 22 February.”

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REPORT: Confronting the Islamic State (National Security Network)

ISIS's AO, courtesy of the NYT

ISIS’s AO, courtesy of the NYT

“The National Security Network (NSN) is pleased to release a new policy report,Confronting the Islamic State: An Assessment of U.S. Strategic Options. The report, which features a foreword by NSN Senior Advisor Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton (Ret.), reframes the debate on U.S. strategy in Iraq and Syria. NSN Policy Analysts Dana Stuster and Bill French analyze the full field of strategies to counter the Islamic State proposed by experts and outline a new approach to combat it.”

See the full report here.

“C.I.A. Is Said to Have Bought and Destroyed Iraqi Chemical Weapons” (NYT)

“The Central Intelligence Agency, working with American troops during the occupation of Iraq, repeatedly purchased nerve-agent rockets from a secretive Iraqi seller, part of a previously undisclosed effort to ensure that old chemical weapons remaining in Iraq did not fall into the hands of terrorists or militant groups, according to current and former American officials.”

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