Every Monday, SPY will bring you a Weekly Intelligence Update highlighting the previous week’s worldwide news events from espionage incidents to national security and general intelligence. Note: Linking to these stories does not constitute an endorsement from the International Spy Museum. As the Museum historian, I found many of these news stories were interesting (and that you might too).
The most important stories from the last week, all in one place.
New York Times: US Fears Data Stolen by Chinese Hacker Could Identify Spies
The Daily Beast: FBI Probes ‘Hundreds’ of China Spy Cases
Unfortunately, it’s doubtful we will go a week without stories about terrorism.
New York Times: ISIS Leader Takes Steps to Ensure Group’s Survival
Washington Post: Pentagon: US Airstrike Kills Al-Qaeda Leader in Afghanistan
Defense One: Turkey Opens Key Air Bases for US Strikes on ISIS
Washington Post: The Emerging Threat of the Lone Wolf in the Fight Against Terror
News about nuclear weapons, and the intelligence and national security ramifications they present. I will also include news about chemical, radiological, and biological weapons here as well (all the WMDs in one convenient location).
The Daily Beast: Pentagon ‘Shocked’ by Anthrax Leak
Defense One: You’re Safe-ish from Anthrax, For Now
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Anything new in spy and defense science and technology.
The Hill: Pentagon Confirms Drone Crashed In Iraq
Stories about the NSA, government transparency, and individual rights.
The Daily Beast: NSA Appoints Obama Bundler as New Top Lawyer
The world of cyberwar and cyber-terrorism is the new normal.
War on the Rocks: Can US Courts Stop Chinese Cyberspying?
Popular Science: How Worried Should You Be About Your Car Being Hacked?
Washington Post: Why the Justice Department Is Going After This Bitcoin Exchange
Our old nemesis is back with a vengeance.
Vice News: The Russians Are Coming: NATO's Frontier
Radio Free Europe: Russia Poised To Veto Bid to Create UN Tribunal on MH17
The National Interest: Russia's Rising Military: Should the US Send More Nuclear Weapons to Europe?
The Daily Beast: Russia’s Stalinist Diplospeak
The National Interest: Russia's Stealthy New Nuclear Bomber Is in Big Trouble
The Daily Beast: Can Putin Afford to Keep East Ukraine?
The newest intelligence battleground of the 21st Century.
Alaska Dispatch News: Obama's Upcoming Visit To Anchorage: A Little Bit Climate, A Little Bit Arctic
Our neighbors to the south, both allies and adversaries.
The Atlantic: A Cuban Flag Rises in the District of Columbia
Miami Herald: Conditions Tied to Possible Obama Visit to Cuba
CHINA/EAST ASIA/THE PACIFIC
America’s “Asia pivot” has brought it into direct conflict with the rising powers of Asia.
The Daily Beast: Can You Pick Out the North Korea Propaganda Shots?
MIDDLE EAST/SOUTHWEST ASIA
Because all the news from this hotly contested part of the world is not just terrorism news.
Politico: John Kerry Picks Overseer for Iran Deal
The Daily Beast: Ex-Intel Chief: Iran Deal Good for Israel
News articles that highlight the secret history of history.
The Telegraph (UK): Frederick Forsyth 'Set To Reveal He Was an MI6 Spy'
The National Interest: US Millennials Say America Was Wrong to Drop Atomic Bombs on Japan
Huffington Post: The Art of the 'Real' Deal
All the news that doesn’t fit.
The Daily Beast: Does a Dead Kazakh KGB Chief Own Sherlock’s House?