Weekly Intel Update

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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).

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TOP NEWS

The most important stories from the last week, all in one place. 

Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov shot dead in Moscow.

The Hill: Landmark Internet Rules Approved

The Daily Beast: Spy: CIA Kept Me From My Soulmate

New York Times: US and British Agencies May Have Tried to Get SIM Encryption Codes, Gemalto Says

Office of the Director of National Intelligence: Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community

Washington Post: ‘Jihadi John’: Islamic State Killer is Identified as Londoner Mohammed Emwazi

Defense One: ‘Jihadi John’ and the Future of the Biometrics Terror Hunt

Washington Post: CIA Looks to Expand Its Cyber Espionage Capabilities

The Guardian: CIA Attempted To Contact Hamas Despite Official US Ban, Spy Cables Reveal

BBC: Argentina Congress Votes to Dissolve Intelligence Agency

The Clarion Project: Islamic State Destroys Ancient Artifacts and Burns 8,000 Books

Reuters: Kremlin Saw Plan to Annex Crimea before Yanukovich Fell

Washington Post: Jury In ‘American Sniper’ Trial Finds Eddie Ray Routh Guilty Of Killing Navy SEAL Chris Kyle And Chad Littlefield

 

TERRORISM/COUNTERTERRORISM

Unfortunately, it’s doubtful we will go a week without stories about terrorism.  

The Intercept: Exclusive: TSA Issues Secret Warning On ‘Catastrophic’ Threat To Aviation

The White House: Statement by NSC Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on Recent ISIL Attacks

The Atlantic: What ISIS Really Wants

Reuters: US Military Trains African Armies Ahead Of Boko Haram Campaign

Radio Free Europe: American Group Used 'Dark Web,' Bitcoin to Raise Money for IS, Says Researcher

Newsweek: Western Intelligence Services Overwhelmed by Jihadist Propaganda

Defense One: Clapper Says People in Mosul May Be Getting Sick of ISIS

Reuters: British Spies in US Terror Trial Must Be Faceless In Sketches

Miami Herald: Pentagon Scraps Judges’ Guantánamo Move Order; 9/11 Case Unfrozen

BBC: Abid Naseer New York Trial Shown Bin Laden Documents

AP: 2 Californians Get 25 Years in Federal Prison for Terror Try

Center for Strategic and International Studies: Can We Learn Anything from Terrorist Propaganda Videos?

Vice News: Spain Claims to Have Busted Another Islamic State Recruitment Cell

 

NUKES

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).  

War is Boring: America Readies Its New ‘Smart’ Nuke

Business Insider: North Korea's Last Nuclear Test Had a Fireball the Width of 4 Manhattan Blocks

The Guardian: Leaked Cables Show Netanyahu’s Iran Bomb Claim Contradicted by Mossad

Reuters: Get Over It: There’s No Better Deal Coming on Iran’s Nuclear Program

Politico: Let’s Make the Deal with Iran

Washington Post: A Compelling Argument on Iran

Union of Concerned Scientists: Obama’s Nuclear Legacy #4: Give Nuclear Weapons a Sole Purpose

Arms Control Wonk: Discriminate Deterrence

Arms Control Wonk: Nuclear Postures

Daily Star (Lebanon): North Korea Could Have 100 Nuclear Weapons by 2020: US Researchers

 

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 

Anything new in spy and defense science and technology.  

Federal Times: CIA to Launch Private App Store Next Month

Wired: Google’s AI Is Now Smart Enough to Play Atari Like the Pros

Defense News: India, Israel to Build Missile Defense System

Popular Science: Weapons for Future Wars on Sale at Abu Dhabi Arms Show

Reuters: U.N. Panel Urges Increased Use of Drones in Peacekeeping Missions

CNN: The Future of War Will Be Robotic

Defense One: The World Needs New Rules for Armed Drones

Popular Science: Your Guide To The 3-D Printed Universe



GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENCY/SECRECY

Stories about the NSA, government transparency, and individual rights.

McClatchy: Rejection of NSA Whistleblower’s Retaliation Claim Draws Criticism

US News and World Report: NSA Chief Mute on Spyware, Critical on Snowden

Slate: The Snowdenites Are Winning

Vice News: Official Reports on the Damage Caused by Edward Snowden's Leaks Are Totally Redacted

Overt Action: What Takes CIA Longer: Designing & Deploying a Spyplane or Uploading 12 Million Declassified Documents?

The Intercept: Canadian Spies Collect Domestic Emails in Secret Security Sweep

Al Jazeera: Spy Cables: Greenpeace Among Intelligence Targets

The Daily Beast: Army Spied on Hero over Amazon Review

ACLU: ACLU-Obtained Documents Reveal Breadth of Secretive Stingray Use in Florida

The Guardian: Held For Hours at Secret Chicago 'Black Site': 'You're a Hostage. It's Kidnapping'

The Intercept: Long March Of The Yellow Jackets: How a One-Time Terrorist Group Prevailed On Capitol Hill

 

CYBER

The world of cyberwar and cyber-terrorism is the new normal.   

The Daily Beast: Top Spy: Small Hacks Are Bigger Threat Than ‘Cyber Armageddon’

US Department of State: $3 Million Reward for Information on Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev

Defense One: Spy Research Agency Is Building a Machine to Predict Cyber Attacks

Huffington Post: Anthem Hack Could Have Hit At Least 8.8 Million Non-Customers

Defense One: How the Military Will Fight ISIS on the Dark Web

Department of Homeland Security: Protect Myself from Cyber Attacks

Slate: Encryption 101

Huffington Post: We Need a Manhattan Project for Cyber Security

 

RUSSIA

Our old nemesis is back with a vengeance.

NPR: Ukraine Starts Withdrawing Heavy Weapons from Front Lines

Washington Post: US Military Vehicles Paraded 300 Yards from the Russian Border

Defense News: US, Russian Troops Show off Hardware Just Miles Apart

The Telegraph (UK): British Forces Head for Ukraine as David Cameron Issues Warning To Vladimir Putin

NPR: France Warns Russia and Its Allies Not To Advance on Ukrainian Port City

Deutsche Welle: German Tank Battalion to Be Activated Amid Russia Crisis

Brookings: How to Contain Russia without a New Cold War

CNN: Ukraine Recruits Internet Army to Fight Russian Trolls

BBC: Russia’s Bear: The Old-Fashioned Plane Still Thriving

The National Interest: This Is What Putin Really Wants

Reuters: Hybrid War: The Real Reason Fighting Stopped In Ukraine – For Now

 

LATIN AMERICA

Our neighbors to the south, both allies and adversaries. 

Cuba Confidential: US Hopes to Reopen Cuba Embassy Ahead of Americas Summit

Reuters: US, Cuba Meet For Second Round of Normalization Talks

The National Interest: Venezuela's President Is Out of Control

 

CHINA/EAST ASIA/THE PACIFIC

America’s “Asia pivot” has brought it into direct conflict with the rising powers of Asia.

Reuters: US 'Deeply Concerned' By North Korean Nuclear Advances

Business Insider: China Has a Growing Terrorism Problem and No One Is Talking About It

Washington Post: Could Al Jazeera’s Leaked British Spy Files Get a North Korean Killed?

Business Insider: India Fast-Tracking Development of Its New Aircraft Carrier In Order To Compete With China

Stars and Stripes: Fearing Ebola, North Korea Bars Foreigners from Pyongyang Marathon

 

MIDDLE EAST/SOUTHWEST ASIA 

Because all the news from this hotly contested part of the world is not just terrorism news.

The National Interest: 4 Iranian Threats That Terrorize Saudi Arabia

NBC News: Afghanistan's Abdullah Abdullah Says Taliban Peace Talks Will Be Soon

Reuters: Yemen Ex-President Amassed Up To $60 Billion, Colluded With Rebels: U.N. Experts

 

INTELLIGENCE HISTORY

News articles that highlight the secret history of history.   

Business Insider: This Letter from George Washington Marks the Birth of American Espionage

National Cryptologic Museum Foundation: "Code Breakers: The Invisible Cryptologists" - An NBC4 Series

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: The Weight of a Butterfly

Wilson Center: Stasi Note on Meeting Between Minister Mielke And KGB Deputy Chairman Kryuchkov

The Point: The Soviet Science System

San Jose Mercury News: Ralph Nobles Dies; Manhattan Project Physicist Saved San Francisco Bay Wetlands

 

GENERAL INTEL

All the news that doesn’t fit. 

The Guardian: South Africa Monitored Iranian Agents under US Pressure, Spy Cables Show

The Guardian: Spy Cables: MI6 Intervened To Halt South African Firm’s Deal with Iranian Client

The Guardian: South Africa Scrambles to Deal with Fallout from Leaked Spy Cables

Al Jazeera: The Spy Cables: A Glimpse Into the World of Espionage

The Guardian: Africa Is New ‘El Dorado of Espionage’, Leaked Intelligence Files Reveal

The Guardian: The Unglamorous Life of a Modern Spy in the New ‘El Dorado of Espionage’

Bloomberg: Sex, Lies and Espionage: Did a Professor Spy for the FBI?

Defense One: What Is the Future of War?

CNN: What War Has In Store