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).


The most important news stories of the past week, all in one place.

Washington Post: Russia Supplied Missile Launchers to Separatists, US Officials Say

New Republic: Russian Public Being Told Entirely Different Story than the Rest of Us

LA Times: High Tech US Spycraft Tracked Missile’s Path to MH17

The Hill: Ex-CIA Official Suggests Putin Manipulating Crash Aftermath

Washington Post: Legendary Marine Died in the Service of the CIA

Washington Post: Human Rights Report Criticizes US Terror Prosecutions, FBI Tactics

The Daily Dot: Manuel Noriega Sues “Call of Duty” Video Game Publisher



Our old nemesis is back with a vengeance.

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: Russian Nuclear Forces, 2014

Daily Beast: Why Putin Let MH17 Get Shot Down

The Federalist: What MH17 Means for Russia

Buzzfeed: Russia Today Correspondent Resigns Over Coverage of Ukrainian Plane Crash

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: Ukraine Releases Audio Evidence that Missiles Have Russian Origin

The Interpreter: Was Col. Strelkov’s Dispatch about a Downed “Ukrainian Plane” Authentic?

US Department of the Treasury: Announcement of New Russian Sanctions (Pre-MH17)

Reuters: Putin Denies Russia is Reopening Spy Base in Cuba

Business Insider: Here’s What it’s Like to Fight With the Militia that’s Accused of Shooting Down MH17



Washington Post: Exploding Donkeys in Gaza, Dead Cows in Israel

Reuters: Hezbollah and Al Qaeda Clash on Syrian-Lebanon Border

CNN: Where Are the Benghazi Suspects?

Reuters: In an Al Qaeda Camp, Notes on an Islamic Caliphate

Mashable: US Intelligence Wants ISIS to Keep Tweeting



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

McClatchy DC: ISIS Overwhelms Iraqi Forces at Tikrit

New York Times: Explosion on Gaza Beach Kills 4 Children

National Interest: “Iranians are Terrified”: Iran’s ISIS Nightmare

Daily Beast: Hamas Has Already Won its Rocket War with Israel (Pre-Invasion)



The world of cyberwar and cyber-terrorism is the new normal. The NSA and Snowden stories would naturally fit here too, but they have their own category. 

Business Week: How Russian Hackers Stole the NASDAQ

Washington Post: What is a “Zero Day” Vulnerability?



Stories about the NSA, Snowden, and general government transparency. 

American Mathematical Society: NSA and the Snowden Issues


The US’s most significant global rival is making moves around the world. 

Honolulu Star Advertiser: Chinese Spy Ship off Hawaii Keeps Track of RIMPAC

New York Times: Inside a Chinese Interrogation Room

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). 

Popular Science: Computer Models Show What Would Happen to Earth after Nuclear War

The Verge: CDC Left Anthrax Samples Unlocked and Used Expired Disinfectant


Anything new in spy and defense technology. 

War is Boring: Laser-Guided Bullet is Sniper’s Bloody Dream

CNN: See Why the Navy Paid $3 Billion for this Ship

Washington Post: Marines Test Robotic Pack Mule


News articles that highlight the secret history of history. 

Daily Beast: Document Dump Shows President Clinton was Skeptical about bin Laden

ABC News: Memorial for CIA’s Fallen Marks 40th Anniversary


All the news that doesn’t fit. 

Daily Beast: US Government is Using Subliminal Songs to Scare Immigrants