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
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
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: Ukraine Releases Audio Evidence that Missiles Have Russian Origin
US Department of the Treasury: Announcement of New Russian Sanctions (Pre-MH17)
Washington Post: Exploding Donkeys in Gaza, Dead Cows in Israel
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
Anything new in spy and defense technology.
War is Boring: Laser-Guided Bullet is Sniper’s Bloody Dream
Washington Post: Marines Test Robotic Pack Mule
News articles that highlight the secret history of history.
All the news that doesn’t fit.