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).

TOP NEWS

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

Politico: FBI Warns Media: Journalists 'Desirable Targets' For ISIL

New York Times: In Cold War, U.S. Spy Agencies Used 1,000 Nazis

Reuters: China to Streamline Counter-Terrorism Intelligence Gathering

Defense News: German Spies Warn Islamic State Has Anti-Aircraft Rockets

Reuters: Charred Tanks in Ukraine Point to Russian Involvement

Buzzfeed: Congressman Wants “All Out” Surveillance on Muslims, Blames “Morons” In Media for Limiting Spying

BBC: US to Investigate Claims IS Used 'Chemical Weapons' In Iraq

Reuters: U.S. National Security Prosecutors Shift Focus from Spies to Cyber

Roll Call: New Things We Know About the Senate Intelligence Interrogation Report

Al Jazeera: Blackwater Guards Convicted In Iraq Killings

Reuters: China Says Wants Closer Military Ties With Iran

Washington Post: Panetta Clashed With CIA Over Memoir, Tested Agency Review Process

 

TERRORISM/COUNTERTERRORISM

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

The Telegraph (UK): Senior Al-Qaeda Jihadist Speaks Out In Defense of Peter Kassig

The Atlantic: Daily Life in the Shadow of ISIS

AP: ISIS Earns $1M per Day in Black Market Oil Sales

Daily Beast: Lone Wolves, Terrorist Runts, and the Stray Dogs of ISIS

The Guardian: ISIS Ascent in Syria and Iraq Weakening Pakistani Taliban

Center for Strategic & International Studies: Where Is Latin America in the Fight against ISIL?

War on the Rocks: How About Some Unconventional Warfare? Thoughts on Countering ISIL

Radio Free Europe: Iranian, Arab Media: 'Russia-Iran Anti-IS Operations Room' In Iraq

Al Arabiya: Britain to Fly Spy Drones over Syria

The Daily Star (Lebanon): Islamist Head Says 'Tunisia Model' Way To Defeat ISIS

The Hill: ISIS Rakes In Donations on Twitter

BBC: Saudi Arabia: Women Jailed For Supporting Al-Qaeda

Center for Strategic & International Studies: The Imploding U.S Strategy in the Islamic State War?

 

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). 

US Department of State: Remarks at a Symposium on P5+1 Iran Nuclear Negotiations

National Interest: Stopping a Nuclear Nightmare: How We Can Secure Loose Nuclear Materials

Fortuna’s Corner: It’s Time to Talk about Nukes Again: An Intellectual Vacuum Is Leading to Inane Conclusions

LA Times: How Big A Nuclear Arsenal Do We Really Need?

Ploughshares Fund: Broken budgets? Make a withdrawal from the Nuclear ATM

Reuters: US, Europeans Row over Post-Fukushima Nuclear Safety Step

The Hill: Could US Handle Biologic Attack?

Stars and Stripes: Ebola Crisis Rekindles Concerns about Secret Research in Russian Military Labs

Military Times: Isolation Pods Will Carry Troops If They Get Ebola

PolitiFact: Could Terrorists Use Ebola To Attack the United States?

 

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 

Anything new in spy and defense science and technology. 

Wired: CIA’s Secret Fear: High-Tech Border Checks Will Blow Spies’ Cover

University of Birmingham: The Security Impact of Drones: Challenges and Opportunities for the UK

Defense Systems: Budget Pressures Push Air Force to Mull Commercial Satellite Tracking

CNet: Elon Musk: 'We Are Summoning The Demon' With Artificial Intelligence

War on the Rocks: To Save Money, Go Unmanned

Defense One: Here Are Some Robots We Could Use To Fight Ebola in Africa

 

GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENCY/SECRECY

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

Washington Post: Fareed Zakaria: Why Edward Snowden Should Agree To Stand Trial In The U.S.

Foreign Policy: Why Was the NSA Chief Playing the Market?

The Atlantic: Where Is the Investigation Into Financial Corruption at the NSA?

National Interest: Torturing the Rule of Law

War on the Rocks: A Note From An Intelligence Insider: Speaking Truth to Power

The Hill: Anti-Surveillance Tech Coalition Grows

The Guardian: MI6 Whistleblower's Partner Accuses Intelligence Agencies of 'Moral Slide'

Wired: Virginia Police Have Been Secretively Stockpiling Private Phone Records

US News and World Report: Sen. Ron Wyden Says CIA Is Trying To Obscure Key Facts by Leaving Out Aliases

The Register (UK): Edward Who? GCHQ Boss Dodges Snowden Topic during Last Speech

BBC: Video: Intelligence and Security Committee

Huffington Post: Edward Snowden Should Be Charged With Murder, Says Congressman Mike Rogers

Stars and Stripes: 3 Navy Officials Testify That They Didn't Approve $1.6 Million for Silencers

Washington Post: Snowden Filmmaker Laura Poitras: ‘Facebook Is a Gift to Intelligence Agencies’

The Guardian: Arizona Challenged To Abandon Secrecy on Death Penalty Drugs

Washington Post: Whistleblowers Say USAID’s IG Removed Critical Details from Public Reports

The Hill: Big Data Is a Powerful Weapon in the Fight for Equality

Washington Post: Why Are Democracies Disappointing Glenn Greenwald?

CBS This Morning: The People and Principles Behind @CIA

Vogue: What We Think Edward Snowden’s Girlfriend Should Wear on the Run

 

CYBER

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

Real Clear Defense: It's Time to Wake Up: Chinese Hacking Is Eroding U.S. Military Superiority

South China Morning Post: 11 Arrested Over Cyberattacks on 70 Chinese Government Websites

BBC: US 'Probes Hackable Flaws' In Medical Devices

ZD Net: Not Been a Victim of Cyber-Crime Yet? You're Now in the Minority

The Verge: Tim Cook Meets With Chinese Vice Premier to 'Exchange Views' On Data Security

 

RUSSIA

Our old nemesis is back with a vengeance. 

Washington Post: Putin Attacks U.S. Electoral College System: ‘There Is No Democracy There’

Buzzfeed: Russia Comments on Its Ukraine Involvement with Sexism and Shrugs

Newsweek: Ukrainian Intelligence Seize Arms Cache as They Uncover 'Russian' Plot to Attack Kiev

Radio Free Europe: Former Polish FM Says Putin Offered To Divide Ukraine with Poland

Newsweek: The 'Russian Submarine' in Swedish Waters Isn't the Only Unwelcome Visitor in the Baltic Sea

The Aviationist: “Soviet Mission Markings” on a U.S. RC-135U Spyplane Used To Monitor the Ukrainian Crisis

 

CHINA/ASIA

The US’s most significant global rival is making moves around the world as the US makes its “pivot”.

Washington Post: U.S. General: North Korea Likely Can Build Miniaturized Nuclear Weapons

The Diplomat: Al-Qaeda Declares War on China, Too

Reuters: Canadian Couple Accused of Spying in China Held in Near Isolation, Son Says

 

MIDDLE EAST/SOUTHWEST ASIA

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

XX Committee: Iran’s Secret New Balkan Spy-Terror Offensive

Radio Free Europe: Iran Arrests 'Spies' Near Bushehr Nuclear Plant

Stars and Stripes: US Officials See Signs of New Life in Iraqi Army

Washington Post: For Iraq’s Sunnis, Sectarian Militias Pose an Extra Threat

War on the Rocks: How We Lost Touch with Our Friends in Iraq

National Interest: The Long Shadow of the Iran-Iraq War

BBC: UK Military 'Made Wrong Calculations' On Afghanistan


INTELLIGENCE HISTORY

News articles that highlight the secret history of history. 

CBS News: Nazi Sympathizers Duped by Gestapo Imposter in WWII

Central Intelligence Agency: The Capture and Execution of Colonel Penkovsky, 1963

National Security Archive: Intelligence Center Tracks Missile Launches Worldwide 24/7

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: Peter Kuran: Bringing Hollywood to History

Matthew Aid: Demolition of AN/FLR-9 SIGINT Antenna Array at Misawa, Japan Has Begun

National Geographic: "Lost" Satellite Photos Reveal Surprising Views of Earth in the 1960s

Charleston Gazette (WV): Real ‘Inglorious Bastard’ To Be Honored For Heroics

Slate: The Berlin Wall Resurrected, 25 Years after Its Fall

National Interest: The Case for Cornwallis

Matthew Aid: NSA Releases More Declassified Documents on Vietnam POW/MIA’s

Washington Post: Ben Bradlee, Legendary Washington Post Editor, Dies at 93

 

GENERAL INTEL

All the news that doesn’t fit. 

National Security Agency: Five Cryptologists Added to NSA/CSS Cryptologic Hall of Honor

The Telegraph (UK): Britain's Spies Are 'Exact Opposite' Of James Bond, Foreign Secretary Says

New Zealand Herald: Kiwis Pay $103m 'Membership Fee' For Spying

Council on Foreign Relations: Counter-Unconventional Warfare Is the Way of the Future. How Can We Get There?

RAND: Is Obama a Modern-Day Quintus Fabius Maximus?

National Interest: America's Enemies Beware: The U.S. Air Force Is Set to Soar (and Become Even Deadlier)

Defense One: The Army Wants To Fully Integrate Conventional and Special Operations Forces

Huffington Post: The Value of Energy to Our Warfighters