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. 

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



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?



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?



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



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



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



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



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



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


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



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