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  • Exclusive: Fearing espionage, U.S. weighs tighter rules on Chinese students

    11/29/2018 12:23:41 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 29, 2018 | by Patricia Zengerle, Matt Spetalnick
    WASHINGTON - The Trump administration is considering new background checks and other restrictions on Chinese students in the United States over growing espionage concerns, U.S. officials and congressional sources said. In June, the U.S. State Department shortened the length of visas for Chinese graduate students studying aviation, robotics and advanced manufacturing to one year from five. U.S. officials said the goal was to curb the risk of spying and theft of intellectual property in areas vital to national security. But now the Trump administration is weighing whether to subject Chinese students to additional vetting before they attend a U.S. school....
  • Federal Resources Are Paying Undercover Informants in the Migrant Caravan: Report

    11/20/2018 4:30:57 PM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 29 replies
    Fortune ^ | November 20, 2018 | Renae Reints
    Department of Homeland Security officials are gathering information on the migrant caravan moving through Mexico to the U.S. border via paid undercover informants and the monitoring of group text messages, NBC News reports. The migrants use WhatsApp message groups to coordinate their journey, according to the report. DHS officials have joined these groups to monitor the caravan’s size and activity, combining the information with that of paid informants and DHS officials working with the Mexican government to prepare for the migrants’ arrival. The caravan consists of roughly 4,000 migrants, mostly from crime-ridden Honduras, seeking a new life in the U.S....
  • Under Obama, the CIA Suffered a 'Catastrophic' Disaster

    11/07/2018 10:12:08 AM PST · by detective · 20 replies
    PJ media ^ | November 4, 2018 | Michael Walsh
    This story, which broke on Nov. 2, got mighty little attention from the national media. I wonder why: In 2013, hundreds of CIA officers — many working nonstop for weeks — scrambled to contain a disaster of global proportions: a compromise of the agency’s internet-based covert communications system used to interact with its informants in dark corners around the world. Teams of CIA experts worked feverishly to take down and reconfigure the websites secretly used for these communications; others managed operations to quickly spirit assets to safety and oversaw other forms of triage. “When this was going on, it was...
  • Are Turkey's Spies Operating in America?

    11/13/2018 5:47:57 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 23 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | October 19, 2018 at 5:00 am | Uzay Bulut
    According to Turkish media reports, the Turkish government's Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) gathered intelligence via its imams and other employees in 38 countries on the activities of Turks suspected of supporting the US-based Turkish Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen. Peter Pilz, then an Austrian member of parliament, last year revealed that he had received documents from a Turkish source indicating the existence of "a global network of informants" -- spanning four continents -- reporting to Turkey's Diyanet on alleged Gülenists. In most cases, these informants were religion attachés at embassies/consulates. In 2016, the Diyanet Center of America (DCA) completed...
  • John Brennan Warns After Sessions’ Firing: ‘Constitutional Crisis Very Soon’ [With video.]

    11/07/2018 4:25:16 PM PST · by familyop · 117 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | November 7, 2018 | Joshua Caplan
    Former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) chief John Brennan told MSNBC that the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions Wednesday shows the United States may be facing a constitutional crisis “very soon.”
  • 6 Questions About The Huge CIA Blunder That Allowed Enemies To Kill 70 U.S. Spies

    11/07/2018 9:42:08 AM PST · by detective · 14 replies
    The Federalist ^ | November 7, 2018 | Tony Daniel
    More than 70 foreign nationals working as spies for the CIA in Iran and China were systematically identified and slaughtered in the past decade, due to a ridiculously weak web-based system the CIA used to communicate with foreign assets it couldn’t reach directly. This according to a devastating November 2 report in Yahoo News written by journalists Zach Dorfman and Jenna McLaughlin (center-left, but generally trustworthy). Although the Iranian roll-up occurred in 2011, and the Chinese rout occurred from 2010 to 2012, the CIA did not remedy the root cause of the problem in its transient messaging scheme until 2013,...
  • Obama’s CIA Secretly Intercepted Congressional Communications About Whistleblowers

    11/02/2018 10:23:19 PM PDT · by blam · 52 replies
    Fortis Connect ^ | 11-3-2018 | Sharyl Attkisson
    The intercepts occurred under CIA Director John Brennan and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. The new disclosures are contained in two letters of “Congressional notification” originally written to key members of Congress in March 2014, but kept secret until now. In the letters, then-Intelligence Community Inspector General Charles McCullough tells four key members of Congress that during “routing counterintelligence monitoring of Government computer systems,” the CIA collected emails between Congressional staff and the CIA’s head of whistleblowing and source protection. McCullough states that he’s concerned “about the potential compromise to whistleblower confidentiality and the consequent ‘chilling effect’ that the...
  • Chinese intel officers charged with hacking US companies to steal sensitive aviation data

    10/30/2018 2:56:55 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/30/18 | Olivia Beavers
    The Justice Department on Tuesday unsealed charges against a group of Chinese intelligence officers, alleging that they hacked into a series of private companies’ computer systems in the U.S. and abroad as part of an effort to steal sensitive commercial aviation data. Zha Rong, Chai Meng and seven other co-conspirators worked to steal intellectual property and other sensitive data from over a dozen companies so that China could develop a turbofan engine "without incurring substantial research and development expenses," according to the to the indictment. "Members of the conspiracy targeted, among other things, companies in the aerospace and other high-technology...
  • Was Christopher Steele Disseminating Russian Disinformation to the State Department?

    09/14/2018 4:05:21 PM PDT · by detective · 15 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | September 14, 2018 | Eric Felten
    When Christopher Steele was hired to compile his “dossier” on Donald Trump in 2016, he already had an extensive history of presenting private intelligence analysis to U.S. policymakers. The former British spy had for years been funneling reports on Russia and Ukraine to senior State Department Russia analysts. Materials recently turned over to Congress show that while Steele was giving memos to State he also maintained close ties to the billionaire Russian industrialist Oleg V. Deripaska. Some congressional investigators are thus concerned that his memos may have been a channel of Russian disinformation. Here’s how Steele got his work distributed...
  • The Maltese Phantom of Russiagate

    05/30/2018 12:07:33 PM PDT · by publana · 14 replies
    Real Clear Investigations ^ | May 30, 2018 | Lee Smith
    In the shifting narratives of the Trump-Russia probe, a Maltese academic named Joseph Mifsud has remained a linchpin regarding claims of collusion. He is the professor who allegedly told Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos that the Russians had emails related to the Clinton campaign. The FBI says it opened its investigation in late July 2016 after Papadopoulos relayed that information to Australian diplomat Alexander Downer, and the Australians tipped off U.S. authorities. While some news accounts describe Mifsud as an accomplice to Russian clandestine operations or a “cut-out” (intermediary), others contend he is a full-fledged Russian spy. In an official...
  • Botched CIA Communications System Helped Blow Cover of Chinese Agents

    09/03/2018 12:48:08 PM PDT · by Behind the Blue Wall · 28 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | August 18, 2018 | Zach Dorfman
    "It was considered one of the CIA’s worst failures in decades: Over a two-year period starting in late 2010, Chinese authorities systematically dismantled the agency’s network of agents across the country, executing dozens of suspected U.S. spies. But since then, a question has loomed over the entire debacle. How were the Chinese able to roll up the network? Now, nearly eight years later, it appears that the agency botched the communication system it used to interact with its sources, according to five current and former intelligence officials. The CIA had imported the system from its Middle East operations, where the...
  • Trump 'Preparing Ground for Prosecution of Corrupt Deep State Actors' – Analyst

    09/02/2018 3:43:33 PM PDT · by Eddie01 · 116 replies
    Sput ^ | 31.08.2018 | Ekaterina Blinova
    A battle royal is about to erupt, Wall Street analyst Charles Ortel told Sputnik, commenting on The Daily Caller's report that ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private server was hacked. According to Ortel, the Clinton email case deserves further scrutiny despite the FBI's denial of the alleged intrusion. The FBI has rebuked Donald Trump's tweet saying that Hillary Clinton's unsecured email servers were reportedly accessed by Chinese hackers; however, the agency has not yet clarified the point whether or not it had been informed by the Intelligence Community Inspector General about foreign intrusion of Clinton's private server back in 2015....
  • SOURCES: CHINA HACKED HILLARY CLINTON’S PRIVATE EMAIL SERVER

    08/28/2018 6:46:14 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 103 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9:22 PM 08/27/2018 | Richard Pollock | Reporter
    A Chinese-owned company penetrated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private server, according to sources briefed on the matter. The company inserted code that forwarded copies of Clinton’s emails to the Chinese company in real time. The Intelligence Community Inspector General warned of the problem, but the FBI subsequently failed to act, Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert said during a July hearing. A Chinese-owned company operating in the Washington, D.C., area hacked Hillary Clinton’s private server throughout her term as secretary of state and obtained nearly all her emails, two sources briefed on the matter told The Daily Caller News...
  • Two Men Accused of Spying for Iranian Regime on Potential Targets in US

    08/22/2018 10:01:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 21, 2018 | 2:55 AM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    An Iranian man charged in D.C. with conspiracy and other offenses was so incensed by a U.S. senator who participated in a New York rally against the Tehran regime last fall that he suggested to his alleged co-conspirator that the “motherf—” needs to be shot, according to documents unsealed on Monday. Majid Ghorbani and Ahmadreza Mohammadi-Doostdar stand accused of having collected data for the regime relating to Jewish organizations in Chicago and U.S.-based members of the exiled Iranian opposition group, Mujahideen-e Khalq (MEK). They did so, according to an FBI special agent’s affidavit, “for the purpose of enabling the government...
  • Botched CIA Communications System Helped Blow Cover of Chinese Agents

    08/17/2018 7:31:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 08/17/2018 | BY ZACH DORFMAN
    It was considered one of the CIA’s worst failures in decades: Over a two-year period starting in late 2010, Chinese authorities systematically dismantled the agency’s network of agents across the country, executing dozens of suspected U.S. spies. But since then, a question has loomed over the entire debacle. How were the Chinese able to roll up the network? Now, nearly eight years later, it appears that the agency botched the communication system it used to interact with its sources, according to five current and former intelligence officials. The CIA had imported the system from its Middle East operations, where the...
  • CIA China Ops Wiped Out By 'Botched' Spy Contact System

    08/18/2018 5:10:30 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 28 replies
    Conservative Daily Post ^ | 18 Aug 2018 | Mark Megahan
    CIA China Ops Wiped Out By 'Botched; Spy Contact System: Investigation results show indicted spy Jerry Chun Shing Lee was not the CIA's only security breach. Sloppy coding led to a back door hole in the messaging system, used by the Chinese to 'wipe out' our entire spy network. Suddenly, in late 2010, undercover agents in China were being rounded up and hauled off for interrogation. Under Barack Obama's administration, the Central Intelligence Agency suffered what intelligence officers are calling one of the worst disasters in decades. Suddenly, in late 2010, undercover agents in China were being rounded up and...
  • Botched CIA Communications System Helped Blow Cover of Chinese Agents

    08/16/2018 8:52:56 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 25 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | August 15, 2018, 5:13 PM | Zach Dorfman
    It was considered one of the CIA’s worst failures in decades: Over a two-year period starting in late 2010, Chinese authorities systematically dismantled the agency’s network of agents across the country, executing dozens of suspected U.S. spies. But since then, a question has loomed over the entire debacle. How were the Chinese able to roll up the network? Now, nearly eight years later, it appears that the agency botched the communication system it used to interact with its sources, according to five current and former intelligence officials. The CIA had imported the system from its Middle East operations, where the...
  • Lawmakers Demand Declassification of Bruce Ohr FBI Interviews

    08/05/2018 7:49:30 PM PDT · by bitt · 23 replies
    saraacarter.com ^ | 8/2/2018 | Sara A. Carter
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) have been stonewalled since last year by the Department of Justice, which has refused to turn over interviews the FBI conducted with former Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr. Ohr was demoted twice for failing to disclose his involvement with significant figures (including his wife) associated with the unverified dossier from the now-embattled research firm, Fusion GPS, which alleged President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with Russia. The lawmakers say Ohr’s close relationship with former British spy and dossier author, Christopher Steele is deeply troubling....
  • Details Surface About Chinese Spy Who Worked For Sen. Feinstein

    08/02/2018 1:19:01 PM PDT · by DFG · 46 replies
    New details emerged Wednesday about how a mole for the government of communist China managed to stay by Senator Dianne Feinstein’s side for nearly 20 years. It happened five years ago, but additional information is just surfacing about how the Bay Area senator’s office was infiltrated by a Chinese spy. The Bay Area is a hotbed for Russian and Chinese espionage. Late last year, the feds shut down the Russian consulate in San Francisco. You may remember the thick black smoke that billowing from building before Russian diplomats turned it over to authorities, presumably produced by burning
  • 12 Russians cast in Bob Mueller's theater of the absurd

    07/14/2018 6:59:31 AM PDT · by WWII_Historian · 18 replies
    ... The enormity of the situation is that Mueller violated the unwritten rules of counter-espionage, which were forged through many trials and errors over thousands of years. One of these unwritten rules says the detected spy no longer poses a threat. It is not necessary to arrest, or indict, or imprison him. You can try to convert him into a double agent, but the probability of success cannot be predicted. A much more effective method of working with an unmasked spy is to use the spy as a channel for disinformation. Keep him in the dark. Use the spy so...