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CIA/NSA Bickering Nearly Sank the Deal of the Century

But the CIA and West German intelligence eventually bought the Swiss firm Crypto AG

(Newser) - Friction between the CIA and NSA has come up before—think 9/11 intelligence failures—but it turns out their bickering nearly sank a deal that later revolutionized intelligence gathering, the Washington Post reports. "There was not a lot of love lost between CIA and NSA over the years,"... More »

Trump Taps New Director of National Intelligence

Texas Republican John Ratcliffe has been up for this post before, amid bipartisan criticism

(Newser) - President Trump on Friday picked Rep. John Ratcliffe to be the nation's top intelligence official, just months after abruptly ending an earlier effort to install him amid bipartisan criticism that the Texas GOPer was unqualified for the post. Trump initially named Ratcliffe for the job last summer, but then... More »

Trump Sees 'Hoax No. 7' Underway in DC

He slams report of Russian meddling in the 2020 election

(Newser) - Reports that intelligence officials informed Congress that Russia is meddling on President Trump's behalf in the 2020 election have caught Trump's attention, and he's not happy with the news—specifically that the lawmakers were informed about it. Sources told the New York Times and Washington Post that... More »

Report: Official Said Trump's Ukraine Call Was 'Crazy'

Whistleblower listed 3 reasons why he might be accused of anti-Trump bias

(Newser) - New details have surfaced from the whistleblower complaint that sparked the Trump impeachment inquiry. In a memo reviewed by the New York Times , the whistleblower wrote that a White House official who listened to President Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukraine's president found the conversation "crazy"... More »

Whistleblower Complaint Filed Over Trump Phone Call

House Intelligence chief wants to see 'urgent' complaint

(Newser) - A phone conversation between President Trump and a foreign leader alarmed an intelligence official so much that they filed a formal whistleblower complaint, sources tell the Washington Post . The sources say the complaint filed with the inspector general of the intelligence community involved a "promise" Trump made to the... More »

Intel Chiefs' Disagreements Were Misquotes, Trump Says

He says they're all on same page after a few days of public friction

(Newser) - Two days after his intelligence bosses contradicted him in public testimony, President Trump said they told him they’d been misquoted. CNN asked the president Thursday if he'd discussed with CIA Director Gina Haspel and national intelligence chief Dan Coats their testimony before a Senate panel. In that testimony,... More »

Trump 1st Since Nixon to Not Read Daily Intelligence Briefs

According to 'Washington Post' report

(Newser) - Donald Trump is the first president since Richard Nixon to not regularly read the President's Daily Brief—a comprehensive update on the world put together by US intelligence agencies—sources tell the Washington Post , and that has some intelligence experts concerned he's putting the US at risk. Sources... More »

2 Views on Claims Our Spies Aren't Telling Trump Everything

'WSJ' report says this isn't entirely novel, but the reason for it is

(Newser) - "Information is illegally given out by 'intelligence' like candy," tweeted President Trump Wednesday. A new report from the Wall Street Journal alleges some of that candy is being withheld from the president himself. Some of what's allegedly being kept from Trump by US intelligence officials are... More »

Trump Wants NY Billionaire to Review Intelligence Agencies

FBI releases Trump files from the '70s

(Newser) - President Trump is planning to shake up the intelligence services with the help of a fellow New York billionaire, the New York Times reports, citing administration sources. The officials say Trump wants to bring in Stephen Feinberg, a co-founder of the Cerberus Capital Management hedge fund who currently serves on... More »

Trump Says 'Criminal Action' Brought Down Flynn

He says this is all a distraction from 'many mistakes' of Clinton's losing campaign

(Newser) - President Trump is again insisting that the leaks from the intelligence community that brought down Michael Flynn are a bigger story than the national security adviser's abrupt resignation. "Intelligence, papers are being leaked. Things are being leaked. It's a criminal action—criminal act—and it's been... More »

Trump Plans to Do More Than Just Criticize CIA

He wants to restructure US intelligence agencies, sources say

(Newser) - Donald Trump plans to do more than just criticize US intelligence agencies—he plans to restructure the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Central Intelligence Agency, sources tell the Wall Street Journal . "The view from the Trump team is the intelligence world has become completely politicized,... More »

Trump Appears to Trust Assange Over US Intel

He's accused of 'mocking' intelligence officials who risk their lives

(Newser) - The American intelligence community had concluded Russia is to blame for cyberattacks during the US election, including those targeting Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange disagrees. And in a move one Republican political consultant sees as "mocking American men and women who … put their... More »

Intelligence Officers Worry About Trump Payback

Bolton claims hacking could be 'false flag'

(Newser) - In a development that characters in a Tom Clancy novel would probably dismiss as far-fetched, intelligence figures fear that the next president might retaliate against the CIA and other agencies that have linked Russian hackers to election interference . "There is not just smoke here. There is a blazing 10-alarm... More »

Sources: Spy Agencies Lose Access to Analyzed Tweets

Twitter is blocking Dataminr service to government, says a WSJ report

(Newser) - Twitter has barred US intelligence agencies from accessing a service that parses tweets to alert clients to events like terror attacks over fears of appearing too chummy with federal agencies, sources tells the Wall Street Journal . For two years, the government has had access to the service, provided by private... More »

Rapper Eyed in Beheading of James Foley

UK intelligence said to have found a suspect

(Newser) - British officials say they've identified the ex-pat who beheaded James Foley but won't yet release his name, the Sunday Times reports. Investigators narrowed the case down to four suspects—including a British doctor's brother and an ex-gang member who went to Syria—but UK rapper Abdel-Majed Abdel... More »

NSA Able to Decode Most Calls, Texts Worldwide

Washington Post unveils latest Snowden material

(Newser) - The NSA is capable of breaking the encryption used on most phone calls and text messages worldwide, the latest Edward Snowden leak shows, though it's not certain how often the agency actually does it. Under US law, the NSA can't eavesdrop on citizens' conversations without a court order.... More »

Gitmo Lawyers: Agents Are Spying on Us

Guantanamo commander admits that cells are bugged

(Newser) - A defense lawyer for alleged 9/11 attackers is crying foul after spotting hidden listening devices in cells used to meet with her clients at Guantanamo Bay, the Guardian reports. And the response from Gitmo's commander—that the bugs were set up by secret agents, yet no eavesdropping is underway—... More »

In Search of Code Breakers, UK Intel Invades Social Media

Launches 'Can You Crack It?' test

(Newser) - Did you ever want to be a code-breaking secret agent? Well, this could be your big chance. One of Great Britain's oldest intelligence services, Government Communications Headquarters, has launched an online test called " Can You Crack It? ," designed to help find new talent, reports the BBC . The... More »

CIA Spies Captured in Middle East

Officials fear they will be executed

(Newser) - More than a dozen CIA spies have been caught in Lebanon and Iran over the last six months, and the US worries they’ll be executed—or already have been. "If they were genuine spies, spying against Hezbollah, I don't think we'll ever see them again,"... More »

Hackers Post 3K Intel Names, Emails

INSA had just published paper calling for greater online security

(Newser) - Hackers have grabbed and published the names and email addresses of thousands of high-ranking security officials, handing them over to an anti-secrecy website, reports NBC News . About 3,000 names belonging to the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, a nonprofit organization for members of the intelligence community, were posted to... More »

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