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Rosenberg Accomplice Dead at 101

Morton Sobell admitted to stealing military secrets for Soviets

(Newser) - "When you write my obituary, please don't say that I was accused of treason," Morton Sobell told the New York Times in 1998. Wish granted. The third figure in the famous 1951 spying case of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg—found guilty of conspiracy against the US, a... More »

Navy's Intel Chief Barred From Military Secrets for Last 2 Years

Ted Branch is not allowed to see classified info during DoJ inquiry

(Newser) - The intelligence chief for the US Navy is named Twig Branch, and he hasn't been allowed to see any major intelligence for more than two years. This isn't a lost chapter from the satirically bizarre Catch-22—it's the truth behind the scenes of a major military corruption... More »

Did a Dull-Sounding Navy Office Go Rogue?

Court documents dig into $1.6M purchase of unmarked silencers

(Newser) - There's a little-known, civilian-run Navy office in the Pentagon that's meant to provide "programmatic oversight" of intelligence operations—but as the Washington Post puts it, "some of its activities have fallen into a gray area, crossing into more active involvement with secret missions." According to... More »

Colonel Gave Nuke Secrets to Chinese Girlfriend: Feds

Defense contractor charged; hid relationship from military

(Newser) - A 59-year-old defense contractor's 27-year-old girlfriend from China may have had some ulterior motives, federal authorities say. Benjamin Bishop, a lieutenant colonel in the US Army Reserve who works in intelligence at Pacific Command, has been charged with passing "national defense information regarding existing war plans, information regarding... More »

Bradley Manning Defers Plea in WikiLeaks Case

He puts it off for now during arraignment at Fort Meade

(Newser) - An Army private chose not to enter a plea today to charges he made the biggest leak of classified information in US history. Bradley Manning also put off a choice of whether to be tried by a military jury or a judge alone. He was arraigned before Col. Denise Lind... More »

Pakistanis, Taliban Battle for Downed Drone

China, Iran could gain access to drone parts

(Newser) - Pakistani troops battled Taliban fighters over a downed CIA drone today, raising fears that America's enemies may gain access to its military technology. Taliban militants reportedly surrounded the Predator in a tribal region of Pakistan, but were fought off by Pakistani soldiers in a 4-hour battle that left three... More »

Bradley Manning Will Be Housed With Other Inmates

WikiLeaks suspect passes psychological tests at Fort Leavenworth

(Newser) - Looks like better conditions for accused WikiLeaker Bradley Manning: The Army said today that he passed an array of physical and psychological tests and will be allowed contact with other inmates at Fort Leavenworth, reports AP . Manning, still awaiting trial, will have his own cell but will get access to... More »

Military Secrets Bared in Brit Internet Blunders

Redacted information often easy to restore, says British newspaper

(Newser) - British military secrets, contaminated blood information, commercial negotiations, and other secret data is now readily available online, reports the Telegraph . Most of the documents were made available through Freedom of Information laws—but with sensitive information redacted. But because of an Internet blunder by officials, the redacted information is often... More »

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