Tag: Espionage and Intelligence Services

American to Lead NATO Intelligence as Iraq-War-Era Concerns About U.S. Linger

ASPEN, Colo. — The United States will take over the top NATO intelligence post at the end of the year, alliance officials said, a move that some American officials hope could bolster a critical alliance capacity that President Trump has praised. But the appointment runs the risk of putting an American stamp on an office […]

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Expansion of Secrecy Law for Intelligence Operatives Alarms Free Press Advocates

WASHINGTON — The C.I.A. is quietly pushing Congress to significantly expand the scope of a law that makes it a crime to disclose the identities of undercover intelligence agents, raising alarms among advocates of press freedoms. The agency has proposed extending a 1982 law, the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, which makes it a crime to […]

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Student Deported From North Korea Says He’s ‘Pretty Obviously’ Not a Spy

SEOUL, South Korea — An Australian student who was deported from North Korea denied on Tuesday that he had been spying against the isolated country and said he was sad that he might never be able to go there again. The student, Alek Sigley, 29, a graduate student in Korean literature at Kim Il-sung University […]

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Barr Says House Subpoenaed Mueller to Create ‘Public Spectacle’

EDGEFIELD, S.C. — Attorney General William P. Barr accused House Democrats on Monday of subpoenaing testimony from Robert S. Mueller III to “create some kind of public spectacle,” rather than elicit facts, pointing to Mr. Mueller’s declaration that he would discuss only the facts laid out in the Russia investigation report. “I don’t really feel […]

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North Korea Accuses Expelled Australian Student of Spying

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said on Saturday that Alek Sigley, the Australian student whom it deported this past week, had been a spy who admitted to “systematically” collecting information about the isolated country, with a state news agency reporting that he had been “caught red-handed.” Mr. Sigley, 29, a graduate student in Korean […]

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Pompeo, a Steadfast Hawk, Coaxes a Hesitant Trump on Iran

WASHINGTON — In the days leading up to President Trump’s decision on whether to launch a missile strike against Iran, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo commanded the stage. After warning that Mr. Trump was prepared to use force because of Iran’s suspected role in oil tanker attacks, Mr. Pompeo flew to Florida on Monday to […]

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The World’s Lamest Trojan Horse

In February 2012, when I was an undergraduate at the University of Iowa, Xi Jinping, the vice president of China at the time and now president, paid a visit to Muscatine, a small town where he’d briefly stayed while on a research trip in 1985. Muscatine is an hour’s drive from Iowa City, and my […]

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Was the Downing of Flight MH17 State-Sponsored Murder?

In Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin, lying — willfully, methodically, shamelessly — is the default response to any accusations of wrongdoing. Russia did not meddle in American elections. Accusations of systematic Olympic doping are malicious foreign inventions. The Novichok nerve agent killers in Salisbury, England, were there only to admire the cathedral’s spire. Russia has nothing to […]

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Could the Christchurch Attacks Have Been Prevented?

SYDNEY, Australia — He traveled abroad, visiting places where extremists once killed civilians in cold blood. He appears to have posted radical opinions online. He moved overseas, applied for gun licenses and is believed to have purchased several assault rifles. But Brenton H. Tarrant escaped the attention of the authorities both in Australia, where he […]

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How Weapons Secrets Often Fall Into Enemy Hands

You’re reading this week’s At War newsletter. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox every Friday. Email us at atwar@nytimes.com. When a Japanese F-35 fighter jet crashed into the Pacific Ocean on April 9, much of the American technology behind the world’s first $1 trillion weapon sunk to the seafloor, where anyone […]

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Trump to America: Who’s Going to Stop Me?

In a new interview with ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos, parts of which were released on Wednesday evening, Donald Trump announced his willingness to betray and subvert American democracy, again. Asked what he would do if he were offered foreign dirt on an opponent in 2020, he said he’d take it, and pooh-poohed the idea of […]

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Justice Dept. Seeks to Question C.I.A. Officers in Russia Inquiry Review

WASHINGTON — Justice Department officials intend to interview senior C.I.A. officers as they review the Russia investigation, according to people briefed on the matter, indicating they are focused partly on the intelligence agencies’ most explosive conclusion about the 2016 election: that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia intervened to benefit Donald J. Trump. The interview […]

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Donald Trump Jr. Tells Senate Intelligence Panel He Stands by Previous Statements

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump Jr. told Senate investigators on Wednesday that he did not inform his father at the time about a June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer promising “dirt” on Hillary Clinton and that he was not kept abreast of negotiations over a proposed real estate project in Moscow, a person familiar with […]

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How a Secret U.S. Cyberweapon Backfired

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher A criminal group has held computer systems for the city of Baltimore hostage for nearly a month — paralyzing everything from email to the real estate market to the payment of water bills. But what residents […]

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N.S.A. Denies Its Cyberweapon Was Used in Baltimore Attack, Congressman Says

BALTIMORE — A Maryland congressman said on Friday that the National Security Agency had denied that one of its hacking tools, stolen in 2017, was used in a ransomware attack on Baltimore’s government that had disrupted city services for more than three weeks. The statement, made by Representative C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, came in response to […]

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Barr Escalates Criticism of Mueller Team and Defends Trump

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr ratcheted up his criticisms of the special counsel’s office and defended President Trump’s actions in a wide-ranging interview broadcast on Friday. Mr. Barr distanced the Justice Department from the report on Mr. Trump’s attempts to interfere in the Russia investigation written by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller […]

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In Baltimore and Beyond, a Stolen N.S.A. Tool Wreaks Havoc

For nearly three weeks, Baltimore has struggled with a cyberattack by digital extortionists that has frozen thousands of computers, shut down email and disrupted real estate sales, water bills, health alerts and many other services. But here is what frustrated city employees and residents do not know: A key component of the malware that cybercriminals […]

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The Coolheaded, One-Legged Spy Who Changed the Course of World War II

A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II By Sonia Purnell “A Homeric tale” is how Sonia Purnell describes the life of Virginia Hall, and that sounds about right. Certainly, hers was a story that must have been muttered about on hillsides, in the dark, […]

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