Tag: Espionage and Intelligence Services

Review of Russia Inquiry Grows as F.B.I. Witnesses Are Questioned

WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors reviewing the origins of the Russia investigation have asked witnesses pointed questions about any anti-Trump bias among former F.B.I. officials who are frequent targets of President Trump and about the earliest steps they took in the Russia inquiry, according to former officials and other people familiar with the review. The prosecutors, […]

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Ex-Aide Saw Gordon Sondland as a Potential National Security Risk

WASHINGTON — A former top White House foreign policy adviser told House impeachment investigators this week that she viewed Gordon D. Sondland, the United States ambassador to the European Union, as a potential national security risk because he was so unprepared for his job, according to two people familiar with her private testimony. The adviser, […]

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Tinker, Tailor, Writer, Spy

When John le Carré was running agents for the British secret intelligence service MI6 in the early 1960s, there were certain qualities he looked for in a candidate. Gregariousness, cocktail party charm, the ability to hold one’s drink — all of that mattered, of course. But above all, what le Carré wanted was “a sense […]

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This C.I.A. Agent Wants to Give Peace a Chance

You wouldn’t expect a C.I.A. agent to talk like the spiritual presidential candidate Marianne Williamson. But there was Amaryllis Fox, who spent much of her 20s trying to keep nuclear materials out of terrorists’ hands, talking about love and kindness. “They are human, and they’re in the midst of waging a war that involves horrendous, […]

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Pentagon Analyst Is Charged in Leaks of Classified Reports

WASHINGTON — A Pentagon counterterrorism analyst shared classified information with two journalists for more than a year, one of whom he was dating, according to an indictment unsealed on Wednesday. The analyst, Henry Kyle Frese, 30, was arrested on Wednesday at his office at the Defense Intelligence Agency, where he has worked since January 2017, […]

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They Risked All for America. Don’t Betray Them.

David Petraeus, a retired general and former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and more than 25 American generals and admirals recently wrote to President Trump supporting a robust refugee resettlement program — especially for people who have served American military and intelligence agencies in their native countries. But the Trump administration has decided to […]

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How the Law Protects Intelligence Whistle-Blowers, and Leaves Them at Risk

WASHINGTON — President Trump has threateningly targeted the whistle-blower who brought to light how he pressured Ukraine’s leader to open investigations that could benefit him politically, not only portraying the whistle-blower as a spy but also expressing a desire to “interview and learn everything about” him. As the House pursues an impeachment inquiry, Mr. Trump’s […]

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Schiff, House Intel Chairman, Got Early Account of Whistle-Blower’s Accusations

WASHINGTON — The Democratic head of the House Intelligence Committee, Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, learned about the outlines of a C.I.A. officer’s concerns that President Trump had abused his power days before the officer filed a whistle-blower complaint, according to a spokesman and current and former American officials. The early account by the […]

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Brother of Iran’s President Is Sentenced to Prison for Corruption

The brother of President Hassan Rouhani of Iran was sentenced to five years in prison on corruption charges, the state news media reported on Tuesday, and four people were sentenced on charges of spying for the United States and Britain, with one person facing the death penalty. The penalties added to the perception that Mr. […]

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Whistle-Blower Is a C.I.A. Officer Who Was Detailed to the White House

WASHINGTON — The whistle-blower who revealed that President Trump sought foreign help for his re-election and that the White House sought to cover it up is a C.I.A. officer who was detailed to work at the White House at one point, according to three people familiar with his identity. The man has since returned to […]

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Trump Attacks Whistle-Blower’s Sources and Alludes to Punishment for Spies

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Thursday morning told a crowd of staff from the United States Mission to the United Nations that he wants to know who provided information to a whistle-blower about his phone call with the president of Ukraine, saying that whoever did so was “close to a spy” and that “in the […]

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Joseph Maguire, Intelligence Chief in Political Storm, Holds His Ground

WASHINGTON — For days, the nation’s top intelligence official found himself wedged between lawmakers eager to see a potentially explosive whistle-blower complaint and other Trump administration who deemed it off-limits. Senior intelligence officials described Joseph Maguire, who became acting director of national intelligence last month, as reeling from accusations that he broke the law by […]

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The Berlin Police Are Confident the Killer Is in Jail. They Just Don’t Know His Name.

BERLIN — At the outset, the German officers investigating the brazen daylight assassination of a former Chechen separatist commander were lucky. The killer, a man in a wig who had gunned down the victim in a Berlin park, was spotted by two teenagers, who called the police. Officers arrested the suspect near the Spree River […]

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U.S. Intelligence Officer Who Tried to Share Secrets With China Is Sentenced to 10 Years

A former United States intelligence officer who tried to pass secret military information to the Chinese government was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison — a term that was five years less than expected because he provided information that could help prevent foreign agents from targeting other Americans, the authorities said. The former officer, […]

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White House Drops Objection to Whistle-Blower Speaking to Congress

The White House has determined that it will most likely have to allow the whistle-blower who filed an explosive complaint about President Trump to meet with congressional investigators, two people briefed on the matter said Tuesday. The meeting could give Democrats a stream of evidence as they consider whether to impeach the president. Such a […]

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House Barrels Toward Impeachment Decisions as Democratic Resistance Crumbles

WASHINGTON — House Democrats hurtled on Tuesday toward a consequential set of decisions about the potential impeachment of President Trump, weighing a course that could reshape his presidency amid starting allegations that he sought to enlist a foreign power to aid him politically. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, who has stubbornly resisted a […]

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