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See through Oz’s new spy HQ

Artist rendition of new ASIO headquartersAnd we do mean literally. Australia is sparing no expense on the new Canberra-based headquarters of its domestic spy agency ASIO, which will be the 2nd largest building in the city. The project’s just begun – tell-tale signs mark...

Warning: fake DHS e-mails circulati...

DHSOfficials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have issued a warning about a slew of fake e-mails in circulation that claim to be from the Department’s intelligence unit. The e-mails appear to contain legitimate...

CIA’s contractor conundrum

CIA capThe CIA’s been under a microscope lately, and Director Leon Panetta didn’t help matters by coming clean to Congress this June about a terrorist assassination operation that went on for seven years (unbeknownst to Congress). Worse yet is...

New spy show to air on FX

ArcherDon’t expect another typical spy show here, folks. "Archer," an animated half-hour comedy launching this fall on FX, may be set at an international spy agency (ISIS), but you’ll find it’s more about the relationships between the agents than the spy missions. It seems that when global...

Sudan president demotes top spy chi...

Salah GoshSalah Gosh, head of Sudan’s security and intelligence agency since 2002, will be moving to a presidential advisory position bearing significantly less power, as per a decree issued by Sudan’s president, Omar Hassan al-Bashir. Gosh has been in...

Taliban’s drug money funding over...

Afghan harvester in poppy fieldSo how much drug money does the Taliban rely on for survival and ops? Apparently not that much, according to a Senate report sharing the findings of CIA and DIA investigations, but...

Sri Lanka spies battle on against T...

Liberation Tigers of Tamil EelamAfter the Sri Lankan government put a stop, in May, to a 25-year war waged by the rebel militant group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the country’s intelligence ops are now focused on making sure those militants trying...

UK spy chief says British intellige...

Sir John Scarlett of MI6Allegations are mounting – have MI5 and MI6 agents been involved in the extreme interrogation and torture of terror suspects abroad? It would not be shocking, given the threat of terrorism, the pressure to stop it in its tracks, and...

Surrender in Colombia spy scandal

President UribeLast Thursday, arrests warrants were issued for 10 former officials of Colombia’s domestic intelligence agency DAS. The 10 are suspected of having spied illegally on people – including judges, journalists and...

Australian domestic spy chief speak...

Australian flagDavid Irvine, who for many years headed Australia’s ultra secretive foreign intelligence agency (ASIS), recently shifted into a domestic intelligence role, and now – 4 months in – he’s started to talk about where the country’s at. As head of ASIO, Australia’s internal spy agency, Irvine is expected to...

UAE tries to spy via BlackBerrys

Spies on your BlackBerry?BlackBerry users in the UAE recently found out that a regular software update they were encouraged to download by the state-controlled service provider Etisalat was really a spy program that once installed, would give the government access to...

U.S. spy chief in favor of less sec...

Dennis BlairDirector of National Intelligence Dennis Blair addressed the U.S. Chamber of Commerce this Wednesday, July 22 and it seems he’s looking to involve the private sector in intelligence operations. This is an indication of a few things: 1. the recognition of the need to bring in...

25 yrs after death, British double ...

Anthony BluntA quarter century after his death, Anthony Blunt – a British spy secretly working for the Russians – reveals some of the details of his clandestine life in a 30,000-word manuscript, which he penned after his very public exposure as a...

China says U.S. lying about economi...

China stealing secret data from the U.S.?Last Thursday, July 16, Chinese-born engineer Dongfan ‘Greg’ Chung was convicted in the first economic espionage trial in the United States. China’s response to the implied accusation of being...

Spies subsidize Chinese summer camp

High schoolers studying ChineseThe new approach in the U.S. intelligence community seems to be – let’s get them started early, real early. Plans for a ROTC-style program for college students with spy aspirations were announced recently, and now there’s news of the National Security...