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SpyTalk: April 18, 2010 - April 24, 2010

Valerie Plame flick, CIA thriller, to debut at Cannes

Image via WikipediaTalk about making lemonade from a lemon: Former undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame gets a star turn next month at the Cannes Film Festival with the debut of “Fair Game,” based on the ordeal she and diplomat husband...

By Jeff Stein  | April 23, 2010; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Ex-Army intelligence officer focus of Kyrgyz corruption probes

A former U.S. Army intelligence colonel has emerged as the focus of investigations into corruption in Kyrgyzstan, the Central Asian host to an American air base and hub of fuel supplies to NATO forces in Afghanistan. Lt. Col. Charles “Chuck”...

By Jeff Stein  | April 22, 2010; 7:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Intelligence, Justice/FBI, Military  
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Good vibes at DNI's fifth birthday party

"I was on my way to work three lights away from this office when a red Harley Davidson pulled up next to me, blasting one of my favorite Rolling Stones songs,” CIA analyst Andrew Townes recalled Wednesday at a ceremony...

By Jeff Stein  | April 22, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Report: Top Al-Qaeda Expert Leaves FBI

One of the government’s top counterterrorism officials, Philip Mudd, has resigned from the FBI, it was reported today. Mudd was a top specialist on al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups for the CIA before he came to the FBI as associate...

By Jeff Stein  | April 21, 2010; 1:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Graham: 'Serious' bio-weapons threat in Middle East

Image via Wikipedia Former Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Bob Graham, just back from a trip to the Middle East, says he is worried that the flashpoint states of India and Pakistan, as well as Syria and Israel, may have manufactured...

By Jeff Stein  | April 20, 2010; 2:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Exclusive! Enquirer Editor Buried Stories for CIA!

Now it can be told: The founding editor of the National Enquirer gave a freelance photographer’s long-lens photo of a sensitive document in Henry Kissinger’s briefcase to the CIA rather than publish its embarrassing contents. Or at least that’s what...

By Jeff Stein  | April 20, 2010; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Report: FBI has doubled counterterrorism forces

The FBI has doubled the deployment of agents assigned to counterterrorism issues since the 2001 terror attacks, the Justice Department reported today. Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine reported that in fiscal 2009 "the FBI used 26 percent of...

By Jeff Stein  | April 19, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Fifth Fleet ready for Iran attack, experts say

Military experts say the Fifth Fleet has come a long way since Iranian gunboats crippled it within hours in a notorious war game five years ago. In fact, says John Pike, president of the Alexandria, Va.-based Global Security Web site,...

By Jeff Stein  | April 19, 2010; 1:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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