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SpyTalk: May 30, 2010 - June 5, 2010

State Dept. loses round in CIA cover case

A federal judge lent a hand Friday to a former CIA operative who is trying to force the State Department to defend her against an Italian conviction for kidnapping. Sabrina De Sousa was listed as a diplomat at the U.S....

By Jeff Stein  | June 4, 2010; 7:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Intelligence, Justice/FBI, Lawandcourts  
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Ex-CIA official pleading guilty to Algiers sex charge

Former CIA operative Andrew Warren, following an adverse court ruling this week, will plead guilty to a charge of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in Algiers, where he was the top representative of U.S. intelligence in 2008. According to...

By Jeff Stein  | June 4, 2010; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Intelligence, Justice/FBI  
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Ex-top CIA-FBI official: Miranda never hurt us

In a little-noticed piece tucked into the back of today’s Washington Post, Philip Mudd, a former top official at the CIA and FBI, says reading terrorist suspects their rights to counsel has never, in his long experience, impeded an investigation....

By Jeff Stein  | June 4, 2010; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Intelligence, Justice/FBI  | Tags:  Interrogations Central, Matthew Alexander, Philip Mudd, The Torture Report  
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Israeli special missions veteran deplores raid plan

A second Israeli special operations veteran has denounced his government’s handling of the boarding operation in international waters off Gaza. Mike Eldar spent two decades in the Israeli navy, which included the command of an amphibious special missions unit, Shayetet...

By Jeff Stein  | June 3, 2010; 11:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Intelligence, Military  | Tags:  Ehud Barak, Mike Eldar  
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Backchannel chatter: Spymasters surface nearby

Of course, they slipped into town quietly. And only slowly will people wake up to what happened. James Grady (“Six Days of the Condor”), Charles McCarry (“Tears of Autumn”), John Weisman ("Jack in the Box") and The Washington Post’s own...

By Jeff Stein  | June 3, 2010; 5:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Intelligence, artsandliving  | Tags:  Charles McCarry, James Grady, Otto Penzler, Stephen Hunter  
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CIA documents detail false predictions on Korea

Declassified CIA documents on South Korea show that the spy agency was surprised by the 1979 assassination of its dictatorial president by his intelligence chief, did not anticipate the military coup d'etat that ensued, and dismissed the strength of growing...

By Jeff Stein  | June 2, 2010; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Intelligence  | Tags:  Bob Brewer, Gen. John A. Wickham, Jimmy Carter, Pak Chung Hee, Tim Shorrock  
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Former Mossad agent ridicules Gaza ship raid

The Israeli commando attack on a civilian flotilla was “so stupid it is stupefying,” says former Mossad agent Victor Ostrovsky. Ostrovsky spent six years in the Israeli navy, rising to the rank of lieutenant commander before Mossad recruited him in...

By Jeff Stein  | June 1, 2010; 8:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Foreign policy, Intelligence, Military  
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Audit: Justice Department clueless on WMD attack

The FBI looks ready for a chemical, biological or radiological terrorist attack, but the rest of the Justice Department “is not prepared,” according to a blistering audit released Tuesday. The report by Glenn Fine, DOJ’s Inspector General, singled out...

By Jeff Stein  | June 1, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Intelligence, Justice/FBI  
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South Korea speeds up anti-submarine defenses

Just when it needs them most, South Korea is having mechanical problems with its anti-submarine helicopters, a Seoul newspaper reports, and is accelerating plans to buy new ones. Jolted by the sinking of one of its ships in March, and...

By Jeff Stein  | May 31, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Foreign policy, Intelligence, Military  
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