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SpyTalk: June 13, 2010 - June 19, 2010

Wikileaks founder in hiding, fearful of arrest

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has gone into hiding, fearful of arrest by U.S. authorities, an Icelandic parliamentarian confirmed Friday. “He’s just been following events in the U.S., and State Department press conferences and so forth, and they have been trying...

By Jeff Stein  | June 18, 2010; 5:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Intelligence, Military  
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NASA worried about al-Qaeda attack on shuttle

NASA officials worried that al-Qaeda might attempt to attack the space shuttle Columbia on its launch pad in 2003 because there was an Israeli astronaut aboard, according to a new book by a former CIA operations officer. Their concern was...

By Jeff Stein  | June 18, 2010; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Homeland Security  | Tags:  George W. Bush, Richard G. Irwin, Tom Ridge  
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DHS backing off Mexico border fence

It was once an ambitious plan, to build a fence with the most sophisticated technology along the U.S.-Mexico border. Originally expected to run about 655 miles, the troubled, multibillion-dollar project has now been reduced to a plan for 387 miles,...

By Jeff Stein  | June 17, 2010; 6:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Homeland Security, Intelligence  
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DIA to open new counterintelligence records unit

The Defense Intelligence Agency wants to open a new repository for information about individuals and groups in what appears to be a successor to a controversial counterintelligence program that was disbanded in 2008. The new Foreign Intelligence and Counterintelligence Operation...

By Jeff Stein  | June 15, 2010; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Intelligence, Military  
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Audit: El Paso Intelligence Center a bust

The El Paso Intelligence Center, launched in 1974 to identify drug traffickers south of the border, is all but a complete bust, the Justice Department’s Inspector General reported Tuesday. The 86-page report was a virtual laundry list of seemingly intractable...

By Jeff Stein  | June 15, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Homeland Security, Intelligence, Justice/FBI  | Tags:  Michael Douglas, Traffic  
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Military intelligence fatalities twice CIA's

They have no somber wall to represent personnel who have died on secret missions. But military intelligence personnel are taking far greater -- and far less recognized -- casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan than the CIA, whose latest dead were...

By Jeff Stein  | June 15, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Intelligence, Military  
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NSA lie detectors no sweat, video says

The National Security Agency wants job applicants to know that its polygraph test is nothing to sweat. The eavesdropping and code-breaking organization has produced a 10-minute video designed to soothe applicants’ anxiety over the notoriously grim experience. “The Truth About...

By Jeff Stein  | June 14, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Homeland Security, Intelligence, Lawandcourts, Military  | Tags:  George Maschke  
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