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SpyTalk: July 25, 2010 - July 31, 2010

Ex-CIA heavyweight on Afghanistan: Dump Karzai

The U.S. strategy in Afghanistan isn’t working, says a former head of the CIA task force that beat the Russians there 25 years ago, so it’s time to try something else: Dump Karzai. “Having run the CIA's Afghan Task Force—which...

By Jeff Stein  | July 30, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Foreign policy, Intelligence, Military  
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Lawyer: WikiLeaks ‘gold mine’ for personal injury suits

A former Navy lawyer, now a civil litigator, predicts that the massive WikiLeaks document dump will be “a gold mine” for personal injury suits against war-zone contractors. “I see this database as a real resource for U.S. plaintiffs’ lawyers who...

By Jeff Stein  | July 29, 2010; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Financial/business, Lawandcourts, Military  
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Intelligence panels take baby steps on contractor reform

Word is that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the White House are still jawing over who gets to know what about top secret operations, a struggle that has all but frozen passage of the intelligence authorization bill. Pelosi’s people...

By Jeff Stein  | July 29, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Intelligence  
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Red spymaster recalled agony of copying stolen documents

With everybody comparing the WikiLeaks document dump to the Pentagon Papers, let's not forget the immense time and wrist-breaking effort it took in the pre-Internet days to copy stolen files. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome hadn't even been invented yet. For Daniel...

By Jeff Stein  | July 27, 2010; 6:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Intelligence  
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Dana Perino lobbying for aviation fuel firms in probe

If the oil business is as rough-and-tumble as they say, then the two aviation-fuel companies at the center of a controversy over contracts at a U.S. airbase in Central Asia could have done far worse than to hire Dana Perino...

By Jeff Stein  | July 27, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Financial/business, Foreign policy, Lawandcourts  
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Wikileaks documents: N. Korea sold missiles to al-Qaeda, Taliban

A powerful Afghan insurgent leader and a man identified as Osama Bin Laden's financial adviser purchased ground-to-air missiles from North Korea in 2005, according to an uncorroborated U.S. intelligence report released by Wikileaks on Sunday. "On 19 November 2005, Hezb-Islami...

By Jeff Stein  | July 26, 2010; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Intelligence, Military  | Tags:  Amin al-Haq, Amin ul-Haq, Bill Roggio, Dr. Amin, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar  
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The audacity of Hamid Gul

Everything that is terrifying about Washington’s relationship with Pakistan can be summed up in the Wikileaks documents on Hamid Gul, a former chief of the ISI, Islamabad's intelligence service. The documents portray Gul as the public face of an underground...

By Jeff Stein  | July 26, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Pentagon agency quizzed in Kyrgyz kickback probe

The Pentagon says it is “cooperating fully” with investigations into allegations of corruption related to aviation fuel contracts at a U.S. air base in Kyrgyzstan, a major staging area for the war in Afghanistan. It’s the first time evidence has...

By Jeff Stein  | July 26, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Financial/business, Foreign policy, Intelligence, Justice/FBI, Lawandcourts  
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