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SpyTalk: August 22, 2010 - August 28, 2010

CIA retirees call for escalated probe of Pan Am 103 bomber's release

An influential organization of CIA and other ex-intelligence officers is calling for Scotland, Britain and all relevant branches of the U.S. government to cooperate with a U.S. Senate investigation into the circumstances surrounding the release of a Libyan agent convicted...

By Jeff Stein  | August 27, 2010; 9:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Foreign policy, Intelligence, Justice/FBI, Lawandcourts  | Tags:  Gene Poteat, Sen. John Kerry, Sen. Robert Menendez, Senate Intelligence Committee  
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Backchannel chatter: CIA bikers deep in the woods

Amazing who you can run into on the bike trail. Here’s a report from Rob and Kim Richer, two former CIA officials peddling across the country to raise money for survivors and dependents of agency personnel killed in the line...

By Jeff Stein  | August 26, 2010; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Backchannel chatter, Intelligence  
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Super-secret Israeli agency scuttles office projects

“Build it and they will come” is taking on a new meaning in Tel Aviv, where the Israeli Defense Ministry’s secret communications channel is causing major developers to alter or scrap high-rise developments that could interfere with its signals. “Many...

By Jeff Stein  | August 25, 2010; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Financial/business, Intelligence  | Tags:  James Bamford, NSA, National Cryptologic Museum, Tel Aviv  
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Self-described CIA assassin dies in gun accident

Roland W. Haas, a senior intelligence officer in the U.S. Army Reserve who claimed in a 2007 memoir that he was a CIA assassin, died over the weekend when he accidentally shot himself, police in Georgia said. According to an...

By Jeff Stein  | August 24, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Intelligence, Lawandcourts  
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‘Covert Affairs’ stretches for spy-world reality

Melvin Gamble, a retired high-level CIA official, got a call last week about the latest episode of “Covert Affairs,” the hot new spy drama on USA Networks. The caller said he had a close friend who works at the Smithsonian....

By Jeff Stein  | August 24, 2010; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Entertainment, Intelligence, Lawandcourts  | Tags:  Piper Perabo  
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Spy: Stolen U.S. dollars exit Afghan airport controlled by Karzai brother

Afghan intelligence service reports in the hands of NATO-led forces say that the major exit point for stolen American dollars is through the airport in Kandahar, controlled by President Hamid Karzai’s brother.

By Jeff Stein  | August 22, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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