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SpyTalk: October 10, 2010 - October 16, 2010

CIA only an 'ok' place to work, jobs Web site says

Imagine James Bond whining about unfair bosses and step-grade pay raises. Neither can we. But that’s so Cold War. Today, CIA employees can air out their thoughts about quality of life issues at the spy agency. A commercial Web site...

By Jeff Stein  | October 15, 2010; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Congress, Financial/business, Intelligence  | Tags:  Business Executives for National Security, James Bond, glassdoor.com  
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Doxer case: Boston spy yarn with an unhappy ending

The government isn’t saying for which country Elliot Doxer allegedly volunteered to spy, but clues in court papers filed in Boston last week barely disguise that it was Israel. Other hints in the government’s indictment suggest something even more intriguing:...

By Jeff Stein  | October 14, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Intelligence, Justice/FBI, Lawandcourts  
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Afifi wants his congressman's help with FBI bug

Yasir Afifi, the young Arab American in California who discovered an FBI tracking device on his car, hopes his local congressman, Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.), will help him find out why he was being followed. Afifi’s attorney told SpyTalk Tuesday...

By Jeff Stein  | October 13, 2010; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Homeland Security, Intelligence, Justice/FBI  
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Norgrove raid misguided chivalry, former hostage says

Anyone who’s read former CBS journalist Jere Van Dyk’s account of his captivity in Pakistan’s tribal region in 2008 could be excused for thinking an armed rescue is virtually impossible. And so thinks Van Dyk himself, reflecting on the case...

By Jeff Stein  | October 12, 2010; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Intelligence, Military  
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CIA drones could be grounded by software suit

A judge’s December ruling in an intellectual property law suit between two software firms in Massachusetts could strip the CIA’s Predator drones of their targeting software, the CEO of one of the companies says. Intelligent Integration Systems (IISi) of Boston,...

By Jeff Stein  | October 11, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Financial/business, Intelligence, Lawandcourts  
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