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SpyTalk: November 28, 2010 - December 4, 2010

Report: Syrian spy chiefs deployed to foreign capitals

Syrian intelligence chiefs made discreet visits to London, Rome, Paris, Beijing and possibly Pyongyang in recent days, according to a new report, a development all the more intriguing in light of WikiLeaks' disclosures this week that President Bashar Assad might...

By Jeff Stein  | December 2, 2010; 2:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Foreign policy, Intelligence  
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Cable reveals manual for handling defectors

A few years ago a former U.S. intelligence official doing business in the Middle East was alerted that an al-Qaeda financier wanted to defect, and was asked to help. The former official agreed and called up the CIA station in...

By Jeff Stein  | December 1, 2010; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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WikiLeaks' Assange: More docs coming -- on banks, too

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says his organization is continuing to churn out classified State Department documents, indicating that at least hundreds will be surfaced in the coming days -- and his next target is big banks and corporations. "We're doing...

By Jeff Stein  | November 30, 2010; 5:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Financial/business, Intelligence, Justice/FBI, Lawandcourts  
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Leaked cable: U.S. warned Germany against arrests in Masri case

A top American diplomat warned Germany against issuing arrest warrants for U.S. commandos involved in the 2003 abduction of a German citizen wrongly suspected of terrorist ties, a classified State Department cable obtained by WikiLeaks reveals.

By Jeff Stein  | November 29, 2010; 8:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Foreign policy, Intelligence, Lawandcourts, Media  | Tags:  CIA, Germany, al-Masri, renditions  
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Former State Department intelligence chief says spy orders unprecedented

Carl W. Ford, a former head of State Department intelligence, says tasking U.S. diplomats to collect foreign officials’ credit card numbers and other personal data is unprecedented, despite the department’s assurances to the contrary. “I can't recall anything like this,”...

By Jeff Stein  | November 29, 2010; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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WikiLeaks: Ahmed Wali Karzai wanted polygraph

Ahmed Wali Karzai, the half-brother of Afghan president Hamid Karzai, asked a senior U.S. official for a polygraph to clear his name of allegations of drug-trafficking, according to one of the secret diplomatic cables released Sunday by WikiLeaks. Karzai’s request...

By Jeff Stein  | November 29, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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