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SpyTalk: December 12, 2010 - December 18, 2010

Holbrooke's Vietnam boss recalls a 'tough' young man

In his first government job, 22-year old Richard Holbrooke was a State Department “adviser” to a South Vietnamese colonel maybe twice his age, but he held his own, his old boss remembered Tuesday. Rufus Phillips, 80, who headed the U.S....

By Jeff Stein  | December 14, 2010; 6:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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With O'Sullivan, DNI gets another top spy-world woman

Is the DNI a hot place for women to work or what? Last week’s nomination of senior CIA official Stephanie O’Sullivan to be No. 2 at the Directorate of National Intelligence sure makes it look that way. Several women already...

By Jeff Stein  | December 14, 2010; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Intelligence  
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WikiLeaks’s Assange gains influential defenders

The predominant consensus in official Washington that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should eventually stand trial here on espionage charges is not likely to change anytime soon. But three influential voices are now saying publicly what many others say privately: that...

By Jeff Stein  | December 13, 2010; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
Categories:  Media, Military  | Tags:  Jack L.Goldsmith, Ron Paul, Stephen M. Walt  
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