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SpyTalk: January 2, 2011 - January 8, 2011

FBI spy catcher to run New York counterintelligence

A veteran FBI agent who helped coordinate the case against an elderly Northwest Washington couple who were spying for Cuba has been promoted to run the New York office’s huge counterintelligence program. Randall C. Thysse, 48, was a counterintelligence section...

By Jeff Stein  | January 7, 2011; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Homeland Security, Intelligence, Justice/FBI  
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Onetime Blackwater affiliate scores U.S. contract

A company closely associated with the security firm once known as Blackwater has won a new State Department contract worth more than $84 million over five years. The contract was won by International Developments Solutions, a joint venture that includes...

By Jeff Stein  | January 7, 2011; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Islamic group is CIA front, ex-Turkish intel chief says

A memoir by a top former Turkish intelligence official claims that a worldwide moderate Islamic movement based in Pennsylvania has been providing cover for the CIA since the mid-1990s. The memoir, roughly rendered in English as “Witness to Revolution and...

By Jeff Stein  | January 5, 2011; 5:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Foreign policy, Intelligence  | Tags:  Fethullah Gulen, Graham Fuller, Osman Nuri Gündeş, Robert Baer  
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The hidden hand in the free-Pollard campaign

I got a call on my way out the door on Christmas Eve. It was David Nyer, announcing the latest development in his effort to gain clemency for Jonathan Pollard, the Israeli spy serving a life sentence at a federal...

By Jeff Stein  | January 5, 2011; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Foreign policy, Intelligence, Justice/FBI, Lawandcourts, Politics  
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Will Michele Bachmann go rogue on intel panel?

“Well, this ought to work out well,” a longtime Capitol Hill observer e-mailed me last month, chortling over news that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) had been named to the House intelligence committee. Indeed, liberal pundits have been cackling over the...

By Jeff Stein  | January 3, 2011; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Congress, Intelligence, Politics  | Tags:  David Barrett, Michele Bachmann, R. James Woolsey, The CIA and Congress  
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