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SpyTalk: January 23, 2011 - January 29, 2011

Egypt’s spy chief stands in the wings

Who will it be, the diplomat or the spy chief? Mohamed ElBaradei, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work as the U.N. nuclear watchdog, would be forgiven for dreaming of leading a peaceful transition to a post-Hosni Mubarak...

By Jeff Stein  | January 28, 2011; 6:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Foreign policy, Intelligence  | Tags:  Omar Suleiman  
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What should the CIA do in Egypt?

The ghost of the 1979 Iranian revolution is very much on the minds of veteran intelligence officials as Egypt explodes in street protests. Most historians agree that the CIA was largely in the dark when anti-American students, radical Islamists and...

By Jeff Stein  | January 28, 2011; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Foreign policy, Intelligence, Military, Politics  | Tags:  R. James Woolsey; Emile Nakhleh; Mark Lowenthal; Jeffrey White; Richard K. Betts; Paul R. Pillar; Michael Scheuer  
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Lahore shootout: Spy rendezvous gone bad?

A senior former U.S. diplomatic security agent suggested Thursday that the American involved in a fatal shootout in Lahore, Pakistan, was the victim of a spy meeting gone awry, not the target of a robbery or car-jacking attempt. "It looks...

By Jeff Stein  | January 27, 2011; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Foreign policy, Intelligence, Lawandcourts  
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Lawyer in CIA leak case questioned by grand jury

A former lawyer for Jeffrey Sterling, a onetime CIA officer who has been charged with leaking secrets to New York Times reporter James Risen, was questioned about his client before a grand jury last September, he says. Washington, D.C. attorney...

By Jeff Stein  | January 23, 2011; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Intelligence, Justice/FBI, Lawandcourts  
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