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Ben Bonk, CIA analyst who dealt with Libya, dies

Ben Bonk, a top CIA official who played a key role in Moammar Gaddafi’s renunciation of weapons of mass destruction, died quietly at his home in McLean on Feb. 26. He was 56 and had skin cancer, a friend said....

By Jeff Stein  | March 7, 2011; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Foreign policy, Intelligence, Military  | Tags:  Musa Kusa; Leon Panetta; John McLaughlin; Cofer Black; Ken Robinson  
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Kissinger: Release Israeli spy Pollard

Saying he found the arguments of other top former U.S. national security officials “compelling,” former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger on Monday called for President Obama to commute the remainder of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard’s life sentence. "At first I...

By Jeff Stein  | March 7, 2011; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
Categories:  Foreign policy, Intelligence, Lawandcourts  
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Egyptian protesters breach ‘torture center,’ seize files

Egyptian protesters breached a secret police compound in eastern Cairo on Saturday and carted boxes of files, according to rights activists and Egyptian media reports. “Protesters entered the State Security Investigations (SSI) compound in Nasr City, a place they call...

By Jeff Stein  | March 6, 2011; 12:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Foreign policy, Intelligence  
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Couples, CIA-style

Robert Baer, whose CIA exploits and exasperations in the Middle East were immortalized in the 2005 George Clooney thriller "Syriana", has a new role: conjugal co-author. “The Company We Keep: A Husband-and-Wife True-Life Spy Story,” Baer’s fifth book, is his...

By Jeff Stein  | March 4, 2011; 4:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Entertainment, Foreign policy, Intelligence, Politics  | Tags:  Syriana; The Company We Keep: A Husband-and-Wife True-Life Spy Story; See No Evil  
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Libya: What should CIA be doing?

With the future of Libya still in the balance, some CIA operations veterans think it’s well past time the spy agency went past just trying to keep tabs on what’s going on and arm the rebels. “This guy, Gaddafi, has...

By Jeff Stein  | March 3, 2011; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Foreign policy, Intelligence, Military  | Tags:  Moammar Gaddafi; Charles Faddis; Art Keller  
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Rumsfeld complained of 'low level' GTMO prisoners, memo reveals

A newly found 2003 memo by former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld appears to directly contradict claims that Guantanamo held only the “worst of the worst” suspected terrorists. “We need to stop populating Guantanamo Bay (GTMO) with low-level enemy combatants,” Rumsfeld...

By Jeff Stein  | March 3, 2011; 7:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Foreign policy, Intelligence, Lawandcourts, Military  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Gaddafi poison-gas videos fakes or frauds, Jeff Stein , March 1, 2011
Egyptian police training giving FBI a black eye , Jeff Stein , February 10, 2011
The CIA's complicated relationship with Egypt, Jeff Stein , January 30, 2011
Egypt’s spy chief stands in the wings, Jeff Stein , January 28, 2011
What should the CIA do in Egypt?, Jeff Stein , January 28, 2011
Lahore shootout: Spy rendezvous gone bad?, Jeff Stein , January 27, 2011
The hidden hand in the free-Pollard campaign, Jeff Stein , January 5, 2011
2010: CIA ramps way up, Jeff Stein , December 30, 2010
Cable reveals manual for handling defectors, Jeff Stein , December 1, 2010
WikiLeaks: Ahmed Wali Karzai wanted polygraph, Jeff Stein , November 29, 2010
Ex-KGB and CIA officials mull Russian defector, Jeff Stein , November 12, 2010
NYPD intelligence detectives go their own way, Jeff Stein , November 10, 2010
CIA lawyer: U.S. law does not forbid rendition, Jeff Stein , November 3, 2010
White House, CIA ignore reported Pollard gambit, Jeff Stein , September 21, 2010
CIA Red Cells and common sense, Jeff Stein , August 29, 2010
The audacity of Hamid Gul, Jeff Stein , July 26, 2010
Spy swap is 'all but unprecedented', Jeff Stein , July 8, 2010
Russian spy case didn't take a holiday, Jeff Stein , July 6, 2010
Blackwater deal puts officials on hot seat, Jeff Stein , June 21, 2010
In Ethiopia, U.S. Embassy's revolving door, Jeff Stein , June 21, 2010
Analysts question Korea torpedo incident, Jeff Stein , May 27, 2010
 
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