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Bin Laden Hunt Veteran Now Going After Havana Syndrome

Undercover officer is leading CIA task force on the issue

(Newser) - A 10-year counterterrorism veteran who was involved in the hunt for Osama bin Laden will head the CIA's task force on the Havana Syndrome, a mysterious condition that affected up to 200 US officials or their family members around the world, according to reports. The National Security Council is...

12 CIA Agents on 3 Continents Treated for 'Havana Syndrome'

That's just so far this year; total cases number more than 130: reports

(Newser) - More than 130 US personnel within the CIA, State Department, Defense Department, and other agencies have suffered ailments, including what could be permanent brain damage, as a result of mysterious incidents that began five years ago—far more than the 60 cases that have been publicly disclosed. That's according...

CIA Goes 'Full Woke' in New Recruitment Ads

They're meant to help boost diversity in workforce, but not everyone loves them

(Newser) - The CIA recently launched an updated recruitment website to boost the agency's efforts to draw in a more diverse workforce. But the "Humans of CIA" video ad series launched in 2019 to complement those efforts—including the latest one last week—has captured the attention of conservatives, and...

FBI Agent Shoots Armed Man Outside CIA Headquarters

Incident in Virginia is under investigation

(Newser) - At least one FBI agent opened fire on an armed man outside CIA headquarters in Virginia on Monday, authorities said. The suspect was shot and wounded after he “emerged from his vehicle with a weapon," around 6pm, the FBI said in a statement. The unidentified suspect was taken...

Confirmation Completes National Security Team

William Burns, a longtime diplomat, clears Senate on a voice vote

(Newser) - The Senate approved William Burns as the next CIA director on Thursday, the final nominee for President Biden's national security team. Burns spent more than three decades as a diplomat and served as deputy secretary of state under President Obama. He'll be the first head of the CIA...

Curious What the CIA Knows About UFOs? Here You Go
After 'Pulling
Teeth,' Site Has
All the CIA's
UFO Intel
in case you missed it

After 'Pulling Teeth,' Site Has All the CIA's UFO Intel

At least that's what CIA tells the Black Vault, which now offers every publicly available file for download

(Newser) - Want to know the Central Intelligence Agency's lowdown on UFOs? If you've got the time and the curiosity, download every single file that's in the public domain, because they're now available for the taking. Motherboard reports that, after years of behind-the-scenes wrangling, declassified-docs repository the Black...

Biden Goes With William Burns to Head Up CIA

'The American people will sleep soundly'

(Newser) - President-elect Joe Biden announced Monday he has chosen veteran diplomat William Burns to be his CIA director. A former ambassador to Russia and Jordan, Burns, 64, had a 33-year career at the State Department under both Republican and Democratic presidents. He rose through the ranks of the diplomatic corps to...

CIA Wants You to Consider a Job as a Spy
CIA Is Looking
for a Few Good Spies

CIA Is Looking for a Few Good Spies

New website seeks to entice a wide range of recruits

(Newser) - Wanted: spies from all backgrounds and walks of life. Striving to further diversify its ranks, the CIA launched a new website Monday to find top-tier candidates who will bring a broader range of life experiences to the nation's premier intelligence agency, per the AP . The days of all American...

Those Mystery Cuba Ailments? They&#39;re All Over the World
Suspected Culprit Emerges
in Mystery 'Havana Syndrome'

Suspected Culprit Emerges in Mystery 'Havana Syndrome'

Reports suggest Russia is behind alleged attacks on US diplomats around the world

(Newser) - Remember "Havana syndrome"? That's the term often used to describe the weird, inexplicable ailments that began affecting US diplomats in Cuba in recent years. Now two investigative pieces, one by the New York Times and the other at GQ , seek to shed more light on what's...

Brennan: CIA Made Strange Move on Trump's Orders

Former CIA director says he learned Trump forbid him from getting access to documents

(Newser) - Former CIA director John Brennan says President Trump stonewalled Brennan's attempts to access his own notes and the classified documents he signed off on during his time with the agency. The Washington Post reports that in the fall of 2018 Brennan sought the documents as material for the memoir...

Iran to Execute Man Who Spied on Soleimani

Conviction is not related to Iranian general's killing in January

(Newser) - An Iranian man who provided information on Revolutionary Guards commander Qasem Soleimani to US and Israeli intelligence has been sentenced to die, according to Iran's judiciary. A spokesperson described Mahmoud Mousavi-Majd as a spy for both the CIA and Mossad at a Tuesday news conference, reports Reuters . Gholamhossein Esmaili...

Liberal News Source: Flynn Probe Is a Scam
Michael Flynn Probe
Reveals 'Systematic Abuse'

Michael Flynn Probe Reveals 'Systematic Abuse'

Glenn Greenwald becomes an unexpected ally

(Newser) - Michael Flynn has found himself an unexpected defender. Writing at the Intercept —a distinctly left-of-center news source—Glenn Greenwald argues that the Flynn investigation was fishy to start with and revealed just how biased US security agencies have become. "Flynn is a right-wing, hawkish general whose views on...

Family of Ex-FBI Agent Gets Worst Possible News

Robert Levinson's family says they believe he has died in Iranian custody

(Newser) - The US government has concluded that retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, who vanished more than a decade ago, has died while in the custody of Iran, his family said Wednesday. Shortly after the family's announcement, President Trump told reporters that "I won't accept that he's dead,...

CIA/NSA Bickering Nearly Sank the Deal of the Century

But the CIA and West German intelligence eventually bought the Swiss firm Crypto AG

(Newser) - Friction between the CIA and NSA has come up before—think 9/11 intelligence failures—but it turns out their bickering nearly sank a deal that later revolutionized intelligence gathering, the Washington Post reports. "There was not a lot of love lost between CIA and NSA over the years,"...

CIA Dosed Whitey Bulger With LSD More Than 50 Times

One of his jurors says she now regrets convicting him for murder

(Newser) - The notorious crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger terrorized Boston from the 1970s into the 1990s with a campaign of murder, extortion, and drug trafficking, then spent 16 years on the lam before being captured. In 2013, Janet Uhlar was one of 12 jurors who found Bulger guilty in a...

CIA Psychologist: 'I Will Cut Your Son's Throat'

James Mitchell testifies in pre-trial hearing at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

(Newser) - First came 183 waterboardings. Then, a threat: Another attack on US soil, and I'll kill your son. That's what CIA psychologist James Mitchell admitted Monday at a pretrial hearing in the case of alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the LA Times reports. "If there was a...

CIA Psychologists to Face Waterboarded Defendants

James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen must testify in a pretrial hearing in 9/11 case

(Newser) - The trial of five men accused of plotting the 9/11 attacks doesn't begin until next year, notes NPR . But a crucial pretrial hearing gets underway this week featuring the two psychologists who designed the harsh interrogation techniques, roundly described as torture, used by the CIA to elicit statements. James...

Trump and Barr Threaten FBI, as Well as the Rule of Law

William Webster, former CIA and FBI director, defends agencies' independence

(Newser) - Having served as director of the FBI and CIA, the only person to hold both jobs, William Webster says he has a unique perspective. And from his perspective, the rule of law in this country "faces a dire threat." Webster made his case in an op-ed piece Monday...

Ex-CIA Spy Flees Italy Over Fear for Her Safety

Sabrina de Sousa is embroiled in a fraught rendition case

(Newser) - An ex-CIA spy says she has fled Italy for America—apparently to avoid getting tossed in prison, Reuters reports. Sabrina de Sousa was one of 26 people found guilty in Italy in the 2003 "extraordinary rendition" of Egyptian cleric Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr in Milan. But De Sousa, who...

Valerie Plame's Campaign Ad Is One 'People Will Pay Attention To'

Ex-CIA operative is running for a congressional seat in New Mexico

(Newser) - Business Insider says it looks like a "Fast & Furious outtake"; the AV Club notes it's more reminiscent of the Bourne Identity franchise. Whatever movie you might compare Valerie Plame's new campaign ad to, there's no denying the spot is memorable. Plame , the ex-CIA operative...

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