Monthly archives: May, 2017

Michael Flynn and the revenge of the bureaucrats

The resignation of White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn on Monday was the result of a coordinated effort by current and former U.S. intelligence officials to undermine the Trump administration using the disclosure of highly classified communications intercepts. President Trump voiced his displeasure in a tweet Wednesday stating that misuse of the intercepts was …

Sanctions highlight China-Iran missile connection

The Trump administration recently imposed sanctions on Iran for its missile test, and the sanctions reveal that Tehran’s missile program is backed by covert assistance from China. The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control, which enforces U.S. sanctions, said last week that a “Chinese-based network” was helping procure goods for Iran’s ballistic missile program. …

Al Qaeda resurgence

U.S. intelligence agencies recently uncovered new information indicating the al Qaeda terrorist group continues to plan for conducting terrorist attacks around the world. Until recently al Qaeda has been overshadowed by its more violent offshoot, the Islamic State, in conducting and inspiring deadly terrorist strikes around the world. However, new intelligence obtained over the past …

North Korea sends spies overseas to prevent defections, extend reach of human rights abuses

North Korea has deployed more than 300 undercover security officers around the world to spy on government personnel and laborers to prevent them from defecting, according to information provided by a former North Korean security official. The overseas operatives are engaged in human rights abuses related to their monitoring of activities of North Korean diplomats, …

Donald Trump to reform intelligence

One national security priority of the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trumpis to reform the heavily bureaucratized and, to some critics, politicized U.S. intelligence community. Mr. Trump recently clashed with intelligence officials over the disclosure of a false dossier produced by a former British intelligence official that was leaked by someone in the U.S. government …

Intelligence report predicts dire future

Robert M. Gates, a former CIA director, once said that when intelligence analysts smell flowers, they look for a hearse. The latest long-range intelligence forecast by the National Intelligence Council is a case in point. The NIC, an academic and intelligence analysis group, released a report this week on future global trends, and the picture …

PLA’s hacking hotel

U.S. military intelligence has identified a headquarters for a Chinese military hacking unit — inside two Beijing hotels. According to an open-source intelligence report produced by the Army’s Asian Studies Detachment, “the Headquarters/Jintang and Seasons Hotel appear to be located in the same or at least adjacent buildings, both of which are, according to available …

Lawmakers urge Pentagon to probe Huawei deal

Three Republican members of Congress are urging Defense Secretary Ash Carter to investigate the security risks to American facilities and military forces in South Korea posed by a Chinese telecommunications company’s role in a new wireless network in the country. “The United States cannot risk having its sensitive or classified information compromised by foreign Chinese …

U.S. intelligence warned of Christmas-related Islamic State truck attacks

U.S. intelligence agencies issued general warnings around the world that Islamic State terrorists were planning to use trucks in attacks on gatherings of people, according to U.S. officials familiar with intelligence reports. Specific warnings were issued to allied intelligence services in Europe and Asia based on information gleaned from the Islamic State, indicating the terrorist …

North Korea prepares to conduct new missile test

North Korea is preparing to conduct new missile tests amid heightened tensions in Northeast Asia. U.S. intelligence agencies say Pyongyang will likely conduct a new salvo of missile launches following the latest round of United Nations sanctions against the reclusive communist state. The world organization on Dec. 1 imposed additional sanctions that seek to block …