Category «Inside-the-ring»

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, …

Trump transition battle underway

The stunning upset election of Donald Trump on Tuesday has set off a behind-the-scenes political battle inside the Trump transition team in Washington. The battle is pitting conservative advisers against moderate Republicans. Both sides are working to take control of the incoming administration by arranging key appointments. According to sources close to the transition team …

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 …

Japan awaits trump

TOKYO | A nervous Japanese government is trying to figure out how American security policies will change under a Donald Trump administration. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to meet with Mr. Trump Nov. 17 in New York in a bid to undo some recent political fallout. In September Mr. Abe met with Democratic …

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. …

Islamic State continues to recruit scores of suicide bombers

The State Department on Monday released details of its most recent meeting of representatives of what it calls the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL — the Islamic State terrorist group. While trumpeting progress in weakening the group, the department acknowledged that the al Qaeda offshoot, also known as ISIS, continues to recruit large numbers of …

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 …

China upgrades force projection doctrine

Along with a large-scale nuclear and conventional arms buildup, China is upgrading its military doctrine to include guidance focusing on rapid military power projection, according to Pentagon intelligence officials. The People’s Liberation Army recently issued new guidance calling for the use of what is calling “rapid force projection.” “This is intended to hasten the transition …

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 …

China cyber espionage continues

U.S. Cyber Command recently reported within secret government channels that China is continuing aggressive cyber espionage against American companies. An intelligence report disseminated earlier this month stated that one of China’s biggest cyber spying operations involved the theft of 1.65 terabytes of sensitive proprietary data from a major U.S. software company, according to a defense …