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101: WikiLeaks revealedupdated: Wed Apr 25 2012 18:16:00

From "Climategate" to leaked cables, CNN takes an inside look at WikiLeaks.

New chief named for Pakistan's intelligence bureauupdated: Fri Mar 09 2012 13:26:00

Pakistan's prime minister named a new head of Inter-Services Intelligence, the country's powerful spy agency and a critical element in the U.S. fight against insurgents in both Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan.

Bradley behind intelligence leak?updated: Thu Feb 23 2012 05:30:00

CNN's Brian Todd reports on the first glimpses of WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning in military court.

Arraignment set in Bradley Manning's WikiLeaks caseupdated: Thu Feb 23 2012 05:30:00

An arraignment is scheduled Thursday for Pfc. Bradley E. Manning, who is suspected of leaking secret documents to the WikiLeaks website.

Bradley Manning faces court-martial in WikiLeaks caseupdated: Fri Feb 03 2012 21:37:00

Pfc. Bradley E. Manning, who is suspected of leaking hundreds of thousands of secret documents to the WikiLeaks website, will be court-martialed on charges that could lead to a sentence of life in prison, the Army said Friday in a statement.

UK police to investigate Libya rendition claimsupdated: Fri Jan 13 2012 05:34:00

Police are to investigate claims that the British secret services were involved in the rendition of two men to Libya and their alleged ill treatment there, London's Metropolitan Police said Thursday.

Muslim leaders boycott breakfast over surveillance program updated: Fri Dec 30 2011 14:27:00

A prominent group of Muslim leaders on Friday made good on a pledge to boycott New York City's annual interfaith breakfast with Mayor Michael Bloomberg in protest of a controversial surveillance program.

Bloomberg backs law enforcement ahead of Muslim leaders' breakfast boycottupdated: Thu Dec 29 2011 19:15:00

Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday touted law enforcement efforts to thwart future terrorist attacks in New York, telling reporters that "we obey the law" and that authorities "don't target anybody," instead focusing on leads.

Iran claims to arrest CIA agentupdated: Sat Dec 17 2011 10:51:00

Iran's Intelligence Ministry claimed it had arrested an Iranian-American working as a CIA agent, state media reported Saturday.

Hezbollah claims to reveal 10 CIA spies in Lebanonupdated: Tue Dec 13 2011 21:16:00

The militant group Hezbollah claims it has blown the cover of 10 alleged CIA officers working in Lebanon.

Truth Squad: Is Obama administration's anti-terrorism spending adequate?updated: Wed Nov 23 2011 03:09:00

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry challenged the Obama administration's decisions involving national security, accusing the administration of being "an absolute failure" in spending to support military intelligence during Tuesday night's debate.

Report: Russia and China are top thieves of U.S. technologyupdated: Thu Nov 03 2011 23:30:00

For the first time, the United States is publicly accusing China and Russia of being the top offenders in the theft of U.S. economic and technology information, according to an intelligence report released Thursday.

Ex-Afghan spy chief details hunt for bin Laden, 10-year warupdated: Wed Aug 03 2011 09:31:00

Afghan spies had intelligence leads four years ago that pointed to an area close to where Osama bin Laden was hiding, according to Afghanistan's former spy chief.

Sen. Graham: Petraeus perfect for jobupdated: Fri Jul 01 2011 07:17:00

The Senate unanimously confirmed Gen. David Petraeus to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Petraeus confirmed by Senate unanimously as new CIA directorupdated: Fri Jul 01 2011 07:17:00

Gen. David Petraeus won unanimous Senate confirmation Thursday to succeed Leon Panetta as director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Russian convicted of treason over U.S. spy ringupdated: Mon Jun 27 2011 12:37:00

A Russian colonel was convicted of treason for betraying a group of spies in the United States, including Anna Chapman, a court spokeswoman told CNN Monday.

Petraeus tells senators he wanted CIA jobupdated: Fri Jun 24 2011 05:50:00

Gen. David Petraeus told his Senate confirmation hearing Thursday that "I wanted this job" as he explained his willingness to retire from the military after 37 years to become CIA director.

Iran says it dismantled U.S. spy networkupdated: Sat May 21 2011 14:54:00

Iran says it has busted a U.S. espionage network, arresting 24 people for of spying and identifying 42 CIA operatives.

U.S. interviews 'hostile' bin Laden widows, with Pakistan officialsupdated: Fri May 13 2011 12:05:00

Three of Osama bin Laden's widows have been interviewed by U.S. intelligence officers under the supervision of Pakistani's intelligence service, according to sources in both governments.

U.S. grills 'hostile' bin Laden wivesupdated: Fri May 13 2011 12:05:00

Three of Osama bin Laden's wives have been interrogated by U.S. intelligence officers, according to government sources.

Panetta tapped for defense secretaryupdated: Sun May 01 2011 07:29:00

The president will name CIA Director Leon Panetta as his nominee to succeed Robert Gates as defense secretary.

Pakistan condemns suspected drone strike that killed sixupdated: Thu Apr 14 2011 07:59:00

Pakistan has issued a strongly-worded statement condemning a deadly, suspected U.S. drone strike in the country's tribal region.

Pakistani sources say U.S. strike killed 6 suspected militantsupdated: Wed Apr 13 2011 16:55:00

A suspected U.S. drone strike in Pakistan's tribal region killed six suspected militants on Wednesday, intelligence officials told CNN.

What's allowed by a 'presidential finding'?updated: Thu Mar 31 2011 21:24:00

Since 1974, U.S. presidents have had a tool to use Central Intelligence Agency operatives clandestinely -- but with limits. The term "presidential finding" is back in the headlines this week because of the situation in Libya. A former counterterrorism official with knowledge of U.S.-Libya policy said there is a presidential finding authorizing the CIA to conduct operations in support of U.S. policy in Libya, including assessing the opposition and determining their needs. Here's a deeper look at prescribed covert activities:

Congress approves extension of key Patriot Act provisionsupdated: Thu Feb 17 2011 10:18:00

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday to extend three provisions of the Patriot Act and Intelligence Reform bill that are due to expire next month.

House votes to extend key provisions of Patriot Actupdated: Mon Feb 14 2011 23:00:00

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Monday to extend three provisions of the Patriot Act and Intelligence Reform bill that are due to expire next month.

Intelligence officials warn of new terror threatsupdated: Thu Feb 10 2011 19:30:00

A rapidly evolving terrorist threat will continue to dominate U.S. security concerns over the course of the next year, top intelligence officials told members of Congress on Thursday.

House defeats bill extending Patriot Act provisions until Decemberupdated: Tue Feb 08 2011 21:17:00

A bill to extend three provisions of the Patriot Act and Intelligence Reform bill that are due to expire next month failed to win approval Tuesday from the U.S. House of Representatives.

Questions about quality of intel ahead of Mideast unrestupdated: Sat Feb 05 2011 10:15:00

The violence from the streets of Tunisia to Egypt, and the U.S. struggle to find the right diplomatic response, is raising questions about whether the U.S. intelligence community failed to predict things were about to boil over.

Egypt: What did US intelligence know?updated: Sat Feb 05 2011 10:15:00

CNN's Barbara Starr reports on the debate over what the U.S. knew in advance about the Egyptian crisis.

U.S. agencies warn unauthorized employees not to look at WikiLeaksupdated: Fri Dec 03 2010 22:05:00

Unauthorized federal workers and contractors have been warned not to attempt to read the classified documents on WikiLeaks on either government or personal computers.

White House scrambles to show it's on point at fixing security leaksupdated: Thu Dec 02 2010 09:54:00

The White House tapped a career counterterrorism official Wednesday to oversee government-wide efforts to fix security gaps in light of the WikiLeaks publication of classified documents.

Russian lawmaker calls for investigation into spy ring leakupdated: Fri Nov 12 2010 06:27:00

A Russian lawmaker is calling for a special investigation into a top intelligence official's alleged release of information on a Russian spy ring in the United States.

Russian newspaper names colonel as source of info on spy ring in U.S.updated: Fri Nov 12 2010 02:07:00

A colonel in Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service, identified as "Colonel Shcherbakov," gave the United States information on a Russian spy ring in the United States that was broken up this past June, according to a report in the respected Russian newspaper Kommersant.

Sources: Al Qaeda eyes more Mumbai-style attacksupdated: Wed Nov 10 2010 14:12:00

Al Qaeda is still planning Mumbai-style attacks in Europe, with the United States also possibly being targeted, counter-terrorism officials in Europe and the United States tell CNN.

In wake of CIA suicide bomber, what went wrong depends on who you askupdated: Mon Oct 25 2010 18:44:00

In the wake of the deadly attack at one of its bases in Afghanistan, there is disagreement among CIA veterans about what went wrong.

Man pleads guilty for attempting to spy for Chinaupdated: Fri Oct 22 2010 14:39:00

A 28-year-old Detroit man pleaded guilty on Friday to "conspiring to provide national defense information" to Chinese government intelligence officers, the Justice Department said.

Report: Key information on CIA base bomber wasn't relayedupdated: Tue Oct 19 2010 21:30:00

Prior to a suicide attack on a CIA base in Afghanistan last December, some people within the CIA and the Jordanian intelligence service were skeptical about the reliability of a Jordanian informant, but those concerns were not passed on to officers on the base, according to a U.S. intelligence official.

Why U.S. can't find Osama bin Ladenupdated: Tue Oct 19 2010 11:53:00

American taxpayers have forked over around half a trillion dollars to U.S. intelligence services since the 9/11 attacks, yet nearly a decade after al Qaeda assaults on New York and Washington, the American intelligence community still cannot answer the most basic of questions:

Is Pakistan protecting Bin laden?updated: Tue Oct 19 2010 11:53:00

The Pakistani Ambassador reacts to reports that Pakistan is protecting Osama Bin laden during an interview with CNN.

Clapper: WikiLeaks' work a 'big yellow flag' for intelligenceupdated: Wed Oct 06 2010 15:59:00

The top intelligence official in the United States said Wednesday the efforts by the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks to share classified documents presents a "big yellow flag" and will have a "chilling effect" on the need of the intelligence community to share information.

Bill gives more in Congress access to secret intelligenceupdated: Thu Sep 30 2010 16:41:00

Congress has sent President Barack Obama a bill that that will significantly increase the number of lawmakers notified about the administration's most secret intelligence activities.

New information emerges on post-9/11 hunt for bin Ladenupdated: Tue Sep 14 2010 01:59:00

Western intelligence agencies were able to form a detailed picture of Osama bin Laden's movements in the years after 9/11, and came closer to capturing or killing him than has so far been acknowledged, a former European intelligence official has disclosed.

British police investigate death of alleged spyupdated: Wed Aug 25 2010 15:26:00

British police are investigating the death of a man reported by the British press to have worked for the country's secret service.

Director of national intelligence names deputy to boost collaborationupdated: Fri Aug 20 2010 14:58:00

After just two weeks on the job, the nation's new intelligence chief has taken his first step toward further integrating the intelligence community.

Woman takes charge of major intelligence agency for the first timeupdated: Mon Aug 09 2010 12:47:00

A chunk of the glass ceiling came tumbling down Monday as veteran national security officer Letitia "Tish" Long became the first woman to head a major intelligence agency.

Senate confirms Clapper as intelligence chiefupdated: Fri Aug 06 2010 06:14:00

James Clapper was confirmed unanimously by the Senate Thursday night to be the nation's next intelligence chief.

Intelligence nominee: Not a 'figurehead'updated: Fri Aug 06 2010 06:14:00

Director of National Intelligence nominee James Clapper talks about the position during his confirmation hearing.

Senate panel approves Clapper's nomination as intelligence chiefupdated: Thu Jul 29 2010 15:52:00

James Clapper is one Senate vote away from becoming the nation's next intelligence chief.

What spies need: more computers, nominee saysupdated: Fri Jul 23 2010 12:58:00

Improved technology would go a long way in helping intelligence analysts connect the dots and prevent terrorist attacks, according to the man who is nominated to become the nation's chief intelligence officer.

Nominee for intelligence chief says he'd have enough cloutupdated: Wed Jul 21 2010 05:33:00

President Barack Obama's nominee to be the new director of national intelligence said Tuesday he can succeed in the job without Congress legislating new authority.

Clapper's challenge to protect Americaupdated: Tue Jul 20 2010 09:55:00

Can the nominee to head the intelligence community meet the challenge of preventing an attack?

Spy chief confirmation hearing set for Tuesdayupdated: Tue Jul 20 2010 09:55:00

The Senate Intelligence Committee will hold a confirmation hearing Tuesday afternoon for Gen. James Clapper, President Barack Obama's nominee for director of national intelligence.

Report: U.S. intelligence community inefficient, unmanageableupdated: Mon Jul 19 2010 11:52:00

The September 11, 2001, attacks have led to an intelligence community so large and unwieldy that it's unmanageable and inefficient -- and no one knows how much it costs, according to a two-year investigation by the Washington Post.

Spy chief confirmation hearing set for next Tuesdayupdated: Tue Jul 13 2010 20:05:00

The Senate Intelligence Committee will hold a confirmation hearing next Tuesday for Gen. James Clapper, President Barack Obama's nominee for director of National Intelligence, according to committee Chairman Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California.

Inside the alleged Russian spy ringupdated: Wed Jun 30 2010 10:33:00

CNN's Deborah Feyerick reports on the suspects accused of spying for Russia in the U.S.

New spy agency chief held up by congressional infightingupdated: Fri Jun 25 2010 09:56:00

President Barack Obama's nominee to be the nation's chief spy has been left waiting in the wings while Congress tries to complete work on a new intelligence bill being held up by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Gates praises intelligence nomineeupdated: Mon Jun 07 2010 09:44:00

Defense Secretary Robert Gates praised national intelligence director nominee James Clapper on Sunday, telling reporters that President Barack Obama "could not have found a better person" for the job.

Obama nominates new director of national intelligenceupdated: Sat Jun 05 2010 13:34:00

Calling him one of America's "most experienced and most respected intelligence professionals," President Barack Obama has nominated Air Force Lt. Gen. James Clapper to be the new director of national intelligence.

Source: Retired general is pick for new intelligence chiefupdated: Sat Jun 05 2010 12:10:00

President Obama plans to nominate retired Air Force Lt. Gen. James Clapper to be the new director of national intelligence, a senior U.S. defense official confirmed to CNN Friday.

Who wants to be U.S. intelligence chief?updated: Mon May 31 2010 20:51:00

Now that Dennis Blair has packed his bags after 16 months as the nation's chief intelligence officer, finding a new director to lead the 16 agencies of the intelligence community is turning out to be a tough sell.

Director of national intelligence has little real authorityupdated: Fri May 21 2010 14:46:00

President Obama soon will nominate a new director of national intelligence, a position originally envisioned as overseer of the entire U.S. intelligence community.

Why did intelligence chief step down?updated: Fri May 21 2010 14:46:00

CNN contributor Fran Townsend looks at why Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair left his post.

Blair's resignation follows rocky ride as DNIupdated: Fri May 21 2010 12:47:00

Dennis Blair, the president's top intelligence adviser, announced his resignation after 16 months of power struggles, politics and personality clashes.

Obama's top intelligence adviser resignsupdated: Fri May 21 2010 12:20:00

The president's top intelligence adviser, National Intelligence Director Dennis C. Blair, announced his resignation Thursday in a move sources said came amid increasing tensions with the White House.

Analysis: Smart change is slow for U.S. intelligence agenciesupdated: Thu Apr 29 2010 11:35:00

There they stood, an unprecedented public gathering of all heads of the American intelligence community. The 16 leaders of the agencies and departments that make up the intelligence community stood at attention behind Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair last week to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the position's formation.

Ex-NSA worker accused in leaks to reporterupdated: Thu Apr 15 2010 16:28:00

A former employee of the secretive National Security Agency has been indicted in connection with the leak to a reporter of classified information about the agency's electronic intelligence programs, the Justice Department announced Thursday.

Sources: Iran-Contra operative linked to questionable spy programupdated: Wed Mar 24 2010 15:33:00

A former high-ranking CIA official who was involved in the Iran-Contra scandal has worked on an alleged ad hoc spy program that the Pentagon is investigating, CNN has learned.

Suspected CIA suicide bomber calls American team 'gift from God'updated: Sun Feb 28 2010 14:54:00

The man believed to be the suicide bomber who killed seven CIA employees and contractors last year appears in a newly released video, claiming to have tricked Jordanian intelligence officers as a double agent.

Obama honors 7 CIA officers killed in Afghanistan blastupdated: Fri Feb 05 2010 19:14:00

President Obama paid tribute Friday to seven CIA officers killed in Afghanistan in December, calling them "American patriots who loved their country and gave their lives to defend it."

Opinion: Intelligence community must be part of terror decisionsupdated: Thu Feb 04 2010 15:26:00

Sen. Susan Collins is not prone to hyperbole. She's a moderate Republican who survived the Obama sweep in the last election by winning handily in Maine as an independent thinker. She's not doctrinaire. In fact, she abandoned most of her GOP caucus to support the administration on the controversial stimulus package. And she's an important player, as the ranking Republican on the Homeland Security Committee.

Officials: Attack 'likely'updated: Wed Feb 03 2010 10:39:00

Officials unanimously agree there is a strong chance for another terror attack on US soil with in the next three to six months.

Intelligence chiefs say another terror attempt in U.S. is 'certain'updated: Wed Feb 03 2010 10:39:00

Another attempted terrorist attack on the United States in coming months is "certain," the heads of major U.S intelligence agencies told a Senate committee Tuesday.

Pakistan Taliban says leader injured in attackupdated: Fri Jan 15 2010 12:57:00

The leader of the Taliban in Pakistan, Hakimullah Mehsud, was wounded in a suspected U.S. drone strike Thursday, intelligence and Taliban sources told CNN Friday.

Source: CIA bomber was about to be searched when explosives detonatedupdated: Tue Jan 12 2010 17:37:00

The suicide bomber who killed seven CIA officers and contractors and a Jordanian intelligence official in Afghanistan was within seconds of being searched by two security contractors when he detonated his explosives, a former intelligence official with knowledge of the incident told CNN on Tuesday.

Murky world of espionageupdated: Tue Jan 12 2010 17:37:00

CNN's Nic Robertson reports on how a double agent may have fooled two of the world's best spy agencies.

Expert: CIA missed glaring red flags on double-agent bomberupdated: Tue Jan 12 2010 11:36:00

In the murky world of spying, where choices are generally among shades of gray, success, by definition, goes unnoticed.

CIA 'suicide bomber' vows revenge in new videoupdated: Sat Jan 09 2010 23:30:00

The man believed to be the suicide bomber who killed seven CIA employees and contractors last month appears in a newly released video, in which he vows revenge for the killing of a Taliban leader.

Bombing suspect vows revengeupdated: Sat Jan 09 2010 23:30:00

The Taliban release a video showing double agent vowing revenge on the U.S. CNN's Nic Robertson reports.

CIA suicide attacker's wife 'shocked' but proudupdated: Sat Jan 09 2010 00:00:00

The wife of an alleged suicide bomber who killed eight people at a U.S. base in Afghanistan last week says she is shocked by his actions but "proud" of what he did.

Melding U.S. and foreign intelligence a challengeupdated: Fri Jan 08 2010 17:42:00

Former President Reagan used the signature phrase "trust but verify" throughout his presidency.

Brennan: 'We didn't follow up'updated: Fri Jan 08 2010 17:42:00

Obama's top security advisers admit they had the intelligence on a possible attack but didn't put two and two together.

Obama outlines anti-terrorism flaws, reformsupdated: Fri Jan 08 2010 11:14:00

President Obama outlined Thursday the intelligence and other government failures leading up to the botched December 25 terror bombing of a U.S.-bound jetliner.

Al Qaeda claims responsibility for CIA attackupdated: Thu Jan 07 2010 08:53:00

Al Qaeda has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing in Afghanistan last month that killed seven CIA employees and contractors and a Jordanian military officer, according to a statement posted on Islamist Web sites.

CIA bomber was double-agentupdated: Thu Jan 07 2010 03:42:00

CNN's Atia Abawi discusses the latest developments in the murder of seven CIA officials in Afghanistan.

Suicide bomber's actions 'out of character,' says brotherupdated: Thu Jan 07 2010 03:42:00

The brother of the suicide bomber who killed eight people at a U.S. base in Afghanistan last week told CNN his sibling's actions were "out of character" and that the man was "under pressure."

Military revising security procedures after attack on CIAupdated: Wed Jan 06 2010 23:33:00

In the wake of the suicide bombing at Forward Operating Base Chapman, new security guidance has gone out to U.S. bases across Afghanistan, U.S. military officials said.

Jordanian doctor called double agent behind CIA attackupdated: Tue Jan 05 2010 16:52:00

The man identified as the double agent who killed eight people at a U.S. base in Afghanistan was a Jordanian doctor recruited as a counterterrorism intelligence source, a senior Jordanian official said Tuesday.

Top intel officer slams work of U.S. spies in Afghanistanupdated: Tue Jan 05 2010 12:02:00

U.S. spies "can do little but shrug" when commanders ask for the information they need to fight the Taliban insurgency, the top U.S. military intelligence officer in Afghanistan said in a blistering report.

Intriguing people for January 5, 2010updated: Tue Jan 05 2010 09:24:00

Casey Johnson The 30-year-old heiress to the Johnson & Johnson fortune was found dead at a house in Los Angeles on Monday, People magazine reported.

Source: Jordanian double-agent killed 7 CIA officers in suicide blastupdated: Tue Jan 05 2010 07:15:00

The suicide bomber who killed seven CIA officials and a Jordanian military officer last week in Afghanistan was a Jordanian double-agent, a former U.S. intelligence official told CNN Monday.

Taliban factions compete for credit in CIA bombing deathsupdated: Sun Jan 03 2010 22:49:00

It was one of the worst blows ever to America's intelligence community -- a suicide bombing that killed seven CIA officers in Afghanistan.

Intel officer: CIA officers' deaths will be avengedupdated: Fri Jan 01 2010 16:50:00

An American intelligence official vowed Thursday that the United States would avenge a suspected terrorist attack on a U.S. base in Afghanistan that resulted in the deaths of seven CIA officers.

Source: 2 killed in Afghanistan bombing were security contractorsupdated: Thu Dec 31 2009 22:05:00

Two of the seven CIA officers killed Wednesday in a suspected terrorist attack on a U.S. base in Afghanistan were contractors for Xe, a private security firm formerly known as Blackwater, a former intelligence official said Thursday.

Congressional inquiry into Fort Hood soughtupdated: Tue Nov 17 2009 21:07:00

Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee have sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi calling for an immediate Congressional investigation into circumstances surrounding the Fort Hood shooting.

Obama administration moves to stop release of classified informationupdated: Sat Oct 31 2009 01:17:00

The Obama administration invoked the state secrets privilege on Friday in a lawsuit pertaining to government eavesdropping intended to intercept terrorist communications, and one privacy advocacy group called the decision "incredibly disappointing."

Commentary: Let's keep an eye on the spiesupdated: Wed Jul 22 2009 08:25:00

In response to the growing pressure for an investigation into potential abuses by the CIA and former Bush administration officials, Republican Sen. John Cornyn warned: "This is high-risk stuff. Because if we chill the ability or the willingness of our intelligence operatives and others to get information that's necessary to protect America, there could be disastrous consequences."

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