CIA officer killed in combat in Somalia

A CIA officer was killed in Somalia last weekend, according to a former senior administration official with knowledge of the matter, the officer was wounded in an operation in the country and later died, the source said. The identity of the officer has not been made public but the source said the officer was a former Navy SEAL. The death comes as the Trump administration is making plans to withdraw more than 600 troops from Somalia in the near future, US Special Operations forces have been embedded with the Somali National Army, assisting in the fight against the militant group Al-Shabaab. … Continue reading CIA officer killed in combat in Somalia

Former US Army Green Beret pleads guilty to spying for Russia

A former officer in the US Army’s elite Special Forces unit the Green Berets pleaded guilty on Wednesday to spying for Russia, the Justice Department said. Peter Rafael Dzibinski Debbins, 45, is to be sentenced on February 26, 2021 and faces a maximum penalty of life in prison. “Debbins today acknowledged that he violated this country’s highest trust by passing sensitive national security information to the Russians,” Assistant Attorney General John Demers said in a statement. According to prosecutors, the US-born Debbins was recruited by the Russians as early as 1996, before he had joined the army but after several … Continue reading Former US Army Green Beret pleads guilty to spying for Russia

Edward Snowden to apply for Russian citizenship

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden speaks from Russia at the 2019 Web Summit technology conference. The former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has announced that he and his wife are applying for Russian citizenship while also keeping their US nationalities. “After years of separation from our parents, my wife and i have no desire to be separated from our son, that’s why, in this era of pandemics and closed borders, we’re applying for dual US-Russian citizenship,” Snowden said in a tweet posted early Monday. Last week, Snowden’s wife, Lindsay Mills, announced the couple is expecting their first child. Lindsay and I will remain Americans, raising … Continue reading Edward Snowden to apply for Russian citizenship

Greenwald resigns from The Intercept citing censorship

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald said on Thursday he had resigned from ‘The Intercept’ after the US investigative media outlet purportedly refused to publish his article critical of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Greenwald, one of the first journalists to report on the Edward Snowden documents on 2013 US mass surveillance scandal, said he was leaving the website he started in 2014 with two other journalists. The final, precipitating cause is that The Intercept’s editors, in violation of my contractual right of editorial freedom, censored an article I wrote this week, refusing to publish it unless I remove all sections … Continue reading Greenwald resigns from The Intercept citing censorship

Edward Snowden gets permanent residency in Russia

Edward Snowden is accused of espionage and theft of government property in the US for leaking troves of information. A former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has been given permanent residency in Russia, his lawyer Anatoly Kucherena told state-run news agency RIA Novosti. Snowden had requested a three-year extension of the permit this spring as it was set to expire in April 2020 but the procedure stalled because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Kucherena. The 37-year-old is accused of espionage and theft of government property in the US for leaking troves of information on American intelligence and mass surveillance … Continue reading Edward Snowden gets permanent residency in Russia

Australia ‘deeply concerned’ as writer faces China spying trial

Australia on Wednesday expressed deep concern at the prosecution of writer Yang Hengjun after Beijing officials confirmed an espionage case against him would go ahead, foreign Minister Marise Payne said officials had been shown no evidence to support charges against the Chinese-Australian, despite repeatedly asking Beijing for details of the case. The government is disappointed and deeply concerned that Chinese authorities have decided to prosecute Australian citizen and academic Dr Yang Hengjun, Payne said in a statement, relations between China and Australia have been peppered with spy scandals and trade rows in recent months, with both sides accusing the other … Continue reading Australia ‘deeply concerned’ as writer faces China spying trial

Norway blames Russia for cyber-attack on parliament

Norway has blamed Russia for a cyber-attack on the email system in the Norwegian parliament in August, Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide called it a serious incident affecting the country’s “most important democratic institution.” Based on the information available to the government it is our assessment that Russia stood behind this activity she said without giving any evidence. Moscow has rejected the claim, calling it a “serious and wilful provocation.” Ms Soreide said in a statement that Norway’s security and intelligence services were co-operating closely to deal with this matter at the national level, in response, Russia’s embassy in Oslo hit back … Continue reading Norway blames Russia for cyber-attack on parliament

Edward Snowden agrees to give up more than $5 million from book and speeches

Edward Snowden, the former CIA contractor who leaked intelligence secrets in 2013, has agreed to forfeit more than $5 million he earned from his book and speaking fees to the US government, according to court records. Snowden published his book Permanent Record last year without government approval, in violation of contracts he signed with the CIA and the National Security Agency. A federal judge had sided with the Justice Department in its lawsuit to claw back Snowden’s proceeds, and was considering how much he would need to pay. The judge has not yet approved the forfeiture plan. The case represents one of … Continue reading Edward Snowden agrees to give up more than $5 million from book and speeches

US charges NY police officer with spying for China

A New York City police officer who also serves as a United States Army reservist has been charged with acting as an illegal agent of the government of China, US federal prosecutors have said. Baimadajie Angwang, 33, was arrested on Monday at his home on Long Island and was due in court in Brooklyn later in the day, the US Department of Justice said when announcing the charges. A criminal complaint filed in Brooklyn federal court accuses Angwang of working as an agent for the People’s Republic of China (PRC). It says he was secretly supervised by handlers from the Chinese consulate in … Continue reading US charges NY police officer with spying for China

US special forces veteran arrested for passing secrets to Russia

A former US special forces captain has been arrested on charges of espionage, the US Department of Justice says. Peter Debbins is alleged to have passed classified information to the Russian military intelligence agency (GRU) over a period of more than 10 years. A DOJ press release stated that he met GRU officials on trips to Russia, who knew him by the code name Ikar Lesnikov. Capt Debbins, 45, faces life imprisonment if convicted. The Gainesville, Virginia, man is charged with conspiring to provide US national defence information to agents of a foreign government. “Debbins violated his oath as a … Continue reading US special forces veteran arrested for passing secrets to Russia