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Iran announces arrests, death sentences as CIA spy ring busted

Jul 22, 2019 - 4:28 PM

The agencies 'successfully dismantled a (CIA) spy network,' the head of counter-intelligence at the Iranian intelligence ministry, whose identity was not revealed, tells reporters in Tehran

Iran executes 'defense ministry contractor' over spying for CIA

Jun 22, 2019 - 11:15 PM

Iran news agency ISNA reports that Jalal Haji Zavar was convicted by the military court and was executed at an unspecified time

EXECUTED. Iran executes Jalal Haji Zavar. File photo by Loey Felipe/UN

North Korean leader's brother was CIA informant – Wall Street Journal

Jun 11, 2019 - 3:55 PM

Citing 'a person knowledgeable about the matter,' the Wall Street Journal says Kim Jong-nam had met with CIA operatives several times

KIM JONG-NAM. A man watches a television showing news reports of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, in Seoul on February 14, 2017. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Ex-CIA directors issue unprecedented Trump condemnation

Aug 18, 2018 - 11:37 AM

This comes after President Donald Trump decides to strip off former Intelligence director John Brennan of his security clearance over an ongoing federal probe on Trump's alleged Russian campaign links

MCLEAN, VA - FEBRUARY 19: A man walks across the seal of the Central Intelligence Agency at the lobby of the Original Headquarters Building at the CIA headquarters February 19, 2009 in McLean, Virginia. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

South Korea ex-PM and spy agency founder dies at 92

Jun 23, 2018 - 12:15 PM

Kim Jong-pil, founder of South Korea's once-infamous spy agency and former prime minister is believed to have died of natural causes

KOREAN LEADER. Former Prime Minister of South Korea Jong-Pil Kim speaks to the local Korean community during a supper in a hotel in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 16 December 1999. Jong-Pil is on an official four-day visit to Brazil. Photo by Marie Hiooenmeyer/AFP

Ex-CIA officer charged over damaging leak to WikiLeaks

Jun 19, 2018 - 3:25 PM

Joshua Schulte is charged with leaking unspecified information on the Central Intelligence Agency's intelligence-gathering capabilities to a group identified only as 'Organization-1,' which then released the information on the internet

THE CIA'S LEAKS. This file photo taken on August 13, 2008 shows a man walking over the seal of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the lobby of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Pompeo, Trump's pick to be secretary of state, vows diplomatic approach to Iran

Apr 13, 2018 - 12:27 PM

Mike Pompeo disavows his reputation as a 'war hawk' and an anti-Muslim hardliner as he seeks to woo support from senators to become the next US secretary of state

MIKE POMPEO. Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo speaks during his confirmation hearing before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill, on April 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Malacañang summons U.S. envoy over intel report

Feb 23, 2018 - 4:29 PM

US Ambassador Sung Kim meets with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea over the report by US intelligence agencies calling President Duterte a 'regional threat'

SUMMONED. US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim is summoned to Malacañang to explain the report by US intelligence agencies calling President Rodrigo Duterte a 'regional threat.' File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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Feb 21, 2018 - 8:01 PM

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Malacañang hits U.S. intel for calling Duterte a 'threat'

Feb 21, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Malacañang claims that President Rodrigo Duterte 'is no autocrat' and has no 'autocratic tendencies'

'REGIONAL THREAT.' President Rodrigo Duterte visits government troops in war-torn Marawi City on July 20, 2017. Duterte's decision to extend martial law in Mindanao due to the Marawi siege is one of the reasons why he is considered a 'regional threat' by US intelligence agencies. Malacañang file photo

U.S. intel agencies say Duterte a 'regional threat' in Southeast Asia

Feb 21, 2018 - 8:21 AM

The CIA and 16 other US intelligence agencies cite President Rodrigo Duterte's suggestion to declare a 'revolutionary government' and impose nationwide martial law as a threat to democracy in Southeast Asia

'REGIONAL THREAT.' President Rodrigo Duterte visits government troops in war-torn Marawi City on July 20, 2017. Duterte's decision to extend martial law in Mindanao due to the Marawi siege is one of the reasons why he is considered a 'regional threat' by US intelligence agencies. Malacañang file photo

Senate hearing on fake news, De Castro on Sereno, CIA on Russian meddling | Evening wRap

Jan 30, 2018 - 10:30 PM

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CIA chief: Russians will meddle in coming U.S. election

Jan 30, 2018 - 9:45 AM

The 2018 midterm elections will involve all of the 435 members of the House of Representatives and 33 senators

WARNING. In this file photo, Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo delivers remarks at The Center for Strategic and International Studies April 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Former CIA agent arrested with top secret info

Jan 17, 2018 - 7:59 AM

US authorities arrest a former CIA agent, Hong Kong resident Jerry Chun Shing Lee, after discovering he had an unauthorized notebook that had the identities of undercover US spies

INTEL CENTRAL. A man crosses the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) logo in the lobby of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia, on August 14, 2008. Saul Loeb/AFP

Tillerson's future as top American diplomat in doubt

Dec 01, 2017 - 12:30 AM

(UPDATED) Amid reports of a plan to replace Rex Tillerson with CIA director Mike Pompeo, US President Donald Trump passes up an opportunity to publicly back his embattled top diplomat

IN & OUT. This combination of pictures created on November 30, 2017 shows US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (left) and CIA Director Mike Pompeo in Washington, DC. The White House has a plan to force out Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replace him with CIA chief Mike Pompeo within weeks, the New York Times reported. Photo combo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

U.S. releases new trove of secret Kennedy assassination files

Nov 04, 2017 - 10:11 AM

Among the CIA files released are detailed records of efforts to recruit Soviet diplomats serving in foreign missions, complete with transcripts of wiretaps

INTRIGUING. This file photo taken on October 24, 1962 shows US President John Fitzgerald Kennedy signing the order of naval blockade of Cuba at the White House in Washington, DC, during the Cuban missiles crisis. AFP FILES

Final Fantasy VII, anime among files uncovered from 2011 Bin Laden raid

Nov 02, 2017 - 3:38 PM

The files – or at least the file names themselves – offer a look into what Bin Laden's fighters may have been downloading or doing in their idle hours

CIA DOCUMENTS. This videograb provided by the Site Intelligence Group shows slain al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden shown in previously unreleased video footage, part of a video posted by al-Qaeda's media branch as-Sahab on jihadist forums on September 12, 2011 to commemorate the September 11, 2001 attacks. File photo by SITE Intelligence Group/AFP. Background image of Final Fantasy VII from Wikipedia

U.S. denies CIA backing destabilization vs Duterte

Oct 26, 2017 - 7:55 PM

'President Duterte won a very impressive election. We respect his election, and are in fact working very well together with this administration,' says US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim

DESTABILIZATION PLOTS? US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim denies that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is backing destabilization plots against the Duterte administration. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte falsely claims CIA funds Rappler

Oct 12, 2017 - 7:03 PM

Contrary to President Rodrigo Duterte's assertion, Rappler is 100% Filipino-owned, and the CIA is not one of its funders

QUESTIONING RAPPLER. President Rodrigo Duterte falsely claims that CIA funds Rappler. Malacañag file photo

CIA knew in August that Putin sought to boost Trump – report

Jun 23, 2017 - 11:20 PM

The Post says that as soon as the intelligence on Putin came in the White House viewed it as a deep national security threat A secret intelligence task force was created to firm up the information and ready possible responses

CIA. This file photo taken on August 13, 2008 shows the seal of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the lobby of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

China killed or jailed up to 20 U.S. spies – report

May 21, 2017 - 8:16 AM

The losses are comparable to the number of US assets lost in the Soviet Union and Russia because of the betrayals of two infamous spies Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen

Due to flaw, the CIA can take over 318 Cisco switch models

Mar 21, 2017 - 2:48 PM

Cisco reveals a vulnerability in their network switches that allows attackers to take full control of computers and other networked devices

WikiLeaks revelations leave CIA heavily bruised

Mar 11, 2017 - 6:15 PM

This is a historic act of devastating incompetence to have created such an arsenal and then stored it all in one place WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says

Assange accuses CIA of 'devastating incompetence' over leaks

Mar 09, 2017 - 11:54 PM

It is impossible to keep effective control of cyber weapons If you build them eventually you will lose them Julian Assange says

JULIAN ASSANGE. Julian Assange, founder of the online leaking platform WikiLeaks, is seen on a screen as he addresses journalists via a live video connection during a press conference on the platform's 10th anniversary on October 4, 2016 in Berlin. File photo by Steffi Loos/AFP

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Mar 09, 2017 - 9:30 AM

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CIA blasts WikiLeaks for publishing secret documents

Mar 09, 2017 - 8:40 AM

CIA: Such disclosures not only jeopardize US personnel and operations but also equip our adversaries with tools and information to do us harm

This file photo taken on August 13, 2008 shows a man walking over the seal of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the lobby of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Saul Loeb/File/AFP

Tech sector scrambles after CIA hacking allegations

Mar 09, 2017 - 12:05 AM

Major tech firms say they are looking at the allegations raised in the documents released by WikiLeaks on Tuesday

THE CIA AND TECHNOLOGY. This file photo taken on August 13, 2008 shows the seal of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the lobby of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP FILES/ AFP

WikiLeaks: CIA can hack your TV, car, and chat apps

Mar 08, 2017 - 9:05 AM

The group posts nearly 9 000 documents it says are leaked from the Central Intelligence Agency in what it describes as the largest ever publication of secret intelligence materials

A man walks across the seal of the Central Intelligence Agency at the CIA headquarters February 19, 2009 in McLean, Virginia. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Trump, spokesman slam U.S. media over inaugural crowd coverage

Jan 22, 2017 - 8:47 AM

UPDATED Washington city authorities do not provide official crowd counts but TV footage clearly showed the gathering did not stretch all the way to the Washington Monument as Trump asserted

WITH THE SPIES. US President Donald Trump speaks at CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia, on January 21, 2017. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump to CIA: 'I am with you 1,000%'

Jan 22, 2017 - 1:12 AM

UPDATED In his first full day in office Trump moves swiftly to confront simmering tensions left by US intelligence findings that Russia interfered in the US election to try to tip the outcome in Trump s favor

SUPPORT FOR CIA. US President Donald Trump speaks at CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia, on January 21, 2017. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Women's marches draw millions in resistance to Trump

Jan 21, 2017 - 10:42 PM

UPDATED Roused by fiery speeches the protesters send out a resounding message of resistance the day after the Republican hardliner took office with a vow to roll back the legacy of his predecessor Barack Obama

PROTEST. Demonstrators protest on the National Mall in Washington, DC, for the Women's March on January 21, 2017. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

U.S. spy chiefs stand firm on Russia findings

Jan 06, 2017 - 8:23 AM

UPDATED This was a multifaceted campaign So the hacking was only one part of it and it also entailed classical propaganda disinformation fake news says Director of National Intelligence James Clapper

ON CYBER THREATS. Defense Undersecretary for Intelligence Marcell Lettre II, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and United States Cyber Command and National Security Agency Director Admiral Michael Rogers testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill January 5, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

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Dec 15, 2016 - 1:14 PM

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U.S. Congress, at odds with Trump, eyes Russia hack probe

Dec 13, 2016 - 8:17 AM

The president elect has dismissed the intelligence reports as ridiculous defying an increasing number of senators from his own party as well as top Democrats the Central Intelligence Agency and the outgoing White House

A man votes at a polling place at a high school in McLean, Virginia during the US presidential election on November 8, 2016. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Trump on Russia meddling in U.S. election: 'I don't believe it'

Dec 12, 2016 - 12:05 AM

US President elect Donald Trump claims the Democrats are merely trying to find excuses for their defeat

President-Elect Donald Trump speaks in Des Moines, Iowa on December 8, 2016 during the USA Thank You Tour 2016 at the Hy-Vee Hall in the Iowa Events Center. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY

US plot to unseat Duterte? 'Absurd,' says envoy

Oct 24, 2016 - 2:33 PM

Outgoing US ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg reacts to the statement of ousted Philippine President Joseph Estrada

C130 TURN OVER. Outgoing US ambassador Philip Goldberg leads the turn over of a refurbished C130 cargo plane to the Philippine Air Force

Duterte dares CIA to 'oust' him

Oct 07, 2016 - 9:21 PM

In two speeches to mark his 100 days in office Duterte repeatedly raises the prospect of local or foreign opponents seeking to remove him from power in an effort to stop the violence

President Rodrigo Duterte speaks before the participants of the 2016 Banana Congress in Davao City on October 7, 2016. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Teen hacker says he cracked CIA head's personal email – media

Oct 20, 2015 - 9:41 AM

If true the story will be a major embarrassment for Brennan and the Central Intelligence Agency coming after months of intense national scrutiny of Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server when she was secretary of state

A file photo dated 13 March 2015 shows Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director John O. Brennan speaking during an appearance at the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York, New York, USA. Photo by Justin Lane/EPA

CIA pulled officers from China after gov't hack – report

Sep 30, 2015 - 11:54 PM

A report says senior US officials have described the intrusions as spying aimed at identifying agents potential recruits for espionage or people who could be blackmailed to obtain information

HACKED. The Theodore Roosevelt Federal Building that houses the Office of Personnel Management headquarters is shown June 5, 2015 in Washington, DC. File photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

CIA chief: Ending NSA spying would boost terror threat

Jun 01, 2015 - 12:38 AM

If no action is taken by the Senate Sunday authorities will be forced to shut down the bulk collection program and two other provisions

JOHN BRENNAN. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director John O. Brennan speaks during an appearance at the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York, New York, USA, 13 March 2015. Photo by Justin Lane/EPA

US agents plotted to find bin Laden via meds – report

May 22, 2015 - 7:48 AM

The supply chain could possibly include International Committee of the Red Cross hospitals It remains unclear if the idea was ever acted on

MEDICINES. Undated file picture of the head of the al-Qaeda terror network Osama bin Laden at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan. Bin Laden was killed in a raid in Abottabad, Pakistan on May 2, 2011. AFP FILE PHOTO

CIA worked to break Apple encryption – report

Mar 10, 2015 - 11:48 PM

Documents the report was based on did not reveal how successful the spy efforts were but at least suggest a long effort to thwart encryption

MACBOOK. Journalists test the new Apple MacBook after the presentation of the new Apple Watch in San Francisco was broadcast on a screen in the Apple Store in Berlin, Germany, 09 March 2015. Photo by Kay Nietfeld/EPA

Petraeus to plead guilty to spilling secrets to mistress

Mar 04, 2015 - 9:11 AM

Petraeus signs a plea deal and statement that indicate he will plead guilty to unauthorized removal and retention of classified material

A file photo dated 13 September 2011 shows Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director David Petraeus appearing before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence & House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence joint hearing entitled, 'The State of Intelligence Reform 10 Years After 9/11', on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, USA. Michael Reynolds/EPA

Critics, defenders clash over US 'torture report'

Dec 15, 2014 - 7:20 PM

Defenders and critics of the CIA clash over the release of a US report that revealed harrowing details of America s torture of war on terror detainees

A page from the 500-page summary of the US Senate's report on CIA interrogation methods. Photo by Rappler

British MPs want access to redacted parts of CIA torture report

Dec 14, 2014 - 6:57 PM

The news comes amid growing questions in Britain about whether its intelligence services made use of information extracted by the CIA using brutal and unauthorized tactics in the years after the 9 11 attacks

The Palace of Westminister, July 2008. Mgimelfarb/Wikipedia

CIA revelations put UK spies under scrutiny

Dec 12, 2014 - 9:07 PM

Britain was Washington s closest partner in the War on Terror and questions about British involvement in abuses have rankled for years

INTEL CENTRAL. A man crosses the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) logo in the lobby of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia, on August 14, 2008. Saul Loeb/AFP

CIA chief defends agency, but admits 'abhorrent' abuses

Dec 12, 2014 - 7:34 AM

Brennan says the torture came amid fear of another wave of violence from Al Qaeda after the September 11 2001 attacks

REPORT. A page from the 500-page summary of the US Senate's report on CIA interrogation methods. Photo by Rappler

US torture report 'full of crap' – Dick Cheney

Dec 11, 2014 - 12:19 PM

Cheney who was vice president under George W Bush when the brutal enhanced interrogation techniques were used says the program was entirely justified

US Vice President Dick Cheney in Ankara, Turkey, on Wednesday 20 March 2002. Tarik Tinazay/Pool/EPA

CIA torture report: Global outrage, calls for justice

Dec 11, 2014 - 6:45 AM

That US interrogators tortured Al Qaeda suspects in secret jails is known but a detailed Senate report into the scandal is seized upon by America s shocked friends and gloating enemies alike

DECLASSIFIED. A page from the 500-page summary of the US Senate's report on CIA interrogation methods. Photo by Rappler