A U.S. Justice Department image showing Victor Manuel Rocha during a meeting with an FBI undercover employee.
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Cuba gets less attention as an espionage threat than Russia or China, but is a potent player in the spy world. Its intelligence service has already penetrated the US government at least once.
Investigating the site of the explosion outside al-Ahli Arab Hospital, as seen on Oct. 18, 2023, first requires independent, credible experts to have access to the area in question.
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The hospital blast site has largely been cleared, Hamas says. But a forensic scientist explains what other evidence independent experts could look to while conducting an investigation.
Israeli soldiers move past a military medical vehicle on Oct. 10, 2023, at Kfar Aza, a kibbutz where Hamas militants killed Israelis days before.
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Israel’s intelligence capacities are considered some of the best in the world – but unlike the US, it does not have a central organization coordinating all intelligence.
The July 2023 NATO summit in Lithuania saw movement toward expanding the alliance.
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NATO gets the headlines, but the Five Eyes alliance is another close connection between key Western powers, and it may expand.
Espionage Act violations come in many different forms and can result in a wide variety of punishments.
A former intelligence official claims the US government has retrieved multiple craft of non-human origin, along with the occupants’ bodies.
The Five Eyes alliance is critical to hunting and detecting foreign cyber actors, but tends to work in secret.
Court hearing: an artist’s impression of Jack Teixeira being charged.
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The leaks have revealed much about shortcomings in the way the US intelligence community operates.
While human spies are the best-known way nations collect intelligence, there are several methods countries can use to spy on one another.
Members of security forces during an anti-terrorism simulation exercise in Abuja, Nigeria.
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Terror alerts, such as the one recently issued by the US and UK embassies in Abuja, should be taken seriously by the Nigerian government as well as citizens.
US president Joe Biden speaks with his ‘old friend’, CIA director William J Burns (left), during a national security team meeting in the White House.
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With a formidable Kremlinologist in charge and Donald Trump out of the presidential picture, has the CIA regained its influence amid the ‘new cold war’?
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U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan speaks about the Ukraine crisis during the daily White House press briefing on Feb. 11, 2022, in Washington, D.C.
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The US dramatically changed how it shares intelligence in the period before the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Commercial satellite companies provide views once reserved for governments, like this image of a Russian military training facility in Crimea.
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National security professionals and armchair sleuths alike are taking advantage of vast amounts of publicly available information and software tools to monitor geopolitical events around the world.
Marines at Camp Post, Afghanistan, Sept. 11, 2020, on the 19th anniversary of the terror attacks that began the U.S. war there.
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Investigations of the 9/11 attacks show that a short, unstable transition between two presidents can weaken US security. Trump’s sweeping staff changes compound the risk, experts say.
The home of MI6 in central London.
Tensions have emerged before over US-UK intelligence sharing, but the Johnson government’s decision over Huawei is different.
The US government wants to seize all the proceeds from Snowden’s new memoir.
A major Chinese technology firm is under international scrutiny for its potential role in spying.
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Intelligence officials in many countries are concerned the company could be helping the Chinese government spy on companies, military units and government agencies.
US intelligence assessments have concluded that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to some degree. Trump prefers the Russian version of events.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a news conference after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland on July 16, 2018.
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In the hands of a legitimate president, the recent indictments against Russian nationals for interfering in the 2016 presidential election would have been a powerful tool at a summit. Not Donald Trump.