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Saudi Arabian spy worked as a Twitter SRE
and Twitter didn't find out until the CIA told them. The spy who had root
root  spies  twitter  saudi-arabia  privacy  espionage  cia 
yesterday by jm
RT : Cooking with : The ’s classified crab dip
FOIA  CIA  from twitter
yesterday by kcarruthers
CIA’s in-house board games can now be yours thanks to FOIA request | Ars Technica
After SXSW 2017 reveal, CIA releases buckets of marked-up board game design notes.
If you're wondering: yes, these documents include enough rules and materials to help budding CIA officers print and play their own versions of the games Collection Deck and Kingpin: The Hunt for El Chapo. Unfortunately, the released files don't come close to printing-grade quality, owing both to low resolution and fax-grade 1-bit color. Ambitious board gaming fans will have to pick up the aesthetic slack themselves. (Here's to hoping someone creates entries at BoardGameGeek to inspire such an effort. As of press time, no BGG entries for either game exist.)
gov2.0  spying  games  SXSW  CIA 
4 days ago by rgl7194
These International Borders Have Become "No Rights Zones" | Zero Hedge
In January of this year, US Customs sent out new guidance about phone and laptop searches at the border.

It says they can search anyone’s electronic devices “with or without suspicion.”

It says passengers are “obligated” to turn over their devices as well as passcodes for examination. If you refuse agents can seize the device.

That is all considered a “basic search.” No suspicion needed.

To add insult to injury, the January guidance starts, “CBP will protect the rights of individuals against unreasonable search and seizure and ensure privacy protection while accomplishing its enforcement mission.”
cia  snowden  imperialism 
7 days ago by foliovision
Hastings’ Lessons From the Grave—Have We Learned Anything? - WhoWhatWhy
“I believe Michael Hastings died in a car crash, I want to make that clear, I have absolutely no thoughts about if there was anything suspicious.” Leopold said. “I’m well aware that people try to make the connection ‘oh he’s investigating Brennan and then he died,’ I’m not on that page.”
8 days ago by foliovision
Exclusive: Who Killed Michael Hastings? |
The story that Hastings was working on at the time of his death centered around CIA Director John Brennan, the chief architect of President Obama’s foreign drone program. It related specifically to Brennan’s role as the administration’s point man tracking investigative journalists and their sources in Washington.
cia  conspiracy 
8 days ago by foliovision
Enrico Mattei - Wikipedia
During his controversial tenure of ENI, Mattei had made many enemies. The U.S. National Security Council described him as an irritation and an obstacle in a classified report from 1958. The French could not forgive him for doing business with the pro-independence movement in Algeria. Responsibility for his death has been attributed to the CIA, to the French extreme-nationalist group, the OAS, and to the Sicilian Mafia.[3]
cia  conspiracy 
8 days ago by foliovision
RT : OPINION. New report shows that 49 people were flown from Johnston County, NC, to secret "black sites.…
torture  CIA  from twitter_favs
11 days ago by andriak
The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies - Bloomberg
"The attack by Chinese spies reached almost 30 U.S. companies, including Amazon and Apple, by compromising America’s technology supply chain, according to extensive interviews with government and corporate sources.

"China ... makes about 75 percent of the world’s mobile phones and 90 percent of its PCs.
"These servers were assembled for Elemental by Super Micro Computer Inc., a San Jose-based company (commonly known as Supermicro) that’s also one of the world’s biggest suppliers of server motherboards...

"Nested on the servers’ motherboards, the testers found a tiny microchip, not much bigger than a grain of rice, that wasn’t part of the boards’ original design. Amazon reported the discovery to U.S. authorities, sending a shudder through the intelligence community. Elemental’s servers could be found in Department of Defense data centers, the CIA’s drone operations, and the onboard networks of Navy warships. And Elemental was just one of hundreds of Supermicro customers.

"... During the ensuing top-secret probe, which remains open more than three years later, investigators determined that the chips allowed the attackers to create a stealth doorway into any network that included the altered machines. Multiple people familiar with the matter say investigators found that the chips had been inserted at factories run by manufacturing subcontractors in China.

"“Having a well-done, nation-state-level hardware implant surface would be like witnessing a unicorn jumping over a rainbow,” says Joe Grand, a hardware hacker and the founder of Grand Idea Studio Inc. “Hardware is just so far off the radar, it’s almost treated like black magic.”

"But that’s just what U.S. investigators found: The chips had been inserted during the manufacturing process, two officials say, by operatives from a unit of the People’s Liberation Army. In Supermicro, China’s spies appear to have found a perfect conduit for what U.S. officials now describe as the most significant supply chain attack known to have been carried out against American companies.
supply_chain_attach  security  bug  implant  AWS  CIA  Amazon  Elemental  DoD  Navy  Supermicro(Super_Micro_Computer)  espionage  China 
11 days ago by Tonti
John Brennan, Former C.I.A. Spymaster, Steps Out of the Shadows - The New York Times
ency around drone strikes made it hard to understand, let alone defend, United States policy. “The biggest conflict I had with my leadership was drone strikes,” says one former diplomat who worked in South Asia during Obama’s first term. “Official U.S. government policy is that you can’t talk about them, because they don’t exist,” the diplomat continued. “I quickly realized that I couldn’t be a credible representative of the U.S. government without talking about what was on the front page of every single newspaper.” Under Obama, the justification for holding such unaccountable power was the good character of the president and his staff. “Do I want this system to last forever? No,” one senior Obama official told The Washington Post in 2012, referring to the drone program. “What is scary is the apparatus set up without John to run it.”

If McDonough could not talk about signature strikes, perhaps he could talk about drone strikes against “high-value targets,” named and known terrorists.

“Again, that sounds to me like a question that I’m not in a position to respond t
NYT  CIA  wot  obama  GeorgeWBush  DonaldTrump  drone  afghanistan  iraq 
13 days ago by Kirk510620
A CIA lucky break? How the death of the 'Smiling Pope' helped Washington win the Cold War — RT Op-ed
Another writer, Lucien Gregoire, author of 'Murder by the Grace of God', points the finger of blame squarely at the CIA. He notes a seemingly strange coincidence, namely that on September 3, 1978, just 25 days before the Pope himself died, Metropolitan Nikodim, the visiting leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, who was later revealed to have been a KGB agent, fell dead at John Paul's feet in the Vatican after sipping coffee.
cia  religion 
24 days ago by foliovision

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