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The CIA Used a Swiss Company to Spy on Countries for Decades–Or Was It NSA?

The company, Crypto AG, which sold encryption machines to countries around the world market, was secretly owned by the CIA in a highly classified partnership with West Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service (BN).. The two spy agencies rigged the company’s devices so they could easily break the codes that countries used to send encrypted messages. The...

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How Conspiracy Theories Fuel Venezuela’s Crisis

The Caracas Chronicles is an independent news blog reporting from the Venezuelan capital, where government repression, economic contraction and U.S. sanctions have generated a miserable political impasse. Enrique Bernardo Núñez notes how conspiracy theories tend to make the couuntry’s bad situation worse. Conspiracy theories are kind of like tricky publicity: it’s not that they aren’t...

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Ex-Officer: Haspel’s ‘Hero Worship’ of Trump Betrays the Agency Mission

A former CIA officer sounds off in the  Just Security blog about Gina Haspel’s applause for President Trump during the State of the Union. Douglas London, a retired operations officer who now teaches at Georgetown University, wrote: Those of us who have worked with Haspel over the years had little expectation that she would push...

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Bellingcat: The Implausible ‘False Flag’ Theory About a Syrian Chemical Attack

Last year I reviewed the evidence of the chemical attack in Douma, Syria and came away unconvinced by the “false flag” scenario advanced by some critics of U.S. policy. While the U.S. is known to mount “false flag” operations, the evidence from Douma does not support the claim that an attack was staged to blame...