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All About Avril Haines, Biden’s Pick for the Top U.S. Intelligence Job

All About Avril Haines, Biden’s Pick for the Top U.S. Intelligence Job

Avril Haines is President-elect Joe Biden’s choice to run the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). if confirmed, she will effectively serve as the chairwoman of the U.S. intelligence community. The ODNI doesn’t control the budgets of the 17 U.S. intelligence agencies, but it does coordinate and set direction. It is not as...

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The Spies Who Predicted COVID-19 

The Spies Who Predicted COVID-19 

Former CIA spokesman Kent Harrington runs down the history of warnings from the intelligence community about pandemics. There were quite a few. Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama paid attention. The intelligence community first raised the alert immediately after President Barack Obama took office in January 2009, when then-DNI Dennis Blair testified that, “The most pressing...

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Was Putin’s Former Girlfriend a RAW Agent?

Was Putin’s Former Girlfriend a RAW Agent?

Yatish Yadav, author of a book on Indian intelligence service, the Research & Analysis Wing (RAW), says India wanted intelligence on Russian intentions. The Indian spy agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) might have recruited the younger brother of former Soviet Union Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze and an alleged girlfriend of Vladimir Putin, according to...

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China’s MSS Penetrated CIA, Says Justice Department

China’s MSS Penetrated CIA, Says Justice Department

Russia gets America’s attention but Chinese intelligence gets America’s secrets. A new criminal case shows that Chinese intelligence penetrated the CIA via two former CIA officers. One was Alexander Yuk Ching Ma, who went from being a CIA spy to MSS informant. According to court documents, Ma began working for the CIA in 1982, maintained...

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The Pro-Trump CIA Man:  QAnon Madness and Upward Failure

The Pro-Trump CIA Man: QAnon Madness and Upward Failure

Michael Scheuer is a pure product of the CIA. A career operations officer, he ran the first agency task force that hunted Osama bin Laden. He authored the agency’s rendition program, which kidnapped suspected terrorists (and sometimes innocent people) and tortured them. He combined a deep knowledge of Islamic jihadist movements with a willingness to...

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