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Coronavirus Did Not Originate in Wuhan, Scientists Say

Coronavirus Did Not Originate in Wuhan, Scientists Say

Wuhan, China where the coronavirus was first detected. (Credit: South China Morning Post) From the South China Morning Post “Wuhan was where the coronavirus was first detected but it was not where it originated,” Zeng Guang, former chief epidemiologist of the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told an online academic conference on...

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IRGC Boasts of Food Deliveries Amidst the Pandemic

IRGC Boasts of Food Deliveries Amidst the Pandemic

Intelligence agencies everywhere are capitalizing on the pandemic to deliver services to make themselves look good with public and with elites. In Israel, Mossad found 10 million medical masks. In Iran, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps delivered 1.5 million “livelihood packages,” according to the Tasnim news agency. Recently, after the leadership’s orders to help believers...

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Does Trump’s Purge of the Intelligence Community Make Us Less Safe?

Does Trump’s Purge of the Intelligence Community Make Us Less Safe?

Last month, Trump replaced the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) with the lightly-qualified Stephen Grenell, former ambassodr to Germany. Grenell proceeded to fire the head of the DNI’s counterterrorism center. This prompted some wailing from the national security establishment and predictable praise for Loras Shiao, the career official whom Grennell chose to replace Travers. Top...

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The Coronavirus Truce: Guns Falling Silent Across the Middle East 

The Coronavirus Truce: Guns Falling Silent Across the Middle East 

From Yossi Melman, well-informed intelligence reporter at the Haaretz, the Israeli news site. The coronavirus emergency has forced Israel’s intelligence community – Shin Bet, Mossad and military intelligence (Aman) – to adapt themselves to the new reality. Thanks to travel bans and restrictions on face-to-face meetings, their collection methods have to be modified. They must...