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CIA and Mossad Differ Over Iranian Threat

The episode sheds fresh light on the close but contradictory ties between the U.S. and Israeli intelligence agencies, one of the most complicated relationships in the shadowy world of international espionage. On one hand, Mossad and CIA officers share intelligence and even coordinate some field operations,  reflecting Israel’s status as a close and trusted U.S. ally....

Pakistani nukes

With the Taliban Ascendant,  Nuclear Pakistan Is Only Getting Stronger

Today’s posting by the non-profit National Security Archive In Washington DC follows the recent admission by Pakistani President Arif Alvi that the country had already developed a “nuclear deterrent” by 1981, long before the underground nuclear tests of 1998.  Alvi may have exaggerated in claiming that Pakistan had “joined those nations which were …  equipped with...

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Israel’s Secret Nuclear Program: Why CIA Intelligence Failed So Badly

  From the National Security Archive, a deep dive on a sensitive geopolitical issue that is rarely raised in Washington: how Israel became the first and only nuclear power in the Middle East. While the events in question happened some 50 years ago, they reverberate today. The United States and Israel, as nuclear powers, have...


No Intelligence Supports Bolton’s Iran Charges, Analyst Says

“We have little doubt that Iran’s leadership is still strategically committed to achieving deliverable nuclear weapons.” So said national security adviser John Bolton in Israel last week. The problem is, says Joe Cirincione, president of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation, U.S. intelligence does not agree. In a piece for Defense One, he writes Director of...

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