By Frank Bajak The Associated Press Wed., April 4, 2018 For the first time, the U.S. government has publicly acknowledged the existence in Washington of what appear to be rogue devices that foreign spies and criminals could be using to track individual cellphones and intercept calls and messages. The use of what are known as cellphone-site simulators by foreign powers has long been a concern, but American intelligence and law enforcement agencies — which use such eavesdropping equipment themselves — have been silent on the issue until now. In a March 26 letter to Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, the Department of Homeland Security acknowledged that last year it identified suspected unauthorized cell-site simulators in the nation’s capital. The agency said it had not determined the type of devices in use or who might have been operating them. Nor did it say how many it detected or where. Read more: Two years after they said they didn’t, Toronto police … [Read more...] about U.S. says it suspects Stingray cellphone spying devices have been used in Washington D.C.
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By Daniel Dale Washington Bureau Chief Thu., March 22, 2018 WASHINGTON—In his second move in a week to put a military hawk in his inner circle, U.S. President Donald Trump has replaced national security adviser H.R. McMaster with John Bolton, one of the country’s most controversial advocates of the aggressive use of U.S. force. Bolton briefly served as U.S. ambassador to the UN under George W. Bush, although he was too polarizing to win Senate confirmation for a long-term appointment. A key figure in making the inaccurate public case that Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, Bolton has since argued for military strikes against North Korea and Iran and for a policy of regime change toward both countries. Trump had never warmed to McMaster, finding the three-star army lieutenant-general and PhD military history scholar hectoring and stiff. McMaster resigned Thursday following weeks of rumours about Trump’s desire … [Read more...] about Donald Trump replaces national security adviser H.R. McMaster with John Bolton, a hawkish former U.S. ambassador to the UN
By Avi Selk The Washington Post Mon., March 12, 2018 Jewish groups and U.S. lawmakers condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin’s suggestion that the 2016 U.S. presidential election may have been manipulated by Russian Jews. Putin’s remarks came during a long and occasionally surreal interview with NBC News on Saturday, in which he speculated that nearly anyone other than the Russian government could have been behind a program to disrupt the election. U.S. intelligence agencies believe Putin ordered the effort to undermine faith in the U.S. election and help elect Donald Trump as president. “Maybe they’re not even Russians,” Putin told Megyn Kelly, referring to who might have been behind the election interference. “Maybe they’re Ukrainian, Tatars, Jews — just with Russian citizenship.” Read more: Putin says he doesn’t care about alleged U.S. election interference Article Continued Below Putin … [Read more...] about Putin sparks outrage for suggesting Russian Jews may have manipulated U.S. election
MANILA - A Palace official on Thursday denied that a U.S. intelligence community report branded President Rodrigo Duterte as a threat to democracy and human rights in Southeast Asia. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque branded news reports citing the study as "clickbait." “I was made to comment on a clickbait which turned out to be untrue. There was no assessment of U.S. intel community that the President is a threat to democracy,” he claimed. US intel brands Duterte a threat to democracy; PH eyes assessment 'very seriously' A World Threat Assessment Report published last week identified Duterte, along with ruling Thai officials and Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen, as among regional leaders who threaten democracy and human rights. READ: Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community It also cited the findings of Freedom House, which lists the Philippine government as allegedly using social media to silence government critics. “We note that … [Read more...] about Roque denies U.S. intel tagged Duterte as threat to democracy
BERLIN—After months of secret negotiations, a shadowy Russian bilked American spies out of $100,000 last year, promising to deliver stolen National Security Agency cyberweapons in a deal that he insisted would also include compromising material on U.S. President Donald Trump, according to U.S. and European intelligence officials.The cash, delivered in a suitcase to a Berlin hotel room in September, was intended as the first instalment of a $1 million payout, according to U.S. officials, the Russian and communications reviewed by The New York Times. The theft of the secret hacking tools had been devastating to the NSA, and the agency was struggling to get a full inventory of what was missing.Several U.S. intelligence officials said they made clear that they did not want the Trump material from the Russian — who was suspected of having murky ties to Russian intelligence and to Eastern European cybercriminals. He claimed the information would link the president and his … [Read more...] about U.S. spies paid $100,000 to Russian who promised them material on Trump