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How A Single Spy Helped Turn Pakistan Against The United States

The entire episode — and bin Laden’s killing in Abbottabad later that spring — extinguished any lingering productive relations between the United States and Pakistan. Leon Panetta’s relationship with General Pasha, the I.S.I. chief, was poisoned, and the already small number of Obama officials pushing for better relations between Washington and Islamabad dwindled even further.

Read Here – The New York Times Magazine

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The Multibillion-Dollar U.S. Spy Agency You Haven’t Heard Of

Despite its lack of name recognition, the NGA’s (National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency) headquarters is the third-largest building in the Washington metropolitan area, bigger than the CIA headquarters and the U.S. Capitol. Completed in 2011 at a cost of $1.4 billion, the main building measures four football fields long and covers as much ground as two aircraft carriers.

Read Here – Foreign Policy

How The CIA Sponsored Indian Magazines That Engaged The Country’s Best Writers

Independent India’s founders were among the leading practitioners of neutrality. This was because of Nehru’s socialism and the British occupation confirming much of the socialist critique. But these views were balanced by strong cultural ties to the English-speaking world. As such, India’s leaders refused to align solely with either the United States or USSR. Because of this, the CIA sought to penetrate India. It would do so by using the local affiliate of the Congress for Cultural Freedom as a foothold…

Read Here – The Wire

Can the Intelligence Community Secure Its Own Hacking Tools?

In the case of the latest Wikileaks document dump, the first in a planned series from a cache the site has dubbed “Vault 7,” we have an apparent reversal of the formula: The un-coverup—the fact of the leak itself—is probably more significant than the substance of what has thus far been revealed.

Read Here – The Atlantic

America’s State Secrets And The Freedom Of Information Act

As the media and President Trump continue to trade accusations that one another’s claims are “fake news,” access to authoritative information about the Federal government remains crucial to the public interest. A powerful sovereign state like the United States has legitimate reasons to keep secrets.

Read Here – JSTOR Daily

CIA Memo: Designating Muslim Brotherhood Could ‘Fuel Extremism’

Trump administration officials pushing to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization face at least one significant obstacle: analysts at the Central Intelligence Agency.

Read Here – Politico

What Donald Rumsfeld Knew We Didn’t Know About Iraq

A new document reveals gap of intelligence on WMD. Why didn’t the chief of Pentagon share it with others?

Read Here – Politco

The Boom And Bust Of The CIA’s Secret Torture Sites

In spring 2003 an unnamed official at CIA headquarters in Langley sat down to compose a memo. It was 18 months after George W Bush had declared war on terror. “We cannot have enough blacksite hosts,” the official wrote. The reference was to one of the most closely guarded secrets of that war – the countries that had agreed to host the CIA’s covert prison sites.

Read Here – The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

The Secret History Of SEAL Team 6: Quiet Killings And Blurred Lines

The unit best known for killing Osama bin Laden has been converted into a global manhunting machine with limited outside oversight.

Read Here – The New York Times

The Killing Of Osama bin Laden

It’s been four years since a group of US Navy Seals assassinated Osama bin Laden in a night raid on a high-walled compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The killing was the high point of Obama’s first term, and a major factor in his re-election. The White House still maintains that the mission was an all-American affair, and that the senior generals of Pakistan’s army and Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) were not told of the raid in advance. This is false, as are many other elements of the Obama administration’s account.

Read Here – London Review of Books

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