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SpyTalk: How Chinese Intelligence Penetrated the CIA

SpyTalk: How Chinese Intelligence Penetrated the CIA

In SpyTalk, a new email newsletter, veteran journalist Jeff Stein leads off with a report on the recent indictment of Alexander Ma, a former CIA officer who allegedly spied for China’s Ministry of State Security, and a relative who allegedly helped him. The secrets the two Ma’s spilled included the identity of five CIA agents,...

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FBI’s Figliuzzi: Chaos or Civil War in 2020?

FBI’s Figliuzzi: Chaos or Civil War in 2020?

Frank Figliuzzi, former FBI deputy director for counterintelligence, looks ahead to the 2020 president election and sees chaos coming. The convergence of Trump, COVID, and William Barr, and is dangerous. “Things will get bad before they get better,” he tells Strange Days host Fernand Amandi. Figliuzzi’s fears echo those of Mark Medish and Joel McCleary‘s...

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The Steele Dossier Looks Weaker Than Ever 

The Steele Dossier Looks Weaker Than Ever 

This comes rom a batch of footnotes to a December 2019 report from Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz that were declassified this month in two tranches, one from the Justice Department and one from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The 400-plus-page document pounded the FBI for its handling of applications under the Foreign...

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$100 Million NSA Program Produced Exactly Two Unique Leads 

$100 Million NSA Program Produced Exactly Two Unique Leads 

Mass surveillance, whether you approve of it morally, is not practical. It does not enhance the safety of the American people. The results are in: only twice during that four-year period did the program generate unique information that the F.B.I. did not already possess, said the study, which was produced by the Privacy and Civil...

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FBI’s Former Top Lawyer: ‘There Was No Attempted Coup’

FBI’s Former Top Lawyer: ‘There Was No Attempted Coup’

James Baker, formerly the top lawyer at the FBI, said politics did not figure in the Bureau’s decision to investigate possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. The probe started before the Bureau received the dossier of Michael Steele, former British intelligence agent, Baker said in a live video interview on Friday....