CIA: Story We Were Swindled Out of $100,000 by Russian Hacker Patently False

CIA: Story We Were Swindled Out of $100,000 by Russian Hacker Patently False

The CIA is denying a story by The New York Times and The Intercept that it was swindled out of $100,000 during secret negotiations with a Russian hacker.  The Times and the Intercept originally reported that U.S. spies paid the funds to a Russian who said he could provide them with previously stolen hacking software from the National Security Agency. “The fictional story that CIA was bilked out of $100,000 is patently false,” the agency said in a statement.  “The…

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Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats: U.S. Under Attack from Cyber Sources

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats: U.S. Under Attack from Cyber Sources

The Director of National Intelligence, testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee today, said that the U.S. remains under Cyber attack and that the attacks are continuous.  “Frankly, the United States is under attack.  Under attack by entities that are using cyber to penetrate virtually every major action that takes place in the United States,” Dan Coats said. “Frankly, the United States is under attack,” Dan Coats says. “Some of these actors, including Russia, are likely to pursue even more aggressive cyber attacks with…

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Senator Wants Answers From FBI, CIA on Why It Took So Long to Apprehend Chinese Double Agent

Senator Wants Answers From FBI, CIA on Why It Took So Long to Apprehend Chinese Double Agent

Senator Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is looking for answers from the FBI and CIA about how they handled the case of a former CIA official who may have given the names of CIA operatives to the Chinese government.  Grassley and other members of Congress are asking why it took the FBI more than five years to arrest the former official. Jerry Chun Shing Lee, is accused of revealing the names of CIA informants to the Chinese…

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CIA Director Pushes Back on Schumer, Nothing “Untoward” About Meeting with Russian Counterparts

CIA Director Pushes Back on Schumer, Nothing “Untoward” About Meeting with Russian Counterparts

CIA Director Mike Pompeo responded to a letter from Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer raising concerns about a meeting Pompeo had with the head of Russia’s top spy agency. Pompeo said that Schumer implied there was something “untoward” about the meeting. “Let me assure you there is not,” Pompeo wrote.  “We periodically meet with our Russian intelligence counterparts for the same reason our predecessors did—to keep Americans safe.” Schumer was questioning a recent meeting between Pompeo and Sergey Naryshkin, the…

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Former CIA Official Arrested & Charged with Revealing Informants’ Names to China

Former CIA Official Arrested & Charged with Revealing Informants’ Names to China

A former CIA official was arrested this week, charged with revealing the names of CIA informants to the Chinese government.  The information helped the Chinese dismantle one of the U.S.’ most valuable intelligence networks.  It’s considered one of the U.S. intelligence community’s worst failures in years. Notebooks containing handwritten notes of classified information detailing meetings between CIA informants and undercover agents, along with their real identities and phone numbers, were found in the possession of Jerry Chun Shing Lee.  Lee,…

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