Remembering: “Ich bin ein Berliner” — 26 June 1963

“Two thousand years ago, the proudest boast was ‘civis romanus sum’. Today, in the world of freedom, the proudest boast is ‘Ich bin ein Berliner!’ … All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin, and therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words ‘Ich bin ein Berliner!'”

U.S. President John F. Kennedy in West Berlin — June 26 1963

Kennedy’s ‘Ich bin ein Berliner’ speech was watched by West Berliners

The speech is considered one of Kennedy’s best, both a notable moment of the Cold War and a high point of the New Frontier. It was a great morale boost for West Berliners, who lived in an enclave deep inside East Germany and feared a possible East German occupation. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY Continue reading

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Vladimir Putin on General Drozdov (Sept. 19 1925 – June 21 2017)

The death of Yuri Ivanovich is a great, irreplaceable loss for his relatives, colleagues, friends, for all who knew and appreciated this remarkable man and a true patriot.

President Vladimir Putin

General Yuri Ivanovich Drozdov

Legendary KGB General Yuri Ivanovich Drozdov has died at the age of 91. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY Continue reading

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INTEL TODAY DIARY — June 27 2017

Russia targets Telegram app after St Petersburg bombing — Yuri Drozdov, handler of Soviet undercover spies during Cold War, dies at 91 — France’s Macron says sees no legitimate successor to Syria’s Assad — Journalists Are Dying in Mexico

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Appeals court affirms most convictions of ex-CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling

“We’re both just shocked. It was like hearing the verdict read all over again, for me. I really don’t understand it. There was absolutely no proof.”

Holly Sterling

Jeffrey and Holly Sterling

On Thursday (June 22 2017), a three-judge panel with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit upheld all but one of Sterling’s convictions. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY Continue reading

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INTEL TODAY DIARY — June 26 2017

Trump CIA director blames ‘worship of Edward Snowden’ for rise in leaks — Appeals court affirms most convictions of ex-CIA officer convicted in leak case — How An Entire Nation Became Russia’s Test Lab for Cyberwar — Khan Sheikhoun: Trump Ignored US Intelligence

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Khan Sheikhoun — Trump Ignored US Intelligence

“One reason for the Russian message to Washington about the intended target was to ensure that any CIA asset or informant who had managed to work his way into the jihadist leadership was forewarned not to attend the meeting. I was told that the Russians passed the warning directly to the CIA.”

Seymour M. Hersh

President Donald Trump ignored important intelligence reports when he decided to attack Syria after he saw pictures of dying children. Seymour M. Hersh investigated the case of the alleged Sarin gas attack. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY Continue reading

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Remembering the First NSA Defection: William H. Martin and Bernon F. Mitchell (June 25 1960)

“The United States Government is as unscrupulous as it has accused the Soviet Government of being. Our main dissatisfaction concerned some of the practices the United States uses in gathering intelligence information … deliberately violating the airspace of other nations … intercepting and deciphering the secret communications of its own allies … Perhaps United States hostility towards Communism arises out of a feeling of insecurity engendered by Communist achievements in science, culture and industry.”

William H. Martin and Bernon F. Mitchell — The first NSA whistleblowers

NSA defectors William H. Martin and Bernon F. Mitchell at the Moscow press conference announcing their defection, July 1, 1960.

The National Security Agency faced a terrible crisis in the summer of 1960 when two cryptologists disappeared on vacation. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY Continue reading

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INTEL TODAY DIARY — June 25 2017

From Russia With Blood — Why has Italy been spared mass terror attacks in recent years? — UK Parliament hit by cyber-attack — Ottawa to create new group to oversee all intelligence agencies’ activities

Russian secret service defector Alexander Litvinenko

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Brussels bomb made in Molenbeek. Once again… [UPDATE — June 24 2017]

“The man was named by Belgian media as Oussama Zariouh and the mayor of Molenbeek said he was known for drugs offences but was not on any jihadist watch list. The prosecutor said there were indications that he had sympathies for so-called Islamic State.”

Oussama Zariouh

The man shot while trying to set off a bomb at Brussels Central Station on Tuesday night has been identified as a 36-year-old Moroccan. He was a resident of Molenbeek. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY  Continue reading

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INTEL TODAY DIARY — June 24 2017

German intelligence agency spied on thousands of targets in the United States — Yuri Drozdov: The man who turned Soviet spies into Americans — Britain wants a ‘way out’ of the Julian Assange standoff, says Ecuador — The Secrets Of The Spy In The Bag

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