The Michael Flynn Saga: “The more you know, the less you understand.” [UPDATE]

“It is starting to look like, from my sources and then also from open reporting, that Mike Flynn is the one who may have a deal with the FBI and that’s why we have not heard from him for some time.”

Juliette Kayyem —  Former assistant secretary for intergovernmental affairs

Michael Flynn, Trump’s National Security Advisor, and Jill Stein attending the Russian State owned TV Gala as Putin’s guests (December 2015)

Julliette Kayyem — a CNN analyst and former Homeland Security official — believes that former national security adviser Michael Flynn may have struck a deal of some sort with the FBI. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today Continue reading

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Former CIA John Kiriakou: “Doing Time Like A Spy”

Even if torture works, it cannot be tolerated — not in one case or a thousand or a million. If their efficacy becomes the measure of abhorrent acts, all sorts of unspeakable crimes somehow become acceptable. I may have found myself on the wrong side of government on torture. But I’m on the right side of history. There are things we should not do, even in the name of national security. One of them, I now firmly believe, is torture.”

Former CIA Analyst John Kiriakou

Doing Time Like A Spy is former CIA analyst John Kiriakou’s memoir of his twenty-three months in prison. Using life skills he learned in CIA operational training, he was able to keep himself safe and at the top of the prison social heap. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today Continue reading

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The Michael Flynn Saga: “The more you know, the less you understand.”

“It is starting to look like, from my sources and then also from open reporting, that Mike Flynn is the one who may have a deal with the FBI and that’s why we have not heard from him for some time.”

Juliette Kayyem —  Former assistant secretary for intergovernmental affairs

Michael Flynn, Trump’s National Security Advisor, and Jill Stein attending the Russian State owned TV Gala as Putin’s guests (December 2015)

Julliette Kayyem — a CNN analyst and former Homeland Security official — believes that former national security adviser Michael Flynn may have struck a deal of some sort with the FBI. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today Continue reading

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Former CIA Director James Woolsey: “Flynn discussed sending illegally Gulen back to Turkey.”

“What I saw and heard was sort of the end of the conversation — it’s not entirely clear what transpired because of that — but it looks as if there was at least some strong suggestion by one or more of the Americans present at the meeting that we would be able — the United States would be able — through them, to be able to get hold of Gulen, the rival for Turkey’s political situation.”

Former CIA Director James Woolsey

According to James Woolsey, former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn met with representatives of the Turkish government in September 2016 to discuss ways of sending — illegally — Fethullah Gulen back to Turkey to face charges. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today Continue reading

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French 2017 Presidential Election — Facebook and Google to tackle ‘fake news’ stories

“For so long, we had resisted having standards about whether something’s newsworthy because we did not consider ourselves a service that was predominantly for the distribution of news. And that was wrong! We have a responsibility here. I think we recognize that. This has been a learning for us.”

Elliot Schrage — Facebook’s vice president of global communications, marketing, and public policy

 

French President Francois Hollande has accused Russia of trying to interfere in the upcoming Presidential campaign. At the request of several Intelligence Agencies, Facebook and Google are joining forces in France to take a stand against ‘fake news’ propaganda. But some fear that the cure might be worse than the disease. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today Continue reading

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UK — Jeremy Fleming to succeed Robert Hannigan as GCHQ new Director

“Jeremy Fleming is a dedicated public servant whose work over two decades in the intelligence services has helped to keep our country safe. I congratulate Jeremy on his appointment as Director of GCHQ at an important time for the service. I know that he will continue the excellent work of Robert Hannigan in leading this outstanding organisation, when the skill and ingenuity of the UK intelligence community are critical to defending Britain from cyber-attacks, terror plots and other activities that threaten us and our allies.”

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson

An aerial image of the British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire Credit: BRITISH MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

 

March 20 2017 — Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has announced that Jeremy Fleming has been appointed to succeed Robert Hannigan as Director GCHQ, with the agreement of the Prime Minister. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today Continue reading

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FRANCE — DGSE: ‘Kremlin Hackers trying to distort the presidential campaign’ [UPDATE March 22 2017]

“Russia is using all of its means to influence public opinion. It is not the same ideology as in the time of the USSR, [but] it is sometimes the same methods, with more technology. Russia has a strategy of influence, of networks, with very conservative moral views.”

French President Francois Hollande

DGSE Director Bernard Bajolet

President Francois Hollande is accusing Russia of trying to interfere in the campaign, ahead of the first round on 23 April and a run-off on 7 May. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today
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Trump’s ‘utterly ridiculous’ spy story rings a bell

“Recent allegations made by media commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano about GCHQ being asked to conduct ‘wiretapping’ against the then president-elect are nonsense. They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored.”

GCHQ spokesman

GCHQ Headquarters: “The Doughnut”, in the suburbs of Cheltenham

GCHQ — Britain’s communications intelligence agency — has issued a statement denying it wiretapped Donald Trump in the weeks after he won the US election. However, as I reminded you recently, this crazy scenario has happened before. GIZMODO just picked up on this old story. Amazingly, three decades later, we still miss a key element on that story: Which of her Cabinet members was Lady Thatcher spying on? Follow us on  Twitter: @Intel_Today Continue reading

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GERMANY — BND: “Gulen not behind Turkey coup attempt”

“Turkey has tried to convince us of that at every level but so far it has not succeeded.”

BND head Bruno Kahl

BND head Bruno Kahl

President Erdogan has accused U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen to be the mastermind of last summer’s failed coup in Turkey. But, so far, the BND has found no evidence supporting this allegation. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today Continue reading

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NSA Rick Ledgett: ‘Claim that GCHQ carried out surveillance on Donald Trump during the election campaign is arrant nonsense’

“Cyber war is going to look very different – you are going to see massive failures of key infrastructure systems in the countries that are being targeted in a way we have not seen yet.”

Richard Ledgett — Deputy Director of the National Security Agency

Richard Ledgett — Deputy Director of the National Security Agency

 

Richard H. “Rick” Ledgett, Jr. became the Deputy Director of the National Security Agency in 2014. In a rare interview — and perhaps his last as a NSA official — Ledgett speaks about Trump’s recent allegation about the GCHQ, the alleged hacking from Russia and the ‘current environment’. Follow us on twitter: @Intel_Today Continue reading

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