It sure looked like Michael Hayden, the former head of the Central Intelligence Agency, accidentally tweeted his password yesterday.
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A lawsuit against two former Air Force psychologists who developed the CIA's post-September 11, 2001 "enhanced interrogation" torture techniques, James Mitchell and John "Bruce" Jessen, appears to be all set to go to trial after the defendants ignored repeated exhortations to settle — including from the judge.
There's more than one moment in the 2006 thriller The Good Shepherd, when any rational movie watcher thinks, "Crap, does Matt Damon know what he's doing, setting up the CIA as the most powerful spy agency in the world?" Those doubts, however, seem quaint thanks to the recent revelation that a crew of CIA contractors crafted a scheme to steal thousands of dollars worth of snacks from the agency's snack machines.
The North Korean government is famous for coming up with some peculiar theories. But have you heard the one about how the CIA and South Korea's intelligence agency paid a "lumberjack" $US20,000 ($26,946) to kill Kim Jong Un and his cronies with "radioactive" and "nano poisonous" substances? It's a doozy.
Thanks to Wikileaks, you may have seen a quote from President Kennedy recently about his desire to "splinter the CIA in a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds". Wikileaks used the quote as the password to decrypt its latest release about CIA spy tools. And the quote can be found in news stories around the world, including in some from The Intercept. The only problem? The origin of the quote is a bit dubious.
Even though the news is only a few hours old, some are already starting to wonder if the big WikiLeaks release of CIA hacking documents revealed anything "technically surprising". Well, how about this: CIA hackers are obscenely well-versed in Japanese one-line ASCII art.
There isn't much funny about the CIA's covert hacking operations or the WikiLeaks dump that put thousands of documents about them on the internet on Tuesday. Some of the secret code names for these operations are pretty funny, though. Those spooks at Langley must have a sense of humour.
Here we go again, gumshoes. WikiLeaks (read: Julian Assange) says it acquired a massive cache of CIA documents related to the agency's cyberwar efforts. The information therein, WikiLeaks claims, reveals covert CIA hacking tools that can take over iPhones, Android phones, TVs and pretty much any type of computer. It's scary stuff — if you believe what WikiLeaks is saying is true.
After years of fighting with FOIA requesters, the CIA has finally uploaded over 12 million documents to its website. While many of the documents have been declassified for some time, the pages were intentionally hard to access, and only available on a few computers sitting at the National Archives. But now, anyone can search the documents from anywhere.
During the Cold War, the United States fought a war of information (and disinformation) against communism. The lead agency of that war was the United States Information Agency (USIA), the propaganda arm of the US government, which was dissolved in 1999. But now James Clapper, the US Director of National Intelligence, says the US needs that group again. Actually, he just told Congress that they need a "USIA on steroids".
Following President Obama's order for a full report on "cyber attacks and foreign intervention into the 2016 election," multiple sources aretelling multiple publications that Russia used hacking as a tool to benefit the election of Donald Trump and harm his opponent, Hillary Clinton. A flurry of information has led to accusations of partisanship harming national security.
There are a lot of different conspiracy theories about what happened to the Australian government in November of 1975. In a surprise move, the ultra liberal Prime Minister Gough Whitlam was fired by a lone man using parliamentary procedures that no one had expected. That man was John Kerr. And Gizmodo has now obtained the CIA's internal biographic report on him.