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#US Intelligence

# us-intelligence - Saturday 15 August, 2015

So-called Islamic state group leader sexually assaulted Kayla Mueller

Her parents were informed about the abuse in June of this year.

# us-intelligence - Wednesday 20 May, 2015

9/11 conspiracy theories were on Osama Bin Laden's reading list

The Al-Qaeda leader also appeared to have been interested in attacking the French economy.

# us-intelligence - Tuesday 22 July, 2014

US intelligence say MH17 shootdown may have been a 'mistake'

They added that it was still unclear “who pulled the trigger”.

# us-intelligence - Tuesday 29 October, 2013

A 'total review' on US surveillance operations ordered

Senate intelligence committee chair Dianne Feinstein wants a sweeping review into spying on EU allies.

# us-intelligence - Wednesday 24 July, 2013

Snowden set to leave Moscow airport

News reports in Russia claim he has been provided with a document allowing him to cross the Russian border.

# us-intelligence - Thursday 5 August, 2010

US CONGRESSMAN Mike Rogers has said in a radio interview that Pfc Bradley Manning should be executed for treason if found guilty of providing military documents to Wikileaks.

Manning is currently under arrest and awaiting court martial for allegedly providing classified information to the Wikileaks site, including the highly controversial video footage of a helicopter attack on civilians. Two Reuters employees were killed in the attack.

Rogers, who is on the House Intelligence Committee, makes the suggestion at around 02:30 on this recording of the interview.

He also suggests that some of the information disclosed by leaks is not accurate, and may lead to people being killed as a result of operational information being released.

Wikileaks has never confirmed its sources. In July, the site released its biggest cache of military documents to date, detailing events in Afghanistan. The White House subsequently launched an investigation into the leak.

Here, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange likened Manning’s situation to that of a Guantanamo detainee before he was recently brought to the US to await trial:

The Washington Post recently published a report based on its two-year investigation into the US intelligence services which showed deep flaws in the system.

# us-intelligence - Monday 19 July, 2010

AN INVESTIGATION INTO America’s intelligence network says it is now so big that its effectiveness is compromised. The Washington Post conducted a two-year investigation into the intelligence services put in place by the US government after the 9/11 attacks.

Among the developments documented by the newspaper are the 33 building complexes set aside for top-secret intelligence work which have been built or are being built since 11 September, 2001. Over three-quarters of a million people currently have top-secret security clearance, “nearly 1.5 times as many people as live in Washington, DC,” the report writes.

The volume of reports produced by people engaged in intelligence work is so high that it many are simply ignored. The Washington Post writes that it was lack of focus, not lack of resources, which allowed the Fort Hood shooting in Texas last year and the Christmas Day attempted plane bombing to happen.

The CIA had been warned about the attempted bombing when the bomber’s father alerted the US embassy in Nigeria about his sons inclinations.

Today’s article suggests that the intelligence system has grown so big and unwieldy, no one really knowns how many people are involved – or how much it all costs. But US Defence Secretary Robert Gates told the Post he didn’t believe the system had grown too large too manage, but conceded that accessing specific information can sometimes be difficult.