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News Roundup for January 12, 2017

Outspeak | Posted 01.12.2017 | HuffPost Live 321

Remember when we had good news? That was nice.

British Spy Chief: Russia And Assad Regime Turning Syria Into ‘Desert’

Reuters | Paul Vale | Posted 12.08.2016 | Home

Islamic State militants are using turmoil sown by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s bombing in Syria to plot attacks against the United Kingdom and...

Spectre's Smashing Success Belies All the Nay-Saying

William Bradley | Posted 12.01.2015 | Entertainment
William Bradley

In Spectre, Craig's rather tortured take on the role, while retaining the grit of the actor's canny interpretation of Ian Fleming's literary conception, relaxes a bit into a suaver sort of self-confidence. He even exhibits a newfound compassion and sense of proportion.

What The Iraq War Can Teach Us About Fighting ISIS

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 11.21.2015 | Home

A former head of counterterrorism at Britain’s foreign intelligence service, M16, is urging Western leaders to apply the lessons of the Iraq War to ...

Mad About the '60s ... Goldfinger at 50 and Bond Beyond

William Bradley | Posted 01.03.2015 | Entertainment
William Bradley

There is no more quintessential product of 1960s movie culture than the James Bond franchise, and Goldfinger is the film that shot the series into the stratosphere of global entertainment.

Book Review: Agent Storm, My Life Inside al Qaeda and the CIA

Peter Van Buren | Posted 11.11.2014 | Home
Peter Van Buren

Storm's own blustery self-image and the bit of unrealness noted aside, Agent Storm: My Life Inside al Qaeda and the CIA is a decent read for anyone watching the world of intelligence who also appreciates a good story.

Gentlemen at War

Robert Slayton | Posted 10.12.2014 | Politics
Robert Slayton

Kim Philby was at the core of the biggest spy scandal of the twentieth century. A member of Britain's elite upper class, he attended Eton and Cambridge; you can't go higher than that. Yet he decided to start spying for the USSR.

Britain's Chief Foreign Spy Master Is Stepping Down

Reuters | Posted 08.26.2014 | Home

LONDON, June 26 (Reuters) - The chief of Britain's MI6 foreign intelligence service will step down in November after five years in the job, a govern...

Threat Threshold

Darryl Woodard | Posted 08.15.2013 | Home
Darryl Woodard

From recently over a week ago, the unthinkable was feared to be possible once more. And as inconvenient that possibility may be, in this new era such ...

'TIME-BOMB': Former British Spy Chief Threatens To Expose Iraq Secrets

Posted 09.21.2013 | Home

The former head of Britain's intelligence agency has threatened to expose new details about the state of affairs leading up to the Iraq war. Sir Ri...

Did MI6 Arrange Lumumba's Assassination?

Agence France Presse | | Posted 06.02.2013 | Home

A former British intelligence officer claimed that Britain played a role in the assassination of Congolese independence hero Patrice Lumumba, one of h...

Poking a Stick in the Hornet's Nest of Iran

Rizwan A. Rahmani | Posted 04.21.2012 | Home
Rizwan A. Rahmani

When I visited Iran in the late '70s, only months before the Iranian revolution, some of the things I saw took on a different light after the overthro...

First Nighter: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Alec Guinness Spectacular on DVD

David Finkle | Posted 02.07.2012 | Entertainment
David Finkle

The beauty of John le Carré's continuing canon is that his scrutiny of spies' lives is always a metaphor for humanity's broader existential predicaments.

Libya's Spymaster Comes Out of the Shadows

Eric Margolis | Posted 06.04.2011 | Home
Eric Margolis

Muammar Gaddafi's Libya may not be sinking yet, but it's low in the water and springing new leaks by the day. Italy, a key player in North Africa, ...

MI6 Agents Shockingly Similar To 007

Bloomberg | George Walden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The reputation of intelligence men for high living, burnished by Ian Fleming's James Bond, was often deserved. One of Cumming's earliest agents demand...

Police Hunting 2 People In Slain British Spy Case

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

LONDON (AP) -- Police investigating the mystery death of a British spy say they are hunting for two people seen entering his apartment block. Gareth...

Dead British Spy Was Found 'Padlocked In Bag'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The body of Gareth Williams, the British spy found dead in London last month, had been padlocked into a sports bag and was in "an advanced state of de...

Spy Novelist John le Carré: Writing A Book Is 'Like Having A Baby'

Telegraph | Olga Craig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Cornwell, now 79, allows himself a modest smile. He is, actually, an extremely modest man. With his latest book, his 22nd, Our Kind of Traitor, about ...

Who Got the Best of the Spy Trade?

Keith Thomson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Keith Thomson

Say the Russian spies, who managed to embed themselves in the U.S., managed to find a valuable recruit the FBI missed? Might the Obama administration have acted precipitously in jetting the Russians to Vienna?

Iran: Recent Assassinations Will Be Costly

Meir Javedanfar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Meir Javedanfar

The assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Masoud Ali Mohammadi, who was killed when a motorcycle bomb was detonated outside his home, does not bode well for the Iranian government.

Was the Iranian Nuclear Scientist Killed by His Own Government?

Meir Javedanfar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Meir Javedanfar

The people of Iran want their country to have a nuclear bomb, for defensive purposes. They want to live free of fear of weapons of mass destruction, s...

What the New York Times Left Out

Lenore Skenazy | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Lenore Skenazy

Item: The man in the Facebook photographs seems like your average guy having a little fun. Oops. It turns out that this is not a regular person at all.