A White House official says the CIA will no longer use vaccine programs as cover for spy operations, answering health experts' complaints that it had hurt international efforts to fight disease.
The CIA famously used a vaccination program as a ploy to gain information about the possible whereabouts of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. That effort didn't succeed, and the doctor involved was sentenced to a prison term. But the revelation had immediate effects â€” particularly in the fight against polio.
Today on The Scramble, we'll talk about a system run by the Navy that keeps track of, among other things, parking tickets and field information cards filled out by police, even when no crime has occurred - is this data collection crossing a line?
Whenever we hear that a new U.S. ambassador has been nominated, itâ€™s not unreasonable for us to assume that the nominee has been to his or her appointed country. But, as we learned from President Obamaâ€™s most recent ambassadorial appointments -- in America, at least -- that's not always the case.Â
Originally published on Wed January 29, 2014 2:51 pm
In his yearly report (pdf) to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the country's spy chief says one of the top threats facing the United States is the unauthorized leak of classified information.
In his threat assessment report, James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, listed "insider threats," alongside cyber attacks and terrorism.
Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 6:05 am
The Associated Press reports in an investigative piece that an ex-FBI agent who disappeared in Iran in 2007 and was last seen in a "proof of life" photograph more than two years ago had been working for the CIA, despite official denials from the U.S.
Robert Levinson, who would now be 65, vanished after traveling in March 2007 to the Iranian island of Kish, described by The Associated Press as a resort "awash with tourists, smugglers and organized crime figures."
Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 5:42 pm
James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, told Congress this week that the partial federal government shutdown has forced the furlough of some 70 percent of employees throughout the intelligence community.
"I've never seen anything like this," said Clapper, a 50-year veteran of intelligence work.
So what impact is all this having on the spy world?
Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 4:46 pm
Few details have emerged about the U.S. plan to shut down embassies that would normally be open this Sunday. A senior State Department official says that the U.S. facilities may be closed for more days, as well. The closures are being described as "precautionary steps" that are being taken "out of an abundance of caution."
The National Security Agency declassified more documents that shed light on formerly secret programs that collect a vast amount of metadata on the phone calls made in the United States, as well as the electronic communication of foreigners.
In a statement, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said the release was "in the public interest."
One Connecticut student is in Washington D.C. for the Intel Science Talent Search. 17-year-old Zizi Yu is a student at Amity Regional High School and her project focused on food allergies in young children. She joined 39 other students from around the country in this competition. In addition to presenting her project, the students also had the opportunity to meet President Barack Obama.
WNPR's Ray Hardman recently spoke with Zizi when she was in Washington D.C.