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US House Intelligence Committee declares China ‘pre-eminent threat to American security & values’

Having bitterly split along partisan lines in the probe over Russian influence and “meddling,” the House Intelligence Committee united in decrying the “pre-eminent threat” posed to the US by another rising power ‒ China. “China has only become emboldened and now may be the pre-eminent threat to American security, our economy and our values,” Committee Chair Rep. Devin Nunes (R-California) ...

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Senate Intelligence Committee votes to advance Gina Haspel’s nomination as CIA director

Gina Haspel is a step closer to becoming the next CIA director after the US Senate Intelligence Committee voted to advance her nomination. It follows weeks of controversy surrounding her involvement with a post-9/11 torture and detention program, launched under the administration of George W. Bush. In the closed session vote, Haspel won ‘yes’ votes from 10 of the committee’s ...

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Having second thoughts? Mattis says US ‘still assessing intelligence’ on alleged Syria attack

Amid Donald Trump’s bullish rhetoric, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis suggested that the US remains uncertain about the details of what exactly occurred in Douma on April 7, adding that no decision has been made to strike Syria. READ MORE: Trump: Get ready Russia, missiles will be coming at Syria, nice and new and ‘smart’! “We’re still assessing the intelligence — ...

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Diplomatic expulsions directly aid terrorists, says Russian intelligence chief

The recent expulsion of Russian diplomats by Western nations is so damaging to international counter-terrorism, it could be described as direct aid to terrorist groups, the head of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service has said. Sergey Naryshkin made the statement after a meeting with three Russian intelligence agents who were among those recently expelled, according to Sergey Ivanov, head of the ...

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#ReconnectJulian: Fmr intelligence officers & whistleblowers urge Ecuador to end Assange isolation

WikiLeaks supporters are calling on Ecuador’s government to restore Julian Assange’s communication privileges, arguing that jamming his phone and internet access violates his rights, a former CIA officer and whistleblower told RT. In late March the government of Ecuador decided to cut off Julian Assange from the outside world by blocking his phone and internet access, over the WikiLeaks editor’s ...

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Retired intelligence operatives ask Trump to reverse Haspel CIA nomination

A group of former US intelligence officers has urged President Donald Trump to rescind his nomination of Gina Haspel as CIA director, citing concerns over her alleged role in human rights abuses and her destruction of evidence. Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity includes former CIA, NSA, FBI and Army operatives. In a memorandum to the president, the group claims Haspel’s ...

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Microsoft advances several of its hosted artificial intelligence algorithms

Microsoft Cognitive Services is home to the company’s hosted artificial intelligence algorithms. Today, the company announced advances to several Cognitive Services tools including Microsoft Custom Vision Service, the Face API and Bing Entity Search . Joseph Sirosh, who leads the Microsoft’s cloud AI efforts, defined Microsoft Cognitive Services in a company blog post announcing the enhancements, as “a collection of cloud-hosted APIs that ...

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Queen assassination attempt revealed by intelligence docs

A teenager tried to kill Queen Elizabeth II when she visited New Zealand in 1981, released intelligence documents confirmed. The country’s police are now under pressure to open a fresh inquiry into the case. Documents released by the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (SIS) confirm “severely disturbed” Christopher Lewis, 17, fired his .22 rifle at the British sovereign when she ...

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US House Intelligence Committee Democrats release 10-page counter-memo

The US House Intelligence Committee has released a redacted, 10-page Democratic Party memo on the Russian investigation into alleged meddling in the 2016 US presidential election, which challenges the previously released GOP memo. The Democrats’ rebuttal aims to challenge the alleged government surveillance abuses during the 2016 presidential campaign, that the GOP had outlined in their memorandum. The document accuses ...

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Philippines ‘very seriously’ concerned that US intelligence tags Duterte a ‘threat to democracy’

The presidential office in the Philippines has been seriously disturbed by the US intelligence community’s assessment that Rodrigo Duterte represents a “threat to democracy.” Last week, the US Intelligence Community, comprising 16 federal agencies, listed President Duterte as one of the leaders in Southeast Asia who continues to pose a “threat” to democracy and human rights. “In the Philippines, President ...

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