CIA Director Bill Burns meeting with Russian counterpart Monday

CIA Director Bill Burns meeting with Russian counterpart Monday

CNN — CIA Director Bill Burns is meeting with his Russian intelligence counterpart, Sergey Naryshkin, in Ankara Monday as part of an ongoing effort by the US to “communicate with Russia on managing risk” and to discuss the cases of “unjustly detained US citizens,” a National Security Council spokesperson tells CNN. “We have been very … Read more

Sister of executed Iranian wrestler arrested and identified by state news as ‘agent’

Sister of executed Iranian wrestler arrested and identified by state news as ‘agent’

CNN — Iranian officials said they have identified the “Iran International agent” arrested Thursday as Elham Afkari, the sister of famous Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari, who was executed two years ago, according to state news agency IRNA. London-based news channel Iran International has become one of the go-to sources for many Iranians looking for news … Read more

Russian mercenaries jockey for influence amid military struggles in Ukraine

Russian mercenaries jockey for influence amid military struggles in Ukraine

Washington CNN — One of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s closest allies is using dissent around the war in Ukraine to jockey for increased influence inside the Kremlin, US and European officials said, offering a rare glimpse at the brewing tension among Putin allies and how Russia’s disastrous war in Ukraine is affecting the internal dynamics … Read more

Western sanctions hurting Russia’s ability to replenish military supplies, intelligence analysis shows

Western sanctions hurting Russia’s ability to replenish military supplies, intelligence analysis shows

CNN — Western sanctions have sharply curtailed Russia’s ability to replenish the munitions it is using in Ukraine, according to a new analysis from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, forcing Moscow to task its intelligence services with finding ways to evade restrictions and procure the critical technology and parts to sustain its … Read more

Crimea bridge blast: Russian authorities arrest eight people following explosion

Crimea bridge blast: Russian authorities arrest eight people following explosion

CNN — Eight people have been detained over Saturday’s blast that damaged the only bridge connecting annexed Crimea with the Russian mainland, marking a critical juncture in Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) claimed the main intelligence department of the Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense, its head Kyrylo Budanov, and its employees and … Read more

Darya Dugina: Russian Security Service claims Ukrainian agent behind killing

Darya Dugina: Russian Security Service claims Ukrainian agent behind killing

CNN — Russia has blamed Ukrainian special services for the murder of Darya Dugina, a Russian political commentator and the daughter of prominent ultranationalist ideologue Alexander Dugin, according to Russian state news agency TASS. “The murder of journalist Darya Dugina has been solved, it was prepared by the Ukrainian special services, by a citizen of … Read more

House Democratic chairs request DNI damage assessment and briefing of documents seized from Mar-a-Lago

House Democratic chairs request DNI damage assessment and briefing of documents seized from Mar-a-Lago

Washington CNN — The Democratic chairs of the House Intelligence and Oversight Committees have asked federal intelligence leadership for a congressional briefing and for a damage assessment after the FBI seized 11 sets of classified documents at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home earlier this week. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and House Oversight … Read more

Microsoft says Russia has stepped up cyber espionage against the US and Ukraine allies

Microsoft says Russia has stepped up cyber espionage against the US and Ukraine allies

Washington CNN — Russian intelligence agencies have increased their efforts to hack US and allied government computer networks to gather intelligence since the war in Ukraine began, Microsoft said in new findings published Wednesday. American organizations were the top target of the Russian hacking attempts outside of Ukraine, according to Microsoft, but the alleged Russian … Read more