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The US embassy in Hanoi says that VP Harris's trip to Hanoi was delayed because of "a report of a recent possible anomalous health incident in Hanoi, Vietnam." Anomalous health incident is what the US govt calls the Havana syndrome.
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US officials confirm to @Phil_Mattingly & @JohnJHarwood, saying the meeting was at Biden’s direction, reflecting that Burns is the most seasoned and one of the most trusted veteran diplomats. One official called it “an exchange of views on what needs to happen to be done by 8/31” twitter.com/John_Hudson/st…
How the intel community and law enforcement have used cryptocurrency isn't well known, @ODNIgov & @FBI won't say. Former @NCSCgov Director @BillEvanina tells me USG has used it, saying it's "more in the super classified realm."
The @CIA rolled out a Dark Web onion site for tips and recruiting 2 years ago. They've "received validated information about terrorist networks and attack planning," a US official told me.
"We're really pushing the envelope every chance we get to try and reach audiences, sources, people...It's been edgy for some government agencies, perhaps, but we're going to keep pushing forward in many different ways."
I spoke with @StateDept officials who launched the new @RFJ_USA tip line on the Dark Web and potential rewards in the millions, in cryptocurrency, for info on malicious state-backed hackers: cnn.com/2021/08/15/pol…
"These court decisions are final." @brikeilarcnn obtained letters from the Taliban to the brother of an Afghan interpreter informing him of his death sentence. twitter.com/CNN/status/142…
Once again, incredible reporting by @MarquardtA (with an assist from @BrettCallow). We can shout at the top of our lungs on Twitter about how bad the problem is, but it is reporting like this that is going to get people’s attention and hopefully get change enacted! twitter.com/MarquardtA/sta…
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Over 800 K-12 schools have already been hit with ransomware attacks this year and the new year is just starting. The known biggest payment by a school was just made. We went to Baltimore Co, MD to see what they went through & spoke to @CISAgov's Eric Goldstein. (W/ @mallory_t)
NEW: US nearing deal with Qatar to house thousands of Afghans who helped US military as situation worsens in Afghanistan. Source familiar tells @MarquardtA it could be as many as 8k Afghans but cautioned the deal is not final. cnn.com/2021/08/13/pol…
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New: Biden administration is working to finalize a deal with Qatar to temporarily house as many as 8,000 Afghans, a source familiar with the discussions tells me. First group of 1-2k expected soon, though source cautioned numbers aren’t final.
DHS: Racist or anti-govt "extremists may seek to exploit the emergence of COVID-19 variants by viewing the potential re-establishment of public health restrictions across the United States as a rationale to conduct attacks."
New DHS terrorism bulletin just released: threat environment leading up to and following the 9/11 anniversary as well religious holidays could serve as a catalyst for acts of targeted violence. dhs.gov/ntas/advisory/…
DHS head of intelligence John Cohen says the online extremist rhetoric they're seeing is similar to the lead up to Jan 6. Cohen told @Geneva_Sands the calls for violence are growing and while the conspiracies vary, much is centered on the lie that the election was stolen.
Two months ago, Biden told Putin to rein in Russian meddling in US elections. Now US intel reports say Russian interference is ongoing and evolving. Putin didn't heed the warning — no surprise to intel experts. @KatieBoWillCNN @NatashaBertrand @MarquardtA cnn.com/2021/08/13/pol…
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"In some rural Pashtun areas, tribal codes that predate the Taliban require women’s full-body covering...UN study in 2019 found that only 15% of Afghan men think women should work outside the home after marriage, and two-thirds complained that women have too many rights."
On women's rights in Afghanistan, the US intelligence community said they would be "at risk after coalition withdrawal, even without Taliban efforts to reverse it." dni.gov/files/ODNI/doc…
Russian efforts to sow chaos and target 2022 are evolving and ongoing, as Biden hinted at recently. "Zero reason to believe" Russia will change, fmr @NCSCgov director @BillEvanina said, their strategy remains the same and their "tactics change consistently." twitter.com/NatSecCNN/stat…
Extremely painful to watch. Open Russian coordinator from Pskov Artem Milushkin gets 11 years in prison on drug charges, his wife Liya Milushkina gets 10.5 years. They claim police threatened to plant drugs on them for organizing political rallies and then made good on threat. twitter.com/mediazzzona/st…
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It wasn't just the dragon jeans, @CISAJen was rocking a 'Free Britney' t-shirt in her Black Hat appearance, a CISA spokesperson confirms.
For those not watching this stream, you missed quite the intro by @CISAJen twitter.com/CISAJen/status…
"Obviously there are scientists who are (security) cleared...But Mandarin-speaking ones who are cleared? That's a very small pool. And not just any scientists, but ones who specialize in bio? So you can see how this quickly becomes difficult." twitter.com/KatieBoWillCNN…
Axios: The number of Americans who renounced their citizenship in favor of a foreign country hit an all-time high in 2020: 6,707, a 237% increase over 2019. axios.com/wealthy-people…
Interesting comments here by the NSC's head of cyber about a new ransomware group that is likely just an old one with a new name. Experts we spoke with aren't as optimistic. twitter.com/ZcohenCNN/stat…
A $5,800 bottle of Japanese whiskey gifted to Mike Pompeo by Japan has disappeared, according to State Department filings, @kylieatwood reports. His lawyer tells WSJ he doesn't remember getting it and doesn't know where it is.
Saudi Arabia has imprisoned 2 of Aljabri's children. Last week, senators wrote to Biden calling for help in freeing them and saying the vendetta against Aljabri "has now evolved to risk the exposure of classified U.S. counter-terrorism projects"
DoJ admits that the Saudi state companies that brought the suit against Aljabri were created for CT activities. To defend himself, Aljabri would "disclose information allegedly implicating the United States’ national security and foreign policy interests," DoJ says.
DoJ motion: "the United States possesses a substantial interest in this litigation because of the risk that further proceedings...will involve the disclosure of information that could reasonably be expected to damage the national security of the United States."
New: 'US intervenes to protect state secrets in Saudi Crown Prince's vendetta against former spy'-In a very rare move, DoJ has said they're intervening in a case against a former top Saudi counterterrorism official that could expose classified information cnn.com/2021/08/04/pol…
Or, as @uuallan put it to me, "ransomware groups are known to be lying bastards.” twitter.com/ericgeller/sta…
Attacker of Colonial Pipeline went quiet for a bit, now reportedly back under a new name. twitter.com/chainalysis/st…
Liza Peskova, the 23-year-old daughter of Putin’s spokesman, is getting married on the island of Sardinia. They’ve rented out all the rooms at several resorts and invited hundreds of guests, paying all their €3000/night costs. Must be nice. openmedia.io/news/n4/liza-p…
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Abysmal cybersecurity report card for a number of USG departments and agencies in a new report by the Senate's @HSGAC hsgac.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/…
"We respect our colleagues, opponents and partners in the CIA...this special service is among the world, five, well, even three really strongest and most authoritative intelligence services. Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service is among them too..."
In response to Biden telling the US intel community last week: "[Putin] knows that you’re better than his team, and it bothers the hell out of him." twitter.com/tassagency_en/…
'Havana Syndrome stokes fear and frustration among diplomats over response from State Department'..."For the most part we don't know anything other than what is in the press," said one US diplomat. @kylieatwood @NatashaBertrand @KatieBoWillCNN cnn.com/2021/08/02/pol…
"Pro-Trump social network GETTR is inundated with terrorist propaganda spread by supporters of Islamic State ...reams of jihadi-related material, including graphic videos of beheadings, viral memes that promote violence against the West..." politico.com/news/2021/08/0…
In DC it's gay bars leading the charge requiring proof of vaccination @tradebardc @NumberNineDC @PitchersDC twitter.com/arishapiro/sta…
"America’s most dynamic and fastest-growing companies all recognize that, when they must choose, choosing the values of metropolitan America is just better business. The Pride flag is more lucrative than the Confederate flag..." twitter.com/davidfrum/stat…
Why must people make it so hard to have nice things? twitter.com/juliezauzmer/s…
A 12-year-old Palestinian boy has died after being shot by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said. cnn.it/3l9mcZH
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They go away for a bit, they come back, they re-brand... twitter.com/CyberScoopNews…
Ben & Jerry's founders: "ending the sales of ice cream in the occupied [Palestinian] territories is one of the most important decisions the company has made in its 43-year history." nytimes.com/2021/07/28/opi…
On a day we're focused on the most disturbing and violent event of this year in the US, January 6, we got an Emmy nomination for coverage of last year's: the swift and harsh June 1 crackdown on Black Lives Matter protesters at Lafayette Square. twitter.com/newsemmys/stat…
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