Intelligence official calls reports ‘highly inaccurate’
Author: By John Crawley CNN
Published On: Mar 05 2014 09:38:19 PM EST Updated On: Mar 05 2014 10:25:05 PM EST
REUTERS/Mikhail Maslovsky WASHINGTON (CNN) –
The nation’s top intelligence office denies suggestions the United States was caught off guard by Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine, calling reports to that effect “highly inaccurate.”
Shawn Turner, a spokesman for Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, said in a statement Wednesday that the intelligence community has “frequently warned of worrisome trends with respect to Russia’s foreign policy” since Vladimir Putin returned to the presidency in 2012.
Posted in Intelligence, Politics, Russia, US, War & Conflicts
- Tagged Chuck Hagel, CNN, Crimea, John McCain, Russia, Ukraine, United States, Vladimir Putin
Viceroyalty of the Caucasus עברית: מלכות המשנה של הקווקז (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
April 26, 2013: The April 15th terrorist in the United States (Boston) has made the world more aware of Russia’s terrorism problem in the Caucasus. The two Boston terrorists (the Tsarnaev brothers) were Chechens from Dagestan. Russia had alerted the American FBI and CIA about the elder brother in 2011. Russia had no hard evidence but their intelligence had picked up some data on the elder Tsarnaev brother’s interest in Islamic radicalism. In the United States the FBI and CIA are being grilled over why this vague tip did not result in the April 15 attack being prevented. One defense that will probably be heard (more likely from the CIA, which has long monitored the Caucasus) is that there are a lot Islamic radical Chechens these days, but few of them proceed to become Islamic terrorists and fewer still attempt to make attacks outside Russia. That has given Russia a lot of problems in the last two decades.
Despite this formidable terrorist threat, the security forces (local and national police plus specialized counter-terror forces from the police and military) have managed to reduce the terrorism in the Caucasus but not eliminate it.
Posted in Caucasus, Counter-Terrorism, Russia, Terror Incidents, Terrorism, US
- Tagged Caucasus, Chechen, Chechnya, Dagestan, Ingushetia, Russia, United States, Vladimir Putin
January 30, 2012 by Joseph Fitsanakis
Confidential documents leaked to the British press show that a leading medical examiner wants to reinspect the 2006 death of a former Soviet intelligence officer, in light of new revelations. Alexander Litvinenko was an employee of the Soviet KGB and its successor organization, the FSB, who in 2000 defected with his family to the United Kingdom. He soon became known as an increasingly vocal critic of the administration of Russian President Vladimir Putin. In 2006, Litvinenko came down with radioactive poisoning soon after meeting a former colleague, Andrey Lugovoy, in a London restaurant. The latter is believed by British authorities to have assassinated Litvinenko “with the backing of the Russian state”. Although much of the case remains shrouded in mystery, an important new clue was added to the equation in October, when Litvinenko’s widow publicly admitted that her husband had been a paid employee of British intelligence services MI5 and MI6. Marina Litvinenko told British tabloid newspaper The Mail on Sunday that Alexander had advised both agencies on “combat[ing] Russian organized crime in Europe”.
Posted in Intelligence, Reports, Russia, UK
- Tagged Alexander Litvinenko, Andrey Lugovoy, KGB, List of intelligence agencies, Litvinenko, London, The Mail on Sunday, Vladimir Putin
Putin, Medvedev at odds over airport terrorist bombing probe -The ongoing investigation of last month’s suicide bombing
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Posted in Counter-Terrorism, Europe, News, Security, Terrorism
- Tagged Alexander Bortnikov, Dmitry Medvedev, Domodedovo International Airport, Federal Security Service, Moscow, Russia, Suicide attack, Vladimir Putin