Posts tagged as Intelligence

The Orientalism of Western Russophobia

By Max Parry on Saturday, March 9, 2019

Last year marked the 40th anniversary of the publication of Edward W. Said’s pioneering book, Orientalism, as well as fifteen years since the Palestinian-American intellectual’s passing. To bid farewell to such an important scholar shortly after the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, which Said fiercely criticized until his dying breath before succumbing to leukemia, made an already tremendous loss that much more impactful. His seminal text forever reoriented political discourse by…

The Baltic sky sold to NATO

By Vairis Godmanis on Wednesday, February 27, 2019

NATO systematically accompanies Russian aircraft over the Baltics. At the same time, the Russian Defense Ministry has repeatedly stated that all flights that had been carried out strictly complied with international rules for the use of airspace over neutral waters, without violating other state’s borders. On February 18 – 24 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states were scrambled three times to identify and…

Intelligence report: Lithuania blocks Russian investment due to sensitive data collection

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Lithuania has blocked an investment by a Russian holding company in a local firm that could be used to collect cartographic data for the Russian Armed Forces. Sistema, a holding company controlled by Russian oligarchVladimir Yevtushenkov, bought a Lithuanian aero-scanning and mapping firm through an investment company owned by his son, the State Security Department and the Second Investigation Department under the Defense Ministry said in their National Threat Assessment 2019…

Intelligence warns of China’s increasingly aggressive spying in Lithuania

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Lithuania’s intelligence bodies on Tuesday warned of increasing activity by China’s intelligence and security services in the country. This marks the first time that Lithuania’s bodies have identified Chinese espionage as a threat to national security. “As Chinese economic and political ambitions grow in Lithuania and other NATO and EU countries, activities of the Chinese intelligence and security services become increasingly aggressive,” the State Security Department and the Second Investigation Department under the Defense…

Lithuanian heroin gang moves significant quantities of drugs to Kerry

By Alan Kerry on Thursday, January 31, 2019

GARDAÍ IN KERRY believe that a Lithuanian heroin gang – suspected of carrying out an acid attack on a garda and which was previously active in the east of the country – have moved a large portion of its trade to the southwest of the country.  It is understood the organised crime group shifted its main focus to the southwest as successful garda operations continue to be launched against them…

Norway Beefs Up Arctic Defences at Russia’s Doorstep

Friday, January 18, 2019

Having partially dismantled its northern defences in the 1990s following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Norway now seeks to re-establish its presence in the strategic area amid rising tensions between NATO and Russia. The Norwegian Defence Ministry plans to invest nearly NOK 2.5 billion ($290 million) rebuilding and expanding its Cold War-era military facilities in the far north. “Our assignment is to establish a presence”, Colonel Jørn Erik Berntsen,…

The ghost of hostile foreign intelligence and spies shadow Lithuania’s Christmas

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Christmas is around the corner, however not the merriest annual holiday, but the topic of secret services and spies prevails the Lithuanian media ahead of the celebration. Lithuania’s law enforcement on Wednesday, December 19, announced it busted a «whole network of persons», including Algirdas Paleckis, the former leader of Lithuania’s Socialist People’s Front, spying for Russia. Prosecutor General Evaldas Pašilis did not reveal the exact number of detainees, just mentioned Paleckis…

Aliens ‘may have travelled to Earth ALREADY – without us noticing’

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Aliens may have travelled to Earth already without us noticing, according to a NASA scientist. Silvano P Colombano, a computer scientist at NASA Ames Research Centre, says humans may not have even noticed the extraterrestrials arrival on earth due to the vastly different looks. Colombano says the aliens could have arrived to the planet in the form of something other than carbon-based organisms – meaning they would go undetected. In…

Allied Intelligence Chiefs discuss countering cyber-attacks, disinformation

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The Heads of Allied Civil and Military, Intelligence and Security Organizations met at NATO Headquarters in Brussels on 29 November 2018 for talks on countering disinformation, cyber-attacks and traditional means of espionage. The conference was opened by Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, together with the Romanian Chair of NATO’s Civilian Intelligence Committee and the Canadian Chair of the Military Intelligence Committee. The Allied Intelligence officials endorsed the framework for the establishment…

The head of the Russian military’s main intelligence agency died

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Igor Korobov, the head of the Russian military’s main intelligence agency, died after a prolonged illness, the state-run Tass news service reported, citing a Defense Ministry statement. Igor Korobov, 62, who ran the spy agency since 2016 and had received the award Hero of Russia for his service in the position, has died after a long and serious illness. The service, shortened as GRU, has been blamed by the UK of trying to poison former Russian…