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Foreign intel, aided by state-sponsored hackers, could influence Hillary investigation


Bill Gertz, Inside the Ring, Washington Times U.S. intelligence agencies are said to be closely watching Russian online blogs and other postings for any signs that Moscow hackers have covertly obtained the bulk of Hillary Clinton’s email messages stolen from her private email server and are preparing to make them public. … A State Department […]

More wisdom from the DHS: Avoid use of words ‘jihad’ and ‘sharia’


Bill Gertz, Washington Free Beacon A new Department of Homeland Security report urges rejecting use of Islamic terms such as “jihad” and “sharia” in programs aimed at countering terrorist radicalization among American youth. … Sebastian Gorka, a counterterrorism expert, said that banning the jihadist terminology is similar to “Newspeak,” the fictional language used for totalitarian […]

Report: Hillary Clinton, aides, sought to use personal electronic devices ‘inside classified areas’

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Bill Gertz, Inside the Ring, Washington Times Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her aides tried to use personal hand-held electronic devices inside areas used to store classified information, according to the just-released State Department inspector general report. The Bureau of Diplomatic Security, the State Department’s security arm, told the inspector general that in […]

China’s completing takeover of South China Sea as U.S. stands by

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter flies in a V-22 Osprey after visiting the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier in the South China Sea on Nov. 5, 2015.

Bill Gertz, Asia Times China’s takeover of the South China Sea is nearly complete and Beijing is now stepping up its sophisticated information warfare campaign in preparation for an expected unfavorable ruling from an international tribunal affecting its island claims. The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague is expected to rule within the next […]

Report ties telcom firm sanctioned for Iran transfers to Chinese intelligence

Charles Ding, Huawei Technologies Ltd senior vice president for the U.S., left, and Zhu Jinyun, ZTE Corporation senior vice president for North America and Europe, testified before the House Intelligence Committee in September 2012. / J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Bill Gertz, Inside the Ring, Washington Times The Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE and three related firms were slapped with Commerce Department economic sanctions March 8 for illicit transfers of goods containing U.S.-made products to Iran. But under pressure from China, the department suspended the sanctions on ZTE, a major producer of smartphones and telecommunications hardware, […]

South China Sea summits: Obama in Vietnam, Russia-China sitdown in Beijing

Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy in Beijing.

Bill Gertz, Washington Free Beacon Competition between the United States and China over control of the South China Sea took center stage this week as President Obama opened up Vietnam to greater U.S. arms sales while China’s military intelligence chief met with a senior Russian general. Obama announced that the United States is fully lifting […]

NSA probed Putin’s alleged St. Petersburg connections

Vladimir Putin, Vladimir Kumarin and a memorial for Galina Starovoitova. / RFE/RL

Bill Gertz, Washington Free Beacon The National Security Agency carried out electronic espionage against a senior Russian crime boss in a search for ties between organized crime groups and Russian President Vladimir Putin. A classified NSA newsletter from May 2003 made public this week stated that an electronic spying request was made by the State […]

U.S. intelligence closing unit tasked with countering foreign strategic deceptions


Bill Gertz, Inside the Ring Countering foreign strategic deception operations has been one of the official missions of all U.S. intelligence agencies since the Reagan administration. But now one of the last units devoted to counteracting foreign lies, deception and denial of information by states like China, Russia and Iran is being closed down, U.S. […]

U.S. defense secretary warns of military conflict in the South China Sea


Bill Gertz, Washington Free Beacon China’s plans to build up a disputed island near the Philippines could lead to a regional conflict, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told Congress on Thursday. Carter was asked about the strategic significance of China’s plan to add military facilities to a disputed island known as Scarborough Shoal located about 120 […]

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