Wednesday, 30 November, 2022

Topic: CIA

India shakes the Foreign Hand—Nehru to Modi, PMs have deepened ties with Western spies

Even as Indian governments have warned of the peril from the Foreign Hand, they’ve been warmly shaking hands with it for a while now.

How Xi Jinping’s ‘mole hunt’ led to CIA losing dozens of Chinese informants

In ‘Chinese Spies’, Roger Faligot writes about Chinese intelligence services that now rival CIA, Mossad, R&AW, DGSE, and MI6.

Spy chiefs & deputies from dozens of countries meet in India in first such conclave

Representatives of organisations from countries including UK, US, Germany, ASEAN attended 'informal' gathering Sunday. Aim is to develop closer working mechanism.

How CIA & Chinese PLA joined hands in secret Cold War op to snoop on Soviet Union nukes

In a stunning revelation, journalist Jane Perlez has brought to light new details on Project Chestnut — an extraordinary Cold War operation that brought together the CIA and the PLA.  

CIA sets up new centre to focus on ‘increasingly adversarial’ Chinese govt

CIA Director William Burns said the Chinese Mission Center will strengthen the agency's work on the 'most important geopolitical threat' in 21st century.

What is Havana syndrome, mysterious illness that struck CIA chief’s team member on India visit

CIA Director William Burns' team was in India earlier this month when a member experienced symptoms of Havana syndrome, a mysterious illness that first struck US diplomats in 2016.

CIA has a new Afghan problem: How to spy, conduct ops in Afghanistan after US exit this year

An NYT report, titled ‘C.I.A. Scrambles for New Approach in Afghanistan’, talks about US spy agency’s search for ways to carry out intel & counter-terror ops in Afghanistan after military pullout.

CIA is understaffed and the now-viral ‘Woke James Bond’ video could be its Bat-Signal

Most CIA jobs pay standard govt wages, which are less than many private-sector alternatives. A viral video is an effective marketing strategy of reaching out to people to work for it.

US will continue to push Pakistan to support peace efforts in Afghanistan: CIA chief

CIA Director William Burns told lawmakers that Pakistan has a long-term interest in avoiding insecurity and instability in Afghanistan that can affect its own interest.

Key takeaways from US intel report that said China is top threat and it will harass India

Shekhar Gupta, in episode 724 of 'Cut the Clutter', unpacks an annual threat assessment released by the US intelligence community Tuesday.

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In Gujarat, voters want BJP’s alternative but not of Modi

After ruling Gujarat for 27 years, BJP knows how to shield election outcomes from ground realities such as people’s hardships, leaderless govt and corrupt bureaucracy.
File photo of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar | Maxim Shipenkov/Pool via Reuters

Modi govt asked by sanction-hit Russia for parts for key sectors, says report

Moscow has sent India a list of over 500 products including parts for cars, aircraft and trains for delivery as sanctions squeeze Russia's ability to keep vital industries running.


Illustration: Soham Sen | The Print

Modi govt moves with Arunachal Frontier Highway, among India’s ‘toughest’ projects yet, China in mind

The 2,000 km-long highway will be of strategic importance to military. Same equipment used on other side of LAC being deployed to carry out work on tough terrain, say officials.

A Gujarat gamble: A likely reason Rahul is not giving Modi a fight this assembly election

I'd rather not buy idea that Rahul's holding his fire until 2024. More likely, Congress believes Karnataka offers best chance of winning a Gujarat-sized state if Gujarat is too challenging.