Tuesday, 29 November, 2022

Topic: Spy

How CIA ‘failed’ its Iranian spies: Reuters report finds ‘negligence, faulty communications’

Titled ‘America’s Throwaway Spies’, the report probes the US intelligence agency's approach towards civilians it hires as spies, and how 'flawed' systems often lead to their capture.

China’s murky web of economic espionage was uncovered by an arrest in Brussels & an iPhone backup

Since the 1990s, America has charged almost 700 people with links to China for economic espionage. But Xu Yanjun’s story is the first one that has made this link explicit.

Russian spy honey-trapped NATO staff in Naples, sold cheap knock-offs as jewellery: Report

Maria Adela Kuhfeldt Rivera’s lid was blown after her passport numbers were in the range of two other undercover fellow GRU spies.

New book traces history of Chinese intelligence service, details rise of Communist China

Published by HarperCollins India, ‘Chinese Spies: From Chairman Mao to Xi Jinping’ by Roger Faligot will be released on 29 April on ThePrint’s SoftCover.

Pegasus scandal shows how lawless India’s ‘lawful interception’ has become

Many democracies understand the need for lawful surveillance against serious crimes. Few provide the executive such sweeping powers like India does.

Kerala HC seeks Centre’s stand on woman’s plea to aid son imprisoned in UAE for ‘spying’

Shihani Meera Sahib Jamal Mohammed has been imprisoned in the UAE's Abu Dhabi Central Prison since 25 August 2015 after being arrested for allegedly spying for the Indian government.

CIA has a new look and new logo. Now to see if its rebranding can impress & woo millennials

For all the design-world derision, the CIA’s motives are clear: the creation of a brave new brand for bold new generation of brand-savvy recruits.

Radhika Apte spy flick doesn’t sell sex or fantasy — are Charlie’s Angels days finally gone?

The new Radhika Apte flick, A Call to Spy, is part of a new wave of films that finally realizes women in espionage not just a fantasy, but real-life reality.

Betrayal, illusion, late middle age — John Le Carré novels were more than just spy thrillers

What makes Le Carré so great is his premise that our inner lives are perhaps best understood as a study in self-deception and self-revelation.

John le Carre, ex-MI6 spy who became bestselling author of Cold War thrillers, dies at 89

Le Carre died Saturday evening in Cornwall, said his agent, Jonny Geller. According to his publisher Penguin, the cause of death was pneumonia.

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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.