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18-24 June – Intelligence & Espionage Activities Tracker

This Week in Intelligence & Espionage (18-24 June)Your weekly roll-up of all things intelligence.

(Updated @ 4:00pm on 22 JUN)


In this report, read about this week’s…

  • U.S. & NATO intelligence activities
  • Russian intelligence activities
  • Chinese intelligence activities
  • Israeli & Middle Eastern intelligence activities

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North America

21 JUN: Jonathan Pollard, the former U.S. intelligence analyst turned spy for Israel, wants the American government to ease up on the conditions of his parole. In legal briefs, he has argued that Washington should stop monitoring his personal computer and online activities and not force him to wear a personal GPS device that tracks Pollard’s movements in New York, where he has been living since his release from federal prison last year. (DailyBeast)


22 JUN: Germany is planning to loosen restrictions that have prevented its intelligence agencies from monitoring radicalised teenagers after several attacks this year by young Islamic extremists exposed flaws in surveillance rules. (Thomson Reuters)


22 JUN: Russia’s Security Service officers (FSB) tried to recruit a Ukrainian diplomat (cryptologic officer) in Moscow. This is reported by Ukraine’s State Security Service (SBU). (UAToday)

21 JUN: A Ukrainian woman journalist from Ivano-Frankovsk has been detained in the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) on charges of spying for Ukraine’s Security Service, the LPR ministry of state security said on Tuesday. (Tass)

20 JUN: A German intelligence report alleges that the so-called ‘Cyber Caliphate’, the online hacker wing of the Islamic State, is in fact a Russian front, ingeniously conceived to permit Moscow to hack Western targets without retaliation. (SpiegelOnline)




21 JUN: The vaunted Unit 8200 represents the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) exclusive IT spy agency responsible for collecting signal intelligence (SIGINT) and code decryption.  The decades-old unit — considered by intelligence analysts to be the strongest of its kind in the world — has also produced some of the most sought after cybersecurity startup companies. (ITWorldCanada)

21 JUN: Intelligence agencies “must characterise, see where the dangers are coming from, and locate them,” Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz said. “It’s not the entire population, but sometimes there is a certain type of terror such as Islamic terror. You can only look for it among Muslims,” he said in a briefing to reporters.  (DailyMail)

Middle East

21 JUN: The authorities in Iran have thwarted a plot by Sunni militants to bomb targets in the capital Tehran and other cities, the intelligence ministry says. (BBC)


Mike Shelby is a former military intelligence NCO and contract intelligence analyst. He spent three years in Iraq and Afghanistan and is now the intelligence and warfare researcher at Forward Observer.

1 Comment

  1. The Cyber Caliphate is actually Russian? Clever. Robert Steele Vivas suggests that his old employer the CIA may too often be used as cover by the FBI in the FBI’s anti-terrorist/false flag efforts. The possibilities boggle the mind. What to do? Do what you know best – prepare in your community. For me, that is plenty hard enough!

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