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25 June – 01 July 16 – This Week in Intelligence & Espionage

This Week in Intelligence & Espionage (13-19 June)Your weekly roll-up of all things intelligence.

(Updated @ 1214 on 29 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



29 JUN: A German intelligence service identified some familiar cyber enemies in its annual report, released Tuesday. The Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz, somewhat akin to the FBI counterterrorism unit, says Russia and China were the leading sources of cyberattacks on Germany. (TheHill)

28 JUN: Moldovan security services aided by FBI have stopped at least four attempts to smuggle radioactive materials out of the country. (TOL)

28 JUN: A new report by Croatia’s Security and Intelligence Agency, SOA, says the security situation in the country is stable, although it adds that recent terrorist attacks in Europe show “a more complex situation in Croatia’s surroundings”. (BalkanInsight)



28 JUN: Twenty-nine years after he first became a spy, Trubnikov ascended to the top job. He ran Russia’s answer to the CIA, the SVR, or Foreign Intelligence Service, from 1996 to 2000. The SVR succeeded the KGB after the Soviet Union broke apart in 1991. (NPR)

25 JUN: Russia’s Federal Security Service—the FSB—is currently experiencing the biggest personnel changes it’s seen in a decade. (Meduza)





Israel & Middle East

27 JUN: A woman charged with spying for the terrorist Hezbollah party in Lebanon and supplying them dangerous, sensitive information, potentially damaging to the UAE’s security and to leading government figures, has been given 10 years imprisonment. (Khaleej)



27 JUN: After more than thirty years of gathering intelligence, dating back to the 70s, a retired special branch officer, who prefers to remain unnamed, decided to break his silence. (Amandala)



29 JUN:

The head of Somalia’s national intelligence and security agency has been killed by his own bodyguard, a security official says. (4BU)



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.

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