CIA

  • CIA joins Twitter, Facebook; first tweet becomes an instant hit June 7, 2014

    Washington: The secretive US spy agency joined the world of social media on Friday, and quickly had the Twitterverse talking. "We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet," the Central Intelligence Agency quipped on its newly minted official Twitter page. Within hours of the post, it received around...
  • Pakistan court orders police to charge 2 former CIA officials June 5, 2014

    Islamabad: A Pakistani court on Thursday ordered police to register a criminal case under terrorism act against two former CIA officials, including a station chief, for murder, conspiracy, and waging war against the country by carrying out drone strikes. Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of Islamabad High Court ordered registration of case...
  • Vladimir Putin calls the Internet a 'CIA project'; criticises Yandex, Russia's biggest search engine April 25, 2014

    Moscow: President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called the Internet a CIA project and made comments about Russia's biggest search engine Yandex, sending the company's shares plummeting. The Kremlin has been anxious to exert greater control over the Internet, which opposition activists - barred from national television - have used to promote...
  • Pakistani tribunal upholds conviction of doctor who tracked Osama March 15, 2014

    A Pakistani tribunal on Saturday upheld the conviction of Shakil Afridi, the doctor who helped the CIA track down al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, but reduced his 33 years sentence by 10 years. The Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) Tribunal had sentenced Afridi to 33 years in jail and also levied...
  • US shifting to clean, surgical action for rooting out terror: American author January 18, 2014

    The US has under President Barack Obama shifted from its policy of invading countries to root out terrorism to a "clean, surgical" action to take out terrorists, thus transforming the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from an espionage organisation to a paramilitary force for lethal targeting of terror masterminds, says American...
  • End surveillance of foreign leaders of friendly nations: Obama January 18, 2014

    In a bid to allay global outrage after the leak of the US snooping programme, President Barack Obama on Friday put an end to the surveillance of "foreign leaders of friendly nations" but ruled out scrapping the controversial programme altogether. Obama, in a major policy speech, announced a series of measures...
  • 26/11 attacks: Certain ISI officials were privy to information: 'The Siege' November 20, 2013

    Certain officials in Pakistan's intelligence unit, ISI, were privy to information on 26/11 attacks, said 'The Siege' author Adrian Levy. Speaking to CNN-IBN's Karan Thapar, Levy also revealed that India had received 26 alerts from the CIA before terrorists struck the city of Mumbai on November 26, 2008. ...
  • India received 26 alerts before terror strike on 26/11: 'The Siege' November 17, 2013

    New Delhi: India had received 26 alerts from the CIA before terrorists struck the city of Mumbai on November 26, 2008, reveals a new book on 26/11, 'The Siege'. Its author Adrian Levy spoke to Karan Thapar in this week's Devil's Advocate. Adrian said, "What we attempted to do was to...
  • Pakistan: Photo of slain Taliban chief posted on jihadi websites November 4, 2013

    A photograph purportedly released, on Monday, by the Pakistani Taliban shows its slain chief Hakimullah Mehsud after he was killed in a US drone strike in North Waziristan region. The photo, whose authenticity could not be independently confirmed, shows Mehsud lying on a white sheet with bloodstains on his face. It...
  • Taliban vows 'unprecedented' revenge for Hakimullah's killing November 2, 2013

    Enraged at the killing of its top leader in a CIA drone strike, the Pakistan Taliban has vowed to take "unprecedented" revenge for the attack in which the militant group alleges the Pakistani government was also involved. Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Hakimullah Mehsud and three others were killed in the US drone...
  • US spy agencies face big layoffs in government shutdown October 2, 2013

    More than 70 percent of the civilians working for US spy agencies have been deemed "non-essential" employees and face temporary layoffs due to the government shutdown that began on Tuesday, three officials familiar with the matter said. The agencies affected are the Central Intelligence Agency, the Office of Director of National...
  • Pakistan overturns jail term of doctor who helped find bin Laden August 30, 2013

    Pakistan on Thursday overturned a 33-year jail term handed down to a doctor who helped CIA agents find al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, a decision which may result in a new trial. Shakil Afridi, hailed as a hero by US officials, was arrested after US special forces killed bin Laden...
  • Shakeel Afridi to face fresh trial for aiding CIA, Lashkar-e-Islam August 29, 2013

    The 33-year jail term given to Shakeel Afridi, the Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA track Osama Bin Laden, was overturned by a official who ordered a fresh trial on Thursday. Frontier Crimes Regulation Commissioner Sahibzada Mohammad Anees ruled that a judge in the tribal belt had exceeded his authority when...
  • CIA acknowledges its mysterious Area 51 test site for first time August 17, 2013

    National security scholars at George Washington University have some good news and bad news for UFO buffs - the US government has finally confirmed the existence of Area 51 in Nevada, but it makes no mention of little green men or alien spaceships. The government acknowledged the existence of the mysterious...
  • Jawaharlal Nehru permitted CIA spy planes to use Indian air base August 16, 2013

    India allowed the US to use one of its air bases for refuelling the CIA's U-2 spy planes to target Chinese territories after its defeat in the 1962 war, a declassified official document said on Friday. The then Indian Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru approved overflight by U-2 missions covering the...
  • CIA acknowledges Area 51 in declassified documents August 16, 2013

    Las Vegas: The CIA has acknowledged the existence of Area 51 in newly declassified documents. George Washington University's National Security Archive obtained a CIA history of the U-2 spy plane program through a public records request which they released on Thursday. National Security Archive senior fellow Jeffrey Richelson reviewed the...
  • US: Obama 'disappointed' over Russia's decision on Snowden August 7, 2013

    Washington: President Barack Obama has said he was "disappointed" that Russia had granted temporary asylum to CIA whistle-blower Edward Snowden, but confirmed that he would attend the G-20 Summit in 2013 in Russia. "I was disappointed because, you know, even though we don't have an extradition treaty with them, traditionally...
  • 9/11 mastermind wanted to design a vacuum cleaner in the CIA prison July 11, 2013

    Washington: Confined to the basement of a CIA secret prison in Romania about a decade ago, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the admitted mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, asked his jailers whether he could embark on an unusual project: Would the spy agency allow Mohammed, who had earned his bachelor's in...
  • AAP condemns denial of asylum to Snowden by India July 3, 2013

    New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday condemned the central government for denying asylum to fugitive former CIA agent Edward Snowden who blew the whistle on US data mining. "The Aam Aadmi Party condemns these cowardly acts of our government and demands that as a country governed by a...
  • Russia rejects US demand for Snowden's extradition June 25, 2013

    Moscow: Russia's foreign minister on Tuesday bluntly rejected US demands to extradite National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, who has apparently stopped in Moscow while trying to evade US justice, saying that Snowden hasn't crossed the Russian border. Sergey Lavrov insisted that Russia has nothing to do with him or his...
  • Snowden expected to fly to Cuba, US urges his detention June 24, 2013

    Moscow: Fugitive former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden is expected to try to fly to Cuba on Monday while he waits to hear if Ecuador will grant him asylum, so far eluding Washington's efforts to extradite him on espionage charges. In a major embarrassment for US President Barack Obama,...
  • US warns countries against giving shelter to Snowden June 24, 2013

    Washington: The United States has warned countries against giving shelter to fugitive Edward Snowden, or letting him travel internationally, as the former CIA contractor landed in Moscow and said to be on his way to the South American country of Ecuador through Havana and Venezuela. "The United States has been in...
  • US made intensive hacking attacks on China: Edward Snowden June 23, 2013

    Beijing: Edward Snowden, a former CIA contractor who leaked the controversial US spy programme, has made fresh claims about the country's hacking attacks against China, which today termed the US as the "biggest villain" in cyber espionage. In his latest claims to the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post, Snowden...
  • Hong Kong lets Snowden leave with Cuba among possible destinations June 23, 2013

    Hong Kong: A former contractor for the US National Security Agency, charged by the United States with espionage, was allowed to leave Hong Kong on Sunday because the US extradition request did not fully comply with the law, the Hong Kong government said. Edward Snowden left for Moscow on Sunday and...
  • FTN: US surveillance: Is complete privacy impossible in the quest for security? June 13, 2013

    A 29-year-old contractor who claims to have worked at the National Security Agency and the CIA allowed himself to be revealed on Sunday as the source of disclosures about the US government's secret surveillance programmes, risking prosecution by the US government. ...
  • US surveillance foiled 'dozens' of attacks: NSA June 13, 2013

    Washington: The director of the National Security Agency vigorously defended once-secret surveillance programmes as an effective tool in keeping America safe, telling Congress on Wednesday that the information collected disrupted dozens of terrorist attacks without offering details. In his first congressional testimony since revelations about the top-secret operations, Army Gen Keith...
  • US surveillance whistleblower may seek political asylum in Iceland June 11, 2013

    The US is pushing Hong Kong to extradite former CIA employee Edward Snowden who claimed responsibility for exposing the NSA spying system. ...
  • Julian Assange praises whistleblower Edward Snowden, says he is a hero June 11, 2013

    Julian Assange said Edward Snowden has exposed one of the biggest truths of this century that the US government is conducting mass surveillance. ...
  • US: NSA leaker may face prosecution in Hong Kong June 10, 2013

    Washington: Edward Snowden's decision to flee to Hong Kong as he prepared to expose the US government's secret surveillance programs may not save him from prosecution due to an extradition treaty in force since 1998. A 29-year-old former CIA employee, Snowden has identified himself as the person who gave the Guardian...
  • Watch: The US surveillance whistleblower speaks out June 10, 2013

    Edward Snowden said that he would 'ask for asylum from countries that believe in free speech and oppose the victimisation of global privacy'. ...