Intelligence

Elements of intelligence

Featured image President Biden bears responsibility for the epic humiliation of the United States in Afghanistan. He proclaims it a great success consistent with his strategic genius. He nevertheless seeks to turn our attention elsewhere on a daily basis. Yesterday Biden remarked on the investigation into the origins of COVID-⁠19 by our so-called Intelligence Community. The Key Takeaways have been posted in unclassified form. I found this paragraph in Biden’s statement more »

Biden’s folly

Featured image Now comes word that Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani has fled the country. The Taliban might have awaited the twentieth anniversary of 9/11 to take the capital city and make the humiliation of the United States even deeper. Maybe they have something special saved for that day. Even so, as of this morning, the humiliation appears to be complete and total. I yield the floor to News Items proprietor John Ellis »

Tucker: They planned to leak my emails

Featured image Tucker Carlson opened his show last night with a monologue commenting on Jonathan Swan’s Axios story on the NSA interception of his email (video below). He didn’t mention Swan by name, but it’s clearly his story he was talking about. I excerpted Swan’s story in “And now, the Putin factor.” Tucker’s monologue confirmed the accuracy of Swan’s account as far as it bears on his side of the story. Late »

And now, the Putin factor

Featured image Axios’s Jonathan Swan reports that Tucker Carlson was talking to U.S.-based Kremlin intermediaries about setting up an interview with Vladimir Putin shortly before Tucker accused the National Security Agency of monitoring his electronic communications for nefarious purposes — according to “sources familiar with the conversations.” Draw your own conclusions from this: The NSA’s public statement didn’t directly deny that any Carlson communications had been swept up by the agency. • »

Reading the NSA denial

Featured image Fred Fleitz has held national security jobs for 25 years with the CIA, DIA, Department of State, and the House Intelligence Committee staff. He served in 2018 as deputy assistant to the president and chief of staff of the National Security Council. When it comes to intelligence matters, he has the background to comment credibly. He currently serves as president and CEO of the Center for Security Policy. In his »

NSA vs. Tucker: An update [updated!]

Featured image Just before his show was aired last night, the NSA issued a statement responding to Tucker Carlson’s charge that the agency is monitoring his electronic communications. As anyone familiar with the ways of Washington knows, however, the NSA statement requires close reading. Techno Fog gives it a close reading and concludes: Those who look closely will see something else: that the NSA, while stating that Tucker “has never been an »

NSA vs. Tucker?

Featured image On his show tonight, Tucker Carlson made the explosive claim that the National Security Agency has been spying on his electronic communications with the intention of trying to drive his show off the air. This information comes from an NSA whistleblower, and Tucker finds confirmation in the fact that the whistleblower himself had information that could only have come from an illicit spying on Tucker’s emails and texts: [email protected] says »

What’s Up with the Reported Chinese Defector?

Featured image News accounts have been swirling for days (though conspicuously not in the NY Times, Washington Post, etc) that a very high ranking Chinese intelligence official (some reports say it is Dong Jingwei, the vice minister for state security) has defected to the U.S., and is confirming the lab leak hypothesis for COVID-19, as well as warning the U.S. of extensive penetration by Chinese agents. The News (Australia) reports: Vice Minister »

Mossad against Iran

Featured image Having just stepped down as head of the Mossad last week, Yossi Cohen sat for an Israeli television interview regarding the agency’s mind-boggling operations against the Islamic Republic of Iran over the past several years. The Times of Israel has posted the story “In stunning, revelatory interview, ex-Mossad chief warns Iran, defends Netanyahu.” I recommend the whole thing to the attention of Power Line readers. That is one impressive intelligence »

Rockin’ pneumonia or the Wuhan flu?

Featured image It will not come as a great shock to Power Line readers to learn, as the Wall Street Journal reports from previously undisclosed U.S. intelligence: “Intelligence on Sick Staff at Wuhan Lab Fuels Debate on Covid-19 Origin.” Subhead: “Report says researchers went to hospital in November 2019, shortly before confirmed outbreak; adds to calls for probe of whether virus escaped lab.” With a New York Times-style byline listing three reporters, »

Our men in Havana

Featured image Tim Weiner is a former New York Times reporter and author of Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA (2007). The history of the CIA, according to Weiner, is a history of the failures of the CIA. The CIA chose not to ignore the book. It posted a response by the agency’s historian that the agency has unfortunately removed from its site. The CIA historian’s response to Weiner’s book »

Eliminating Fakhrizadeh

Featured image Spectator USA has published the mind-blowing column by Jake Wallis Simons “Revealed: how Mossad eliminated Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.” The column is based on Simons’s detailed Jewish Chronicle article linked in the column. Who isn’t a fan of successful undercover operations performed by the good guys, especially one with the abject humiliation of the wrongdoers thrown in for good measure? If Simons has the story right, this is one for the ages. »

Inside Putin’s underpants op

Featured image I don’t recall reading anything like Paul Roderick Gregory’s Hill column — “The Kremlin, FSB, and the ‘Berlin patient’s’ underpants” — and related news stories. The Coen Brothers could turn it to good use in a film like Burn After Reading. Gregory tells how Vladimir Putin’s would-be assassination victim Aleksei Navalny extracted an account of the operation from the failed FSB assassin Konstantin Kudryavtsev himself. In a four-hour December 17 »

“You only Fang twice”

Featured image Filling in for Tucker Carlson last night, Mark Steyn was in rare form as he reviewed the matter of Eric Swalwell’s enmeshment with the Chinese spy. Bearing as it does on China and the Democrats and national security, it’s an important story. We have attended to the story several times, but without the epic mockery of Steyn’s classic style. Via Doug P./Twitchy. My goodness this @MarkSteynOnline riff on @EricSwalwell is »

One-trick pony

Featured image Peter Doocy had the temerity to ask Joe Biden about the smartest man he knows — Hunter Biden. Hunter is so smart that he became a millionaire with no visible talent to sell. I seriously doubt that Joe Biden is in a position to evaluate the relative intellectual capacity of the men he knows. Doocy has asked the question a time or two before without much success, but Biden really »

More than a woman, cont’d

Featured image Maria Bartiromo interviewed House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy yesterday on Sunday Morning Futures just after I posted “More than a woman.” Angelica Stabile covers the interview in the Fox News story “McCarthy after FBI briefing: ‘No way’ Swalwell should serve on intel committee.” In this interview McCarthy is even more emphatic about the unfitness of Eric Swalwell to serve on the House Intelligence Committee than in the interview I posted. »

More than a woman

Featured image It seems obvious that Rep. Eric Swalwell had an intimate relationship with the Chinese Communist spy Fang Fang, who helped him launch his congressional career. According to Swalwell, the answer to the question whether he was sleeping with her might be “classified.” That’s what he told Tucker Carlson Tonight. “Classified” by whom, he didn’t say. When Axios came calling on its story revealing Fang Fang’s penetration into the network of »