US and India to boost defense and technology cooperation as China threat grows

CNN — The United States and India are taking steps to strengthen their defense partnership, officials said Tuesday, in the latest sign of cooperation between the two countries in the face of an increasingly assertive China. The plans emerged after two days of meetings in Washington between government and business officials from both countries and … Read more

Ransomware: New US strategy prioritizes victims but could make it harder to catch cybercriminals

Washington CNN — Last week’s disruption by US and European law enforcement of a $100 million ransomware gang is the clearest public example yet of a new high-stakes strategy by the Biden administration. to prioritize protecting victims of cybercrime – even if that means warning suspects and potentially making it difficult to stop them. The … Read more

Schiff, Omar, Swalwell: Democrats targeted by McCarthy defend their committee assignments

Washington CNN — The trio of Democrats that House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has targeted for removal from committee duty offered a unified rebuke in a joint interview on CNN that aired Sunday. Democratic Representatives Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell, who were removed from their positions on the House Intelligence Committee, and Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar, … Read more

Masih Alinejad: Justice Department announces new arrests in plot to kill New York-based journalist directed from Iran

CNN — The Justice Department announced new arrests on Friday in connection with a plot to kill a New York-based journalist and human rights activist critical of the Iranian government. The three indicted men, believed to be part of an Eastern European criminal organization with ties to Iran, face charges of murder-for-hire and money laundering … Read more

Chinese engineer sentenced to 8 years in US prison for spying

CNN — A former Chicago graduate student was sentenced to eight years in prison on Wednesday for spying for the Chinese government by gathering information on engineers and scientists in the United States. Ji Chaoqun, a Chinese national who came to the United States to study electrical engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology in … Read more

CNN Exclusive: Pence classified documents included briefing memos for foreign trips

Washington CNN — The approximately 12 classified documents found at the home of former Vice President Mike Pence in Indiana included documents described as background briefing notes prepared for Pence’s foreign trips, multiple sources told CNN . A source said some of these classified documents were likely used to prepare Pence for meetings abroad while … Read more

McCarthy officially denies Schiff and Swalwell seats on House Intelligence Committee

CNN — House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday officially denied Democratic Representatives Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell seats on the House Intelligence Committee. “I appreciate the loyalty you have to your fellow Democrats, and I acknowledge your efforts to have two members of Congress reinstated on the House Standing Select Committee on Intelligence,” McCarthy wrote … Read more

Russian intelligence agents believed to have directed White supremacists to carry out bombing campaign in Spain, US officials say

CNN — US officials believe Russian intelligence agents ordered a group of Russian white supremacists to carry out a letter-bombing campaign that rocked Madrid late last year, targeting the prime minister, US embassies and Ukrainian as well as the Spanish Defense Ministry, according to current and former U.S. officials. Spanish authorities have yet to make … Read more

CIA director briefed Zelensky on US expectations for Russia’s battlefield planning

CNN — CIA Director Bill Burns briefed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv last week on US expectations for Russian battlefield planning in the spring, according to a US official and two Ukrainian sources familiar with the meeting . The secret meeting comes as US officials closely monitor a potential Russian offensive in the coming … Read more

US Coast Guard tracking suspected Russian spy ship off coast of Hawaii in international waters

CNN — The US Coast Guard said it was tracking a suspected Russian spy ship off Hawaii in international waters, as tensions between Washington and Moscow persist over Russia’s war in Ukraine. “For the past several weeks, the US Coast Guard has continued to monitor a Russian vessel, believed to be an intelligence collection vessel, … Read more