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May 29, 2014

Snowden raised concerns in 2013 email, but no evidence he blew whistle: NSA

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An email exchange released on Thursday shows that Edward Snowden questioned the U.S. National Security Agency’s legal training programs, but provides no evidence the former contractor complained internally about vast NSA surveillance programs that he later leaked to the media.

The release of the April 2013 emails between Snowden and the NSA’s legal office is the latest round in a battle between Snowden, who casts himself as a crusading whistleblower, and U.S. security officials, who say he failed to report his concerns to superiors before acting.

May 19, 2014

Post-Snowden, the NSA’s future rests on Admiral Rogers’ shoulders

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As U.S. National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers seeks to repair the damage to the agency caused by leaks about its electronic spying programs, the abuses of government revealed in the wake of the Watergate scandal are very much on his mind.

As a teenager growing up in Chicago in the 1970s, Rogers recalls watching news broadcasts with his family and being horrified by how the CIA, FBI and NSA had illegally spied on hundreds of thousands of Americans.

May 12, 2014

New NSA chief vows more transparency for embattled agency

WASHINGTON, May 12 (Reuters) – The new head of the National
Security Agency vowed on Monday to lead the embattled spy agency
with greater transparency as it balances individual rights
against the rising risk of a destructive cyber attack against
the United States.

In his first interview since taking the helm of both the NSA
and U.S. Cyber Command in April, Admiral Mike Rogers said he
would be more candid with the public about much of the NSA’s
work after nearly a year of damaging revelations by former NSA
contractor Edward Snowden.

Apr 28, 2014

White House casts Russia sanctions strategy as battle of attrition

WASHINGTON, April 28 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
calls his sanctions policy against Russia “calibrated”, while
his Republican rivals dismiss it a “slap on the wrist” and
Russia condemns it as “illegitimate.”

As the White House embarks on what experts agree is a
cautious approach to penalizing Russia for its intervention in
Ukraine, the strategy behind the seemingly light penalties is
being cast by Obama administration officials as a slow battle of
attrition, chipping away at Russian President Vladimir Putin’s
credibility while keeping U.S. policy in lockstep with Europe.

Apr 25, 2014

As Iraq violence grows, U.S. sends more intelligence officers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is quietly expanding the number of intelligence officers in Iraq and holding urgent meetings in Washington and Baghdad to find ways to counter growing violence by Islamic militants, U.S. government sources said.

A high-level Pentagon team is now in Iraq to assess possible assistance for Iraqi forces in their fight against radical jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a group reconstituted from an earlier incarnation of al Qaeda, said two current government officials and one former U.S. official familiar with the matter.

Apr 17, 2014

U.S. special forces struggle with record suicides: admiral

TAMPA, Florida (Reuters) – Suicides among U.S. special operations forces, including elite Navy SEALs and Army Rangers, are at record levels, a U.S. military official said on Thursday, citing the effects of more than a decade of “hard combat.”

The number of special operations forces committing suicide has held at record highs for the past two years, said Admiral William McRaven, who leads the Special Operations Command.

Apr 15, 2014

Despite tough patch, U.S. intelligence chief says he is staying

TAMPA, Florida (Reuters) – Despite enduring “a perfect storm” of troubles for U.S. spy agencies over the last 18 months, the director of national intelligence announced on Tuesday that he plans to stay on the job through the end of President Barack Obama’s term.

Speaking to an industry conference in Tampa, James Clapper detailed a litany of challenges he said have hit the $45 billion-per-year U.S. intelligence-gathering effort, from U.S. budget turmoil and the Syrian war to leaks by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

Apr 15, 2014

U.S. agencies back DigitalGlobe bid to sell sharper images

TAMPA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. intelligence community has thrown its support behind a bid by commercial space imagery provider DigitalGlobe Inc (DGI.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) to sell higher resolution images from its satellites, the leading U.S. intelligence official said Tuesday.

DigitalGlobe has pressed the government for years to allow it to sell such imagery but U.S. government agencies worried that giving public access to them could undermine the intelligence advantage they have from even higher resolution satellite images.

Apr 14, 2014

After success on Iran, U.S. Treasury’s sanctions team faces new challenges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – This is what the modern American war room looks like: the clocks on the wall show the times in Kabul, Tehran and Bogota. The faces around the conference table are mostly young. There is talk of targets, and of middle-of-the-night calls to Europe.

But the meeting one recent morning convened deep within the Treasury Department, not the Pentagon. The weapons at hand were not drones or cruise missiles, but financial sanctions, aimed with similar precision at U.S. rivals’ economic interests.

Apr 14, 2014

More U.S. sanctions likely if Russian actions in Ukraine continue

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is prepared to step up sanctions against Moscow if pro-Russian military actions in eastern Ukraine continue, a senior U.S. envoy said on Sunday, but it is unclear whether new measures will win European support or slow the Russian-backed separatist revolt.

The next round of U.S. sanctions are expected to target Russian business sectors such as mining, banking and energy. But U.S. officials said it was uncertain that Europe would go along with penalties that would affect Russia’s economy and powerful energy sector.