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Dec 10, 2013

Exclusive: Despite warnings, Pentagon kept ties to controversial helicopter firms

Washington (Reuters) – After almost four years of allegations that two related helicopter companies in Lithuania and Russia were doing substandard work and should be banned from new contracts, the Pentagon continued to give them business, according to interviews and documents seen by Reuters.

As recently as last month, an Army planning document shows, the service was weighing contracting helicopter overhauls from the firms, which have been the subject of multiple internal warnings and two Defense Department Inspector General reports.

Nov 27, 2013

U.S. nears decision to split leadership of NSA, Cyber Command: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House is nearing a decision on splitting up the eavesdropping National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command, which conducts cyber warfare, a proposed reform prompted in part by revelations of NSA’s widespread snooping, individuals briefed on the matter said on Wednesday.

As part of the emerging plan, the NSA likely would get a civilian director for the first time in its 61-year history, the individuals said.

Nov 13, 2013

Pentagon cancels plans to buy Russian helicopters

WASHINGTON, Nov 13 (Reuters) – The Pentagon no longer will
buy Russian helicopters for the Afghan Air Force from
Rosoboronexport, a state-owned arms exporter that also sells
weapons to the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad,
U.S. defense officials and a leading Senate opponent of such
deals said on Wednesday.

The switch in Pentagon policy appears to end, at least for
now, its plans to buy an additional 15 Russian Mi-17 helicopters
for $345 million, sources familiar with the matter said.

Nov 13, 2013

Pentagon cancels plans to buy Russian helicopters: senator

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon will no longer buy Russian helicopters for the Afghan Air Force from Rosoboronexport, a state-owned arms exporter that also sells weapons to the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a leading Senate opponent of such deals said on Wednesday.

The switch in Pentagon policy appears to end, at least for now, its plans to buy an additional 15 Russian Mi-17 helicopters for $345 million, sources familiar with the matter said.

Nov 8, 2013

Exclusive: Snowden persuaded other NSA workers to give up passwords – sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden used login credentials and passwords provided unwittingly by colleagues at a spy base in Hawaii to access some of the classified material he leaked to the media, sources said.

A handful of agency employees who gave their login details to Snowden were identified, questioned and removed from their assignments, said a source close to several U.S. government investigations into the damage caused by the leaks.

Oct 22, 2013

Saudi Arabia warns of shift away from U.S. over Syria, Iran

DOHA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Upset at President Barack Obama’s policies on Iran and Syria, members of Saudi Arabia’s ruling family are threatening a rift with the United States that could take the alliance between Washington and the kingdom to its lowest point in years.

Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief is vowing that the kingdom will make a “major shift” in relations with the United States to protest perceived American inaction over Syria’s civil war as well as recent U.S. overtures to Iran, a source close to Saudi policy said on Tuesday.

Oct 20, 2013

As ties warm, U.S. restarts security assistance to Pakistan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has quietly restarted security assistance to Pakistan, U.S. officials said on Sunday, after freezing much of that aid during a period of strained relations beginning with the 2011 Navy SEAL raid that killed al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

While the move to free up the aid has been underway for some months, it became public as President Barack Obama prepares for a White House meeting on Wednesday with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Oct 18, 2013

Exclusive: NSA delayed anti-leak software at base where Snowden worked -officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. National Security Agency failed to install the most up-to-date anti-leak software at a site in Hawaii before contractor Edward Snowden went to work there and downloaded tens of thousands of highly classified documents, current and former U.S. officials told Reuters.

Well before Snowden joined Booz Allen Hamilton last spring and was assigned to the NSA site as a systems administrator, other U.S. government facilities had begun to install software designed to spot attempts by unauthorized people to access or download data.

Oct 18, 2013

NSA delayed anti-leak software at base where Snowden worked -officials

WASHINGTON, Oct 18 (Reuters) – The U.S. National Security
Agency failed to install the most up-to-date anti-leak software
at a site in Hawaii before contractor Edward Snowden went to
work there and downloaded tens of thousands of highly classified
documents, current and former U.S. officials told Reuters.

Well before Snowden joined Booz Allen Hamilton last
spring and was assigned to the NSA site as a systems
administrator, other U.S. government facilities had begun to
install software designed to spot attempts by unauthorized
people to access or download data.

Oct 17, 2013

New NSA deputy expected to be leaks task force head: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Richard Ledgett, who heads a new task force at the National Security Agency to handle information leaks, is expected to take over as the deputy director of the spy agency after the current No. 2 retires in January, sources told Reuters.

Ledgett is the executive in charge of matters related to unauthorized media disclosures, a position that was created after the unauthorized leaks to media of top secret spy surveillance programs by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden this year.