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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.

Oct 17, 2013

Analysis: Awash in oil, U.S. reshapes Mideast role 40 years after OPEC embargo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Forty years after an Arab oil embargo throttled the U.S. economy, surging North American energy production has brought the United States closer to a long-dreamed “energy independence” that is reshaping its goals and role in the Middle East.

On October 17, 1973, OPEC announced an oil embargo against the United States and any other country that supported Israel in the Yom Kippur War. That use of oil as a diplomatic weapon has driven an American yearning for disengagement from the Middle East and its problems ever since.

Oct 17, 2013

Awash in oil, U.S. reshapes Mideast role 40 years after OPEC embargo

WASHINGTON, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Forty years after an Arab oil
embargo throttled the U.S. economy, surging North American
energy production has brought the United States closer to a
long-dreamed “energy independence” that is reshaping its goals
and role in the Middle East.

On Oct. 17, 1973, OPEC announced an oil embargo against the
United States and any other country that supported Israel in the
Yom Kippur War. That use of oil as a diplomatic weapon has
driven an American yearning for disengagement from the Middle
East and its problems ever since.

Oct 16, 2013

U.S. eavesdropping agency chief, top deputy expected to depart soon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The director of the U.S. National Security Agency and his deputy are expected to depart in the coming months, U.S. officials said on Wednesday, in a development that could give President Barack Obama a chance to reshape the eavesdropping agency.

Army General Keith Alexander’s eight-year tenure was rocked this year by revelations contained in documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden about the agency’s widespread scooping up of telephone, e-mail and social media data.