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Trove of new bin Laden documents suggest a tender family man fixated on attacking U.S.

Trove of new bin Laden documents suggest a tender family man fixated on attacking U.S.

Newly-declassified documents recovered during the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound paint a picture of a tender family man, but one also fixated on attacking the U.S..

Thursday, 21 May, 2015, 9:16am

Ex-CIA Milan chief convicted of terror suspect abduction detained in Panama

Robert Seldon Lady has been detained in Panama. Photo: Google maps

A former CIA base chief in Italy who was convicted in the 2003 abduction of an Egyptian terror suspect from a street in Milan has been detained in Panama, the Italian justice ministry said on Thursday.

19 Jul 2013 - 11:35am

US spy agency a law unto itself

US spy agency a law unto itself

In The Way of the Knife, Mark Mazzetti pulls back some of the veils from America's shadow wars in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and elsewhere.

23 Jun 2013 - 5:24pm

US security agencies swap data with thousands of companies

Illustration: Henry Wong

Thousands of technology, finance and manufacturing companies are working with US national security agencies, providing sensitive information and in return receiving benefits that include access to classified intelligence, said four people familiar with the process.

16 Jun 2013 - 6:51am

US cannot hide behind excuses

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying broke his silence and said that 'when the relevant mechanism is activated', the Hong Kong government would handle Snowden's case in accordance with the city's laws. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

When a burglary is reported, the immediate action to take is to assess the loss and damage and alert the police to investigate. With any luck, justice will then be served. So after American surveillance whistle-blower Edward Snowden revealed that Hong Kong computers had been hacked for years, the public rightly expects the government to take it up with the US.

16 Jun 2013 - 2:25am 5 comments

Iran hangs two over spying for Israel, US

Mohammad Heydari was convicted of "receiving payment to provide intelligence on various security issues and national secrets in repeated meetings with the Mossad", Israel's intelligence agency, a statement said.

20 May 2013 - 6:44am

US reporters' phone records seized 'to protect lives'

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney takes questions from members of the news media during a press conference in Washington. Photo: EPA

The US government claims it was only trying to protect American lives when it took the drastic step of seizing journalists' phone records in a probe of what it calls a major security breach.

16 May 2013 - 1:17am

Russia scorns 'clumsy' spying after alleged CIA agent's arrest in Moscow

Supected US agent Ryan Fogle in Russian custody. Photo: AFP

Russia yesterday accused the US of "crude and clumsy" spying on its territory after a suspected CIA agent was caught in Moscow seeking to recruit an agent while disguised in a blonde wig.

16 May 2013 - 2:39am

US may use drones on extremists to stop Syria becoming terror haven

A rebel sniper trains his rifle on a Syrian army position through a hole blasted in the wall of a building in Aleppo. Photo: AP

The CIA is secretly targeting Islamic extremists in Syria for possible lethal drone strikes as part of a contingency plan to protect the US and its allies in the event the turmoil there worsens, current and former US officials say.

17 Mar 2013 - 7:22am

Court rejects CIA secrecy over records of drone strikes

A US federal court ruled the CIA can no longer refuse to confirm or deny whether it has records related to drone strikes, in a blow to the government's secrecy over the bombing campaign.

17 Mar 2013 - 7:26am

John Brennan finally confirmed as head of CIA

John Brennan, mastermind of the US drone programme. Photo: AFP

The US Senate has finally confirmed John Brennan as CIA director after the White House doused a fierce debate over the potential use of domestic drones that could have delayed filling the crucial post.

9 Mar 2013 - 2:49am

Brennan defends drone strikes, even on Americans

CIA Director nominee John Brennan testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Thursday, during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Photo: AP

CIA Director-designate John Brennan strongly defended anti-terror attacks by unmanned drones on Thursday under close questioning at a protest-disrupted confirmation hearing. On a second controversial topic, he said that after reading a classified intelligence report on harsh interrogation techniques, he does not know if waterboarding has yielded useful information.

8 Feb 2013 - 4:52pm

Protest against US drone war disrupts Senate hearing

Protesters shouting their opposition to US drone attacks forced a halt to a US Senate hearing on Thursday on the nomination for the next CIA director, with police escorting demonstrators out of the hall.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

CIA stops studying impact of climate change on US security

The CIA has shuttered its unit dedicated to studying the impact of climate change on US national security, shifting its activities elsewhere, an official said.

22 Nov 2012 - 4:08am

David Petraeus is latest US military officer to engineer his own downfall

Illustration: Craig Stephens

The sex scandal that punctured the image of America's most admired general, David Petraeus, is just the latest in a litany of cases of misconduct plaguing the US top brass, and raises questions about a military that is venerated but isolated from civilian society.

18 Nov 2012 - 4:33am