News you may have missed #779
August 15, 2012 2 Comments
By IAN ALLEN | intelNews.org |
►►German spy chief says end is near for Assad regime. Gerhard Schindler, head of Germany’s BND intelligence agency, said the once 320,000-strong army loyal to Syria President Bashar al-Assad’s government, had lost about 50,000 troops since the uprising against his rule began 17 months ago. This number represents casualties, deserters and defectors to the opposition, he said, adding that “the erosion of the military is continuing” and “there are a lot of indications that the end game for the regime has begun”.
►►Twitter shuts down fake CIA account. The Twitter user @US_CIA employed the agency’s official seal and at first tweeted messages that seemed straightforward enough to have come out of CIA public affairs. Adding to the ruse, the spoof user had a good command of intelligence issues and jargon. Then the tweets grew increasingly wacky and it became clear that the folks behind it weren’t genuine g-men. After The Washington Post‘s Greg Miller asked around about the mysterious Twitter account, it seems the CIA contacted Twitter to have it shut down. CIA spokesman Preston Golson told The Post that “perhaps someday you’ll be able to read official Tweets from Langley, but until then, people can do the old-fashioned thing and check out our Web page”.
►►Canada spy agency suspends employees over security lapses. Two security breaches at the Canadian Security Intelligence Service prompted employee suspensions last year, newly released documents show. In the most serious case, a Canadian Security Intelligence Service employee was suspended for five days without pay following an incident involving information that “must be kept in the strictest of confidence and in full compliance with the need to know principle”. The breach prompted an investigation by the agency’s internal security division, resulting in an ‘injury assessment’ —an accounting of damage from a security lapse.