News you may have missed #840

John KiriakouBy IAN ALLEN | intelNews.org |
►►S. Korea prosecutors might seek ex-spy chief’s arrest. Prosecutors said Monday they will decide sometime this week whether to seek an arrest warrant against Won Sei-hoon, who headed South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) for about four years until early this year. He is suspected of ordering agents to post a slew of politically sensitive comments on the Internet in order to sway public opinion in favor of the ruling party candidate prior to the December 19 national election. Won, who headed the NIS under former President Lee Myung-bak, has been barred from leaving the country pending investigation.
►►CIA self-described whistleblower writes about life in prison. In 2012, former CIA officer John Kiriakou pleaded guilty to violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act. In January of this year, he was sentenced to 30 months in a low security prison in Loretto, Pennsylvania. In a letter released by his lawyer, Kiriakou describes his day-to-day life behind bars, from his own tiny cell to an almost anthropological study of the lunchroom and the relatively rare prison fights.
►►Comment: End the spy budget secrecy in Israel. Since the establishment of the Israeli state, the security establishment has enjoyed confidentiality with regard to the details of its budget, justified by the need to keep secrets from enemy intelligence services. This lack of transparency has impaired public scrutiny of security expenditure, which represents a large chunk of the Israeli economy. When the watchful eye is distant, the temptation is great to inflate job slots, exaggerate salary increments and hike up pension conditions.

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3 Responses to News you may have missed #840

  1. Pete says:

    Re “CIA self-described”

    Isn’t it funny how the type of legislation that locks up employees never applies to politicians (like Panetta) who blow secrets that boost the President’s political standing? See http://au.businessinsider.com/panetta-leaked-secret-information-seals-2013-6

  2. Kidd says:

    so true Pete. when the administration wants to toot its horn for the sake of political gain, information flows freely. amateur

  3. mopsie says:

    It seems like what the s.korean did would be standard operating procedure in the US.
    The transparency president will lock up any traitor who dares leak the truth to the public.
    Does anyone know what the spy budget is in the US?
    Is the US really a cartoon country?

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