March 11, 2014
Michigan’s WILS 1320 AM’s evening news program, Capital City Recap, hosted a 10-minute interview with Joseph Fitsanakis, on the widening rift between the CIA and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. You can listen to the interview on YouTube here, or download it in .mp3 format here.
February 6, 2014
Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis has given an interview to the BBC about the bugged telephone conversation between Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and US ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt. The interview aired live on the BBC evening news on February 6, 2014.
January 28, 2014
IntelNews editor Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis has been named Director of the King Institute for Security and Intelligence Studies (KISIS) at King University. A non-partisan organization dedicated to the scholarly study and advancement of security and intelligence issues, KISIS serves as a forum for research and analysis, regularly conducting research in areas of counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and security themes as they apply to local, regional, and national communities.
December 20, 2013
Over 2,000 Twitter users are now following IntelNews’ tweets on the popular social networking platform. Twitter was the first social networking medium we turned to, in 2009. Since then, we have tweeted nearly 2,000 times on every conceivable aspect of intelligence and security.
November 3, 2013
IntelNews editor Joseph Fitsanakis is quoted today in the Greek newspaper O Επενδυτής (The Investor) on the subject of a comment made last month by Greece’s former Defense Minister, Theodoros Pangalos. Pangalos, who was a senior member of the Greek cabinet in the 1980s, said in a radio interview that the Greek intelligence services had managed to wiretap the personal telephone of the American Ambassador to Athens.
October 27, 2013
Intelligence historian and researcher Matthew Aid, author of books such as Intel Wars and The Secret Sentry, has hosted an intelNews article on his personal website. The article, entitled “Mysterious website seeks intelligence on Hezbollah operatives”, concerns stop910.com, a website allegedly launched by Israeli intelligence, whose self-described mission is to end “Hezbollah-perpetrated terrorism in Lebanon and abroad”.
September 16, 2013
IntelNews‘ Facebook page has amassed 1,000 followers and its posts are seen by nearly 2,000 people a day. IntelNews launched its Facebook site in December 2011 in an attempt to amplify its voice and strengthen the critical mass of its audience, in terms of both quality and numbers. Thanks to everyone who has supported us online.
August 22, 2013
You can click here to listen to a 45-minute talk on the case of Edward Snowden and the history of government-sponsored wiretapping in the United States, featuring intelNews editor Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis. The discussion was aired on Your Weekly Constitutional, a weekly radio program syndicated on National Public Radio stations across the United States, produced in association with the James Madison Foundation. The program is hosted by Professor Stewart Harris of the Appalachian School of Law in Virginia.
July 29, 2013
A preview of Joseph Fitsanakis’ interview about the historical context of wiretapping by government agencies in the United States has been aired on National Public Radio’s Your Daily Constitutional. The preview is available in audio format or on YouTube. The complete 30-minute interview will be aired on Your Weekly Constitutional in August. Stay tuned for an announcement about that.
June 29, 2013
IntelNews editor Joseph Fitsanakis is quoted in an comprehensive article, published today in The San Antonio Express-News, about the National Security Agency’s operations in Latin America, with particular focus on Ecuador, the country that has offered political asylum to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The article, written by the Express-News‘ Washington correspondent, Steward Powell, is available online here.
June 18, 2013
Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis spoke to the Voice of Russia about the revelations made by American intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden. The interview aired live on the American Edition of the Voice of Russia radio on June 18, 2013. It is available on YouTube, here.
June 7, 2013
IntelNews editor Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis has given an interview to WCYB channel 5 on the National Security Agency’s project PRISM, which requires cellular telephone service provider Verizon to turn over to the NSA the phone records of millions of its customers. The news report is available to watch here.
May 31, 2013
Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis has co-authored with Katelyn Hodges, Managing Editor of the Security and Intelligence Studies Journal, an academic article titled “A Sense of Trust: Restoring Public Faith in European Intelligence Agencies in an Age of Austerity”. The article was published (.pdf) in the inaugural issue of the Journal of Mediterranean and Balkan Intelligence.
April 17, 2013
IntelNews editor Joseph Fitsanakis has given an interview to National Public Radio-syndicated station WETS FM about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and the nature of contemporary unconventional security threats. The 27-minute interview is available on YouTube, here.
March 13, 2013
An intelNews report on a possible military coup attempt in North Korea was referenced in an article by Gazeta.pl, the online portal of leading Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza. The article, in Polish, is available here.
February 28, 2013
IntelNews editor Joseph Fitsanakis has given an interview to British newspaper The Independent about the current state of the espionage war between China and Taiwan. His comments were published by The Independent‘s Asia-Pacific region correspondent Tim Daiss in two parts, part one and part two.
February 15, 2013
SBS Australia radio interviewed IntelNews editor Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis on the mysterious case of Israel’s ‘Prisoner X’, former Mossad operative Ben Zygier. You can access the interview on YouTube, here, or on the SBS World News website, here.
January 11, 2013
IntelNews editor Joseph Fitsanakis has been quoted in an article about the history of American espionage, published in The Phoenix Patriot, a specialist magazine published by the University of Phoenix. The article, authored by Keely Grasser, appears in the Winter 2013 issue of the magazine, which is available here.
December 17, 2012
Foreign Policy‘s Situation Report has started linking on a routine basis to a variety of articles available on the intelNews website. The links are available on the Situation Report’s “Noting” section at the bottom of each page.
November 26, 2012
An article in the London-based Guardian newspaper has linked to an IntelNews report about Syed Asif Ibrahim, the first-ever Muslim to lead India’s Intelligence Bureau. The article, written by Jason Burke, south Asia correspondent for The Guardian and its sister publication, The Observer, is available here.
November 1, 2012
IntelNews editor Joseph Fitsanakis gave an interview to BBC Radio about the significance of foreign policy for the American electorate, as people from all walks of life decide who to vote for in the upcoming 2012 Presidential election. The interview, given to BBC Radio correspondent David Miller, was recorded in Virginia on October 28, 2012, and was aired on the BBC Radio Scotland’s morning program on November 1, 2012. It is available to listen to on YouTube, by clicking here.
October 30, 2012
IntelNews has placed second on a list of the Top 100 National Security Resources, compiled by the staff of Master of Homeland Security. The list, which features Internet resources about national security issues, including cybercrime, military spending and small-arms possession, among other subjects, is available here.
October 20, 2012
IntelNews editor Joseph Fitsanakis is quoted in the cover article in the October issue of Homeland Security Today. The article, entitled “When Drones Go Rogue” (pp40-43), by Timothy W. Coleman and Brittany Minder, examines the potential for proliferation of drone technology among non-state actors, including criminal gangs and drug cartels.
October 11, 2012
An October 8, 2012, intelNews post titled “Belgium suspends senior diplomat on suspicion of spying for Russia”, has been referenced in an article on the same subject by NATO Source, the news blog of the Atlantic Council, a think tank and public policy group headquartered in Washington, DC. The article, authored Jorge Benitez, senior fellow at the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, is available here.
October 5, 2012
An article on Salon.com about the current state of the British Secret Intelligence Service (also known as MI6), features comments on the subject by IntelNews editor Joseph Fitsanakis. The article, written by former CNN and BBC correspondent Barry Neild, is available online here.
September 22, 2012
According to our administrative page, this week intelNews surpassed 2,000 posts. Since its inception, in November of 2008, intelNews has managed to post on average around 1.4 posts a day. We have also generated over 7,000 WordPress tags and invited in excess of 2,000 comments by readers, which amounts to one guest comment per article. Thanks to everyone –our readers, contributors, and advertisers– who has helped us reach this important milestone. Here’s to the next 2,000 posts!
August 8, 2012
IntelNews editor Joseph Fitsanakis has given a live television interview to RT’s main news program on the subject of the court settlement, agreed earlier this week, between the United States Department of Justice and private security company Academi –formerly known as Blackwater. Some of his interview comments are hosted in an RT news report on the subject, here.
July 7, 2012
The intelNews account on Twitter has now accumulated 1,000 followers! Twitter was the first social networking medium we turned to, in 2009, in an attempt to amplify our voice and strengthen the critical mass of our audience, in terms of both quality and numbers. Since then, we have tweeted nearly 1,500 times on every conceivable aspect of intelligence and security. More recently, we launched websites on YouTube and Facebook. You can view/join those by clicking here. We appreciate everyone who supports our social networking outreach. IntelNews is a labor of love, so your dedication to our reporting is our only reward. Thank you.
July 5, 2012
Joseph Fitsanakis was interviewed this week on Religion for Life about the rise of homegrown, far-right terrorism in the United States, which is inspired by distorted, racialist versions of protestant Christianity. The 25-minute interview, which is available on YouTube, discusses traditional outlets of far-right terrorism in the US, such as the Ku Klux Klan, along with more contemporary outfits, such as the Hutaree militia and other paramilitary groups with links to Christian Identity or the so-called “Christian patriot movement”.
June 7, 2012
IntelNews Senior Editor Joseph Fitsanakis is quoted today in an article in Russian newspaper Kommersant. The article, which is co-authored by Kommersant’s US correspondent, Kirill S. Belyaninov, discusses the possibility that the US and Russia may opt to exchange some of each other’s imprisoned spies in the near future. The swap may include Viktor Bout, the Russian arms merchant that inspired the movie Lord of War, who is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence in New York.
May 11, 2012
It’s official: IntelNews has joined the WordAds program, which is offered by WordPress.com, the company that hosts intelNews‘ interface. WordPress began offering WordAds in late October 2011, in cooperation with Federated Media. But the company is quite selective as to which of its blogs are allowed to participate in WordAds. In January of this year, we received a formal invitation from WordPress, telling us that WordPress content editors “had had [their] eye” on intelNews and thought we would be a good fit for the new program. We applied on January 13, and our application went through a period of stringent evaluation, which examined our “level of traffic and engagement, type of content, and language used”. Our approval means that you will now see limited advertising blurbs or images at the bottom of blog posts; this will help us cover some of the costs associated with running this site. We thought carefully before joining WordAds, and we paid particular attention to retaining intelNews‘ simple and uncluttered design. So far the ads hosted seem to be in good taste and relatively unobtrusive. If this changes, we’ll drop the program.
April 13, 2012
On the week of the anniversary of the Holocaust, intelNews Senior Editor Dr Joseph Fitsanakis has given a video interview to The Bristol Herald Courier on the subject of what we need to remember from that political and moral tragedy. The Holocaust was technically the intensification of the Nazi human extermination program, which was first implemented in the 1930s against people with disabilities, homosexuals, and political minorities. It later culminated by encompassing ethnic Jews in Germany and Nazi-occupied Europe. In the 15-minute interview, the Holocaust is examined as a collective failure of the conscience of the world, not just of the Nazis, but of all those nations and peoples that collaborated with them or refused to help the victims of Nazi extermination. Moreover, the Holocaust is discussed within the context of state terrorism, of which the Nazi administration of Adolf Hitler was a prime example. The interview is available on YouTube and on The Bristol Herald Courier website, here.
March 31, 2012
Joseph Fitsanakis has authored a chapter called “Digital Sparta”, in a new book entitled Cyber Conflict: Competing National Perspectives. The book, edited by Professor Daniel Ventre, of the French National Center for Scientific Research (CRNS) in Paris, is a compilation by researchers and experts in the fields of cybersecurity, cyberdefense, and information warfare. It aims to analyze the processes of information warfare and cyber warfare through historical, operational and strategic perspectives within an international framework, but with studies dedicated to different countries. The goal is to demonstrate how specific geopolitical experiences lead to the formation of varied national perspectives on cyberwarfare and cyberdefense. The book can be purchased through Amazon, or through its publisher, Wiley ISTE.
March 1, 2012
IntelNews is cited in the book Deception: Spies, Lies and How Russia Dupes the West, by Edward Lucas, senior editor at The Economist magazine, who has been covering eastern Europe since 1986, with postings in Berlin, Moscow, Prague, Vienna, and the Baltic states. A recent review of the book appeared in The Moscow Times, here.
February 18, 2012
One of Ireland’s best-known newsmagazines, The Journal, has published an interview with intelNews Senior Editor Joseph Fitsanakis, on the role of assassinations in contemporary international relations. The article, entitled “Secret Agents and Magnetic Bombs: The How and Why of Modern Assassinations“, by The Journal‘s Susan Ryan, is available here.
February 18, 2012
Ian Allen’s 2009 intelNews article on the writings of CIA case officer Edward Lee Howard, who defected to the Soviet Union in 1985, has been cited by American satirical magazine Cracked, in an article entitled “The 6 Most Hilariously Inept Spies of All Time“.
February 8, 2012
IntelNews Senior Editor Joseph Fitsanakis has published a new research paper, co-authored with Micah-Sage Bolden, entitled “Social Networking as a Paradigm Shift in Tactical Intelligence Collection”. The paper argues that Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and a host of other social networking platforms are increasingly viewed by intelligence agencies as invaluable channels of information acquisition, and that recent case studies point to social networking as the new cutting edge in open-source tactical intelligence collection. The paper, published in MCIS’ Intelligence Studies Yearbook (pages 28-40), is available as a .pdf here.
January 27, 2012
A 2009 intelNews analysis piece about the diamonds-for-arms scandal in Liberia is cited in an article on former Liberian warlord Charles Taylor, which appears in today’s issue El País, Spain’s widest-selling newspaper.
January 19, 2012
Joseph Fitsanakis is quoted in an article by the Canadian Press news agency about the arrest of Jeffrey Paul Delisle, a Royal Canadian Navy Sub-Lieutenant charged with spying for an unnamed foreign country, said to be Russia.
January 13, 2012
Dr Joseph Fitsanakis was interviewed on Friday by reporter Suzanne Hill, for ABC Radio National’s flagship evening news program ‘PM‘. In the interview, which was about the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan, Fitsanakis pointed the finger at the Mossad, and explained why he didn’t believe the United States had anything to do with the killing. You can listen to the interview below, or by clicking here. The transcript of the interview is avaialable here.
January 11, 2012
The intelNews article titled “Israeli Mossad training Iranian exiles in Kurdistan” was picked up by Tikun Olam, maintained by veteran commentator Richard Silverstein, the Homeland Security Newswire, and TruthOut, among other outlets.
December 18, 2011
Joseph Fitsanakis has given a radio interview to Brian Johns, host of Building Power, on WEHC 90.7. The interview, which touches on Joseph’s academic work, as well as his concerns about American national security, was aired on December 18, 2011. You can listen to it here, or on YouTube, in two parts: Part 1 and Part 2.
December 13, 2011
Joseph Fitsanakis gave an interview on RT television about the Xe Services (formerly known as Blackwater), the private security group that recently rebranded itself to ‘Academi’. You can watch the interview below, or by clicking here.
December 12, 2011
IntelNews is cited in the book Cyber Warfare: Mapping the Cyber Underworld (2nd edition), by Jeffrey Carr, a specialist in the investigation of network attacks against governments, corporations, and critical infrastructure by state and non-state actors. The book has been endorsed by the DefCon conference.
October 2-9, 2011
All this week, intelNews was featured on the Freshly Pressed section of the WordPress.com homepage. Blogs featured on Freshly Pressed are handpicked by WordPress editors to represent the very best of the WordPress universe. According to WordPress.com’s Joy Victory, inclusion in Freshly Pressed is WordPress’ “way of saying we like you. We really like you”. She also writes that “getting promoted to Freshly Pressed is a major traffic win because WordPress.com receives a high volume of page views”; she’s not kidding. Our blog traffic went literally through the roof.
September 30, 2011
Joseph Fitsanakis is quoted in an article on Chinese intelligence activities abroad, in the Chinese language newspaper The World Journal (世界日報電子報). The article can be found in Chinese here.
September 19, 2011
Joseph Fitsanakis is quoted in an extensive article on Chinese worldwide espionage by Alex Newman. The article, titled “China’s Growing Spy Threat”, is published in the latest issue of The Diplomat magazine, one of the foremost journals of the international diplomatic community.
August 1, 2011
From the moment of its creation, in 2008, intelNews has focused more on quality than on numbers. We are primarily interested in excellence of content, rather than astronomical visitor numbers. We have thus concentrated on reaching a specialized readership of intelligence and security professionals, as well as lay-readers with a sophisticated, multi-leveled interest in issues around intelligence and espionage. It has always been our conviction that, if quality is achieved, the numbers will inevitably follow. To prove the point, we are happy to announce that, on June 24, 2011, we marked 3,000,000 visitor hits since our inception, in November of 2008. We are grateful to everyone who has included this site to his or her daily Internet surfing routine, everyone who has consciously spread the word about our effort, as well as to those ‘established’ sites that have honored us by providing links to this blog. Most of the success of intelNews has been through word-of-mouth, rather than through any consistent promotional effort or advertising on our part. This, we believe, is the best guarantor of our continued success in the future.
July 22, 2011
Joseph Fitsanakis’ article on Israel’s use of Facebook to stop European pro-Palestine activists from reaching the Occupied Territories, was reposted on Wired magazine’s Beyond the Beyond blog, edited by Bruce Sterling, author of The Hacker Crackdown, among other classic books.
June 26, 2011
The intelNews article “Arab revolutions causing ‘blind spots’ for US intelligence“, by Joseph Fitsanakis, has been re-posted on TracStat and on the website of the Centrul Cultural Oriental, which is based in Bucharest, Romania.
June 8, 2011
Ian Allen’s article on Osama bin Laden’s hideout, entitled “Porn Stash’ May be CIA PsyOp“, has been linked in an analysis on the subject by policy analyst Fouad Pervez, published in Foreign Policy in Focus.
May 8, 2011
Joseph Fitsanakis has been interviewed by Marie Szaniszlo, staff writer for The Boston Herald, and author of an article on the aftermath of the assassination of al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden. The article, entitled “Terror data key to fight, experts say”, is available here.blog.
March 18, 2011
Russian newsmagazine переводчика has published a Russian-language translation of Joseph Fitsanakis’ intelNews article entitled “Russia may swap convicted spy for ‘merchant of death’ held in US”. The article concerns the rumored exchange between Washington and Moscow of Russian weapons dealer Viktor Bout, who is being held in a US prison, and Andrei Klychev, who was arrested last year in Russia for spying on behalf of the United States.
February 16, 2011
An article on AllGov.com by Noel Brinkerhoff, on an intelligence standoff between Argentina and the United States, includes a link to an intelNews article on the subject by Joseph Fitsanakis.
January 1, 2011
IntelNews celebrates two years of official operation! Although its history goes way back to 1988, we began the beta version of this particular phase of the project on November 16, 2008. We went officially online on January 1, 2009.
December 31, 2010
Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis has given an interview to Australian National Radio‘s Julian Morrow on the most notable espionage news of 2010. You can listen to the interview here or download it on mp3 here, or on YouTube, here.
November 16, 2010
IntelNews celebrates two years of operation! Although its history goes way back to 1988, we began the beta version of this particular phase of the project on November 16, 2008. We went officially online on January 1, 2009.
October 12, 2010
The intelNews Twitter page has amassed 250 followers, and is growing daily. Followers include investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill and George Washington University’s National Security Archive, among others.
September 1, 2010
IntelNews has joined Before It’s News, by invitation from its editors. The BIN website provides hosting and distribution services to hundreds of news sources across a range of devices. The intelNews BIN news stream can be found here.
July 16, 2010
A report in French weekly newsmagazine L’Express, on the re-defection of nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri from the United States to Iran, has linked to an intelNews article by Joseph Fitsanakis on the CIA’s covert sabotage project against Iran’s nuclear weapons program.
May 14, 2010
Ian Allen’s article on India’s blacklisting of China’s telephone hardware manufacturer Huawei Technologies, over espionage fears, has been republished in the May issue of the SA Intelligencer.
March 31, 2010
An article in British newspaper The Guardian, on Wikileaks‘ allegations of US government surveillance, quotes intelNews’ Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis. The article, written by Joseph Huff-Hannon, is available online here.
March 15, 2010
Today’s post, titled News you may have missed #309, marks 1,000 posts on this blog since November 16, 2008, when it became operational. This number corresponds to over two posts per day, and over three posts per weekday.
February 11, 2010
Joseph Fitsanakis’ article on the latest legal developments in the case of former Guantanámo detainee Binyam Mohamed, has been republished in the February issue of the SA Intelligencer.
January 6, 2010
Politico‘s foreign policy reporter, Laura Rozen, who has also written for Foreign Policy, The Nation, The American Prospect and Mother Jones magazines, has added intelNews to her list of favorite blogs, on her Politico website.
December 13, 2009
In a column on the sudden death in Vienna, Austria, of Saad Kheir, former director of Jordan’s General Intelligence Department, The Washington Post‘s David Ignatius has linked to Joseph Fitsanakis’ article on the same subject.
November 16, 2009
IntelNews celebrates one year online. Read the brief note by Ian Allen on the one-year anniversary of our effort.
September 24, 2009
Ian Allen’s article about the ongoing dismantlement in Lebanon of what is probably Israel’s largest spy ring in the Arab world, published on intelNews on September 23, has made Wired.com‘s list of Hottest Web Links.
August 24, 2009
Today intelNews marks its 500th post. We officially began our effort on January 1, 2009, which means we have posted on average around three posts per weekday.
July 1, 2009
Today intelNews marks six months of operation.During this period we have seen our visitor count grow to nearly 1000 hits per weekday. We appreciate the continuous support we receive from intelligence experts and lay readers alike.
June 30, 2009
We have succumbed to popular pressure. As of today, you can follow intelNews on . Incidentally, you can also share or bookmark intelNews articles, you can subscribe to read intelNews in one of the popular readers out there, you can get intelNews articles on your email, and you can even place our headlines on your website. So there.
May 21, 2009
Investigative journalist Joseph Huff-Hanon has quoted Joseph Fitsanakis in an in-depth report, published in AlterNet, about the ongoing wiretap scandal in Colombia, that has brought about a major purge in the country’s domestic intelligence agency, the DAS.
April 22, 2009
Information technology website Computer Weekly has linked Ian Allen’s report on alleged espionage against Greenpece by French Energy Giant Électricité de France (ÉDF), in a news story about the affair.
March 30, 2009
An intelNews report by Ian Allen, about suspected assassination operations by Russian intelligence agents in Turkey, has been referenced by Adrian Blomfield, foreign correspondent of British newspaper The Daily Telegraph, in an article about the recent assassination of former Chechen rebel commander Sulim Yamadayev in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
February 12, 2009
An intelNews article by Joseph Fitsanakis, on the practice of extraordinary rendition under new CIA Director Leon Panetta, has been linked to by The Huffington Post, in a story about Mr. Panetta’s Senate confirmation.
February 12, 2009
An intelNews article by Ian Allen was referenced by Agencia EFE, the Spanish News Agency, and Spanish daily newspaper El Mundo, in a story about increasing espionage activity at the European Union headquarters in Brussels.
February 8, 2009
Ian Allen’s article on the US Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), has been republished (.pdf) on the documents library section of the Industrial Committee on Biometrics website of the US National Defense Industrial Association.
January 24, 2009
IntelNews is selected by WordPress as the 64th fastest-growing blog in the WordPress universe. We appreciate this opportunity to raise awareness in the blogosphere of all things intelligence.
January 1, 2009
IntelNews goes officially on the air. A mission statement is published, outlining the project’s aim of “filtering through the melodrama and sensationalism of the daily news to bring to the surface intelligence-related developments that rarely make news headlines”.
November 16, 2008
Intelligence experts Joseph Fitsanakis and Ian Allen unofficially launch intelNews as an online news and commentary blog specializing on intelligence and espionage-related news and developments from around the world. The website is located under its own domain (www.intelNews.org) using the WordPress interface.