News you may have missed #848

US consulate in Benghazi, LibyaBy IAN ALLEN | |
►►UK officials saw ‘communist spies’ in Japan in 1983. British officials believed in the early 1980s that Japanese institutions had been “slightly” penetrated by communist intelligence services, according to documents declassified last week at the National Archives in London. The documents, from 1983, assert that there were approximately 220 communist intelligence officers working in Japan: 100 for the Soviet Union, 60 for China and 60 for other communist countries.
►►‘Dozens of CIA operatives on the ground’ during Benghazi attack. CNN claims that “dozens of people working for the CIA” were on the ground the night of the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. The news station adds that, according to one source, the CIA is involved in “an unprecedented attempt to keep [its] Benghazi secrets from ever leaking out”.
►►Australians call for national debate on privatization of intelligence. Dr Troy Whitford, Associate Investigator with the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security, and lecturer at Charles Sturt University, has called for “a national debate on the extent, cost and consequences of Australia’s security and intelligence outsourcing”. The call was apparently prompted by news that 51% of the intelligence gathering in the US is now carried out by non-government contractors.

One Response to News you may have missed #848

  1. TFH says:

    Re: Benghazi story. The reason for U.S. involvement in the middle east is oil, I think most on all sides agree to that. So best thing U.S. government could do to withdraw from that quagmire is to subsidize local energy sources, be it hydro, fish oil or even nuclear power (though the last one has a hefty price when it comes to safety and security). I know this has been said many times before by many others but the main reason it is not happening is because the U.S. oil cartels are very influencial, so the rest of the U.S. corporate and political landscape needs to make it worth the oil cartels while, by e.g. granting them rights to alternative fuels in exchange for getting off the oil.
    U.S. has one big advantage it is not pursuing and that is near space exploration, it risks loosing it’s advantage there to China, Russia and/or E.U. because too much of its resources is tied down in the middle east, that might in the longer run cost U.S. the placement of being earths no. 1 superpower.

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