Q. Who are you?
The intelNews project is a collaborative effort by two experts, Dr Joseph Fitsanakis and Ian Allen. They both specialize in the field of intelligence. You can find out more about them here.
Q. Why are you doing this project?
Our aim is to highlight and discuss, in a timely, responsible and reflective manner, the role of intelligence operations in national and international affairs. In doing so, we aim to encourage public discussion on a critical aspect of security and to provide the world’s media with informed and responsible commentary on related topics. For more information, please read our brief mission statement.
Q. How long has intelNews been online?
IntelNews is the most recent incarnation of a project that began in 1988, during the BBS days of the early Internet (see here for more on our history). We began the beta version of this particular phase of the project on November 16, 2008. We went officially online on January 1, 2009.
Q. What are your politics?
It is not an easy task to summarize or categorize our politics. As intelligence experts, we want to live in a safe and secure world. At the same time, we object to using this broad goal as a pretext to shield the intelligence community from democratic accountability and administrative transparency. In short, we like the idea of security; we don’t like the idea of a security state. We believe that intelligence institutions, like other areas of government and the state, should operate democratically and be subject to strict popular oversight. Thus we are often critical of some of the unorthodox methods and policy myopia that inform the uses and misuses of espionage and intelligence.
Q. Don’t you think it’s wrong to publish intelligence information?
The publication policy of intelNews relies on OSINT (Open Source Intelligence) standards and is strictly limited to information that is publicly available through declassification or, in some cases, genuine whistleblowing.
Q. Is the use of intelNews totally free? How are you compensated for what you do?
The intelNews project does not operate with the aim of monetary profit. We are compensated by seeing our visitor numbers grow week after week, month after month. We also enjoy building a stable, faithful readership mass comprising of both scholars and non-experts alike. We are always grateful when visitors contact us with words of appreciation, or even complaints about something we wrote, or an intelligence-related news story we posted or failed to detect. The satisfaction that derives from service and communication is far more important than monetary compensation. Nevertheless, if you would like to support this project financially, please contact us. We will be grateful for any assistance you can provide.
Q. Who funds intelNews?
The expenses involved in running this site come from readers’ donations and from our own pockets.
Q. Are you spies?
Q. Is this project part of an intelligence operation organized by some spy agency?
Absolutely not. IntelNews is not affiliated with any intelligence or security agency of any country.
Q. I am a webmaster. Can I repost your news headlines or original content on my site?
If you find our original columns interesting and well-researched, we encourage you to consider reprinting our articles on an occasional or regular basis. However, note that all original content found on intelNews.org is the property of the website and its authors. You may share intelNews content on on your website or blog, but you must prominently refer to intelNews.org and the author(s) as sources by linking to the original intelNews article at the beginning, not the end, of your post. If you seek original content by intelNews editors for your website or blog, please contact us.
Q. I represent a media outlet. Could I contact you for an interview, consultation about a story, etc?
Yes. You may email us by clicking here, or you may call us in the US on ++1 (423) 742-1627.
Q. I am looking for a public speaker specializing in intelligence. Are you available?
Yes, we often give public speeches for a variety of audiences, some of which are available on our YouTube page. Please see here for more information.
Q. I am a freelance columnist. May I write for you?
Feel free to send us your intelligence-related articles, but be warned that the chances of us publishing them are slim, unless they are professionally written and represent major contributions to the field of intelligence. Click here to email us.
Q. Would you help me find an intelligence-related news report that caught my eye sometime ago, but which I am now unable to trace?
We are always willing to help. Send us an email with as much information as you can gather about the news report in question and we will get back with you with our findings.
Q. What is your comments-posting policy?
You can post just about anything in here, so long as you (a) stick to the same identity; (b) don’t resort to racism and bigotry; (c) don’t spam; (d) refrain from posting in all-caps; (e) write legibly and in English; and (f) focus on the issues and refrain from ad hominem attacks against the site’s editors or other commentators. There will be absolutely no tolerance for anyone who does not follow these rules, and any messages that are found to be in violation of these rules will be immediately and permanently deleted. For more information on our comments-posting policy, contact intelNews.