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February 25, 2017
Joseph Fitsanakis has given an interview to the Swiss newspaper Aargauer Zeitung about the assassination in Malaysia of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un.

February 20, 2017
The intelNews article “Leaked EU intelligence report says Islamists were not behind Turkey coup” is referenced by French television network France24.

February 17, 2017
IntelNews senior editor Joseph Fitsanakis has given an interview to NBC’s WMBF News about Benjamin McDowell, a resident of South Carolina who was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, allegedly for planning a “big scale attack in the spirit of Dylan Roof”.

February 13, 2017
The intelNews article “MI5 releases documents on Dutch double spy Mata Hari” is referenced in an essay on the life and legacy of Mata Hari in the German newspaper Die Welt.

January 24, 2017
The intelNews article “How are Ukrainian weapons ending up in the hands of ISIS?” is cited in a report on the security situation in Ukraine by Real Clear Defense.


December 29, 2016
Joseph Fitsanakis is quoted in an article in Newsweek magazine about the American response to allegations of Russian hacking during the 2016 US Presidential elections, which includes the expulsion of 35 Russian intelligence officers from US soil.

December 11, 2016
Joseph Fitsanakis spoke to ABC Radio National about alleged attempts by Russia to influence the outcome of the 2016 US Presidential elections, and the apparently growing rift between Donald Trump and the CIA.

November 3, 2016
Following concerns by the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence that the Russian government intended to interfere with the US election process, WPDE ABC Channel 15 television spoke with Chris Witmire, Director of Public Information and Training for the SC State Election Commission, and Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis, Assistant Professor in the Intelligence and National Security Studies program at Coastal Carolina University. The report is available here.

October 4, 2016
Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis has delivered a presentation titled “Technological Challenges for Intelligence Collection” as part of the Technology and Security Panel at the International Conference on Science and Technology, hosted by the Strategic Research Center in Ankara, Turkey.

September 9, 2016
Spanish newspaper El Político quotes intelNews editor Joseph Fitsanakis in an article about the likelihood of another large-scale terrorist attack on the United States, 15 years after 9/11.

August 10, 2016
Ian Allen’s article entitled “Did Russian intelligence warn Turkish government of impending coup?” has been referenced in a report on the subject by the American news network Bloomberg.

July 14, 2016
The intelNews article entitled “Russian foreign intelligence headquarters has doubled in size since 2007” has formed the basis of a television news segment on Poland’s TVN24 cable news channel. The same article has been included in the July Intelligence News Report of the Federation of American Scientists.

July 13, 2016
The nationally syndicated radio show Prologue, which is aired by National Public Radio in the United States, has referenced intelNews‘ 2012 article on former CIA case officer Martha Peterson.

July 9, 2016
C-SPAN television has aired a talk by Joseph Fitsanakis entitled “Espionage After 9/11”, presented at the New York Military Affairs Symposium’s Annual Conference in Manhattan, which was entitled “Espionage: From Cold War to Asymmetric Conflict“. Dr. Fitsanakis’ co-presenters at the conference were The New York Times’ Pulitzer Prize-winning national-security correspondent Mark Mazzetti, and Professor Mark Kramer, Director of Cold War Studies at Harvard University.

June 17, 2016
Ian Allen’s article, “Former CIA, NSA directors, retired generals, launch gun control group”, is featured today in the The Cipher Brief‘s Spotlight: The Best Global Security Reporting.

June 16, 2016
Joseph Fitsanakis’ article entitled “Is ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Dead, and Does It Matter?” has been published in In Homeland Security, the online news and analysis platform of the American Military University.

June 6, 2016
IntelNews is now listed as recommended reading in the General Interest resources section of the Surveillance Studies Network. The SSN is a British-based international effort that brings together academics with an interest in studying modern surveillance.

May 30, 2016
Joseph Fitsanakis has given an interview to Chile’s Publimetro newspaper about the current state of the Islamic State and the international coalition’s push to retake Falluja, Mosul, and other Islamic State strongholds.

May 8, 2016
The deepening alliance between the Taliban and the Haqqani Network in Afghanistan is the subject of a radio interview given by Joseph Fitsanakis to Sputnik News’ London bureau.

May 1, 2016
Joseph Fitsanakis has presented his latest research at the New York Military Affairs Symposium’s Annual Conference in Manhattan, which was entitled “Espionage: From Cold War to Asymmetric Conflict“. His two co-presenters at the conference were The New York Times‘  Pulitzer Prize-winning national security correspondent Mark Mazzetti, and Professor Mark Kramer, Director of Cold War Studies at Harvard University.

April 11, 2016
Joseph Fitsanakis has given an interview to Ed Berliner of The Hard Line TV news program about the arrest of Lt. Cmdr. Edward Lin, a US Navy flight officer who has been charged with espionage by the US government.

April 4, 2016
The intelNews analysis on the security implications of the Panama Papers, is featured on the latest issue of the Security Policy Press Review of the German Federal Agency for Civic Education.

March 18, 2016
The intelNews article entitled “Israeli Mossad training Iranian exiles in Kurdistan” has been cited in The American Interest, the publication founded by Francis Fukuyama, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Eliot Cohen and Josef Joffe.

February 6, 2016
Ian Allen has given an interview to Spanish daily La Razón about the latest developments concerning WikiLeaks and Julian Assange.

February 20, 2016
Joseph Fitsanakis is quoted in a FranceTV article concerning accusations against the former President of Poland, Lech Walesa, that he was an informant for the Polish secret services during the country’s communist period.

February 4, 2016
Joseph Fitsanakis has given a radio interview about the rise and current status of the Islamic State to WRNN FM’s morning program.


December 30, 2015
Ian Allen’s article “ISIS members attempting to target Russians in Thailand, FSB warns” has been cited on television news network Al Jazeera.

December 22, 2015
IntelNews Senior Editor Joseph Fitsanakis is quoted in an analysis about the Islamic State in Romanian newspaper The Nation (Ziarul Naţiunea).

December 1, 2015
Ian Allen’s article “Moldova arrests paramilitaries who planned pro-Russian uprising”, has been reprinted in the International Business Times.

November 21, 2015
A 2009 analysis by intelNews on the Jonathan Jay Pollard spy case has been cited by Betsy Woodruff in the Daily Beast, in an article entitled “Why is the GOP so silent over Pollard?”.

November 19, 2015
Dr Joseph Fitsanakis has participated on a expert panel discussion of the November 13 Paris attacks. The panel presentation was hosted by the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Coastal Carolina University and can be watched online, here.

November 18, 2015
Joseph Fitsanakis has given an interview on WLGI-FM’s Insights program, about the November 13 Paris attacks. The interview is available here.

November 6, 2015
IntelNews Senior Editor Joseph Fitsanakis has given a television interview to CBC’s nightly news show The National, about the the bombing of Metrojet Flight 9268, operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia, which crashed in northern Sinai on October 31, 2015, killing 224 passengers and crew members.

October 11, 2015
IntelNews Senior Editor Dr Joseph Fitsanakis has published two chapters on North Korean intelligence in the collected volume East Asian Intelligence and Organised Crime, edited by Dr Stephan Blancke. Dr Fitsanakis’ chapters are entitled “Criminal Sovereignty and Organized Crime in North Korea”, and “North Korean Intelligence and the Making of a National-Security State”. The volume was published by Verlag in Berlin, Germany.

September 28, 2015
The intelNews report on the September 26, 2015, spy-swap between Russia and Estonia is featured on the September 29 edition of Indonesian-language daily Tempo.

September 9, 2015
An intelNews article entitled “Secret program gave CIA ‘unfiltered access’ to German communications” is featured on Ed Ledford’s Daily Intelligence column at

August 12, 2015
Joseph Fitsanakis gave an interview to the BBC’s Spanish-language service about JANET, the secret US Air Force airline that transports US government personnel to the Nevada National Security Site, including Area 51.

July 11, 2015
The intelNews article entitled “KGB spy shares details of his escape to Britain in 1985” has been highlighted as “suggested reading” by Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet.

June 25, 2015
IntelNews editor Ian Allen has given an interview (see print version here) to Spanish newspaper La Razón about the WikiLeaks revelation that United States National Security Agency targeted the communications of three French presidents.

June 5, 2015
IntelNews senior editor Joseph Fitsanakis has given a live television interview to the ABC’s main news program The World, about the massive breach of US government employees’ data by hackers, which was revealed on June 4. The interview is available on YouTube, here.

June 2, 2015
IntelNews editor Ian Allen has given an interview to the Russian-language edition of Luxembourg-based newspaper Metro News, about the expiration of the National Security Agency’s communications-surveillance regime. The interview can be read in Russian here.

May 26, 2015
Joseph Fitsanakis has given an interview to the Italian-language edition of Luxembourg-based newspaper Metro News, about the recent capture of Ramadi and Palmyra by the Islamic State. The interview can be read in Italian here.

April 20, 2015
This month intelNewsTwitter page reached 3,001 followers. Thanks, Twittersphere. Our Facebook page is nearing 1,500 followers. And did we mention our YouTube channel? We are at 10,000 views and growing.

March 13, 2015
IntelNews salutes the many specialized online publications that link to it, including, the Cryptosphere, Sources & Methods, the Center for Oriental Startegic Monintoring, and Christos Military and Intelligence Corner.

February 19, 2015
Wprost, Poland’s leading newsmagazine, carries intelNewsarticle about the death of Colonel Eser Şahan, former head of the Turkish Navy’s intelligence wing, who was found dead in Romania, where he had been living in exile since 2004.

February 13, 2015
ACI Information Group, the world’s leading aggregator of editorially selected and curated social media publications, has included intelNews in its Scholarly Blog Indexed and classified its entries through the US Library of Congress.

January 16, 2015
The intelNews article on Markus R., the German double spy who conducted espionage for the CIA, is featured on the latest issue of the Security Policy Press Review of the German Federal Agency for Civic Education.

January 8, 2015
Several intelNews articles on the history of covert-action operations targeting the Iranian nuclear program have been linked in the Italian newspaper Effedieffe, edited by Maurizio Blondet, and the leading Chilean news portal Verdad Ahora.


December 9, 2014
A report on ABC channel 19 WKPT TV on the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s summary-report on detention and interrogation techniques features an interview with intelNews senior editor Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis. The brief report is available on WKPT TV’s website and on YouTube.

December 6, 2014
The intelNews article titled “After China, Russia may ban some Apple products, fearing espionage” has been linked in Polly Mosendz’s report on the same subject in Newsweek magazine.

December 4, 2014
IntelNews takes particular pleasure in being of assistance to the work of academic authors and other specialists contributing to scholarly research. Here are just a few of the The Future of Intelligencebooks published this year, which refer to the work of Ian Allen and Joseph Fitsanakis: ►►A chapter by Sarah Holewinski (US Mission to the United Nations) entitled “Just Trust Us: The Need to Know More About the Civilian Impact of US Drone Strikes”, published in Peter L. Bergen and Daniel Rothenberg (eds.) Drone Wars: Transforming Conflict, Law and Policy (Cambridge University Press, 2014). ►►A chapter by Bob de Graaff (University of Utrecht, Netherlands Defense Academy) on “A Systemic Way of Looking at the Future of Intelligence”, in the book by Isabelle Duyvesteyn, Ben de Jong and Joop van Reijn (eds.) The Future of intelligence: Challenges in the 21st Century (Routledge, 2014). ►►In the book Obama, US Foreign Policy and the Dilemmas of Intervention (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), by David Fitzgerald and David Ryan (University College Cork, Ireland). ►►In the book by Gavin O’Toole (Queen Mary, University of London) Politics Latin America (Routledge, 2014). ►►In Karen Dawisha’s (University of Miami) Putin’s Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia? (Simon and Schuster, 2014). If you are an academic and our work is of use to you, let us know!

November 16, 2014
A report by WCYB channel 5 News on ‘the big picture’ in Russian foreign policy features an interview with intelNews senior editor Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis. You can watch the interview on WCYB’s website, here or on YouTube, here.

November 1, 2014
Joseph Fitsanakis’ article “La doctrine américaine de cybersécurité: une évaluation basée sur les révélations d’Edward Snowden” (“The Cyber-Security Doctrine of the United States: An Assessment Based on Edward Snowden’s Disclosures”) has been published in the latest issue of the Paris-based journal Diplomatie. Read it in French here.

October 19, 2014
The intelNews story titled “Hitler was regular crystal meth user, intelligence files show” is listed in the Intelligence History section of the Weekly Intel Update of the Washington-based Spy Museum.

October 17, 2014
The intelNews article “Germany ends spy treaty with US, UK, in response to Snowden leaks” has been referenced in an article on cyberespionage and international law, published by Dr. Kevin Newmeyer on the website of the National Cybersecurity Institute at Excelsior College.

September 30, 2014
IntelNews is featured as a resource link on the website of the Surveillance Studies Network, an academic consortium that, among other things, publishes the journal Surveillance and Society and acts as a clearing house for social science and policy research and consultancy about surveillance.

August 13, 2014
IntelNewsTwitter page has surpassed 2,500 followers. Recent followers include Blogs of War, Fred Burton (Vice-President of Intelligence at StratFor), the US Department of the Interior, and the Canadian joint delegation to NATO.

July 17, 2014
Joseph Fitsanakis has given a television interview to WCYB channel 5 on the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine. The news report is available to watch on WCYB’s website, here, or on YouTube, here.

July 15, 2014
You can click here (Podomatic) or here (YouTube) to listen to a 45-minute talk on the different concepts of cyberespionage in America and China, as well as on the evolution of espionage in the modern era. It features intelNews editor Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis and Professor Stewart Harris of the Appalachian School of Law in Virgina, who is the host of 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 interview was first aired on July 15, 2014.

June 24, 2014
An intelNews article from June 4 entitled “Location of UK’s ‘above top-secret’ Middle East spy base revealed” has been republished on the blog of the Institute for Intelligence Studies at Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA.

June 10, 2014
IntelNews editor Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis has had a working paper entitled “Should State-Sponsored Cyber Operations Target the Private Sector? American and Chinese Assessments”, published by the Chaire de Cyberdéfense et Cybersécurité, of the École Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr (Special Forces Academy of the French Republic), in Paris, France. The paper can be accessed in .pdf format on the website of the École Spéciale Militaire, here.

May 23, 2014
An April 2014 intelNews article entitled “Pilot program gives Syrian rebels advanced Western weaponry“, about the transfer of advanced US-made weapons to Syrian rebels, has been linked in the May 23-25, 2014, weekend edition of CounterPunch magazine. The reference was made in the article “US Aids Syrian Rebels“, written by Renee Parsons.

May 5, 2014
A 2012 article by intelNews on the disappearance of Iran’s former Deputy Defense Minister Brigadier General Ali-Reza Asgari, has been cited by Reza HaghighatNejad in the Daily Beast, in an article entitled “Is Iran’s Missing General, Ali Reza Asgari, Living in the United States?“.

May 4, 2014
An intelNews article by Ian Allen on the life and times of legendary Israeli spy Jacob Cohen has made it to the Spy Museum‘s Weekly Intel Update, located here.

April 18, 2014
Joseph Fitsanakis’ article about Prince Bandar bin Sultan, entitled “Saudi Arabia replaces spy chief who failed to delver on Syria”, has been posted on the website of Ethiopia’s National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS).

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 BBC television 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 IntelNewstweets 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, a website allegedly launched by Israeli intelligence, whose self-described mission is to end “Hezbollah-perpetrated terrorism in Lebanon and abroad”.

September 16, 2013
IntelNewsFacebook 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 (Podomatic) or here (YouTube) 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 linked in an article by, 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 walBBC Radioks 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 linked 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 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
2000 postsAccording 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 9, 2012
Ian Allen’s article entitled “Israel, not US, behind killings of Iranian scientists, claims new book” is featured on the website of the International Crisis Monitoring Unit of New York College’s Center for Geopolitical Analyses.

July 5, 2012
Religion for LifeJoseph 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, 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 Dr Joseph Fitsanakis on the lessons of the HolocaustNazi 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.

November 19, 2011
IntelNews is cited in the book China and the World: Global Crisis of Capitalism, by Ben Mah, author of several books on American, Chinese, and global economics.

October 2-9, 2011
All this week, intelNews was featured on the Freshly Pressed section of the homepage. Blogs featured on Freshly Pressed are handpicked by WordPress editors to represent the very best of the WordPress universe.  According to’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 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.

September 7, 2011
Joseph Fitsanakis is quoted in a Bloombrerg article on the impact of 9/11 on India, written by Chandrahas Choudhury. The article is available on Bloomberg’s website here.

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 w3 million viewsell 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.

April 19, 2011
Today we uploaded the 500th post in our News You May Have Missed series. We started the series almost two years ago, on June 15, 2009, with this post.

March 25, 2011
Ian Allen’s article entitled “CIA behind ‘illegal’ anti-drug operation in Costa Rica” has been translated into Spanish and published in Inside Costa Rica.

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 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.

August 23, 2010
Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis has given an interview to Inter Press Service’s Lebanon correspondent Mona Alami for an article on the ongoing arrests of Israeli intelligence assets in Lebanon.

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 20, 2009
Joseph Fitsanakis’ article on the tense US-Pakistani intelligence relationship has made the “Best Web OpEds” list of, for Sunday, December 20, 2009.

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.

December 12, 2009
Ian Allen’s article entitled “Canadian police spying on anti-Olympics groups sparks debate” has been translated into German and included in the online document library of the Austrian Federal Police.

November 16, 2009
IntelNews celebrates one year online. Read the brief note by Ian Allen on the one-year anniversary of our effort.

November 05, 2009
Kaswar Klasra has cited intelNews in leading Pakistani newspaper The Nation, in an article entitled “Journalists as spies in FATA?”.

September 28, 2009
Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis’ work for intelNews and his academic teaching are featured in an article by Laura J. Mondul, published today in The Bristol Herald Courier.

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‘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 Twitter. 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.

April 04, 2009
Ian Allen’s article “Does Norway engage in international espionage?”, has been cited in the Eurasian Secret Services Daily Review, of Axis Information and Analisys (AIA).

March 30, 2009
An intelNews report by Ian Allen, about suspected assassination operations by Russian intelligence agents in Turkey, has been linked to 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.

March 11, 2009
Ian Allen’s article about allegations of CIA covert activities in Bolivia, published on intelNews on March 11, has made‘s list of Hottest Web Links.

March 10, 2009
Joseph Fitsanakis is quoted in an article by Wave magazine on international espionage in Brussels, Belgium, targeting the headquarters of the European Union.

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 11, 2009
An intelNews article by Ian Allen was referenced by French newspaper Libération 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 24, 2009
Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis’ opinion piece “Is CIA Director Nominee a Hypocrite?” makes it to #39 of the WordPress Top Posts list for January 24, 2009.

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 ( using the WordPress interface.


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