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10th June 2017 – Quoted by Peter Baker, David E. Sanger - The New York Times

Trump-Comey Feud Eclipses a Warning on Russia: ‘They Will Be Back’

Eric S. Edelman

Lost in the showdown between President Trump and James B. Comey that played out this past week was a chilling threat to the United States. more...

28th December 2016 – Quoted by Saagar Enjeti - The Daily Caller

Belgian Terror Police Trust WhatsApp More Than Their Own Comms Network

Thomas Joscelyn

Belgian police reportedly rely on the free messaging service WhatsApp to communicate in times of crisis because Brussel’s telecommunications network is vulnerable. more...

18th July 2016 – Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

The US Just Issued a “Remarkable” Warning to Turkey Amid Its Post-Coup Crackdown

Jonathan Schanzer

Tension between the US and Turkey has escalated dramatically in the wake of Ankara's far-reaching crackdown on those suspected to have been involved in Friday's failed military coup. In addition to more than 2,000 members of the Turkish armed forces, Ankara has ordered that at least 50 high-level civil servants, 8,000 police officers, and 30 regional governors with alleged ties to the coup plotters be either arrested or fired, according to Reuters. more...

24th January 2016 – Quoted by Julian Hattem - The Hill

Mystery swirls around American spy who went missing in Iran

Reuel Marc Gerecht

It’s been nine years since Robert Levinson went missing in Iran, and nobody seems to know where he is — or even if he’s still alive. more...

31st December 2015 – Sinclair Broadcasting Group


Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford D. May comments on NSA tracking of Israeli leaders. more...

20th November 2015 – Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Ringleader of Paris Attacks Killed, but His Travels Worry Intel Experts

Thomas Joscelyn

European and U.S. intelligence officials expressed alarm that the supposed architect of the deadly Paris attacks last week was able to slip so easily back and forth between Syria and the heart of Western Europe, even as French officials confirmed Thursday that the Islamic State terrorist Abdelhamid Abaaoud had been killed in a raid in a Paris suburb. more...

18th August 2015 – Quoted by Joe Davidson - The Washington Post

Manipulation of Feds’ Personal Data is a Major Danger in OPM Cyber Heist

Pasi Eronen

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) data breach shows us how espionage is done in the digital world. more...

13th August 2015 – Associated Press

US Officials Say They Can Tell If Iran Is Cheating On Deal

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Despite a track record of misjudgments about weapons of mass destruction, U.S. intelligence officials say they are confident they can verify Iran's compliance with the recently completed nuclear deal. more...

4th August 2015 – Quoted by FCW

Is Hacking Back a Cyber-Theft Deterrent Option?

Juan Zarate

A new report from the Hudson Institute on economic espionage in cyberspace reflects a shifting conversation in Washington from passive to proactive cyber defense – to the point of suggesting that an “Economic Warfare Command” be set up at the Treasury Department for using offensive coercion against adversaries. more...

3rd August 2015 – Quoted by Walter Pincus - The Washington Post

The Limitations of Sanctions on Iran

Juan Zarate

The parts of the Iran nuclear agreement that would lift sanctions are among its most complicated and controversial elements, partly because there is disagreement about what effect the sanctions have had on Tehran’s nuclear program. more...

3rd August 2015 – Quoted by Grant Gross - CIO

Counterterrorism Expert Says It’s Time To Give Companies Offensive Cybercapabilities

Juan Zarate

The U.S. government should deputize private companies to strike back against cyberattackers as a way to discourage widespread threats against the nation’s businesses, a former government official says. more...

3rd March 2015 – Quoted by Emily Cadei - Ozy

Eyes and Ears in the Arab World

Reuel Marc Gerecht

In the campaign against the Islamic State group, Faisal Al Shoubaki might be the most important spy in the world. more...

18th February 2015 – Quoted by Ron Kampeas - JTA

As David Cohen Becomes CIA’s No. 2, Jews Appear to Have Smoother Sailing at Security Agencies

Mark Dubowitz

David Cohen’s path to second in command at the Central Intelligence Agency is, in many respects, a typical one in Washington. more...

13th February 2015 – Quoted by Nathan Guttman - The Jewish Daily Forward

David Cohen Becomes the CIA’s ‘Financial Batman’

Jonathan Schanzer

In a reflection of the increasing role the U.S. Department of the Treasury is playing in clandestine operations, America’s “sanctions guru” was sworn in on February 9 as the country’s second-in-command spymaster. more...

30th January 2015 – Quoted by Julia Ioffe - The New York Times Magazine

Spy vs. Nonspy in Putin’s Russia

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Earlier this week, F.B.I. agents in New York arrested a 39-year-old Russian man named Evgeny Buryakov, whom federal prosecutors accused of participating in a spy ring gathering economic intelligence on the United States. more...

14th January 2015 – Cited by Jeryl Bier - The Weekly Standard

Pentagon Labels YouTube/Twitter Hacking ‘Cyber Vandalism’

Thomas Joscelyn

The Pentagon called the hacking of the Central Command's (CENTCOM) YouTube and Twitter accounts Monday "cyber vandalism" in a letter to service members and their families to allay concerns about the incident. more...

23rd October 2014 – Quoted by Jeff Seldin - VOA News

Analysis: Concerns Rise About US Intel Capabilities on IS

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Concerns about the capabilities of U.S. intelligence agencies have been steadily rising, sparked in part by comments from President Barack Obama that they “underestimated” the rise of the group known as Islamic State. more...

22nd April 2014 – Cited by Joshua Gillin, PolitiFact

Rubio’s Claim that Snowden Scandal ‘Most Damaging’ U.S. Espionage Not Definitive

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio makes it clear where he stands on Edward Snowden's exposure of the National Security Agency's spying programs: The situation... more...

21st April 2014 – Quoted by Eric Schmitt, The New York Times

U.S. Drones and Yemeni Forces Kill Qaeda-Linked Fighters, Officials Say

Bill Roggio

American drones and Yemeni counterterrorism forces killed more than three dozen militants linked to Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen over the weekend in one of... more...

12th March 2014 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Rand Paul Seems Confused

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Unfortunately for Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), he chose to grab the spotlight on foreign policy amid several foreign policy crises that demonstrate the folly of his philosophy. more...


Jonathan Schanzer

Senior Vice President

Clifford D. May

Founder and President

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Senior Fellow

cia, iran, iraq


12th February 2014 - 5:45 PM

Jim Woolsey Debates Granting Clemency to Edward Snowden

Has Edward Snowden done the U.S. a great service? There is no doubt that his release of highly classified stolen documents has sparked an important public debate, even forcing what could be a major presidential overhaul of the NSA’s surveillance programs. But have his actions—which include the downloading of an estimated 1.7 million files—tipped off our enemies and endangered national security? Is Snowden a whistleblower, or is he a criminal?

15th October 2012 - 10:15 PM

Is Al-Qaeda Dead? An Experts Debate

In Collaboration with the New America Foundation

While some counterterrorism analysts and officials say that U.S. military efforts over the past 11 years have resulted in the defeat of al-Qaeda, others argue that the terrorist organization is more durable than that. The successes won by the CIA drone program in Pakistan’s tribal regions and the symbolic killing of Osama bin Laden might be tempered by the growing strength of al-Qaeda's affiliates in countries such as Yemen, Somalia, and Libya. On the other hand, many point out that al-Qaeda has failed to carry out a large-scale terrorist attack in the United States since 9/11.