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Who is Nand Mulchandani, the Indian-origin man named CIA’s first tech officer?
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Who is Nand Mulchandani, the Indian-origin man named CIA’s first tech officer?

A student of Delhi's Bluebells School, and the US' Cornell, Stanford, and Harvard universities, Mulchandani is the first-ever chief technology officer to be appointed at the CIA

Pride of Pakistan but a nuclear nightmare for the West, AQ Khan dies isolated and lonely
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Pride of Pakistan but a nuclear nightmare for the West, AQ Khan dies isolated and lonely

The Pakistani nuclear scientist died at the age at 85 lamenting why his destiny could never really be fulfilled or acknowledged by an ungrateful nation and its ‘spoilt brat’ military establishment

All the Taliban’s men: A who’s who of the Islamic Emirate’s new leadership
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All the Taliban’s men: A who’s who of the Islamic Emirate’s new leadership

Like the government of the first Islamist Emirate, which collapsed after 9/11, the cabinet is heavily dominated by leaders from southern Afghanistan

New China book provides valuable handbook for Indian negotiators, but with some missing context and nuance
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New China book provides valuable handbook for Indian negotiators, but with some missing context and nuance

The rise of China is a challenge India cannot win, unless it restructures its own administrative capabilities, and revolutionises its society

President-elect Joe Biden picks William Burns as CIA chief; career diplomat set stage for Iran nuclear deal
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President-elect Joe Biden picks William Burns as CIA chief; career diplomat set stage for Iran nuclear deal

Burns has deep experience in security and intelligence matters after spending over three decades in the US foreign service, including a stint as ambassador to Russia from 2005 to 2008

Special Frontier Force: Formed after 1962 war with China, secretive outfit was trained by IB, CIA and R&AW
India

Special Frontier Force: Formed after 1962 war with China, secretive outfit was trained by IB, CIA and R&AW

It is important to note that the SFF is not part of the Indian Army but rather falls under under the Directorate General of Security (DGS), a covert organisation operating under the Cabinet Secretariat.

CIA spied on countries including India, Pakistan through secretly-owned Swiss encryption firm for decades, says Washington Post report
India

CIA spied on countries including India, Pakistan through secretly-owned Swiss encryption firm for decades, says Washington Post report

The CIA read the encrypted messages of several countries, including India, for decades through its secretly-owned Switzerland-based company trusted by governments all over the world to keep the communications of their spies, soldiers and diplomats secret.

Decade after Barack Obama outlawed CIA's torture programme, an illustrated guide to just what the ordeal entailed
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Decade after Barack Obama outlawed CIA's torture programme, an illustrated guide to just what the ordeal entailed

CIA torture techniques: Published here for the first time, they are gritty and highly personal depictions that put flesh, bones and emotion on what until now had sometimes been portrayed in popular culture in sanitised or inaccurate ways: the so-called enhanced interrogations techniques used by the United States in secret overseas prisons during a feverish pursuit of al-Qaida after the 11 September, 2001, attacks.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman hosts CIA chief day after US charges three people for spying on Twitter users critical to royal family
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Saudi Arabia's King Salman hosts CIA chief day after US charges three people for spying on Twitter users critical to royal family

Saudi Arabia's King Salman hosted the Central Intelligence Agency's director Thursday, state media said, after three people were charged in the United States with spying on Twitter users critical of the royal family

Central Intelligence Agency makes its debut on Instagram, but should you follow them?
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Central Intelligence Agency makes its debut on Instagram, but should you follow them?

Many would wonder why an agency like the CIA needs to be on social media?

Donald Trump revokes ex-CIA chief John Brennan's security clearance; 8 others, including James Comey, risk being blacklisted
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Donald Trump revokes ex-CIA chief John Brennan's security clearance; 8 others, including James Comey, risk being blacklisted

US president Donald Trump on Wednesday revoked the security clearance of former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director John Brennan, and warned several other prominent critics they too risk being blacklisted.

Gina Haspel is the right person to lead CIA; she is totally committed to protect the agency say White House officials
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Gina Haspel is the right person to lead CIA; she is totally committed to protect the agency say White House officials

Gina Haspel is the right person to lead the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the White House said on Tuesday ahead of her potentially stormy confirmation hearing as the country's top spymaster.

Shakil Afridi, doctor who helped CIA track down Osama bin Laden, moved to undisclosed 'safe location'
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Shakil Afridi, doctor who helped CIA track down Osama bin Laden, moved to undisclosed 'safe location'

Shakil Afridi, a doctor who helped the CIA track down Osama bin Laden, has been moved out of a prison in Peshawar to an undisclosed 'safe location.'

Donald Trump formally notifies Congress of Gina Haspel's pick to replace Mike Pompeo as CIA director
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Donald Trump formally notifies Congress of Gina Haspel's pick to replace Mike Pompeo as CIA director

President Donald Trump formally notified Congress on Tuesday that deputy Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director Gina Haspel is his pick to lead the agency.

Iran says firing of Rex Tillerson shows United States 'determined' to quit nuclear deal
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Iran says firing of Rex Tillerson shows United States 'determined' to quit nuclear deal

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's sacking shows that Washington is set on quitting the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, Iran's deputy foreign minister said on Wednesday.

China as big a threat to US as Russia, says CIA, warns against Beijing's growing footprint in Western world
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China as big a threat to US as Russia, says CIA, warns against Beijing's growing footprint in Western world

Talking about China, Pompeo said: "The Chinese have a much bigger footprint upon which to execute that mission than the Russians do.

CIA expects Russia will interfere with US mid-term elections later this year, says agency director Mike Pompeo
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CIA expects Russia will interfere with US mid-term elections later this year, says agency director Mike Pompeo

Mike Pompeo, director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), said he expects Russia will target the US mid-term elections later this year, a media report said

Battle between US and China's intelligence agencies intensifies as ex-CIA agent nabbed of spying for Beijing
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Battle between US and China's intelligence agencies intensifies as ex-CIA agent nabbed of spying for Beijing

The third arrest in one year of ex-CIA agent of helping Chinese spies has bared tense battle between the two superpowers' intelligence agencies

German domestic intelligence agency publishes details of alleged covert Chinese social media profiles
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German domestic intelligence agency publishes details of alleged covert Chinese social media profiles

The BfV domestic intelligence service took the unusual step of naming individual profiles it says are fake and fake organisations to warn public officials.

US National Archives releases new batch of files relating to John F Kennedy's 1963 assassination
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US National Archives releases new batch of files relating to John F Kennedy's 1963 assassination

A new batch of files, mostly secret CIA records, related to the November 1963 assassination of US president John F Kennedy was released by the National Archives on Friday.