CIA

'US intel agencies misjudged Arab Spring, impact on al Qaeda'

US intelligence agencies badly misjudged al-Qaeda's ability to take advantage of political turmoil in the Middle East and regain strength across the region after Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan, according to a new book by a former top CIA official.

Obama gave CIA 'secret waiver' for Pak drone strikes: Report

President Barack Obama tightened rules for the US' drone programme but secretly approved a waiver giving CIA more flexibility in Pakistan than anywhere else to strike suspected militants, a media report has said.

Ex-CIA chief will be sentenced for leaking military secrets

Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose career was destroyed by an extramarital affair with his biographer, was set to be sentenced today in federal court in Charlotte for giving her classified material while she was working on the book.

CIA chief holds Egypt talks

US Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan held talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during an unannounced visit to Cairo, the president`s office said.

CIA chief says criticism of Iran deal `disingenuous`

CIA director John Brennan gave a staunch defense of the framework nuclear deal with Iran on Tuesday, calling some criticism of the accord "disingenuous" while expressing surprise at Tehran`s concessions.

Pak court orders FIR registration against two CIA ex-officials

A Pakistani court on Tuesday dismissed a plea by the police and ordered them to register a FIR against two former CIA officials, including the ex-station chief, for their alleged role in a surgical drone strike that killed the family members of an anti-drone activist in 2009.

Pakistan court orders murder case against CIA ex-officials

A Pakistani court ordered police on Tuesday to register a criminal case against two former CIA officials for the offences of murder, conspiracy, waging war against Pakistan and terrorism.

CIA Director says Islamic State represents ''ideology of violence, '' not Islam

CIA Director John O. Brennan has cautioned against categorizing the Islamic State (IS) fighters as followers of Muslim faith by saying that they represent an "ideology of violence" and not religion.

South Korea vows to prevent `The Interview` DVD balloon launch

South Korea vowed Friday to to take steps preventing activists from sending copies of Hollywood film "The Interview" into North Korea next week, citing a "limit" to freedom of expression.

US drone strike in Pakistan kills senior TTP commander

At least three Taliban militants including a senior commander have been killed in a US drone strike in northwest Pakistan's border region with Afghanistan.

Lawyer for Pakistan doctor who helped CIA find bin Laden shot dead

A Pakistani lawyer under death threats for defending a doctor who helped CIA agents hunt al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was shot dead on Tuesday, police said, and two militant groups claimed responsibility.

Afghanistan gave CIA money to al Qaeda for diplomat's ransom: Report

About $1 million provided by the CIA to a secret Afghan government fund ended up in the hands of al Qaeda in 2010 when it was used to pay a ransom for an Afghan diplomat, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

Islamic State will not be rolled back overnight: CIA chief

Describing the dreaded Islamic State as well-armed and well-financed, America's CIA has said that the terrorist outfit will not be rolled back overnight and it will be a long-term struggle.

Obama says doesn't text, tweet, or have a smart phone that records
Obama says doesn't text, tweet, or have a smart phone that records

President Barack Obama doesn't send text messages, rarely composes his own tweets, and isn`t allowed to have a smart phone that contains a recording device, he said on Thursday.

CIA gave cops secret technology to spy on cell phones

Empowered by a technology developed by the CIA, the US Justice Department uses secret airborne devices that mimic cellphone towers to track American citizens while hunting criminal suspects, a media report has said.

CIA worked to break Apple encryption: Report

The Central Intelligence Agency has been working for years to break encryption on Apple devices, to spy on communications of iPhone and iPad users, a report said.

South Korea activists plan to send `The Interview` to North Korea

South Korean activists vowed Tuesday to sneak copies of Hollywood satire "The Interview" across the border by propaganda balloon later this month, in defiance of North Korea`s repeated threats.

CIA to undertake sweeping reforms to meet new age challenges

In order to meet 21st-century challenges like those posed by non-state actors, US' top intelligence agency CIA is set to undertake major reforms and structural changes, including setting up an exclusive university for training spies.

CIA begins reorganisation, increases cyber focus: John Brennan

The Central Intelligence Agency is starting one of the most sweeping reorganisations in its history, aimed in part at sharpening its focus on cyber operations and incorporating digital innovations into intelligence gathering, CIA director John Brennan said.

Russian ex-policeman jailed for treason over CIA spy plot

A Moscow court has jailed an ex-policeman for 15 years for high treason after he was caught placing documents under a fake rock, allegedly for the CIA, in the latest such case in Russia.