DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 30, 2010
The CIA and Mossad are presumed to maintain an undercover command center inside Iran for conducting major subversive operations against Tehran's nuclear program and military infrastructure. Iranian intelligence is fighting fire with fire. All three are caught up in the endless maze of double agents.
DEBKAfile Special Report December 29, 2010
As the Iranian-Israeli clandestine war heated up, Iran's Defense Minister Gen. Ahmad Vahidi bluntly accused Israel Wednesday, Dec. 28, of "the suspected death" of "Iranian prisoner Ali-Reza Asgari." He said: "If the credibility of this report is proved, the dossier on Israel's kidnappings, assassinations and murders will become thicker." debkafile's military sources: The Iranian charge was serious enough to raise fears that a large-scale act of terror may be on the way. Israel has blacked out news relating to Asgari.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 16, 2010
The espionage devices found on Mount Sannine, northeast of Beirut and Barouk Mountain in the Chouf east of the capital, and dismantled by the Lebanese army Wednesday, Dec. 15 after receiving a tipoff from Hizballah, were there to detect and keep track of ground-to-ground missiles installed and operating in central and western Syria and all of Lebanon, debkafile's intelligence sources report. The photos released show no sign of the winter conditions prevailing in the region.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 1, 2010
Riyadh has signaled its intention for the secret Saudi-Israeli meetings on Iran taking place for more than a year to continue after the changing of the guard at the Mossad, debkafile's intelligence sources reveal. This message Tamir Pardo found on his desk when he took over from Meir Dagan this week as head of Israel's external spy agency. It means that, regardless of WikiLeaks disclosures, the Saudis stand by their conviction that Iran's nuclear program must be destroyed.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 25, 2010
Lebanese Director of Intelligence Col. Wissam al Hassan has been a Hizballah mole has since 2004, keeping his masters a few steps ahead of American and Arab Middle East activities. The Lebanese tribunal found himself also in charge of Rafiq Hariri's security at the time of his murder in 2005.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 19, 2010
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev were persuaded by the betrayal of 10 Russian sleeper agents in America and the capture of the Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout that the time had come to reform Russia's spy agencies.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 30, 2010
Gen. Yuri Ivanov, 52, deputy head of GRU, the Russian military's overseas intelligence arm of Russian military, was found dead in mysterious circumstances described in a terse official Russian eulogy as a tragic swimming accident "several days ago." No further details were provided such as where he died. Although he apparently drowned off the shore of Syrian Latakia, his body was recovered from Turkish waters ten days after he went missing.
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly July 17, 2010
The riddle of Iranian nuclear physicist Shahram Amiri, who disappeared in June 2009 while on a pilgrimage to Mecca, was never solved - even when he turned up in Washington and flew home to Tehran on July 14. The glimpses into his story DEBKA-Net-Weekly provided Friday in its latest issue fit a Cold War espionage scenario much more closely than this week's US-Russian spy swap in Vienna, because it brought the undercover war between the American CIA and the Iranian MOIS to a new climax.
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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 16, 2010
The CIA is busy sorting out how much data was real, how much planted in Shahram Amiri's six-year career as a US double agent - and how far US and allied policy-makers were misled about Iran's nuclear program.
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly June 17, 2010
DEBKAfile Special Report June 6, 2010
Turkish PM Recep Erdogan is spoiling for more trouble with Israel, irrespective of the peaceful outcome of the Rachel Corrie incident. debkafile's sources disclose his funding of the IHH terrorist group's purchase of 8-10 large vessels for more Gaza flotillas. He has secretly replaced professional intelligence and security chiefs with Islamist cronies. Rising demand for the international probe against Israel to also focus on the Turkish government's ties with a terrorist group.
DEBKAfile Special Report February 24, 2010
debkafile's intelligence and counter-terror sources rate Rigi's capture one of Iranian intelligence's biggest coups and a stinging setback for Western undercover operations against the Islamic regime in
DEBKAfile Special Report January 27, 2010
"Two German diplomats using fictitious names were arrested" last month during clashes at the Ashura festival, an unnamed Iranian deputy intelligence minister said Wednesday, Jan. 27.
During the day, Israeli president Shimon Peres told the Reichstag he was sure
DEBKAfile Special Report January 6, 2010
DEBKAfile Special Report January 5, 2010
The year 2010 will see a new Israeli military operation in
DEBKAfile Special Report December 29, 2009
US president Barack Obama, in his second speech in 24 hours, said: "Data was not shared and a systemic failure occurred. I consider that totally unacceptable."
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 22, 2009
Saturday, Nov. 14, Iran's state Press TV ran verbatim debkafile's exclusive disclosure on Nov. 12 of an extraordinary secret summit of the intelligence chiefs of four nations in Amman earlier this month to discuss the crisis over Iran's nuclear program and the possible outbreak of a regional war.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 4, 2008
By extending the Mossad director, Meir Dagan's tenure for another year until the end of 2009, Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert has put in place a vital constituent for a possible eleventh-hour unilateral strike at Iran's nuclear facilities.
In his six years on the job, the 61-year old external intelligence has proved his covert mettle in a variety of counter-terror operations, graduating most recently to a highly successful intelligence coup leading up to the demolition of Syria's North Korean plutonium reactor in al Kebir last September.
Appointed by former prime minister Ariel Sharon in 2002, Dagan's first four years as the Mossad's tenth chief were dedicated to counterterrorism rather than tracking Iran's nuclear activities or monitoring Iran's burgeoning strategic ties with Syria and Hizballah.
From mid-2006, the former general shifted the agency's priorities to include these targets, while the Mossad continued to show its fearsome counter-terror paces in Damascus, Beirut and other Arab capitals.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 6, 2006
The abrupt resignation (ouster?) of Porter Goss as director of the Central Intelligence Agency lays bare the rocky state of America's most prestigious secret service amid critical missions on three fronts, Iraq, Afghanistan and the war on al Qaeda. US forces are not getting to grips with either of the two segments of the Iraqi guerrilla insurgency: the mostly secular Baathists and the extremist Islamist Iraqi groups and al Qaeda. The continuous upsurge of violence in Iraq means the CIA has failed by and large to penetrate the most dangerous insurgent groups.
While the Taliban-al Qaeda rebellion rages in Afghanistan, Abu Musab al Zarqawi's Iraq wing - far from being crushed - has in the last six months opened up new terror fronts in Sinai, Egypt, Palestinian territories and Algeria.
Porter Goss started out by trying to steer the secret agency in the right direction for overcoming these grave shortcomings. His attempts to reform and shake up key personnel were quickly challenged by the upper and professional echelons, which meted out the treatment traditionally reserved for "outsiders."