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CIA ‘warned’ of civilian casualties in Kabul drone strike, but it was too late

The US military on Friday acknowledged that the drone strike carried out in Kabul on August 29 was a “tragic mistake” and all 10 persons killed were civilians, including seven children, and not one of them had anything to do with the terrorist group Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K).
A neighbour of Ezmarai Ahmadi stands amid the debris of the house that was damaged in a US drone strike in the Kwaja Burga neighbourhood of Kabul on September 18, 2021. (AFP)
A neighbour of Ezmarai Ahmadi stands amid the debris of the house that was damaged in a US drone strike in the Kwaja Burga neighbourhood of Kabul on September 18, 2021. (AFP)
Published on Sep 19, 2021 08:20 AM IST
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Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Former US intelligence agents admit giving defense secrets to UAE

The US accused Marc Baier, Ryan Adams and Daniel Gericke of sharing critical US defense technology and secrets with government agencies in the UAE and at least one unnamed private company
Baier persuaded another company to sell him a cyberweapon known as zero-click malware, which allows hackers to remotely infiltrate individual devices without their owners’ engagement(AFP)
Baier persuaded another company to sell him a cyberweapon known as zero-click malware, which allows hackers to remotely infiltrate individual devices without their owners’ engagement(AFP)
Published on Sep 15, 2021 04:48 AM IST
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With pardons, Trump seeks to erase stain of Russia probe

The US leader never accepted the conclusions of US intelligence and special counsel Robert Mueller that Moscow intervened in the election four years ago to aid his upset victory, calling it a “hoax” and “fake news.”
For the US President, the pardons delivered a rebuke to those alleging his election victory was tainted by Russian help.(AP)
For the US President, the pardons delivered a rebuke to those alleging his election victory was tainted by Russian help.(AP)
Updated on Dec 25, 2020 05:59 AM IST
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Washington | By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Prashasti Singh

US officials warn close vote will fuel Russian disinformation

Officials are bracing for disinformation in the aftermath of the election regardless of the outcome, but the intensity of Kremlin influence operations -- both in the days and the years that follow -- will depend on how the election plays out.
Pedestrians walks past a vote sign on a security fence ahead of Election Day near the White House in Washington, DC, US on October 31, 2020.(Reuters Photo)
Pedestrians walks past a vote sign on a security fence ahead of Election Day near the White House in Washington, DC, US on October 31, 2020.(Reuters Photo)
Updated on Nov 01, 2020 03:37 AM IST
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By Bloomberg | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar

Multiple US intelligence alerts on Covid-19 went unheeded: Report

The first major action taken by the Trump administration to fight the outbreak came in late-January with a ban on travelers from China, except US citizens. But the administration did do much for all of February.
The first mention of the virus in the briefings came in early January.(Bloomberg)
The first mention of the virus in the briefings came in early January.(Bloomberg)
Updated on Apr 28, 2020 08:55 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Washington | By HT Correspondent

Russian FM warned on election meddling but invited by Donald Trump

US intelligence found that Russia, among other steps, manipulated social media to sway the 2016 election in Trump’s favor.
President Donald Trump warned Moscow against meddling in next year’s election(AP)
President Donald Trump warned Moscow against meddling in next year’s election(AP)
Updated on Dec 11, 2019 06:22 AM IST
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Washington | By Agence France-Presse

Former CIA official gets 20 years of imprisonment on charges of spying for China

The former official, Kevin Mallory, was convicted under the Espionage Act for selling classified US “defense information” to a Chinese intelligence agent for USD 25,000.
A former official of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was Friday sentenced to 20 years of imprisonment on charges of spying for China.(AP)
A former official of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was Friday sentenced to 20 years of imprisonment on charges of spying for China.(AP)
Updated on May 18, 2019 11:01 AM IST
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Washington | By Press Trust of India

US probe into Russia poll interference over, no new indictments

The report appeared to be a victory for Trump, chiefly on account of no new indictments. Not personally for him, because the Mueller probe was prohibited from indicting him, per justice department guidelines prohibiting indictment or criminal prosecution of sitting presidents.
The report appeared to be a victory for Trump, chiefly on account of no new indictments.(REUTERS)
The report appeared to be a victory for Trump, chiefly on account of no new indictments.(REUTERS)
Updated on Mar 23, 2019 12:43 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj

Saudi crown prince told aide he would ‘go after Khashoggi with a bullet’: Report

US intelligence understood that Mohammed bin Salman, the country’s 33-year-old de facto ruler, was ready to kill the journalist, although he may not have literally meant to shoot him, according to the newspaper.
After initially denying any knowledge of Khashoggi’s disappearance, the kingdom has acknowledged that a team killed him inside the diplomatic mission but described it as a rogue operation that did not involve the crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.(AP)
After initially denying any knowledge of Khashoggi’s disappearance, the kingdom has acknowledged that a team killed him inside the diplomatic mission but described it as a rogue operation that did not involve the crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.(AP)
Updated on Feb 08, 2019 11:49 AM IST
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Washington | By Press Trust of India

US top spy calls out Donald Trump on Russia meddling in US election

The head of US intelligence publicly questioned President Donald Trump’s attempted equivalency on the issue by siding with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “powerful” denials in Helsinki.
US First Lady Melania Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and US President Donald Trump, pose with a soccer ball after a press conference following their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland.(AP File Photo)
US First Lady Melania Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and US President Donald Trump, pose with a soccer ball after a press conference following their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland.(AP File Photo)
Updated on Jul 17, 2018 10:03 AM IST
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