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Do sub-national governments spy on each other?

It's well-known that even "friendly" or "allied" countries regularly spy on each other. Considering this, I started to wonder whether sub-national entities spy on each other too. ...
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Pentagon: "The intelligence that we provide to Ukraine is legal, is lawful." Is there even a recognized concept of legal and/or lawful intelligence?

CNN's May 6, 2022 White House walks a fine line with intelligence sharing in Ukraine "I wouldn't describe any line as thin or imaginary," Pentagon press secretary John Kirby told CNN's ...
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What would Ukraine gain by disclosing intelligence information about Putin assassination plans? [closed]

These days, there have been media reports claiming that parts of the Russian elite have plans to assassinate Putin, citing Ukrainian intelligence as sources. However, I am not aware of details on how ...
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Back Channels of Communication Between US and Russian Military

Allow me to open my question by citing an example from recent history: If you recall in Sept 2021 it was revealed by Axios that during the chaos of the 2020 election/post-election General Mark Milley ...
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What was the (alleged) involvement of the Spanish secret services in the 2017 Barcelona terror attack?

A tweet is taking off on twitter, claiming a connection between the Spanish secret service (CNI) and the 2017 Barcelona attacks: Spanish former police chief admits that the Spanish secret services (...
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To what extent has the Pegasus spyware been used by Israeli covert services?

The Wikipedia article on the Pegasus spyware, which had been developed in Israel, details a number of governments - such as Bahrain, Morocco, Saudi Arabia as well as a Mexican drug cartel that have ...
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Is the predictive "historical analysis" on the 2021 Taliban strategy (provided to the US Congress) a public document?

An article in The New York Times from August 18 says: A historical analysis provided to Congress concluded that the Taliban had learned lessons from their takeover of the country in the 1990s. This ...
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When can one U.S. agency ask for intelligence or information from another U.S. agency?

When can one U.S. agency ask for intelligence or information from another U.S. agency? Let's say the FBI needs intelligence of information the CIA might have about a certain individual. Can the FBI ...
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What are some mechanisms or laws that encourage the FBI and CIA to share intelligence in the name of national security?

Wedge: The Secret War Between the FBI and CIA, a nonfiction book by American historian and policy analyst Mark Riebling, explores the conflict between U.S. domestic law enforcement and foreign ...
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Has the Biden administration detailed what violations of the Open Skies treaties it accuses Russia of?

A somewhat difficult to parse news piece: "The United States regrets that the Treaty on Open Skies has been undermined by Russia's violations," the state department said on Thursday. "...
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Why are former presidents given intelligence briefings? [duplicate]

According to ABC news, all former presidents "[continue to receive] the President's Daily Brief, a top-secret summary of US intelligence and world events, in a format and style that suits them&...
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Trump's presidential record to denounce Russia for wrongdoing

How many different instances has Trump been defiant to denounce (or sanction) Russia regarding Russian wrongdoing related to US national security (and intelligence) that we know about in the public ...
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On what time lag is the FBI declassifying counterintelligence investigations?

For a while now, the CIA has been declassifying as much old material as it can, on a lag of several decades, since the information in decades-old documents often no longer compromises sources and ...
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What are the findings of the ISC report into Russian interference in UK politics?

Now that the Prime Minister has nominated the members of the Information & Security Committee, the committee has elected a chair (not without controversy) and authorised the release of the long-...
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Have there have been confirmed cases of Unmasking Abuse? [closed]

When the name of a US citizen is incidentally collected by the US Intelligence Community as part of intelligence activities, the name in masked in intelligence reports to protect the person’s identity....
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Do the interviews with neighbours, coworkers etc. conducted for a US background check (like SSBI) pose a kind of intelligence risk?

As Wikipedia writes, to obtain a Top Secret clearance in the US an extensive background investigation (SSBI) must be conducted. In the course of it, officials interview people like direct supervisor(...
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Do former US presidents have the right to receive daily CIA briefings?

In Michael Moore's 2004 film Fahrenheit 9/11 a person named Dan Briody says the following: George H.W. Bush is a man who has obviously incredible reach into the White House. He receives daily CIA ...
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Is the postponement of the release of the Intelligence Security Committee’s report on Russian interference in UK elections abnormal?

Over the last couple of weeks, there has been criticism of the government over the decision to postpone the release of the report until parliament reconvenes after the election. This comes despite the ...
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Did Devin Nunes ever reveal evidence of unmasking abuse?

When the name of a US citizen is incidentally collected by the US Intelligence Community as part of intelligence activities, the name in masked in intelligence reports to protect the person’s identity....
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Is the OLC reconsidering its whistleblower informant opinion?

In August, the Inspector General for the Intelligence Commmunity (ICIG) sent the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Joseph Maguire a whistleblower complaint concerning President Trump’s phone ...
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Was there any outcry or diplomatic protest that Turkey bugged the Saudi consulate?

Of course the murder of Khashoggi eclipsed the circumstances how Turkey proved it happened. But were there any protests or concerns expressed at how Turkey treats the foreign missions in its country, ...
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Do countries use a shared intelligence database at borders?

Is there an internationally-shared police/intelligence database that countries use to permit/deny entry of foreign nationals? For example, might France, the UK or the US pool wanted lists incase ...
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Are countries required to reveal intelligence when they use an intelligence to arrest a government official of another country? [closed]

Are countries required to reveal intelligence when they use an intelligence to arrest a government official of another country? For example, if the U.S. arrest a Russian diplomat for spying, is the U....
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Why has the UK chosen to use Huawei infrastructure when Five Eyes allies haven't?

Why has the UK chosen to use Huawei infrastructure when, as far as I know, other members of the Five Eyes and many other Western governments have chosen not to? Is it a case of a pre/post-Brexit ...
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What is the expectation that the US intelligence community must answer questions posed in congressional hearings?

Question: What is the expectation that the US intelligence community must answer questions posed in congressional hearings? What leeway do the US intelligence community leaders have to determine the ...
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GCHQ denying circumvention, or not?

In the recent blowup over the unverifiable allegation by a White House spokesman that GCHQ was spying on Trump before the election at the behest of the previous administration, the GCHQ issued a rare ...
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Why do federal intelligence agencies need the Patriot Act to be allowed to share information with other agencies?

I thought I heard that, without some of the provisions in the Patriot Act, intelligence agencies would not be allowed to share information with other agencies. But the President is the head of the ...
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Who does political Intelligence analysis?

Is there a political Science study that looks at things like a country that is going through or has gone through a civil war or revolution and looks at the likelihood of a certain faction "winning" ...
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