Aljazeera describes the confidential Syria documents it obtained: The files provide an insight into President Bashar al-Assad’s strategy to suppress anti-government protests, including the lengths the government went to for protecting its strongholds. The documents, running into hundreds of pages, point to a government desperate to keep control of the capital Damascus and include clear orders […]
I was initially a skeptic of Hezbollah’s boasts, but CIA sources have confirmed that they were dealt a real blow in Lebanon: The CIA’s operations in Lebanon have been badly damaged after Hezbollah identified and captured a number of U.S. spies recently, current and former U.S. officials told The Associated Press [...] the damage to the […]
The Wall Street Journal: The U.S. government has obtained a controversial type of secret court order to force Google Inc. and small Internet provider Sonic.net Inc. to turn over information from the email accounts of WikiLeaks volunteer Jacob Appelbaum Here’s where I’m personally touched by this story: I met Jacob Applebaum (@ioerror) a few days […]
This amazing report by Samia Nakhoul on how the Libyan rebels prepared for their attack on Tripoli reads like a page-turning spy novel. Full of intrigue, secret planning, and of course: gizmos. Highly recommended.
It all started with a phone call by a woman claiming to be the Syrian ambassador in France who made a live phone call to the channel: “I can no longer continue to support the cycle of extreme violence against unarmed civilians [...] I can no longer ignore the young men, women and children who […]
Nick Fielding and Ian Cobain for The Guardian: The US military is developing software that will let it secretly manipulate social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter by using fake online personas to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda. This might seem dangerous at first, but honestly, it looks clueless to me. Any […]
Context and more photos over at Joumana’s blog
This is a mixed up story. First Egypt announced that it caught a man who worked for the Mossad. Tarek Abdul Razzak Hussain Hassan was charged with trying to recruit a Lebanese journalist to work for Israel. Upon hearing the man’s name, Charles Ayyoub, editor in chief of Aldyiar, a struggling newspaper, stepped up and […]
There are more on the Lebanese army’s website. Update: The Israelis are saying that these are old devices that Hezbollah has discovered a long time ago, and that Hezbollah is making an issue out of them today to distract from the international tribunal.
A Hariri ally offers a theory: Aoun is worried about certain information Karam might have confessed, which implicates important people in the FPM This is a tricky issue for Hezbollah. The party can interfere in the process and join Aoun’s campaign to discredit the investigation, but it has so far refrained from doing so to […]