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Leaks from both sides of mouthIn a fresh Insights column, NSZ's Josh Meyer explains that when it comes to leaks, the Obama administration plays both sides, "acknowledging the need for highly sensitive and even classified information to get out to the public when it is expedient and beneficial to its approval ratings, and trying to prosecute those who release information that it doesn’t like." Read more.
Tips from a Military InsiderIn one of our newest "NSZ 101" how-to guides, Nolan Peterson , a former special operations pilot and a combat veteran with multiple degrees in political science, French and journalism, offers his insights, suggestions and recommendations from an insider perspective on how to most effectively and successfully cover the military. → Read the story.
Missing Journalist James Foley now thought held by Syrian government, report says
U.S. Journalist James Foley, missing in Syria since Thansgiving 2012, is now thought to be being held by the Syrian government."With a very high degree of confidence, we now believe that Jim was most likely abducted by a pro-regime militia group and subsequently turned over to Syrian government forces,” GlobalPost CEO and President Philip Balboni said on May 3 during a speech marking World Press Freedom Day. (Full story) This is the second time in 18 months that the 2008 Medill School of Journalism graduate has been taken captive in a war zone.
“The family appeals for the release of Jim unharmed,” his relatives said on a web site focused on getting him freed. He was kidnapped in northwest Syria on Thanksgiving Day, the family said.
Watch video archive of May 3 World Press Freedom Day event in Boston: “Silenced Voices: When Conflict Journalists Go Missing.”
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WASHINGTON—Threats to energy security – attacks on sea lanes, oil refineries and pipelines – are no longer merely physical. As these systems become more complex, a less tangible but potentially equally destructive threat looms in the increasingly vulnerable world of cyberspace. Cyber attacks are already widespread, and the exposure of critical systems is a grave concern among top intelligence officials. James Clapper, the U.S. Director of National Intelligence, called the threat of cyber attack a … (Continue reading . . .)
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced in June that the U.S. is fighting a war in Pakistan – almost three years after our military began targeting terrorist cells there through so-called drone-and-commando operations. And although his declaration came only last month, U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan actually appear to be decreasing. This year, according to The Long War Journal national security website, the U.S. has carried out 26 drone strikes in Pakistan. That’s slightly fewer than … (Continue reading . . .)