Wednesday, May 13, 2015


U.S. military may directly confront China over disputed islands. Ash Carter just jumped into the South China Sea. Defense Secretary Carter is considering a number of options to China's artificial islands, including dispatching surveillance aircraft and sending Navy vessels to within a dozen nautical miles of the new islands between Vietnam and the Philippines.

North Korea executed its defense minister in late April, the deputy director of South Korea's National Intelligence Agency said. Hyon Yong-Chol was executed using anti-aircraft machine guns, not an murder technique for Kim Jong Un. Apparently, poor Yong-Chol fell asleep at a military rally, thus "disrespecting" Pyongyang's 32-year-old leader. So far, Kim has executed 15 senior officials in 2015.

Apparently, North Korea didn’t launch a ballistic missile from a submarine, contrary to its government proclamations and news reports, according to two U.S. officials. Instead, the U.S. intelligence assessment is that the secretive communist country may have tested the compressed-gas ejection system that’s needed to begin launching such a missile from a submarine.

CNN video by Barbara Starr suggests ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was never injured during airstrike. Pentagon officials are dismissing reports that he was. 

Russian cyber attack unit targets banks. APT28, the notorious cyber espionage group that is believed to be sponsored by the Russian government, is planning to attack various financial institutions from across the world, according to cybersecurity services and training provider root9B. APT28 has been around since at least 2007.

Robert Morton, Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and writes the online spy novel series "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean".  The views expressed on this site do not represent those of any organization he is a member of. Contact him on the Secure Contact Form

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