US intelligence leaks keep coming

Briefly: Staying on top of all the US intel leaks is harder than keeping up with Taylor Swift’s album release schedule (we’re still back at Folklore). But here are some recent revelations that caught our eye (about US intel, not Tay Tay).

  1. 🇷🇺Only 1% of Russian social media bots are detected,according to intercepted conversations between Russian officials. Russia has used bots to spread disinformation about Ukraine and vaccines.
  2. 🇺🇳 The US eavesdropped on UN chief António Guterres, including when he described being “really pissed off” about a surprise public ceremony sprung on him by Ukrainian president Zelensky.
  3. 🇪🇬 Egypt nearly provided Russia with lethal aid, but agreed to arm Ukraine instead after US pressure. The Egyptian president had hoped to keep the Russia plan a secret “to avoid problems with the West.”

Intrigue’s take: In this day and age, spying is a little like waving at someone who wasn’t actually waving at you: everyone does it, but it’s still embarrassing when you get caught.

But as the UN itself has stated, arguably the most embarrassing aspect of all this is how the leaks happened in the first place: via such a junior US official, privy to so much classified material, and able to remove it so easily.

Also worth noting:

Latest Author Articles
Western funding for Ukraine under pressure as the war approaches its third calendar year 

The White House warned in a letter to Congress yesterday (Monday) that military and economic assistance to Ukraine will run out by the end of the year without additional funding. Failure to allocate new money would “kneecap Ukraine on the battlefield”, according to budget director Shalanda Young.

5 December, 2023
Court forces Panama to shut a key copper mine

Panama’s Supreme Court ruled unanimously (🇵🇦) on Tuesday that the law behind the country’s vast Cobre Panama copper mine was “unconstitutional”.

30 November, 2023
BBC report alleges COP28 host UAE used host status to source oil and gas deals

Documents leaked to the Centre for Climate Reporting suggest UAE officials have sought to leverage their COP28 host country status to push for oil and gas deals, just as the UAE kicks off the COP28 climate talks in Dubai this Thursday.

28 November, 2023
An Israel-Hamas ‘hostages-for-pause’ deal?

Hamas may soon agree to release 50-100 women and children being held as hostages in Gaza, according to Israeli, Qatari, and American officials.

21 November, 2023