June 20th, 2012
06:01 PM ET

Doing battle in cyber

It's the largest, most extensive cyber espionage tool to date.

Researchers say the computer virus dubbed Flame stole secrets on Iran's nuclear program and it likely went on for years, discovered only after a cyberattack on Iran's oil infrastructure.

Now The Washington Post cites "western officials with knowledge of the effort" as saying Flame was jointly-developed between the United States and Israel.

Intelligence Correspondent Suzanne Kelly reports on U.S. strategy in going to battle in cyberspace.


Filed under: Cybersecurity • Flame • Intelligence • Iran • Malware • Security Brief • Stuxnet
June 20th, 2012
02:14 PM ET

Former U.S. soldier aids Syria's wounded

Tattooed and pale, with an Arabic vocabulary of a few dozen words at best, 24-year-old American Peter Kassig is not who you would expect to see striding up and down the corridors of a hospital in Tripoli, Lebanon, clutching a wad of bloodied bandages.

CNN's Arwa Damon finds out how this former U.S. Army Ranger ended up in a Lebanon hospitaltreating wounded Syrians from months of escalating violence.

Kassig's journey began when he joined the Rangers in 2006 and deployed to Iraq in 2007. He was honorably discharged for medical reasons after a brief tour and returned to the United States to study political science and train for 1500-meter runs. But something wasn't right.

Read the whole story here


Filed under: Army • Iraq • Libya • Middle East • Military • Syria
More cleanup activity alleged at suspected Iranian nuclear site
GeoEye image from June 7 of questionable activity at Parchin military complex in Iran
June 20th, 2012
01:30 PM ET

More cleanup activity alleged at suspected Iranian nuclear site

By Pam Benson

Recent satellite imagery shows Iran continues to clean up areas of a controversial military site believed to be involved in its nuclear program, according to analysis of the images by a Washington-based think tank.

The Institute for Science and International Study obtained imagery from GeoEye taken on June 7 that shows heavy machinery tracks and earth displacement consistent with a cleanup effort at the Parchin Military Complex, according to the institute's analysis.

GeoEye is a commercial satellite imaging company.

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Filed under: IAEA • IAEA • Iran • Nuclear • weapons
Opinion:  Obama leak 'scandal' is wildly overblown
June 20th, 2012
12:32 PM ET

Opinion: Obama leak 'scandal' is wildly overblown

With all the accusations and demands for investigations over national security leaks, CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen considers how much did the leaks really hurt U.S.

After all, Bergen notes on CNN's Opinion section, when it comes to revelations about how U.S. and Israel planted the Stuxnet virus, the Iranians know that their problems with the centrifuges at Natanz are caused by cyberattacks and have publicly said so for the past two years.

Another story that has critics of the Obama administration steamed is that it has allowed to become public that the president personally approves "kill lists" for CIA drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen.  Perhaps these concerns are also overblown, Bergen writes: FULL POST

Top European al Qaeda operative arrested in Pakistan
June 20th, 2012
10:12 AM ET

Top European al Qaeda operative arrested in Pakistan

By Paul Cruickshank

A suspected senior European al Qaeda operative with alleged links to a plot to launch Mumbai-style attacks in Europe in 2010 has been arrested in Pakistan, a German intelligence official told CNN.

Naamen Meziche, 42, a French citizen of Algerian descent, was previously a longtime resident of Hamburg, Germany, and a friend of Mohammed Atta, lead hijacker in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

German authorities were informed by their Pakistani counterparts last week of Meziche's arrest, according to the official. FULL POST

Conflicting stories on Russian ships persist
A handout image released by the Syrian opposition's Shaam News Network shows destruction in Juret al-Shayyah neighbourhood in the rebel hotbed of Homs in central Syria on June 17, 2012.
June 20th, 2012
12:00 AM ET

Conflicting stories on Russian ships persist

By Jill Dougherty

Reports from CNN and other news organizations have ricocheted across the globe concerning Russian ships allegedly on their way to the Russian-controlled port of Tartus in Syria carrying arms and, possibly, troops.

The stories unleashed a "fog of war" series of charges and denials that have sharpened tensions between Washington and Moscow.

Tuesday some facts became clearer, others even more confused.

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