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CNN. "FBI Analyst Sentenced for Spying." 18 Jul. 2007. []

According to federal prosecutors, Leandro Aragoncillo was sentenced on 18 July 2007 to "10 years in prison for espionage" and fined $40,000. Aragoncillo "admitted supplying classified documents to Philippine nationals in an effort to overthrow that country's government."

On 17 July 2007, "Michael Ray Aquino, a co-conspirator, was sentenced ... to six years in prison." Aquino, a former Philippine national police officer, "pleaded guilty in July 2006 to taking classified documents, obtained from Aragoncillo, and passing them on to Philippine officials plotting to overthrow [Philippine President Gloria Macapagal] Arroyo."


CNN. "Former Spy's Son Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy." 28 Aug. 2009. []

According to a Department of Justice statement on 27 August 2009, Nathaniel Nicholson has "pleaded guilty in federal court ... to charges of conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government and conspiracy to commit money laundering.... He will face more than 20 years in prison when he is sentenced in January."


CNN. "INS Official Guilty of Espionage in Cuba Case." 30 May 2000. []

On 29 May 2000, a jury convicted Mariano Faget "on four counts of violating the Espionage Act."


CNN. "Israeli Nuclear Spy Released." 21 Apr. 2004. []

"A defiant Mordechai Vanunu has calmly walked out prison after serving 18 years for spilling Israeli nuclear secrets to a British newspaper.... Vanunu was convicted of treason and espionage and spent most of his term in solitary confinement after providing the UK's The Sunday Times with information and pictures of Israel's secret nuclear reactor in the desert town of Dimona."


CNN. "Israel to Probe Assassination Attempt in Jordan. Unrepentant Netanyahu: No Compromise on Terror. 6 Oct. 1997.. []

"The Israeli government has appointed a special commission to investigate an alleged assassination attempt against a Hamas leader by Israeli agents in Jordan last month. But at a news conference announcing the commission..., an unrepentant Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ... defended the use of secret operations against suspected terrorists."


CNN. "Japan Spy Satellite Launch Fails." 29 Nov. 2003. []

A Japanese H2-A rocket "carrying two satellites to spy on North Korea" was destroyed on 29 November 2003 "by mission controllers just minutes after lift-off.... One of the satellites carried optical sensors, the other was to be used for radar monitoring. A similar pair of satellites were launched in March." Japan's "space program has been plagued by cost overruns, rocket failures and a shortage of customers for its satellite launches."


CNN Staff. "Navy Identifies SEAL Killed in Afghanistan Rescue." CNN, 10 Dec. 2012. []

"Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque, 28, of Monroeville, Pennsylvania, died" on 8 December 2012 during the successful raid to free Dr. Dilip Joseph, of the international aid group Morning Star, kidnapped by armed men on 5 December 2012. "[A] U.S. official said the man was a member of the Navy's Special Warfare Development Group, more commonly known as SEAL Team Six."


CNN. "Norwegian Correspondent Charged As East German Spy; Reporter Denies Allegations." 21 Jan. 2000. []

Stein Viksveen, the Brussels correspondent for the Norwegian newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad, "has been charged with spying for the Stasi" from 1962 to 1989, the accused journalist's newspaper reported on 21 January 2000.


CNN. "Obama Outlines Anti-Terrorism Flaws, Reform." 7 Jan. 2010. []

Speaking at the White House on 7 December 2010, President Obama outlined "the intelligence and other government failures leading up to the botched December 25 terror bombing of a U.S.-bound jetliner. The president also detailed a series of major reforms ordered in the wake of the attack."

For the "Summary of the White House Review of the December 25, 2009 Attempted Terrorist Attack," see:

For the President's directive, "Attempted Terrorist Attack on December 25, 2009: Intelligence, Screening, and Watchlisting System Corrective Action," dated 7 January 2010, see:

See also, Karen DeYoung and Michael A. Fletcher, "U.S. Was More Focused on al-Qaeda's Plans Abroad than for Homeland, Report on Airline Bomb Plot Finds," Washington Post, 8 Jan. 2010, A1; and Jeff Zeleny and Helene Cooper, "Obama Details New Policies in Response to Terror Threat," New York Times, 8 Jan. 2010.


CNN. "Obama Taps Brennan as CIA Director." 7 Jan. 2013. []

On 7 January 2013, President Barack Obama "nominated John Brennan ... to be the next CIA director.... Brennan, 57, has been Obama's assistant for counterterrorism and homeland security since 2009." Brennan spent 25 years at the CIA, "developing a deep knowledge of the Mideast and fluency in Arabic." See also, Peter Bergen and Jennifer Rowland, "John Brennan, Obama's Drone Warrior," CNN, 7 Jan. 2013; and Greg Miller and Scott Wilson, "Obama's Nominations of Hagel and Brennan Signal Course Adjustments at Pentagon and CIA," Washington Post, 7 Jan. 2013.


CNN. "Officer Accused of Mishandling Intelligence Data; Colonel Assigned to Guantanamo Faces Two Charges." 29 Nov. 2003. []

According to U.S. Central Command on 29 November 2003, Col. Jack Farr, "[a]n Army intelligence officer assigned to a task force guarding al Qaeda and Taliban detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has been charged with improperly handling classified material and lying to investigators probing the alleged security breach."


CNN. "Officers: Ex-CIA Chief Tenet a 'Failed' Leader." 29 Apr. 2007. []

In a letter written on 28 April 2007 to former DCI George Tenet, six former CIA officers "called his book 'an admission of failed leadership.'... The letter, signed by Phil Giraldi, Ray McGovern, Larry Johnson, Jim Marcinkowski, Vince Cannistraro and David MacMichael, said Tenet should have resigned in protest rather than take part in the administration's buildup to the war."


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