National Security Scenario Analysis

January 9, 2019

Gonen Segev - Israeli ex-minister admits spying for Iran, faces 11 years prison sentence

SITUATION Israeli ex-cabinet minister, Gonen Segev will be jailed for 11 years. He admitted spying for Iran, says a statement from Israel's justice ministry. He was allegedly recruited while he worked as a doctor in Nigeria. He served as the energy minister during the 1990s. He had been accused of...

 

January 7, 2019

German teenager questioned in connection with government hack

SITUATION The German Investigative police force has questioned witnesses with respect to an investigation of a hacking data breach which has affected German politicians. A 19-year-old’s home was also searched because he had contacts with the suspected hacker. Many witnesses were questioned and properties were searched. A statement by the...

 

January 3, 2019

Russia arrests a US ex-marine on suspicion of espionage in Moscow

SITUATION Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) arrested a 48-year-old US citizen and corporate security director, Paul Whelan, on accusations of spying in Moscow on Friday. Russian Federal Security Service stated, Whelan was caught “during an espionage operation,” but gave no further details. The mysterious arrest has drawn international attention and...

 

January 3, 2019

North Korean ambassador to Italy, reportedly disappeared in November, seeking asylum in western countries

SITUATION According to news published by several media outlets, South Korean intelligence has confirmed that Jo Song Gil, Pyongyang's top diplomat in Rome, has gone missing. Media reported that Italian officials are wringing their hands over what to do, but Italy denies knowledge. In the latest development a South Korean...

 

December 20, 2018

Chinese nationals acting on behalf China’s intelligence indicted: DOJ

SITUATION According to Reuters, U.S. prosecutors unsealed an indictment that charges two Chinese nationals with computer hacking attacks on a broad range of U.S. government agencies and corporations, including the Navy and the space agency NASA, according to a court filing. Two nationals of the People’s Republic of China (China)...