Spotlight UKRAINE 08/02/2017

Kiev lobbyists try to get on Trump’s radar

Caught between the bellicose Kremlin and a pro-Russian White House, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko is putting pressure on his lobbyists to stay visible in Trump’s international agenda. [...]

Government Intelligence

Fidan makes comeback in Astana thanks to Syrian rebels

The Astana summit that brought together the warring sides in the Syrian conflict and their respective supporters on January 23-24 [...]

Guoanbu flexes muscles in HK

On the eve of the Year of the Rooster, January 27, China’s Ministry of State Security, or Guoanbu, seized businessman [...]


EU to the rescue of Lebanese intelligence

The European Union (EU) has launched several tenders to equip Lebanese security and intelligence services. The first beneficiary, the General [...]

Popular Mobilisation Forces unveil own intelligence service

According to our sources, the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) or Hashd Al Shaabi, the Iranian state-sponsored umbrella organsation of Iraqi [...]

Shadow of MI6 over Rolls-Royce case

The settlement between the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and Britain’s Rolls-Royce over the engine maker’s corruption of foreign officials says [...]

Race on for Bailly’s successor as Paris intelligence chief

French intelligence circles are abuzz over who will succeed Rene Bailly, the powerful head of the Paris Police intelligence service, [...]

How SEAL raid went wrong

The first special operation launched by President Donald Trump, a SEAL raid in Yakla on January 29, failed to deliver. [...]

Exxon intelligence could help out State Department

Rex Tillerson could become the best informed Secretary of State with a little help from his former firm. [...]

Security cooperation unaffected by political crisis Free

While political relations between Paris and Tel Aviv are particularly chilly at the moment, due to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin [...]

Bockel, SNCF’s POINT Person in tehran

Jean-Marie Bockel, France’s former junior minister for cooperation, will visit [...]

Cairo and London seal their rapprochement

During a visit to London last week, the Egyptian army [...]

Egmont Group to provide expertise for allies

The Toronto-based Egmont Group, an informal association of the financial [...]

New aide to monitor religious movements at SCRT

Police commissioner Olivier Metivet, a liaison officer for the territorial [...]

Nayef names new domestic intelligence boss

A leading Saudi intelligence official, Hamad Bin Kahalaf Al Rached [...]

CCG seeks help from Interpol

Mubarak Al Khaili, the Emirati chief of the new, so-called [...]

Death of Alain Guerin, France’s first intelligence newsman

Journalist Alain Guerin who was viewed as a pioneer in [...]

Corporate Intelligence

Woolf brings UK-style arbitration to Astana

According to our sources, an eminent British judge, Harry Woolf, is going to succeed in becoming the first president of [...]

Astor flies DEME Group flag in Muscat

Just confirmed as Britain’s trade envoy for Oman by prime minister Theresa May’s government, John Astor took over as president [...]

Rolls-Royce has put squeeze on investigators

The deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) concluded on January 17 between Rolls-Royce and the Serious Fraud Office (SFO - see p.5) [...]

Dan Nardello v Native American tobacco

The US corporate intelligence firm Nardello & Co is probing the untaxed tobacco products sold by Native Americans in New-York [...]

Former Cuban spies do due diligence in Havana

Classified Worldwide Consulting, the latest newcomer to Miami, a growing capital for corporate intelligence, is positioning itself to do business [...]

A+, an agency that works against Iran and Azerbaijan in Paris

A communications and lobbying concern named A+Conseils that was founded by Christelle Alamichel with help from a close friend, prominent [...]

Monaco keeps the drones away

JCPX Development, a company chaired by Jean-Christophe Drai who is [...]

RAF projects tested by a former member

Former air marshal Simon Bollom, who left active service last [...]

Hill & Knowlton to get DCNS back into the race

The suspension of Canadian navy vice admiral Mark Norman, who [...]

Former prosecutor Ploener joins K2

After heading the financial advisory unit of KPMG in New [...]

Prickly issue of CAE aviation’s sale

The sale of CAE aviation, the leading transporter of the [...]

Galen targets new market for cannabis goods

A former senior consultant for the investigation unit of Control [...]

Security firm Di2S signs up for work with Thales

The private French security outfit Di2S recently signed a long-term [...]

International Dealmaking

Corruption: Story behind Rolls-Royce verdict

In spending millions on a compliance program to satisfy the SFO, the engine builder has avoided a major corruption trial. [...]

Red Sea incident rubbed salt in commercial sore between France’s Thales, MBDA

An attack on the Saudi Arabia’s Al Makkah frigate by Houthi forces on January 30 revived another war: the one between Thales and MBDA to equip the Saudi navy with missiles. [...]

Due Diligence


Syrian rebels’ British flack bounces back with In2-Comms

Paul Tilley, who works regularly for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) on communications in countries in crisis, has opened a discreet office in Turkey. [...]

Surveillance & Interception

Peter Thiel has big GEOINT 2.0 plans

The Silicon Valley billionaire and Donald Trump supporter has been advancing his pawns in the low-cost observation satellite business. [...]

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