General Pollari’s Secret File
The former chief of Italy’s foreign intelligence agency Sismi is accused of constituting a secret data base on European examining magistrates and could find himself on trial for that. [...]
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was the successor to the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) after the Second World War. Its heyday was during the Cold War. CIA considers itself as the senior intelligence service among the US Intelligence Community. Before the establishment of the Defense Clandestine Service (DCS), it was the only agency able to carry out clandestine operations, through its National Clandestine Service (NCS).
The runaway growth of information technology 20 years ago prompted a handful of pioneers to recommend that American intelligence exploit freely available data - quickly named open source intelligence - more effectively (IOL 225). Long marginal, the use of open [...]
The boom in alternative investments (debt, emerging markets and the like) has partially broken down the barrier between intelligence and finance. Specializing in operations on unregulated markets and in "frontier" countries, some hedge funds that call frequently on the services [...]