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This Week’s Dead Drop: January 27

YOU DON’T WRITE, YOU DON’T CALL… Last week, the Kremlin issued an oddly plaintive statement suggesting they kind of miss hearing from CIA Director Bill Burns. The TASS news agency quoted Sergei Naryshkin, head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), as saying that a meeting with Burns would be “useful” and “possible” but gave no indication that one was in the offing. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters: "It can't be ruled out, and of course this kind of dialogue makes sense ... I don't know about exact dates."  Normally you don’t see officials, especially Russian officials, sending out such “please call” messages especially to the CIA. The SVR RSVP was issued shortly before word leaked that Burns had secretly met with [...]

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The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Monday, January 30, 2023

Welcome to a special episode of the Open Source Report with two overtime segments. First we're discussing the explosions in Iran. For that we talk with Cipher Brief Expert and former National Intelligence Manager for Iran (NIM-I) at ODNI Norm Roule. Norm breaks down the events and walks us thru the likely thinking on both sides of the issue, and what he says must happen now. Then, we hear, for the first time from The Cipher Brief's newest Expert, General (Ret) John Allen. General Allen was the former commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, where he was the first Marine Corps general officer to command a theater of war. Today, we’re talking to him about Ukraine and as the US and Germany have both committed tanks to the war effort there, they are also asking for F-16s. We’re going to level set with the General just what he thinks is needed to win this war. That’s in today’s Open Source Overtime section.

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