#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES:Dec.15 – The Navy is developing a new way to spy on enemy territory, a robot tuna fish. The robot will look and swim like a normal bluefin tuna, giving it the perfect cover while it inspects ships and conducts other dangerous missions. 

' Robot Spy Fish Called Silent Nemo Launched '

‘ Robot Spy Fish Called Silent Nemo Launched ‘

Jerry Lademan, a marine in charge of the project, told the Pilot that they’re essentially trying to reverse-engineer nature.

“This is an attempt to take thousands of years of evolution—what has been perfected since the dawn of time—and try to incorporate that into a mechanical device.”

The name for this covert, robot tuna? Silent Nemo, after the lovable Disney movie.

Operation: Silent Nemo is a product of the Navy’s Rapid Innovation Cell, which tries to use the latest technology to further the Navy’s mission. The tuna weighs about 100 pounds and is five feet long. In the past week, Navy project members have been taking turns controlling the robot with a remote control, but it can be programmed to swim on its own.

And the spy lives up to its name, swimming almost silently through the water, which gives the tuna some major advantages. 

The robot tuna may be ready for duty as early as next year according to Newsweek. The news outlet reports that the Nemo’s duties will include patrolling, searching for mines, inspecting ships and penetrating enemy waters, all missions that put human lives in danger.

The Pilot reports that the Navy hopes to one day have a fleet of robot fish, waiting to do the deadly, grungy jobs that are too risky for humans. Before robot tunas, the Navy was left with employing actual sea animals for dangerous missions.

As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Navy dolphins have long been trained to find dangerous objects in the water, especially items like mines and other ordnances.

One such dolphin managed to find a rare unused torpedo off the coast of California.

Thanks to the robot tuna, dolphins lives may also no longer be at risk.



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NSA releases single Snowden e-mail as Kerry tells him ‘MAN UP’ before interview with US media

The National Security Agency said Thursday that Edward Snowden sent supervisors only one e-mail when he worked there, and it did not protest the nature of NSA surveillance programs. In the e-mail to the Office of General Counsel, Snowden posed a legal question about a training program. “There are numerous avenues that Mr. Snowden could have used to raise other concerns or whistleblower allegations,” the NSA said in a statement. “We have searched for additional indications of outreach from him in those areas and to date have not discovered any engagements related to his claims.”

In an interview with NBC News, Snowden said he told the NSA about his concerns about its widespread methods of intelligence gathering.

“I actually did go through channels, and that is documented,” Snowden said. “The NSA has records, they have copies of emails right now to their Office of General Counsel, to their oversight and compliance folks, from me raising concerns about the NSA’s interpretations of its legal authorities. … The response more or less, in bureaucratic language, was, ‘You should stop asking questions.'”

Snowden — who remains in Russia, which has granted him temporary asylum — faces espionage charges in the United States.


This comes on the day John Kerry 68th United States Secretary of State said “‘Man Up And Come Home'”

US Secretary of State John Kerry has challenged Edward Snowden to “man up and come back to the United States”, after the whistleblower admitted he wanted to return home. Mr Kerry’s comments follow the former National Security Agency contractor’s interview with NBC, his first for US media since he fled the country after leaking a huge volume of classified documents. Now living in Russia on a temporary grant of asylum, Mr Snowden told the network he took action in the belief that he was serving his country in exposing the surveillance programs of the NSA. “I don’t think there’s ever been any question that I’d like to go home,” Snowden said in a segment of the interview. “Now, whether amnesty or clemency ever becomes a possibility is not for me to say. That’s a debate for the public and the government to decide. But, if I could go anywhere in the world, that place would be home.” And Mr Kerry, speaking before NBC aired that portion of the interview, said: “If Mr Snowden wants to come back to the United States, we’ll have him on a flight today. A patriot would not run away.

Susan Rice has denied Mr Snowden’s recent claims

“He should man up and come back to the United States. If he has a complaint about what’s the matter with American surveillance, (he should) come back here and stand in our system of justice and make his case. “If he cares so much about America and he believes in America, he should trust the American system of justice.” Mr Snowden had also said in an earlier part of his interview that he worked undercover and overseas for the CIA and the NSA. He claimed he had a far more important role in US intelligence than the government has acknowledged. “I was trained as a spy in sort of the traditional sense of the word, in that I lived and worked undercover overseas,” he said. National security adviser Susan Rice insisted in a CNN interview that Mr Snowden never worked undercover. Mr Snowden said he never intended to end up in Russia but was forced to go there because Washington decided to “revoke my passport.” In response, Mr Kerry said: “Well, for a supposedly smart guy, that’s a pretty dumb answer, after all. “I think he’s confused. I think it’s very sad. But this is a man who has done great damage to his country.”

All this after:
Edward Snowden: ‘I Worked As A Spy Overseas’

Snowden has received support during demonstrations in the US

Fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden has said he “trained as a spy” and worked “undercover overseas” for intelligence agencies. In his first interview in American media, he rejected claims he was merely a junior contractor, saying he worked “at all levels from the bottom on the ground, all the way to the top”. The 30-year-old, who has been charged in the US with espionage, was granted asylum by Russia in August, 2013, after instigating a series of leaks on mass surveillance in America and around the world. In the NBC News interview, due to air in full on Wednesday, Snowden defended himself against claims he had minimal intelligence experience before he released classified documents revealing the National Security Agency’s programme of phone and internet surveillance. “I was trained as a spy in sort of the traditional sense of the word in that I lived and worked undercover overseas – pretending to work in a job that I’m not – and even being assigned a name that was not mine,” he said. He said he had worked covertly as “a technical expert” for the Central Intelligence Agency and the NSA, and as a trainer for the Defense Intelligence Agency.

“I don’t work with people,” he said. “I don’t recruit agents. What I do is I put systems to work for the United States. And I’ve done that at all levels from, from the bottom on the ground all the way to the top. “So when they say I’m a low-level systems administrator, that I don’t know what I’m talking about, I’d say it’s somewhat misleading.” After the leaks, Snowden travelled to Hong Kong, then headed to Moscow, where he was holed up in the Sheremetyevo Airport for days before he was eventually granted asylum. Secretary of State John Kerry, reacting to the interview, called Snowden a “man who has done great damage to his country”. “A patriot would not run away and look for refuge in Russia,” Mr Kerry told NBC’s Today. “He can come home but he’s a fugitive from justice.” Snowden is wanted in the US on charges including espionage.

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` Barack Obama has not made Decision to Release the `Convicted Israeli Spy Jonathan Pollard '

#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – April 01 – United States President Barack Obama has not made a decision to release convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Tuesday (DS)

“Jonathan Pollard was convicted of espionage and he is serving his sentence,” Carney said.

“I don’t have any other update to provide you on Mr. Pollard’s status.

There are obviously a lot of things happening in that arena and I am not going to get ahead of discussions that are under way,” he said.

Jerusalem, Israel — April 9, 2012 …. The following was communicated by the Office of the President of Israel to the Israel News Agency.

Israel President Shimon Peres at his Jerusalem Residence, met with Esther Pollard, wife of Jonathan Pollard, the leaders of the Knesset lobby for the release of Jonathan Pollard, MK Uri Ariel and MK Ronit Tirosh, and Effie Lahav, head of the Committee to Free Pollard.

At the beginning of the meeting, Israel President Peres told Esther Pollard: “I am very disturbed and worried by the latest reports on Jonathan’s health.”

Peres continued: “It is my duty as President of Israel to be an emissary and use all means at my disposal vis-à-vis the American administration to expedite Jonathan’s release. I intend to work quickly, taking into account the most serious considerations, and to appeal to President Obama and request that, in light of his severe health situation and after having sat for many long years in an American prison, he positively consider releasing Jonathan Pollard from prison.

As a president, who personally signs pardons for prisoners in Israel, one of the main considerations in my decision is the health of the prisoner and this would be one of the main justifications that I will pass on to President Obama since this is a serious humanitarian and moral consideration given the severe state of his health.”


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`Taliban ‘ splinter group `Feday-e-Mahaz’ claim responsibility for killing `Journalist’ in Kabul claiming he was a Spy for MI6′

#AceWorldNews An extremist Taliban splinter group has claimed responsibility for killing a Swedish-British journalist in Kabul, AP reported.

Nils Horner had worked for Swedish Radio since 2001 as a foreign correspondent. The Feday-e-Mahaz claimed in a statement posted Wednesday on its website that he was a spy for Britain’s MI6 intelligence agency, not a journalist.

The 51-year-old was killed by a shot in the head as he was reporting on Afghanistan’s election on a street in Kabul on Tuesday.


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