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Title: Burma Forms New Intelligence Unit
Date of publication: 03 May 2011
Description/subject: "RANGOON—Gen Min Aung Hlaing, Burma's new commander-in-chief of the armed forces, has formed a national intelligence unit and begun to function as the unit head, according to sources. Over 200 officers from different parts of the country have reportedly been appointed by Min Aung Hlaing to work for the new intelligence unit, which is tasked with investigating domestic political and security affairs. According to a military source in Naypyidaw, the officers selected rank from captain to colonel and are from the army, air force and navy. “They no longer have any duty at their mother units and instead they now have to complete assignments given by the intelligence unit alone,” said a source close to one of the chosen officers. Apart from military officers, the new intelligence unit reportedly involves officials from the Myanmar Police Force, which is under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA), Bureau of Special Investigation and the Ministry of Border Affairs..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy"
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 04 May 2011


Title: Attacks on the Press 2007: Burma
Date of publication: 05 February 2008
Description/subject: Burmese journalists came under heavy assault in August and September when covering pro-democracy street protests and the military government’s retaliatory crackdown, marking significant deterioration in what was already one of the world’s most repressive media environments. The government banned coverage of the uprising and sought to isolate the nation by impeding Internet and phone service. Local and citizen journalists, however, proved innovative and persistent in circumventing the government’s electronic blockade.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Committee to Protect Journalists
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 11 December 2010


Title: A Burmese Spy Comes in from the Cold
Date of publication: June 2006
Description/subject: A young counter-intelligence agent who has just defected from Rangoon talks to The Irrawaddy about his previous life and work
Author/creator: Aung Zaw
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 14, No. 6
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 29 December 2006


Title: Behind the Palace Walls - a review of "Intelligence in the Era of Burmese Kings" (in Burmese) by Col San Pwint
Date of publication: October 2004
Description/subject: A new book traces the history of the Burmese intelligence network... "Mandalay under King Thibaw—British spies and informants are hard at work collecting information on Burmese troop movements, the Irrawaddy River defenses and news of happenings inside the palace. The British, whose diplomatic mission had been closed down several years before the third Anglo-Burmese war, were desperate to know what was going on in Burma. The reason: British concern about a possible secret deal between Burma and Britain’s archrivals, the French, whose influence was growing within the palace. But the empire had no reason to worry very much. London’s undercover man in the palace, Chevalier Andreino, was doing a good job, delivering valuable information gleaned from his network of informants. The well-paid Italian spy, who had lived in Mandalay for almost 30 years, was one of probably many spies working for the British. It’s believed that, using his network inside the Palace, Andreino successfully stole the friendship treaty between Burma and France and a letter from the French Prime Minster to the Burmese king..."
Author/creator: Aung Zaw
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 12, No. 9
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: See also "Burma's Spooky History" at http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=4019
Date of entry/update: 28 April 2008


Title: Moles in the Movement?
Date of publication: July 2000
Description/subject: When Burma's state-owned press announced recently that eleven "expatriate destructive elements" had been arrested in May and June for allegedly plotting a bomb attack on the Thai embassy in Rangoon, nobody, including officials in Thailand, took the charges seriously. Most suspected that the news of apurported conspiracy to discredit the country's ruling military junta and damage Thai-Burmese relations was little more than an attempt to ratchet up tensions between Burmese exiles and their Thai hosts ahead of a meeting of regional foreign ministers in Bangkok. But, according to opposition sources in Thailand, the story goes deeper than that.
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol. 8. No. 7
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www.irrawaddymedia.com/article.php?art_id=703
Date of entry/update: 11 December 2010


Title: Attacks on the Press 1999: Burma
Date of publication: 1999
Description/subject: "Report by the Committee to Protect Journalists" ...... Forcing their citizenry to live behind a wall of repressive ignorance, Burma's military leaders have shown no signs of liberalizing one of the world's harshest regimes.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Committee to Protect Journalists
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burma's Intelligence Apparatus
Date of publication: October 1997
Description/subject: An excerpt from a Working Paper published by the Strategic & Defense Studies Center of the Australian National University, Canberra, June 1997. The author is a former Visiting Fellow of the Center and the author of "Transforming the Tatmadaw: The Burmese Armed Forces Since 1988".
Author/creator: Andrew Selth
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Burma Debate", Vol. IV, No. 4
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Rangoon's UN-Intelligence Show [Accusations Against NLD]
Date of publication: June 1997
Description/subject: Burma's military intelligence chief Lt Gen Khin Nyunt accused the U.S. of sponsoring terrorist attacks against top figures in the ruling junta. Lt-Gen Khin Nyunt told reporters that U.S. government funds for supporting the Burmese pro-democracy movement had been used to finance terrorist activities by exile-led opposition groups.
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol 5. No. 3
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003