Morning Security Brief: Earl Brown Dies, Navy Officer Pleads Guilty to Spying, Thai Security, and More

By Carlton Purvis


►A 73-year old security guard in Florida who was shot by police last week died in the hospital Thursday. The guard, Earl Brown, had called police to report a prowler on the property he was patrolling. Three officers responding to a call in the area “found a man carrying a weapon” and opened fire, shooting Brown once, The Sun Sentinel reports. Investigators found a loaded .44 Magnum on the scene they believe belonged to Brown. He'd worked at the facility for 35 years.

►A Canadian Navy officer pleaded guilty to three counts of spying Wednesday. Sub-Lt. Jeffrey Paul Delisle admitted that he had been passing classified information to Russia for at least five years. The Department of National Defence is reviewing its security policies to make sure adequate procedures in place to protect classified information.

►Thailand’s deputy prime minister says security in the “violence plagued” south of the country is improving as a result of proactive measures by the government. One measure noted by Deputy Prime Minister Yuthasak Sasiprapa was a new phone hotline that lets citizens call in complaints and provide tips. Insurgents in the past have threatened violence against businesses that stay open on Fridays, causing many businesses to shut down activity at the end of the week. Sasiprapa says that more than 30 percent of shops have resumed business on Fridays, calling it a testament to the improving security situation.

►In other news, India will release its plan for working with the private sector on cybersecurity on Monday. ♦ In a speech Thursday night, U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said future cyberattacks could be as destructive as 9-11. ♦ And POTUS signs a policy directive protecting whistleblowers in the intelligence community, allowing them to report wrongdoing and prohibiting retaliation.


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