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U.S. Scurries to Shore Up Spying on Russia
The Wall Street Journal ^ | Sunday, March 23, 2014 | Adam Entous, Julian E. Barnes and Siobhan Gorman

Posted on 03/23/2014 8:08:51 PM PDT by kristinn

U.S. military satellites spied Russian troops amassing within striking distance of Crimea last month. But intelligence analysts were surprised because they hadn't intercepted any telltale communications where Russian leaders, military commanders or soldiers discussed plans to invade.

America's vaunted global surveillance is a vital tool for U.S. intelligence services, especially as an early-warning system and as a way to corroborate other evidence. In Crimea, though, U.S. intelligence officials are concluding that Russian planners might have gotten a jump on the West by evading U.S. eavesdropping.

"Even though there was a warning, we didn't have the information to be able to say exactly what was going to happen," a senior U.S. official says.

To close the information gap, U.S. spy agencies and the military are rushing to expand satellite coverage and communications-interception efforts across Russia, Ukraine and the Baltic states. U.S. officials hope the "surge" in assets and analysts will improve tracking of the Russian military and tip off the U.S. to any possible intentions of Russian President Vladimir Putin before he acts on them.

The U.S. moves will happen quickly. "We have gone into crisis-response mode," a senior official says.

Still, as Russia brings additional forces to areas near the border with eastern Ukraine, America's spy chiefs are worried that Russian leaders might be able to cloak their next move by shielding more communications from the U.S., according to officials familiar with the matter. "That is the question we're all asking ourselves," one top U.S. official says.

The Obama administration is "very nervous," says a person close to the discussions. "This is uncharted territory."

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: crimea; edwardsnowden; russia; ukraine
No mention in the article of Edward Snowden or his being harbored by Putin.
1 posted on 03/23/2014 8:08:52 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

Imagine that —spying on Russians.....ALSO.

Very novel.


2 posted on 03/23/2014 8:10:25 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: kristinn
decisions, decisions, decisions, every Russian they spy on is one less American citizen they can spy on... then again maybe not
3 posted on 03/23/2014 8:14:04 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: kristinn

Our security organizations have been too busy spying us to give Russia much attention.


4 posted on 03/23/2014 8:14:13 PM PDT by IndispensableDestiny
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To: kristinn

You mean they’d have to now give up spying on Tea Partiers?


5 posted on 03/23/2014 8:15:28 PM PDT by dfwgator
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But intelligence analysts were surprised because they hadn't intercepted any telltale communications where Russian leaders, military commanders or soldiers discussed plans to invade.

Good thing we have THIS, huh..?

Nice work, guys.

6 posted on 03/23/2014 8:15:51 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: IndispensableDestiny

I agree.


7 posted on 03/23/2014 8:15:55 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: kristinn

Dien Bien Phu just fell. Our rifles had better be clean.


8 posted on 03/23/2014 8:22:03 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: IndispensableDestiny
Our security organizations have been too busy spying us to give Russia much attention.

Bingo!

9 posted on 03/23/2014 8:32:04 PM PDT by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: gaijin

Yep. That will give them advanced notice if an American calls somebody in America. May come in handy.


10 posted on 03/23/2014 8:41:21 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: kristinn

Wouldn’t our intellignce resources be better spent spying on American citizens who disagree with his Majesty, El Presidente Obama?


11 posted on 03/23/2014 8:46:46 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: kristinn

Russia is good at intelligence related stuff. They probably have couriers hand delivering documents so that no electronic intercepts are useful. They are good at doing cheap, low tech stuff that is effective.


12 posted on 03/23/2014 8:51:03 PM PDT by Monmouth78
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Anna Vasil'yevna Chapman (Russian: А́нна Васи́льевна Ча́пман; born Anna Vasil’yevna Kushchyenko Russian: А́нна Васи́льевна Кущенко; 23 February 1982) is a Russian national who was residing in New York City when she was arrested, along with nine others, on June 27, 2010, on suspicion of working for the Illegals Program spy ring under the Russian Federation's external intelligence agency, the SVR (Sluzhba Vneshney Razvedki).

[2][4] Chapman pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government without notifying the U.S. Attorney General, and was deported back to Russia on July 8, 2010, as part of a prisoner swap.

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Can't we all just get along?

13 posted on 03/23/2014 8:52:57 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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kristinn:" No mention in the article of Edward Snowden or his being harbored by Putin.

Ever since Snowden acquainted the Russians about NSA electronics surveillance , the Russians returned to using typewriters for communications.
They probably now make military directions via postal couriers
and in 10 years , the USA to evade Russian surveillane will be returning to the Pony Express
As the administration agenda states : " Foreward " ( by looking backward ).

14 posted on 03/23/2014 9:46:13 PM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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They’re too busy spying on the TEA Party to worry about America’s real enemies. Hussein is a petty little fish in a big pond and it shows glaringly when he has to deal with foreign policy. All he knows is “domestic policy”, Chicago-style.


15 posted on 03/23/2014 10:26:39 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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*bimp*
16 posted on 03/23/2014 10:29:37 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: gaijin
But, but, we can't spy on them, that does not sit well with BHO’s RESET regime.
Isn't it weird with all the spying and NSA revelations that the US is constantly being surprised by world events? What are these Bozos getting paid to do exactly?
17 posted on 03/23/2014 10:59:52 PM PDT by Netz
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To: kristinn

They missed the communications because the focus of US intel is now on the TeaParty.


18 posted on 03/24/2014 1:17:16 AM PDT by NoLibZone (The bad news: Hillary Clinton will be the next President. The Good news: Our principles are intact.)
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U.S. Scurries”? What the hell have we been paying all those CIA people for all these years, not to mention the others who have similar responsibilities. Once again, INCOMPETENENCE at the highest level. The entire gubmint needs an overhaul.


19 posted on 03/24/2014 4:17:00 AM PDT by DaveA37
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U.S. Scurries”? What the hell have we been paying all those CIA people for all these years, not to mention the others who have similar responsibilities. Once again, INCOMPETENENCE at the highest level. The entire gubmint needs an overhaul.

Oh, and don’t forget to downsize our military too, we don’t them in any great numbers, “all is good”.


20 posted on 03/24/2014 4:18:36 AM PDT by DaveA37
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Sign on Obama’s office wall..... After the horses have escaped, close the barn door


21 posted on 03/24/2014 4:20:27 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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Actually American AQ should have priority over Russians.

Russia is not going to cause us actual harm at present. AQ will


22 posted on 03/24/2014 4:22:15 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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100% unfortunately the TeaParty and Republicans prolly get more surveillance than AQ-USA...
23 posted on 03/24/2014 7:37:33 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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