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  • FBI HEAD: Spies' Son Aware of Scam

    08/27/2010 2:39:49 AM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies
    BOSTON ^ | August 25, 2010 | O'Ryan Johnson
    SNIPPET: "The oldest son of two Russian spies bagged in a summer sweep of undercover moles may have known his folks were working for the other side while they all lived the good life in Cambridge. “I’d say it’s logical to presume, and we suspect that he knew something, yes, toward the end,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers said yesterday. The feds believe the Cambridge couple - going by the names Donald Howard Heathfield and Tracey Foley - hid their secret life from their two boys, 16 and 20 years old. The oldest, however, may have caught on...
  • Murdered Spook Was a Cross Dresser

    08/26/2010 10:26:04 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 27 replies · 1+ views
    MURDERED MI6 worker Gareth Williams was a secret transvestite who may have been killed by a gay lover, detectives said yesterday. His body lay undiscovered for TWO WEEKS after he was killed and his remains stuffed into a suitcase in his bath. Cops found women's clothing that would fit him at his Pimlico flat in central London, a short distance from MI6's HQ beside the Thames.
  • Obama’s Ambassadorial Nominee Receives Heavy Scrutiny

    12/25/2009 7:13:39 AM PST · by EagleUSA · 7 replies · 614+ views
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | 12/25/2009 | Personal Liberty Desk
    President Barack Obama has nominated Mari Carmen Aponte to become the next ambassador of El Salvador, a decade after she was forced to withdrawal her name from consideration for a similar post following concerns about alleged ties to Cuba, reports. A former FBI official told Fox News that Aponte’s 1998 nomination by president Clinton began receiving attention after the foreign relations panel questioned her about a past relationship with Roberto Tamayo, who was alleged to have "possible ties to the Cuban government" and made "repeated trips there." Current White House spokesman Tommy Vietor responded, "as has been previously reported,...
  • Sleeping With The ... (Words fail me)

    08/20/2010 5:56:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | December 20, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Politics: President Obama hit a new low in using a recess appointment to name Maria del Carmen Aponte as U.S. envoy to El Salvador. The radical has consorted with Cuban spies but will be taking no questions. Dismissing three congressional holds on Aponte's ambassadorial confirmation as "playing politics," Obama used his vacation to slip Aponte through to represent the U.S. to the strategic Central American country, without a vote in Congress. That gives Aponte, a campaign contributor aligned to the immigration lobby, access to top-secret information as a political reward. But Aponte's past is one big red flag. From 1982...
  • BREAKING: Obama Appoints Maria del Carmen Aponte as Ambassador to El Salvador

    08/19/2010 11:18:55 PM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 45 replies
    Red State ^ | 08/20/10 | Erick Erickson
    This is huge news coming on the heels of Barack Obama’s support for the Ground Zero Mosque. He has appointed Maria del Carmen Aponte to be Ambassador to El Salvador. Three United States Senators have a hold on her nomination. Why? Because she had a longterm relationship with a top Cuban spy. She withdrew as a Clinton appointee back in the 90’s because of it. Senators questioned whether or not Aponte knew about her lover’s spying on the United States and had other serious concerns related to that relationship. How will the American public react when they learn Barack Obama...
  • China's Spy Games

    08/17/2010 7:15:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 17, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Security: The Pentagon report warning that Beijing is amassing high-tech missiles leaves out another alarming domestic security issue: massive Chinese spying. Forget about the Russian spy ring the FBI broke up that stole mostly headlines (as opposed to U.S. secrets) for their amateurish methods. This is no joke. These Chinese moles mean business. And they're stealing highly sensitive military secrets. At least 44 of them have been quietly prosecuted in the last two years alone — a figure that dwarfs the number of Russian spies expelled last month. And those are just the ones we've caught. The Chinese agents are...
  • Israeli diplomats boycott Mossad spies over wage dispute

    08/14/2010 11:17:28 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 10 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 8/13/10 | Adrian Blomfield
    Israel's foreign diplomats have refused to work with Mossad spies "anywhere in the world" after agents effectively broke a strike picket line. The rift was caused after the agency’s spies stepped in to help organise a trip for Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, to Greece next week, after foreign diplomatic staff refused because of industrial action over pay. The strike, which was triggered by claims that diplomats get half the pay of defence ministry officials, has seen workers engineering a series of diplomatic faux pas. These include leaving the wife of Estonia’s president stranded at a restaurant outside Jerusalem...
  • SPIES WHO LOOK JUST LIKE US: The Game That Is Not A Game

    08/10/2010 12:28:49 AM PDT · by Cindy · 25 replies - INTERNATIONAL NEWS ANALYSIS TODAY ^ | August 10, 2010 | by Toby Westerman
    SPIES WHO LOOK JUST LIKE US: THE GAME THAT IS NOT A GAME SNIPPET: "The basic task of all spies, including the SVR Russian operatives recently caught, is to "steal and shape," Simmons explained. The "steal" aspect is best known to the public, that is, stealing another nation's military or production secrets, but Simmons also described how spies can "shape" a nation. Spies engaged in the "shape" aspect of espionage are known as "agents of influence," Simmons said. These "agents of influence" attempt to mold the thinking of a society or a government by targeting "experts who are quoted in...
  • Rights Groups Join Criticism of WikiLeaks [ Amnesty International, etc ]

    08/09/2010 5:41:09 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 9 2010 | JEANNE WHALEN
    A group of human-rights organizations is pressing WikiLeaks to do a better job of redacting names from thousands of war documents it is publishing, joining the list of critics that claim the Web site's actions could jeopardize the safety of Afghans who aided the U.S. military. The letter from five human-rights groups sparked a tense exchange in which WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange issued a tart challenge for the organizations to help with the massive task of removing names from thousands of documents, according to several of the organizations that signed the letter. The exchange shows how WikiLeaks and Mr. Assange...
  • Russia Spies; America Apologizes

    07/27/2010 6:34:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | July 27, 2010 | Mona Charen
    Arriving at a biker's convention in Ukraine on his Harley Davidson trike, Vladimir Putin offered a few observations on his recent celebratory meeting with the 10 Russian sleeper agents deported from the United States. "They had a very difficult fate," the former KGB colonel noted sympathetically. "They had to carry out a task to benefit their motherland's interests for many, many years without a diplomatic cover, risking themselves and those close to them." The reunion was heartwarming. They sang patriotic songs and "talked of life." Putin assured them, reports the Associated Press, that they would have good jobs and a...
  • Putin says he sang patriotic songs with Russian spies deported from United States

    07/24/2010 2:16:02 PM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 27 replies · 2+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 22:33 24/07/2010
    Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said he had met with Russian spies deported from the United States following Russia-U.S. spy scandal and sang patriotic songs with them. "I met with them," Putin said, answering the journalists' questions whether he met with 10 Russian spies deported from the United States after Russian-U.S. spy scandal. Ten people were arrested by U.S. law enforcement on June 29 on suspicion of being part of an espionage ring. After the spy swap deal they were deported from the United States. Putin, as a former KGB officer, said he had talked for life with the spies....
  • FICTITIOUS FEMME FATALE FOOLED CYBERSECURITY Intel, Defense Specialists Fell For Ruse in Test

    07/24/2010 12:21:50 AM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies
    WASHINGTON ^ | 8:07 p.m., Sunday, July 18, 2010 | By Shaun Waterman
    SNIPPET: "But Robin Sage did not exist. Her profile was a ruse set up by security consultant Thomas Ryan as part of an effort to expose weaknesses in the nation's defense and intelligence communities - what Mr. Ryan calls "an independent 'red team' exercise."" SNIPPET: "Another person involved at a senior level in the U.S. military's cybersecurity efforts, who asked for anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about the case, called it "an object lesson in the dangers of social networking." "People feel they are safe" on the Internet, he said, but in reality, "it is a perfect...
  • Former US official sentenced to life in prison for espionage

    07/16/2010 2:52:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies · 1+ views
    monsters and critics ^ | 7/16/10 | Deutsche Presse-Agentur, by Staff
    Washington - A former US State Department official has been sentenced to life in prison for spying, while his wife was ordered to spend nearly seven years behind bars for helping to pass highly classified information to Cuba, the Justice Department said Friday. Walter Kendall Myers, 73, and wife Gwendolyn, 71, pleaded guilty in November to espionage charges and acting as agents for the Cuban government. Myers had also admitted to passing top secret information in a conversation with an undercover FBI agent, the Justice Department said.
  • US hikers' moms hopeful as scientist goes to Iran

    07/15/2010 8:16:36 PM PDT · by Mannaggia l'America · 6 replies · 1+ views ^ | July 15, 2010 | PATRICK CONDON
    MINNEAPOLIS - The mothers of two of three Americans jailed in Iran for nearly a year said Thursday that an Iranian nuclear scientist's return to his homeland after being in the United States has given family members hope for the release of their loved ones. "I'm very happy that he's been returned, that he can reconnect with his family," Cindy Hickey, the mother of jailed American Shane Bauer, told The Associated Press of Sharan Amiri, shortly after his return to Tehran. "I can't help but be hopeful this might loosen things up a bit." Hickey was quick to caution that...
  • Intrigue and Ambiguity in Cases of 4 Russians Sent to West in Spy Swap

    07/09/2010 7:19:53 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 9, 2010 | By SCOTT SHANE and ELLEN BARRY
    WASHINGTON — When Aleksandr Zaporozhsky, one of four Russians delivered to the West in this week’s spy swap, joins his family in the United States, it will be only the latest unexpected twist in a classic story of espionage and deception. For several years in the 1990s, Mr. Zaporozhsky, a colonel in Russian intelligence who became deputy chief of the American Department, was secretly working for the C.I.A., one of the highest-ranking American moles in history, Russian prosecutors say. After surprising his colleagues by retiring suddenly in 1997, he moved with his wife and three children to the United States...
  • US began deliberating spy swap well before arrests

    07/09/2010 1:33:05 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/09/2010 | JENNIFER LOVEN
    WASHINGTON -- The White House began deliberating a spy swap with Moscow nearly a month ago, well ahead of the arrests of 10 Russians in the United States less than two weeks ago, a White House official said Friday.
  • Spy swap unfolds with guilty pleas by 10 in NYC

    07/08/2010 3:36:01 PM PDT · by jackspyder · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 10, 2010 | LARRY NEUMEISTER and TOM HAYS
    NEW YORK – The largest spy swap between the U.S. and Russia since the Cold War unfolded Thursday as 10 people accused of spying in suburban America pleaded guilty to conspiracy and were ordered deported to Russia in exchange for the release of four Russian spies. The defendants pleaded guilty in a Manhattan courtroom, were immediately sentenced to time served and were ordered deported. They were expected to be sent to Russia within hours, and U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood announced that the Russian government would release four people to the United States in exchange. The swap carries significant consequences...
  • Spy swap is 'all but unprecedented'

    07/08/2010 3:18:13 PM PDT · by Palter · 11 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 08 July 2010 | Jeff Stein
    John L. Martin supervised 76 espionage cases during his 26 years at the Justice Department, but he’s never seen one end like this one. Martin said swapping spies who have not been sentenced to time in prison, much less served it, is "all but unprecedented." Martin could recall only one case in which an accused spy was swapped without first being convicted and sentenced to prison. Alice Michelson, a courier for the Soviet KGB, was arrested in late 1984, indicted on espionage charges, held without bail, and eventually exchanged in a deal for 25 Europeans accused of spying for the...
  • Russian spy applied for jobs at think tanks with links to Obama

    07/08/2010 3:07:17 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 19 replies
    Mikhail Semenko, one of 11 Russian "illegals" accused of spying for Moscow against the United States, targeted leading Washington think tanks in an apparent effort to get close to policy makers in the American government. Semenko, 28, who speaks fluent English, Spanish and Mandarin, is understood to have sought work at the New America Foundation and the Carnegie Endowment, both influential centrist think tanks with close ties to the Obama administration. He was part of an alleged network of spies arrested on June 27 and 28 in northern Virginia, New York, Boston, New Jersey and Cyprus. A "spy swap" between...
  • Moscow-US Spy Swap Could Happen Today (Say What?)

    07/08/2010 12:45:56 AM PDT · by quesney · 37 replies
    A Cold War-style spy swap for the alleged Russian agents was being hammered out last night. All ten Russians held by the U.S. - including 'femme fatale' Anna Chapman - will reportedly be exchanged for ten prisoners being held in Russian jails who have spied for the West. The swap could begin as early as today, with Britain playing a pivotal role. [....] Say what? Why so fast? Have we even had a chance to interrogate these people? Are they part of bigger spy networks? What's going on here?