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  • Report: China cripples CIA operations, kills informants

    05/21/2017 5:41:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/20/2017
    WASHINGTON — The Chinese government “systematically dismantled” CIA spying operations in China starting in late 2010 and killed or imprisoned at least a dozen CIA sources over the next two years, The New York Times reported Saturday. The newspaper cited 10 current and former U.S. officials, who described the intelligence breach as one of the worst in decades. They spoke on condition of anonymity. The report said U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies scrambled to stem the damage, but were bitterly divided over the cause of the breach. Some investigators were convinced there was a mole within the CIA, while...
  • Killing C.I.A. Informants, China Crippled U.S. Spying Operations

    05/20/2017 12:50:41 PM PDT · by Theoria · 63 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 20 May 2017 | MARK MAZZETTI, ADAM GOLDMAN, MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and MATT APUZZO
    The Chinese government systematically dismantled C.I.A. spying operations in the country starting in 2010, killing or imprisoning more than a dozen sources over two years and crippling intelligence gathering there for years afterward. Current and former American officials described the intelligence breach as one of the worst in decades. It set off a scramble in Washington’s intelligence and law enforcement agencies to contain the fallout, but investigators were bitterly divided over the cause. Some were convinced that a mole within the C.I.A. had betrayed the United States. Others believed that the Chinese had hacked the covert system the C.I.A. used...
  • State Dept. employee charged with misleading FBI in China intel case [ Hillary staffer Arrested ! ]

    04/13/2017 9:30:52 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 58 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | March 29,2017 | CBS
    Candace Marie Claiborne, a 60-year-old employee of the U.S. Department of State, was charged Wednesday with obstructing an official proceeding and making false statements to the FBI -- both felony offenses -- for allegedly concealing numerous contacts that she had over a period of years with Chinese intelligence agents, the Justice Department said Wednesday. The veteran State Department employee, who appeared before a judge Wednesday, is also accused of failing to report gifts she received from Chinese contacts. Claiborne allegedly failed to report repeated contacts with two intelligence agents of the People’s Republic of China, and the agents provided tens...
  • State employee charged in FBI probe

    03/29/2017 1:25:17 PM PDT · by billorites · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 29, 2017 | Olivia Beavers
    A State Department employee pleaded not guilty in court on Wednesday after being charged in an FBI investigation, the Department of Justice announced. Candace Claiborne, who worked in the Caucasus Affairs office of the State Department, is being charged for two felony offenses. Claiborne is being charged with “obstructing an official proceeding and making false statements to the FBI, both felony offenses, for allegedly concealing numerous contacts that she had over a period of years with foreign intelligence agents,” a Department of Justice release said. Claiborne, who has a Top Secret security clearance, failed to disclose her foreign contacts abroad...
  • Islamic center in Maryland keeps ties to Iran

    11/22/2009 2:06:36 AM PST · by markomalley · 5 replies · 692+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 11/22/2009 | Mehdi Jedinia
    A Potomac, Md., Islamic center maintains links to Iran despite its claims that it is independent of a foundation that is being sued by the U.S. government on charges of funneling money to the Islamic republic. Ali Mohammadi, the current manager of the Islamic Education Center (IEC) of Maryland, told The Washington Times that the center's only relationship to the Alavi Foundation is that of tenant to landlord. He quoted a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office as saying that forfeiture proceedings initiated earlier this month against the foundation - which also owns property in New York and other states...
  • 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...
  • Jack Barsky: The KGB spy who lived the American Dream

    02/28/2017 2:11:25 PM PST · by cdga5for4 · 12 replies
    BBC News ^ | February 23, 2017 | Brian Wheeler
    Jack Barsky died in September 1955, at the age of 10, and was buried in the Mount Lebanon Cemetery in the suburbs of Washington DC. His name is on the passport of the man sitting before me now - a youthful 67-year-old East German, born Albert Dittrich. The passport is not a fake. Albert Dittrich is Jack Barsky in the eyes of the US government. The story of how this came to be is, by Barsky's own admission, "implausible" and "ridiculous", even by the standards of Cold War espionage. But as he explains in a new memoir, Deep Undercover, it...
  • Why Are the Media Taking the CIA’s Hacking Claims at Face Value?

    12/15/2016 6:34:49 PM PST · by LouieFisk · 45 replies
    The Nation ^ | December 25th 2016 | James Carden
    In 1977, Carl Bernstein published an exposé of a CIA program known as Operation Mockingbird, a covert program involving, according to Bernstein, “more than 400 American journalists who in the past 25 years have secretly carried out assignments for the Central Intelligence Agency.” Bernstein found that in “many instances” CIA documents revealed that “journalists were engaged to perform tasks for the CIA with the consent of the managements of America’s leading news organizations.” Fast-forward to December 2016, and one can see that there isn’t much need for a covert government program these days.
  • Sources: Feds identify Philly woman in probe of secret recordings at GOP retreat

    02/04/2017 7:01:09 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 40 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 02/04/2017 | Jeremy Roebuck & Jonathan Tamari
    Federal authorities have identified a Philadelphia journalist as the woman who infiltrated and might have secretly recorded a closed-door discussion of congressional Republicans at their Center City retreat last week, according to law enforcement sources familiar with the matter. After a probe involving multiple agencies, they said Emily Guendelsberger is unlikely to face federal charges in Philadelphia, despite getting past security and into a room in the Loews hotel where Vice President Pence met privately with senators and representatives.
  • Russian security agents accused of treason reportedly charged with passing secrets to the CIA

    01/31/2017 4:10:05 PM PST · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 1/31/17 | Natasha Bertrand
    A senior Russian intelligence officer who was arrested on suspicion of treason in December has been charged with passing secrets to the CIA, sources told the Russian news agency Interfax on Tuesday. Sergei Mikhailov was the deputy head of the information security department of the FSB, Russia's national security service. He was arrested along with Dmitry Dokuchaev, a cybersecurity expert who worked as a hacker under the alias "Forb" before joining the FSB; and Ruslan Stoyanov, a key cybercrime investigator at the Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky. They were arrested shortly after the CIA concluded that Russian hackers, at the Kremlin's...
  • Woman impersonated lawmaker’s wife, snuck into GOP retreat

    01/29/2017 2:22:10 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 70 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Jan 28, 2017 | By Erica Werner | AP
    WASHINGTON — A woman impersonated the wife of a GOP lawmaker and snuck into the congressional Republican retreat in Philadelphia Thursday, the same day President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence appeared, retreat organizers told lawmakers late Saturday. The revelation came as the nonprofit Congressional Institute that organizes the retreat investigates how audio of the gathering leaked. In an email to GOP lawmakers, institute president Mark Strand did not directly say that the impersonator was the same person who leaked the audio, but that was the implication. “The Congressional Institute is continuing to investigate this breach in order to...
  • LA SHEESH! FBI, CIA Duped by Ex-Waitress

    11/13/2007 8:16:34 PM PST · by Westlander · 16 replies · 265+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 11-13-2007 | AP
    Nada Nadim Prouty, a 37-year-old Lebanese national and resident of Vienna, Va., pleaded guilty today in the Eastern District of Michigan to charges of fraudulently obtaining U.S. citizenship, which she later used to gain employment at the FBI and CIA; accessing a federal computer system to unlawfully query information about her relatives and the terrorist organization Hizballah; and conspiracy to defraud the United States.
  • Another spying scandal at Gitmo

    12/01/2009 2:59:52 AM PST · by Scanian · 19 replies · 710+ views
    NY Post ^ | December 1, 2009 | PAUL SPERRY
    A number of Arabic and Pashtu interpreters at the terror-war detention center at Guantanamo Bay are under active investigation for omitting valuable intelligence from their translations of detainee interrogations, among other security breaches. This could taint some of the evidence at the "9/11 trial" in New York and proceedings against other detainees. Remarkably, the Pentagon never cleaned up the "mole infestation" at its highest-security facility after the FBI busted a Muslim spy ring at Gitmo in 2003. The 2003 probe involved at least two Arabic interpreters with high-level security clearance. Senior Airman Ahmad al-Halabi, a Syrian native, and former Army...
  • Russian Espionage Plot Uncovered in London

    12/20/2010 4:47:41 AM PST · by IbJensen · 15 replies
    New American ^ | December 19, 2010 | Daniel Sayani
    Another Russian espionage plot has been uncovered, this time in London, involving controversial British Liberal Democrat MP Michael Hancock and his parliamentary aide, Russian national Katia Zatuliveter, a suspected sleeper agent who is being deported on charges that she is a threat to British national security, according to the MI5 intelligence service. This latest episode comes in the wake of the arrest and deportation of 10 Russian sleeper agents in the United States in June 2010, including former British citizen Anna Chapman. Officials also believe that there may be as many as 35 other Russian spies presently working in Britain...
  • Anna Chapman: Was Russian Spy Trying To Seduce An Obama Cabinet Member?

    04/03/2012 6:22:48 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 25 replies
    International Business Times ^ | April 3, 2012 | Daniel Tovrov:
    A female Russian spy -- possibly flame-haired media darling Anna Chapman -- was close to seducing a member of U.S. President Barack Obama's cabinet in 2010, the assistant director of the FBI for counterintelligence revealed in a recent interview with British television. Frank Figliuzzi said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been tracking a 10-person Russian spy ring for years but had to act sooner than planned because the female agent was getting close to drawing a U.S. official into a "honey trap." The individual "got closer and closer to higher and higher ranking leadership. She got close enough to...
  • Ex-Ambassador Sir Andrew Wood admits HE was diplomat who discussed Trump blackmail with McCain...

    01/13/2017 5:50:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Finance Fastly ^ | January 13, 2017
    A previous British minister to Moscow has uncovered that he talked about corrupt affirmations against Donald Trump with one of the President Elect's most despised adversaries - who later took the notorious 'grimy dossier' to the leader of the FBI. The archive, which has opened up a profound discretionary emergency, was conveyed to FBI boss James Comey by Republican John McCain. Presently Sir Andrew Wood - British envoy to Moscow in the vicinity of 1995 and 2000 - has affirmed he met McCain, a blunt pundit of the President Elect, at a security meeting in Canada in November. The two...
  • Police consider mass DNA screening of secret agents in hunt for spy in bag 'killer'.

    05/09/2012 7:14:50 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 4 replies
    MI6 agents could be asked to volunteer DNA as part of a renewed bid to discover how Gareth Williams died, the head of the Metropolitan Police confirmed yesterday.
  • Did Clinton's E-mail Server Help Betray Iranian Scientist?

    09/29/2016 9:12:27 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 6 replies
    The New American ^ | 11 August 2016 | C. Mitchell Shaw
    State-sponsored hackers penetrate the systems of other nations. It happens regularly. The United States does it. China does it. Russia does it. Iran does it. Sometimes, hacking reveals that someone in the hacking nation is working with the enemy. When that happens, someone dies. Sometimes, a secretary of state receives e-mails — on her unsecured, private e-mail server — about an Iranian scientist who is providing information to the United States and then that scientist is later executed for espionage.Throughout the scandal surrounding her use of an unsecured, private e-mail server, Hillary Clinton claimed that she “never sent or received...
  • "FBI Spooks"--Drudge's red letter headline means what?

    11/01/2016 4:57:55 PM PDT · by Chengdu54 · 179 replies
    Now on Drudge
  • U.S. Army soldier arrested on suspicion of espionage

    11/01/2011 6:45:16 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 01 November 2011
    A U.S. Army specialist has been arrested at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska on suspicion of espionage, an Army spokesman said on Tuesday. Specialist William Colton Millay, a 22-year-old military policeman, was taken into custody on October 28, Army spokesman Lt. Col. Bill Coppernoll told Reuters. Coppernoll said Millay, of Owensboro, Kentucky, was arrested following a joint espionage investigation conducted by the FBI and Army Counterintelligence special agents.