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  • THE INDOCTRINATION OF MONICA WITT

    02/20/2019 5:39:30 PM PST · by Rummyfan · 16 replies
    Powerline ^ | 20 Feb 2019 | Paul Mirengoff
    I don’t believe we’ve written about Monica Witt, the former U.S. Air Force intelligence specialist accused of espionage for Iran. Witt, who now resides in Iran, out of our reach, is said to have caused significant damage to America. She is suspected, among other things, of revealing the names of double agents run by the United States. Why did Witt become a traitor? Douglas Wise, former deputy director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, rules out a monetary motive. She wasn’t in it for the money; this wasn’t a fee-for-task thing. At some point, she took an ideological left turn to...
  • Spy Betrayed U.S. to Work for Iran, Charges Say

    02/14/2019 10:35:14 AM PST · by detective · 19 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Feb. 13, 2019 | Adam Goldman
    Inside the government, some officials called her “Wayward Storm.” Her real name was Monica Elfriede Witt, an exemplary Air Force counterintelligence agent who had studied Persian and carried out covert missions in Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. But by mid-2013, Ms. Witt had become disillusioned with the government — why, exactly, remains a mystery — and had left the military. Thoughts of betrayal consumed her, federal prosecutors now say, until she finally acted on them at the Iranian Embassy in Kabul, where they say she “told all.”
  • Botched CIA Communications System Helped Blow Cover of Chinese Agents

    09/03/2018 12:48:08 PM PDT · by Behind the Blue Wall · 28 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | August 18, 2018 | Zach Dorfman
    "It was considered one of the CIA’s worst failures in decades: Over a two-year period starting in late 2010, Chinese authorities systematically dismantled the agency’s network of agents across the country, executing dozens of suspected U.S. spies. But since then, a question has loomed over the entire debacle. How were the Chinese able to roll up the network? Now, nearly eight years later, it appears that the agency botched the communication system it used to interact with its sources, according to five current and former intelligence officials. The CIA had imported the system from its Middle East operations, where the...
  • CIA China Ops Wiped Out By 'Botched' Spy Contact System

    08/18/2018 5:10:30 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 29 replies
    Conservative Daily Post ^ | 18 Aug 2018 | Mark Megahan
    CIA China Ops Wiped Out By 'Botched; Spy Contact System: Investigation results show indicted spy Jerry Chun Shing Lee was not the CIA's only security breach. Sloppy coding led to a back door hole in the messaging system, used by the Chinese to 'wipe out' our entire spy network. Suddenly, in late 2010, undercover agents in China were being rounded up and hauled off for interrogation. Under Barack Obama's administration, the Central Intelligence Agency suffered what intelligence officers are calling one of the worst disasters in decades. Suddenly, in late 2010, undercover agents in China were being rounded up and...
  • The CIA's communications suffered a catastrophic compromise. It started in Iran.

    02/14/2019 10:58:52 AM PST · by detective · 45 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | November 2, 2018 | Zach Dorfman and Jenna McLaughlin
    In 2013, hundreds of CIA officers — many working nonstop for weeks — scrambled to contain a disaster of global proportions: a compromise of the agency’s internet-based covert communications system used to interact with its informants in dark corners around the world. Teams of CIA experts worked feverishly to take down and reconfigure the websites secretly used for these communications; others managed operations to quickly spirit assets to safety and oversaw other forms of triage. “When this was going on, it was all that mattered,” said one former intelligence community official. The situation was “catastrophic,” said another former senior intelligence...
  • Morton Sobell, Last Defendant in Rosenberg Spy Case, Dies at 101

    01/30/2019 1:27:26 PM PST · by Borges · 23 replies
    NYT ^ | 1/30/2019 | Michael T. Kaufman and Sam Roberts
    Morton Sobell, who was convicted in the Cold War spy trial that delivered Julius and Ethel Rosenberg to their deaths and divided the nation for decades, died in December in Manhattan, a relative confirmed on Wednesday. He was 101. Mr. Sobell, whose death was not reported at the time, had lived for many years on the Upper West Side and had recently been in nursing care. The family member asked not to be identified. Serving 18 years in prison until he was released in 1969, Mr. Sobell proclaimed his innocence until 2008, when, in an interview with The New York...
  • Four countries now have links to American detained in Russia as international spillover widens

    01/04/2019 2:43:54 PM PST · by blueplum · 31 replies
    WaPo via MSN ^ | 04 Jan 2018 | Amie Ferris-Rotman
    ….The details of the charges against Whelan from a special court-martial that resulted in his discharge for bad conduct two years later add to an increasingly complex picture of the 48-year-old former Marine, whom Russian officials have accused of spying. His case grew more perplexing on Friday after Ireland became the fourth nation to acknowledge him as a citizen and seek consular access.
  • BREAKING: JOHN MCCAIN ASSOCIATE GAVE DOSSIER TO BUZZFEED

    12/19/2018 4:43:47 PM PST · by CaptainK · 81 replies
    www.dailycaller ^ | 12/19/18 | Chuck Ross
    A longtime associate of late Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain provided a copy of the infamous Steele dossier to BuzzFeed News, according to an explosive court filing released Wednesday. David Kramer, a former State Department official who was an executive at the McCain Institute, met on Dec. 29, 2016 with BuzzFeed reporter Ken Bensinger, according to a filing submitted Wednesday by U.S. District Court Judge Ursula Ungaro. BuzzFeed published the dossier, which was authored by former British spy Christopher Steele, on Jan. 10, 2017. The disclosure was made as part of a final report ahead of Ungaro’s ruling in favor...
  • Trump's Master Spooks

    12/02/2018 10:12:52 PM PST · by bitt · 40 replies
    quodverum.com ^ | 12/2/2018 | Imperator Rex
    ( a new website where lots of conservative writers go after they are forever banned from Twitter and FB, etc..) Behind the scenes, Trump's spooks are destroying the enemies of the Republic, using astonishing tradecraft. Their assault has been devastating, as REX explains. "The corrupt government officials who instructed FBI agents to raid the home of US government whistleblower Dennis Cain on 18 November 2018, must have been confident. Someone had leaked them valuable information. The ID & address of a key whistleblower and potential star witness, who was storing original evidence devastating to the Clintons, as well as Bob...
  • Under Obama, the CIA Suffered a 'Catastrophic' Disaster

    11/07/2018 10:12:08 AM PST · by detective · 20 replies
    PJ media ^ | November 4, 2018 | Michael Walsh
    This story, which broke on Nov. 2, got mighty little attention from the national media. I wonder why: In 2013, hundreds of CIA officers — many working nonstop for weeks — scrambled to contain a disaster of global proportions: a compromise of the agency’s internet-based covert communications system used to interact with its informants in dark corners around the world. Teams of CIA experts worked feverishly to take down and reconfigure the websites secretly used for these communications; others managed operations to quickly spirit assets to safety and oversaw other forms of triage. “When this was going on, it was...
  • John Brennan Warns After Sessions’ Firing: ‘Constitutional Crisis Very Soon’ [With video.]

    11/07/2018 4:25:16 PM PST · by familyop · 117 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | November 7, 2018 | Joshua Caplan
    Former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) chief John Brennan told MSNBC that the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions Wednesday shows the United States may be facing a constitutional crisis “very soon.”
  • 6 Questions About The Huge CIA Blunder That Allowed Enemies To Kill 70 U.S. Spies

    11/07/2018 9:42:08 AM PST · by detective · 14 replies
    The Federalist ^ | November 7, 2018 | Tony Daniel
    More than 70 foreign nationals working as spies for the CIA in Iran and China were systematically identified and slaughtered in the past decade, due to a ridiculously weak web-based system the CIA used to communicate with foreign assets it couldn’t reach directly. This according to a devastating November 2 report in Yahoo News written by journalists Zach Dorfman and Jenna McLaughlin (center-left, but generally trustworthy). Although the Iranian roll-up occurred in 2011, and the Chinese rout occurred from 2010 to 2012, the CIA did not remedy the root cause of the problem in its transient messaging scheme until 2013,...
  • Obama’s CIA Secretly Intercepted Congressional Communications About Whistleblowers

    11/02/2018 10:23:19 PM PDT · by blam · 52 replies
    Fortis Connect ^ | 11-3-2018 | Sharyl Attkisson
    The intercepts occurred under CIA Director John Brennan and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. The new disclosures are contained in two letters of “Congressional notification” originally written to key members of Congress in March 2014, but kept secret until now. In the letters, then-Intelligence Community Inspector General Charles McCullough tells four key members of Congress that during “routing counterintelligence monitoring of Government computer systems,” the CIA collected emails between Congressional staff and the CIA’s head of whistleblowing and source protection. McCullough states that he’s concerned “about the potential compromise to whistleblower confidentiality and the consequent ‘chilling effect’ that the...
  • PC police making Halloween really scary

    10/30/2018 6:07:35 AM PDT · by John David Powell · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 30, 2018 | John David Powell
    At the risk of sounding like an old codger sitting on the porch shouting, “Hey you kids, get off my lawn,” today’s Halloween vibe just ain’t like it used to be. Halloweens of more than half a century ago in my little town in Illinois were not confused with politics and political correctness. It was a night when tiny ghosts and goblins, spooks and spirits, fairies and firemen ran up to doors and waited for tricks or treats to land in their paper grocery sacks. Kids stayed close to home, except for short drives across town to scare relatives or...
  • Houston's Museum of Natural Science apologizes for questionable email subject line "Spooks"

    10/19/2018 9:56:07 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 35 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 10/17/2018 | Marcy De Luna
    Houston's Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) has issued a public apology after distributing an an issue of its bi-weekly electronic newsletter with what many would consider a racially offensive term. Thursday morning, when community and museum members checked their email accounts, they had an email from the museum with the subject line "Party with Spooks." While the word "spook" is a synonym for the word "ghost," it's also a derogatory slur for a person of African descent. HMNS president Joel Bartsch tells the Houston Chronicle, this is a case of the former. "It's a tie to our annual Halloween party,...
  • Was Christopher Steele Disseminating Russian Disinformation to the State Department?

    09/14/2018 4:05:21 PM PDT · by detective · 15 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | September 14, 2018 | Eric Felten
    When Christopher Steele was hired to compile his “dossier” on Donald Trump in 2016, he already had an extensive history of presenting private intelligence analysis to U.S. policymakers. The former British spy had for years been funneling reports on Russia and Ukraine to senior State Department Russia analysts. Materials recently turned over to Congress show that while Steele was giving memos to State he also maintained close ties to the billionaire Russian industrialist Oleg V. Deripaska. Some congressional investigators are thus concerned that his memos may have been a channel of Russian disinformation. Here’s how Steele got his work distributed...
  • The Maltese Phantom of Russiagate

    05/30/2018 12:07:33 PM PDT · by publana · 14 replies
    Real Clear Investigations ^ | May 30, 2018 | Lee Smith
    In the shifting narratives of the Trump-Russia probe, a Maltese academic named Joseph Mifsud has remained a linchpin regarding claims of collusion. He is the professor who allegedly told Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos that the Russians had emails related to the Clinton campaign. The FBI says it opened its investigation in late July 2016 after Papadopoulos relayed that information to Australian diplomat Alexander Downer, and the Australians tipped off U.S. authorities. While some news accounts describe Mifsud as an accomplice to Russian clandestine operations or a “cut-out” (intermediary), others contend he is a full-fledged Russian spy. In an official...
  • REPORT: China systematically crippled CIA operations, killing or imprisoning up to 20 sources

    08/29/2018 2:33:50 PM PDT · by CivilWarBrewing · 67 replies
    Reuters / Business Insider ^ | MAY 21, 2017 | Doina Chiacu
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China killed or imprisoned 18 to 20 CIA sources from 2010 to 2012, hobbling U.S. spying operations in a massive intelligence breach whose origin has not been identified, the New York Times reported on Saturday. Investigators remain divided over whether there was a spy within the Central Intelligence Agency who betrayed the sources or whether the Chinese hacked the CIA's covert communications system, the newspaper reported, citing current and former U.S. officials.
  • SOURCES: CHINA HACKED HILLARY CLINTON’S PRIVATE EMAIL SERVER

    08/28/2018 6:46:14 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 103 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9:22 PM 08/27/2018 | Richard Pollock | Reporter
    A Chinese-owned company penetrated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private server, according to sources briefed on the matter. The company inserted code that forwarded copies of Clinton’s emails to the Chinese company in real time. The Intelligence Community Inspector General warned of the problem, but the FBI subsequently failed to act, Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert said during a July hearing. A Chinese-owned company operating in the Washington, D.C., area hacked Hillary Clinton’s private server throughout her term as secretary of state and obtained nearly all her emails, two sources briefed on the matter told The Daily Caller News...
  • Botched CIA Communications System Helped Blow Cover of Chinese Agents

    08/16/2018 8:52:56 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 25 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | August 15, 2018, 5:13 PM | Zach Dorfman
    It was considered one of the CIA’s worst failures in decades: Over a two-year period starting in late 2010, Chinese authorities systematically dismantled the agency’s network of agents across the country, executing dozens of suspected U.S. spies. But since then, a question has loomed over the entire debacle. How were the Chinese able to roll up the network? Now, nearly eight years later, it appears that the agency botched the communication system it used to interact with its sources, according to five current and former intelligence officials. The CIA had imported the system from its Middle East operations, where the...