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#Russia's state TV: Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, resorts to outright insults, diplomacy is out the window at this point. She says that "Theresa May's complaint that Moscow's response is an affront to common sense means that it wasn't directed at her personally."
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“If everyone fought for their own convictions there would be no war.”
― Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace
― Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace
Probably one of the greatest intelligence blunders of all time. The Russian GRU gave the alleged Salisbury poisoners plus 38 other suspected GRU agents consecutive passport numbers. Now they can be identified and tracked to their respective missions.
British spies 'hacked into Belgian telecoms firm on ministers' orders'
Report by Belgian prosecutors believed to support allegations made by Edward Snowden
Daniel Boffey in Brussels
Fri 21 Sep 2018 18.03 BST Last modified on Fri 21 Sep 2018 21.55 BST
British spies are likely to have hacked into Belgium’s biggest telecommunications operator for at least a two-year period on the instruction of UK ministers, a confidential report submitted by Belgian prosecutors is said to have concluded.
The finding would support an allegation made by the whistleblower Edward Snowden five years ago when he leaked 20 slides exposing the targets of hacking by the British intelligence service GCHQ.
According to unconfirmed reports in the Belgian media, the federal prosecutors’ report suggests the hackers closed their operation within a matter of minutes of being exposed in August 2013. It is believed the interception of Belgacom, now Proximus, had been ongoing since at least 2011.
The justice minister, Koen Geens, has confirmed he has received the report and that it will be discussed within the national security council, led by the prime minister, Charles Michel.
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/201 ... ims-report
Russian Official Linked to Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Trump Tower Lawyer, Is Dead
A Russian official accused of directing the foreign operations of Natalia Veselnitskaya, the lawyer who met senior Trump campaign officials in 2016, has plummeted to his death in a helicopter crash.
Russian Deputy Attorney General Saak Albertovich Karapetyan was exposed in a Swiss court this year for a plot to enlist another nation’s law-enforcement official as a double-agent for the Kremlin.
Media reports in Russia say he died Wednesday night when his helicopter crashed into a forest during an unauthorized flight in the Kostroma region, northeast of Moscow.
Karapetyan was intimately familiar with some of the most notorious operations carried out under the orders of Vladimir Putin. He worked closely with Veselnitskaya as well as running some of Moscow’s most high-profile efforts to thwart international investigations into Russia’s alleged crimes.
It was Karapetyan who signed a letter from the Russian government refusing to help the U.S. in a civil case it was pursuing linked to the death of Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian lawyer who was trying to expose a $230 million fraud in Russia. Leaked emails have since shown that Veselnitskaya helped to draft the document sent with that letter.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/08/worl ... &smtyp=cur
Skripal Poisoning Suspect Is a Russian Military Doctor, Report Says
New blow to GRU: More Russian military spies exposed
It seems like open season on the GRU.
The Russian military agency had its inner workings exposed again Friday as determined journalists and Kremlin critics remain focused on uncovering its secrets. A new report details the alleged misbehavior and bizarre bureaucratic decisions that allowed a Russian journalist to identify people he says are GRU officers.
Journalist Sergei Kanev said he wants to call attention to problems within an organization he thinks has moved from traditional spying into unchecked violence and foreign interference. But his story portrays the agency as more sloppy than scary: one finding was that suspected GRU agents appeared to blow their own covers. ...
Kanev, who lives in self-imposed exile in Europe, told The Associated Press he uncovered the identities by using databases purchased on the black market from Moscow police, traffic police or security agents. He said he cross-checked them with open sources and discussions with security sources. Other Russian journalists have described using similar methods.
Kanev's reporting was funded and published by Kremlin opponent Mikhail Khodorkovsky's Dossier Project, and also released by Russian independent broadcaster Dozhd TV.
The details of the report couldn't be immediately verified. But it fits in a pattern of embarrassing exposures that has caused some to question the GRU's professionalism - and highlighted corruption that has allowed leaks to occur.
The Guardian - Luke Harding: 'A very different world' - inside the Czech spying operation on Trump
Exclusive: files reveal Trump was the target of an extensive spying operation in the late 1980s by the country’s intelligence service, with ‘friends’ from the KGB
Law & Crime: Soviet-Linked Spies Targeted Trump After He Married Ivana, Knowing He Wanted to Be President One Day
cause I just picked up the above Guardian article listed by Addie, coming from a different angle, here the quote:
Czechoslovakia ramped up spying on Trump in late 1980s, seeking US intel
Exclusive: aided by Ivana Trump’s father, intelligence service with KGB ties targeted high-level government information, files show
‘A very different world’ - inside the Czech spying operation
Luke Harding in Prague
Mon 29 Oct 2018 06.00 GMT Last modified on Mon 29 Oct 2018 16.46 GMT
The communist intelligence service in Prague stepped up its spying campaign against Donald Trump in the late 1980s, targeting him to gain information about the “upper echelons of the US government”, archive files and testimony from former cold war spies reveal.
Czechoslovakia’s Státní bezpečnost (StB) carried out a long-term spying mission against Trump following his marriage in 1977 to his first wife, Ivana Zelníčková. The operation was run out of Zlín, the provincial town in south-west Czechoslovakia where Zelníčková was born and grew up.
Ivana’s father, Miloš Zelníček, gave regular information to the local StB office about his daughter’s visits from the US and on his celebrity son-in-law’s career in New York. Zelníček was classified as a “conspiratorial” informer. His relationship with the StB lasted until the end of the communist regime.
New archive records obtained by the Guardian and the Czech magazine Respekt show the StB’s growing interest in Trump after the 1988 US presidential election, won by George HW Bush. The StB’s first directorate responsible for foreign espionage sought to “deepen” its Trump-related activity.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/201 ... ism-spying
The CIA's communications suffered a catastrophic compromise. It started in Iran.
Zach Dorfman and Jenna McLaughlin-,Yahoo News•November 2, 2018
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 official.
From around 2009 to 2013, the U.S. intelligence community experienced crippling intelligence failures related to the secret internet-based communications system, a key means for remote messaging between CIA officers and their sources on the ground worldwide. The previously unreported global problem originated in Iran and spiderwebbed to other countries, and was left unrepaired — despite warnings about what was happening — until more than two dozen sources died in China in 2011 and 2012 as a result, according to 11 former intelligence and national security officials.
The disaster ensnared every corner of the national security bureaucracy — from multiple intelligence agencies, congressional intelligence committees and independent contractors to internal government watchdogs — forcing a slow-moving, complex government machine to grapple with the deadly dangers of emerging technologies.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/cias-communi ... 18710.html
The article analyzes also the problems that the Trump administration is facing
Marriott Data Breach Is Traced to Chinese Hackers as U.S. Readies Crackdown on Beijing
From the first revelation that the Marriott’s computer systems had been breached, there was widespread suspicion that the hacking was part of a broad spy campaign to amass Americans’ personal data.
By David E. Sanger, Nicole Perlroth, Glenn Thrush and Alan Rappeport
Dec. 11, 2018
WASHINGTON — The cyberattack on the Marriott hotel chain that collected personal details of roughly 500 million guests was part of a Chinese intelligence-gathering effort that also hacked health insurers and the security clearance files of millions more Americans, according to two people briefed on the investigation.
The hackers, they said, are suspected of working on behalf of the Ministry of State Security, the country’s Communist-controlled civilian spy agency. The discovery comes as the Trump administration is planning actions targeting China’s trade, cyber and economic policies, perhaps within days.
Those moves include indictments against Chinese hackers working for the intelligence services and the military, according to four government officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The Trump administration also plans to declassify intelligence reports to reveal Chinese efforts dating to at least 2014 to build a database containing names of executives and American government officials with security clearances.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/11/us/p ... trade.html