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    A young Russian woman working in the House of Commons for the Liberal Democrat MP Mike Hancock is facing deportation as a suspected spy.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...per-agent.html
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    The Russian intelligence service's illegal use of the Canadian passport poses a “troubling threat” to the travel document's integrity, newly released federal memos warn.

    Canada “strongly deplores” the exploitation of its passport by Russian agents to establish a spy ring in the United States, say the internal Foreign Affairs Department records.
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/...rticle2202598/

    The widow of former Russian FSB officer Aleksandr Litvinenko, who was murdered in London in 2006, admitted that her husband cooperated with the British intelligence services MI5 and MI6.
    At the reopened hearings in the case in London, Marina Litvinenko announced that she decided to disclose the information in the name of transparency of the investigation.
    http://rt.com/news/litvinenko-britis...e-lugovoy-979/
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    Britain was behind a plot to spy on Russians with a device hidden in a fake plastic rock, a former key UK government official has admitted.Jonathan Powell, former chief of staff to prime minister Tony Blair, admitted in a BBC documentary that allegations made by the Russians in 2006 - dismissed at the time - were in fact true.

    "The spy rock was embarrassing," he said in the BBC2 documentary series, Putin, Russia and the West. "They had us bang to rights. Clearly they had known about it for some time and had been saving it up for a political purpose."
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012...t-spy-russians
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    Sources familiar with a breaking spy saga in Halifax say Russian envoys were after military secrets from a Canadian forces member who worked at a highly secure naval operations centre here.

    That information was substantiated Wednesday. It had been rumoured since Sub-Lt. Jeffrey Paul Delisle was arraigned on espionage charges Monday in Halifax.
    http://thechronicleherald.ca/metro/5...lifax-spy-case

    Delisle had access to sensitive information, including the locations of ocean sensors that help authorities monitor ship movements. That type of information could be useful to a country, such as Russia, if it wanted to try to navigate waters without being detected, he said.

    Media reports have suggested that Delisle was leaking information to the Russians.

    Read more: http://www.canada.com/news/Navy+cape...#ixzz1jurpSqNn
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    Default Milton Bearden's Requiem for a Russian Spy

    Milton Bearden's Requiem for a Russian Spy

    An intriguing semi-obituary of a Soviet era KGB senior officer who committed suicide in March 2012, added here as the comments on the Soviet role in Afghanistan fit better: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/article..._spy?page=full

    Shebarshin's Afghan years convinced him of the futility of any occupation of that unruly, martial land and revealed the depth of the cooked intelligence that launched the Red Army's intervention and doggedly supported the failed military adventure for nine long years.
    Even better is the tale of the crashed SU-25, which has a quirky end:
    The Pakistanis, on America's behalf, made the colonel the usual offer: a condo in Phoenix, a Ford F-150 pickup truck, a good dog, and a good life.
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    Canadian naval intelligence officer has pleaded guilty to spying for Russia over four-and-a-half years, Steven Chase and Jane Taber of The Globe and Mail report.

    Sub-Lieutenant Jeffrey Delisle, 41, pleaded guilty to criminal charges of “communicating with a foreign entity” and "breach of trust" for funneling top military secrets from his post at the ultra-secure Trinity naval intelligence center in Halifax to Russia for about $3,000 a month.
    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/canad...#ixzz291f70IVy
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    Feds arrested 11 suspected Russian spies on charges of smuggling $50 million in sensitive American military electronics to Russia.

    Alexander Fishenko, an owner and executive of American and Russian companies, was charged with operating as an "unregistered agent of the Russian government inside the United States by illegally procuring the high-tech microelectronics on behalf of the Russian government," according to an FBI press release.
    http://www.businessinsider.com/alexa...#ixzz291fgpo00
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    Russia reveals identity of CIA Moscow chief following Ryan Fogle's expulsion

    Federal Security Service spokesman breaches protocol as he accuses US agency of crossing 'red line' in its recruitment efforts
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013...a-moscow-chief
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    Default Ryan Fogle alleged US spy in Moscow

    The reliable UK-based Spyblog has a post on the arrest, in particular what kit was found by the FSB:http://www.spyblog.org.uk/
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    Default Russia Is Reportedly Reopening Its Spy Base In Cuba

    Russia and Cuba have agreed to reopen the signals intelligence (SIGINT) base in Lourdes, Cuba, which was primarily used to spy on the U.S., Russian business daily Kommersant reports.

    The base was set up in 1964 after the Cuban missile crisis and is 155 miles from the U.S. coast. Havana shut it down in 2001 because of financial issues and American pressure.
    http://www.businessinsider.com/russi...in-cuba-2014-7

    An additional blow came in July 2000, when the US House passed the Russian-American Trust and Cooperation Act, a bill that would ban Washington from rescheduling or forgiving any Russian debt to the US, unless the facility in Lourdes is shut down.

    Moscow did so in 2001 and also closed its military base in Vietnam’s Cam Ranh, with both moves reported as major steps to address Americans’ concerns. But, in the words of a military source cited by Kommersant, the US “did not appreciate our gesture of goodwill.”
    http://rt.com/news/173092-russia-sigint-facility-cuba/

    Oops.

    http://cryptome.org/jya/rusigint.htm
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    Default Alexander Litvinenko: the man who solved his own murder

    An interesting account of this Russian FSB defector's death; the sub-title says:
    This week, the inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko will deliver its findings. The former Russian spy was poisoned with a cup of tea in a London hotel. Working with Scotland Yard detectives, as he lay dying, he traced the lethal substance to a former comrade in the Russian secret service
    Link:http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...P=share_btn_tw

    The murder was in October 2006 and only this week did an official inquiry come to an end. This BBC link has more:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35378626
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    A short article on a "deep cover" Russian spy in Madrid, Spain for twenty years, using a New Zealand ID and a SIS approach - which was rejected:http://www.politico.eu/interactive/t...an-spy-moscow/
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    Default Gareth Williams of MI6

    Thoughts on this one? SVR? Suicide? Accident?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Azor View Post
    Thoughts on this one? SVR? Suicide? Accident?
    There's enough doubt in that case to be very skeptical of of all three.
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    So, a senior member of the Kremlin elite just publicly admitted, “Let’s be frank. #Snowden did share intelligence."
    https://twitter.com/20committee/stat...67965799579648

    HUGE: The Kremlin just admitted Snowden is a Russian agent
    Deutsch: http://www.bild.de/politik/ausland/e...1344.bild.html
    English: https://20committee.com/2016/07/02/t...russian-agent/

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    Top notch OPSEC, Yuri.

    Veteran spies in Russia have reacted in horror after a show of strength by newly graduated agents in a cortege of black Mercedes Gelandewagens.

    The cavalcade by recently-qualified 007s from Vladimir Putin's espionage ranks has stunned Cold War specialists schooled in staying in the shadows.

    The brash automobile parade through the streets of Moscow with horns blaring was variously reported as being by rookie agents from the foreign intelligence section of the FSB spy academy.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...ow-convoy.html

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    Sanctioning the GRU, a decent step, but hamstrung by the need forSymmetry
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    The "Lame Duck" president has proven to have a surprisingly sharp and accurate peck, and as the USA strikes back against the Russian hacking and its role in the US elections with a welcome series of sanctions. Two point are worth bringing up: the way the issue instantly and depressingly becomes a partisan one.

    It also suggests that the incoming administration is woefully ill-informed about the Russian intelligence community, or willing to leap through rhetorical hoops to protect it; and the needless and limiting philosophy behind the sanctions.

    The Sanctions and the GRU

    Kellyann Conway, counsellor to President-Elect Trump, told#CNN, while disparaging these so-called "symbolic" sanctions, that "the GRU doesn't really travel here, doesn't keep its assets here." OK, let's start with that.

    If by "the GRU doesn't really travel here," she means senior officers such as the four figures directly sanctioned don't pop over to Epcot for family holidays, that is perfectly true. If by "the GRU ..., doesn't keep its assets here" she means the agency as a whole doesn't have McMansions in Texas and skiing chalets in Vermont, also technically true.

    But.
    First of all, the GRU has many assets in the espionage tradecraft terms in the USA: agents, networks, safehouses, dead drops, etc. This is an expansive and aggressive agency that while focusing on military intelligence has broadened out into covering a wide range of other missions, not least because of the competitive dynamic I outline in my recent ECFR report#Putin's Hydra.

    So if we are talking about the GRU as a whole -- and Conway's phrasing suggests she was -- then of course the GRU has huge (even yuge) assets in the States, including its#rezidentura, its base within the embassy in DC.

    Secondly, the point about sanctioning the guys at the top of the GRU is not because you're worried about them popping over the take advantage of the New Year sales on Fifth Avenue, but to demonstrate commitment. Yes, this is "symbolic" but much of politics is precisely about symbolism.
    Punish the Criminal, Not the Instrument

    However, here's my beef with the current philosophy of sanctions, the need artificially to create comparability and demonstrate direct connection. What does it matter if the hacks were done by the GRU (and as I understand it, they got the emails, but it was the FSB that pushed for their leakage and handled the dissemination and exploitation side of the operation)?

    These are simply arms of a single, authoritarian state?

    Why not hit people in the Presidential Administration, Duma, Senate, Putin's friends, his dogwalker, whoever?
    When we convict a thug of punching someone, we don't punish him#by breaking his#arm, we punish the criminal as an entire person. By the same token, sanctions should target the state, not its individual instruments.

    This is a reasonable set of sanctions, and can be welcomed. But for real effectiveness, for deterrent impact, arguably sanctions ought to be unreasonable, and directed at the source of the attack, not the instrument.
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    BREAKING: Swedish police SPO says 30% of 100 employees in Russian embassy / Stockholm are spies. Threat to nat sec.
    http://www.tv4play.se/program/nyhete...deo_id=3848612
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    Quote Originally Posted by OUTLAW 09 View Post
    Estonia has a very simple counterintelligence policy: it names and shames agents of the Kremlin annually:
    http://thebea.st/2pgQblY
    That's a public relations and counter-propaganda policy, not a counter-intelligence one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Azor View Post
    That's a public relations and counter-propaganda policy, not a counter-intelligence one.
    THEN you do not understand the "Spy Wars".....

    By naming and shaming you make both CI points and get PR....AND you effectively tell SVR/FSB that you have them in clear gun sights on every move they make....

    The old style days of kicking out "suspected KGB Embassy officers" and vice versa was the 70/80s...this is a modern 21st century approach to the same process....

    Do not think for a moment that those 35 Russian kicked out of the US recently were not somehow misidentified by the FBI.....
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