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EYE SPY 80
VOLUME X NUMBER EIGHT (ISSUE80) ISSN 1364 8446 publication date: JULY 26 2012
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From the editor - Mark Birdsall
MI5 AND NEW SCOTLAND YARD - ANXIOUS DAYS
Welcome to this brief overview of Eye Spy Intelligence Magazine - issue 80.
Contained within this edition are several major espionage features. The CIA has reportedly had agents exposed in China and Russia, whilst a Dutch ‘diplomat’ has allegedly been detained for ‘liaisons’ with two spies in Germany. They in turn have been linked to the defunct Russian spy ring which collapsed in America a couple of years ago. Another case which caught my attention, but has hardly received any global coverage, is that of a deceased British politician who spied for Czechoslovakian Intelligence in the 1960s. Raymond Mawby, code-named ‘Lavel’, was uncovered by a BBC correspondent in the course of his researches into an unrelated affair at the Czech Security Information Service (BIS). There is no mention of Mawby in MI5’s authorised history, thus one can only assume this is news to British Intelligence. Perhaps the Service should include this fascinating story in a future reprint?
In the United States, a fierce debate still rages about the leaking of important intelligence on various case files to the media. Opponents of President Obama believe the material has been provided to selected journalists, this in an attempt to bolster his standing in election year. I’m not sure this is the case, but privileged information has indeed found its way into the hands of some media houses - and all are supportive of the president.
One fascinating, but dark story in Eye Spy 80, concerns the fate of an alleged Mossad agent. Majid Jamali Fashi had admitted operating for Israel’s secret service, and killing a key nuclear scientist. I’ve called the feature ‘The Prestige’, because it seems to me that the evidence we’ve uncovered points to an illusion created by Iranian Intelligence. Fashi was hanged, at least according to Tehran. The media in that country was handed various items for publication about Fashi, including Israeli identity documentation, video interviews and transport and travel data. Eye Spy has checked some of this ‘evidence’ - and the results of our research appear in a quite astonishing feature. For those not familiar with ‘The Prestige’, see the book or film of the same name - it may provide a clue or two about our findings.
Suggestions that recent terror arrests in London and elsewhere in the United Kingdom, are connected to the Olympic Games, have been rejected by the authorities. However, in my mind they have everything to do with the event. Britain’s security services are nervous, perhaps a little anxious. A warning from MI5’s Director-General Jonathan Evans, that total security is impossible, seems to indicate that more arrests will follow. Nevertheless, with some 40,000 people working to protect the Olympics, from SAS to specialist intelligence elements, and all leave cancelled for MI5 personnel, the UK Government is doing everything it can to ensure a safe and enjoyable event.
Keeping on the counter-terrorism theme, this issue contains a quite brilliant article from Jon Augustine, a former member of America’s ultra secret Intelligence Support Activity. ‘Strategem of Interrogation’ dismantles the myth that information can only be gleaned by torture or pain. Augustine reveals the ‘Sixteen Approaches’ taught by US Military Intelligence to its interrogation officers, and makes it very clear torture is not an option. Powerful stuff indeed.
Finally, do note that besides our print edition, Eye Spy Intelligence Magazine is now available in electronic form on all major platforms.
A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF EYE SPY INTELLIGENCE MAGAZINE - ISSUE 80 FOLLOWS...
ASSANGE SEEKS UNLIKELY EXIT
WIKILEAKS FOUNDER IN SURPRISING MOVE
Julian Paul Assange, 40, the founder of controversial whistle-blowing web site - WikiLeaks, has lost his appeal against extradition to Sweden. Police there want to question him about claims he sexually molested two women - both former ex-WikiLeaks workers. Assange claims the sex was consensual and the allegations politically inspired.
Eye Spy examines the background to the US Cables leak affair and why this controversial figure may still end up in America facing espionage charges
CIA ENGAGING PERSONS WITH INSIGHT TO SECRET SITES
A retired Russian Army Colonel has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for espionage - this for passing half a dozen CDs containing over 7,000 classified topo- graphical maps to an alleged CIA contact man in neighbouring Belarus. The maps, delivered in 2008, were
originally in the possession of a ‘collector’. This fascinating feature looks at how Langley is collecting intelligence on Russian sites and weaponry in a most unusual manner...
IRAN-MOSSAD SPY GAMES
Intelligence watchers believe Iran has pulled off a most astonishing illusion as alleged Mossad agent is hanged...
Controversy continues to surround the fate of alleged Mossad agent Majid Jamali Fashi, 24, who was found guilty of the assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist in Tehran in January 2010. Fashi is said to have detonated a bomb on a parked motor- cycle next to the vehicle of Masoud Ali- Mohammadi, as the quantum field theorist left for work. Witnesses said the blast occurred as Mohammadi, 50, approached his car.
Iranian Intelligence predictably blamed the Mossad, who just as predictably refused to confirm or deny responsibility. Suspicion also fell on the CIA and MI6, however, the US State Department via its Swiss liaison in Tehran denied the United States was behind the assassination. Intelligence sources told Eye Spy Mohammadi was on the verge of “defecting to the West,” thus at that time much focus was on Iran itself.
Eye Spy uncovers evidence to suggest that Fashi may have been used as a pawn to pull of an astonishing illusion and heap more blame on the Mossad - and that he may not be dead at all...
A NEW COLD WAR SPY STORY
ROULETTE TO ESPIONAGE
HOW INVESTIGATION ABOUT ALLEGED BLACKMAILING OF FORMER BRITISH PRIME MINISTER UNCOVERED A COLD WAR SPY
A BBC investigation headed by security correspondent Gordon Corera into the activities of a deceased British politician, has revealed a spy operated unhindered inside Parliament for a decade
The evidence was discovered in hundreds of documents archived by the Czech Security Information Service (BIS). Raymond Mawby, who died in 1993, was bribed to pass information about his colleagues and other government issues to his Czechoslovakian Intelligence handler in return for money.
Eye Spy examines this fascinating story and presents a special feature on the 1960s - ‘A Decade of Intense Espionage’
THE PERFECT ESPIONAGE TOOL
According to the United Nations International Telecommunications [monitoring] Union (ITU) in Geneva, the Flame virus which has been in the news of late, is the most “powerful espionage tool” ever to have been created. Marco Obiso, a senior cyber official for the UN, warned the virus has the potential to attack critical infrastructure by manipulating computer programmes used to control machinery.
This fascinating feature investigates the likely organisations behind Flame’s creation, and why its prime target was Iran...
The World of Counter Terrorism and Intelligence
Informants, HUMINT, Liaison and Control
PART 4 - EYE SPY’S IMPORTANT SERIES CONTINUES
EYE SPY EXAMINES THE CRUCIAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN OPERATIVE AND CONTROLLER
Nothing is considered more valuable in terms of its usefulness than good intelligence supplied by first- hand credible sources. Whether it’s a domestic or overseas source, HUMINT (human intelligence) is often the trigger or gateway that leads to a wider investigation.
A good case example of quality HUMINT can be found in the recent MI6-CIA operation in Yemen. Here an agent infiltrated an al-Qaida affiliate, passed on high grade intel about senior members, and even managed to secure a new type of bodyworn bomb. However, determining just how accurate such intelligence is can be problematic, especially if the source is based abroad and/or not known.
EXTRACT: It’s also important to note that with international terrorism a worldwide problem, many countries have enlarged or modernised or restructured their counter-terrorism organisations. Massive changes in Canada, Australia and many European countries have occurred, and unlike other types of intelligence, that related to terrorism is frequently pooled and shared, including feeds to Interpol and some United Nations offices. However, for obvious reasons some of the data remains secret and is compartmentalised even within single organisations for fear of internal or external security breaches. Confidentiality and legal issues also come into play. Intelligence is ‘king’ and any leak, deliberate or uninten- tional - the mentioning of a name for example by a third party, could have disastrous results for those engaged in an on-going operation.
RIPPLES OF RUSSIAN SPY RING
NEW DEVELOPMENTS FOLLOW GERMAN BKA INVESTIGATION
A Dutch diplomat has reportedly been arrested on suspicion of receiving hundreds of documents from two alleged German contacts of the defunct SVR spy ring in America. He was detained in The Hague, Netherlands, after a warrant for his arrest was issued in Germany.
Eye Spy provides background on the story and reveals unreported radio communications which could well link a number of the alleged spies...
CLEAR PRESENT AND FUTURE DANGERS
MI5 Director General Jonathan Evans has delivered a fascinating, but disturbing overview of current security and intelligence concerns, and the challenges facing the Security Service in years to come
“The dog you haven’t seen may turn out to be the dog that bites you... in back rooms and cars and on the streets, there is no shortage of individuals talking about wanting to launch attacks here”
ELINT OPERATION AND THE:
What was Turkey’s RF-4E Phantom doing when it was shot down?
At 0730GMT on 22 June 2012, a Turkish RF-4E Phantom, part of the 7th Air Wing of the 2nd Air Force Command, left its base at Erhac. Some 90 minutes later, the aircraft, flown by two aircrew, disappeared off Turkish radar apparently flying over international waters; Syria thinks differently.
Communications and radio expert Paul Beaument identifies the weaponry used to bring down the ageing aircraft, and reveals what the aircraft was doing when it was attacked...
Eye Spy also examines the recent interception of a Russian weapons’ carrying cargo vessel enroute to Syria and why future sailings could lead to a direct confrontation between NATO and Russia.
CIA AND THE ‘PRETTY WOMAN’ TRAP
STRANGE SPY EVENTS SHAKING CHINA’S GOVERNMENT
A suspected CIA spy and secretary to one of the most powerful and influential figures in China has been arrested on espionage charges. Though details of the case are patchy, it is believed the man was detained between January and March 2012. The incident seems connected to recent turmoil within China’s Politburo and the death of Briton Neil Heywood. It is further complicated because US-Sino relations are at a very low ebb, thus Beijing and Washing- ton kept quiet about the spy affair.
EXTRACT: Police official Wang Lijun investigated the Briton’s death (poison was forced into his mouth) and it soon transpired that the affair also involved other very senior Chinese officials, including Politburo man Bo Xilai. Lijun sought asylum in the US Consulate after leaks emerged stating Xilai’s wife, Gu KaiLai had allegedly ordered Heywood killed. The affair was further complicated because of Wang Lijun’s involvement in the bugging of political rivals on behalf of Bo Xilai himself. Some of the wiretaps are said to have been used on telephones in party leader and President Hu Jintao’s office and possibly those of Prime Minister Wen Jiabao.
INTEL LEAKS OR GOOD MEDIA RELATIONS?
White House rejects accusations of using intel and media for political gain... but USIC concern forces major investigation
Some politicians claim a new Hollywood picture to be released later this year about the search and death of Osama bin-Laden contains “very privileged information”
The White House, its Communication Room staff and the Justice Department are under pressure following allegations of deliberately “leaking intelligence” to selected US media outlets. This in turn has led to furious debate that President Obama’s team are circulating intelligence for “political gain.” Whilst the US Intelligence Community and armed forces have thus far remained silent, privately senior officials in the services are aghast, especially those agencies who for years have developed some of the operations identified and revealed in the press. Further- more, the affair has dragged in agencies from countries such as the UK and Israel.
Eye Spy investigates the reports at the centre of the controversy, and in a special feature, examines the relationship between the world of intelligence and the media - ‘When Information Turns To Intelligence’
THE COVERT SOVIET ICE STATION MISSION
As spy games return to the Arctic region, tensions between Russia and the West have increased considerably... intelligence collection too is rising. The importance of this huge area has always been recognised, and some of the most amazing operations conducted in an attempt to glean intelligence. One such endeavour backed by US Intelligence was code-named ‘Coldfeet’...
CHRISTOPHER EGER examines the operation, provides additional background, and half a century after its success, speaks to a number of intel people who participated
EXTRACT: NP-9 was established on 26 April 1960 and abandoned in March 1961, this after the ice runway that resupplied the base developed cracks. It was widely thought at the time that the Soviets had planned the base and a series of others to track US submarines operating under the ice. The US Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR) was very interested in comparing the Soviet ice stations technology and hatched a plan to investigate.
INTELLIGENCE COLLECTION PLAN
One ONR officer in particularly was eager to see what intelligence information could be gleaned from the remnants of NP-9. That man was Lieutenant Leonard LeSchack, an Antarctic geophysicist and who had previously served on floating US stations in the Arctic. His experience on both US Arctic drifting stations...
STRATEGEM OF INTERROGATION
THE SIXTEEN APPROACHES
Jon Augustine who served as an officer in the ultra secret American Military Intelligence unit called INTELLIGENCE SUPPORT ACTIVITY presents a fascinating insight into the art of interrogation...
‘Approaches’ is the technical term used for the sixteen basic psychological ploys used to overcome the enemies’ resistance to reveal all. These techniques are employed quite effectively and have no reliance upon torture...
A NUMBER OF FAMOUS INTEL PEOPLE AND SPIES HAVE PASSED AWAY
EXTRACT: Known as Agent 24 - Gunnar Fridtjof Thurmann Sønsteby was a fearsome agent controller of Norway’s resistance movement during German occupation in World War II.
After being trained in England, Sønsteby was despatched back to Norway as a contact man for SOE agents in the country. As head of the Norwegian Independent Company 1 Group in Oslo, his team performed numerous acts of sabotage and espionage...
MI6 SPY DEATH
LATEST DEVELOPMENTS ON GARETH WILLIAMS
A pathologist who gave evidence at the inquest into the controversial death of MI6-GCHQ analyst Gareth Williams, has called for a new inquiry... Williams, on secondment to MI6 from GCHQ, was found dead inside a sports bag at his apartment in 2010. Eye Spy looks at the latest developments into this spy mystery
DEATH TO SPIES - WINS ‘SPY HOTEL’ BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD
A book by Dr Vadim Birstein on Stalin’s sinister spy outfit - SMERSH has won the inaugural St Ermin’s Intelligence Book of the Year award. A review and photo special.
ANALYSTS AND ESPIONAGE
An important overview of intelligence happenings by top Canadian spy - CSIS Director Richard Fadden - who says analysts are becoming just as important as ‘frontline spies...’
HAMAS DEATH CONFUSION
BLAME GAME EVIDENT AS GUN-RUNNER DIES IN SYRIA
A senior Hamas operative and close associate of Mahoud Abdel al-Mabhouh, who was assassinated by a Mossad unit in Dubai two years ago, has himself been found dead in a house in the Syrian capital of Damascus.
Intelligence sources told Eye Spy the man, Kamel Hussein Ranaja, who also goes by the name Nizar Abu Mujhad, was an important Hamas logistics agent and like Al- Mabhouh, involved in the covert movement of weapons across the Middle East. Eye Spy looks at this strange event and also another bizarre case where a top Hamas man was poisoned by alleged Mossad men using a substance inserted into his ear...
A HISTORY OF ESPIONAGE
MI6-CIA SPY GAMES WITH CHINESE INTELLIGENCE
Though China’s spy agency has been extremely active in recent years, MI6 and the CIA have not been slow to seek out agents. Eye Spy looks at some interesting encounters...
WAS PLO LEADER ASSASSINATED
Eye Spy examines the findings of a Swiss research organisation that seem to suggest Yasser Arafat, the iconic leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO), may have died from polonium-210 poisoning. This was also used to assassinate Alexsander Litvinenko, the former KGB officer in London. Arafat’s body may now be exhumed... A full report and analysis.
THE MISSILE AMERICA FEARS
Eye Spy identifies the Russian missile that CIA and Pentagon chiefs fear could shatter Washington’s dream of a missile defence shield.
TERROR ARRESTS IN LONDON
New Scotland Yard move against suspected terrorists in UK.
US CABLE LEAK - LATEST
The trial of US trooper Bradley Manning continues. A look at the latest developments.
BEST OF THE REST
CODEBREAKER SUICIDE DEATH REJECTED
An expert on Alan Turing rejects the notion the codebreaker committed suicide
BALI BOMB MASTERMINDS
The last known operative involved in the 2002 Bali bomb attacks is jailed. Eye Spy looks at the case and reports on the fate of each attacker
ETA ARRESTS IN LONDON
Two operatives of the Basque terror group detained by New Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism Command
CIA EVIDENCE PRESENTED ON IRAN
A secret report prepared by the CIA on Iranian nuclear facilities
GERMAN INTELLIGENCE GAFFE
The shredding of a crucial file on the murder of immigrants by neo- Nazis leads to resignation of top spy
ANGELS AND FLIGHT 93
Strange observation of retired FBI officer at the crash site of Flight 93 in Pennsylvania, on 11 September 2001
ARRESTS IN MUMBAI ATTACK
TOP US SOLDIER AND ESPIONAGE REMARKS
A senior US commander in South Korea is at the centre of a row over alleged spy operations in North Korea
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