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Published March 2012
EYE SPY INTELLIGENCE MAGAZINE ISSUE 78
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Welcome to this brief overview of Eye Spy Intelligence Magazine - issue 78.
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It’s been an eventful few weeks on the intelligence front since our
last edition. Incidents in Afghanistan and the Middle East have once
again dominated our television screens and other news media. On a
military front, the Taliban killed six British soldiers (five from
the Yorkshire Regiment) in a cowardly IED attack against their
vehicle: the enormity of the blast surprising many intelligence
watchers. Taliban agents have also been responsible for the shooting
dead of NATO intel people and military figures inside supposed
secure areas of Kabul. One can only image trouble for the
Afghanistan government when NATO forces
depart in a few years time. I’ve no doubt, however, that a powerful intelligence element will remain - watching the situation.
As for the Taliban itself, made up of a mosaic of groups from various tribal areas and foreign-based outfits, they are already making plans and forging contacts with officials. Some ill-informed people insist talks with the Taliban should already be taking place. If it was so simple. The fragmented nature of the Taliban means that whilst some individuals and gangs are happy to sit down and discuss the fighting, others are not. And few commentators care to admit several of these groups or factions, are supported by foreign governments, including Iran. Operating amidst this most complex situation - troops such as the British unit above which failed to return from their routine patrol. Western and NATO officials have some tough decisions to make.
Meanwhile, the “nuclear situation” in Iran remains tense, with yet the assassination of another scientist. Iran, however, has hit back targeting Israeli diplomats in three foreign countries. These case files are examined in this edition.
Intelligence gathering in Syria has increased, this as the civilian death toll rises to almost ten thousand. It is a dire situation which the international community seems unable to control, this despite intense diplomatic efforts from Arab countries led by the UAE. President Assad, backed by Russia and his powerful army, shows no sign of stepping down. Nevertheless, it’s my understanding an intelligence assessment created in Washington, has predicted his fall by the end of the year. We shall see.
Al-Qaida remains a potent force and its prowess is on the increase in parts of Africa and the Middle East. Some governments there have requested the assistance of US and UK Special Forces to tackle the terror outfit. The successful outcome of a US Navy SEAL operation against an AQ-backed pirate gang is highlighted in the magazine. In this case two hostages were rescued. Not so fortunate were Chris McManus, a British engineer and Franco Lamolinara, an Italian. The men were kidnapped by al-Qaida (Boko Haram franchise) in Nigeria last May. An SBS (Special Boat Service) operation to rescue the men followed a lengthy surveillance operation. Mr McManus and Mr Lamolinara sadly died in the resultant fight to free them. These events reflect accurately the dangerous landscape where intelligence gathering and military operations are necessary.
MARK BIRDSALL, MANAGING EDITOR
A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF EYE SPY INTELLIGENCE MAGAZINE - ISSUE 78 FOLLOWS...
RUSSIAN INTELLIGENCE PENETRATES INTEL FUSION BASE
Canada’s Arctic intentions and security plans exposed as navy intel
officer arrested following ‘mystery’ departure of Russian diplomats
A 40-year-old Canadian naval intelligence analyst and long-time
staffer has been charged with espionage. Sub-Lt. Jeffrey Paul
Delisle was arrested
by security officials who now fear he could have been supplying a Russian agent with hugely important material for the last four or five years. Eye Spy examines the wider implications of the case and reveals the secret intelligence battle being played out between Russia and Canada - this as both countries lay claim to much of the important Arctic.
MI6 SOUTH ATLANTIC WATCHERS
INTEL WARNING AS ARGENTINA EYES FALKLAND ISLANDS CAPTURE
As Argentina’s President Cristina de Kirchner ramps up the rhetoric over the strategically important Antarctica gateway islands, Eye Spy presents evidence showing how MI6 and Royal Navy Intelligence outflanked Buenos Aires - this as the 30th anniversary of the Falklands war nears
THREE DAYS OF THE JACKALS
FBI THWARTS PLOTS TO ATTACK WASHINGTON AND THE PRESIDENT
Three FBI case files surrounding attempts to kill President Obama and other US politicians have been discussed by senior intel and security officials in Washington, however, one in particular has been the focus of much FBI and CIA interest...
THE IRAN FILES
TOOLS OF INTELLIGENCE CONTROL AS ALLEGED IRANIAN FRONT COMPANY DISAPPEARS FROM SKY NEWS PLATFORM
Eye Spy is aware of several media organisations that are perceived
to be little more than conduits of powerful intelligence services
and government media sections. However, proving as much is a legal
minefield and as complex as any investigation tackled by our
analysts. Nevertheless, as revealed in several major features in Eye
Spy, most intelligence organisations, including MI6 and the CIA,
have in the past created ‘front offices’ and companies to help issue
comment or influence public opinion. Iran’s intelligence network is
no different. Over three decades ago its intelligence workers
learned much from their close association with the CIA and MI6 -
this when the country was a major Middle East ally. The situation is
very different today and the threat of a major conflict in the
A fascinating insight into the UK decision to remove one of Iran’s most popular news stations from the BSKY platform...
A FEARFUL MOVING DISTRACTION
ANOTHER IRANIAN SCIENTIST ASSASSINATED
As a senior scientist involved in Iran’s nuclear programme is assassinated in Tehran magnet bomb attack, Eye Spy examines the numerous situations and sub-plots that are evolving - some of which could yet ignite a chilling conflict that will affect everyone... On the morning of 11 January 2012, a motorcyclist assassin riding pillion attached at least one magnetic bomb to a Peugeot 405 travelling towards a university in Tehran. As the riders accelerated away in rush hour traffic, two explosions followed and within seconds the vehicle came to a halt. Behind the car door was a senior Iranian scientist attached to the country’s nuclear research programme - 32- year-old Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, the deputy director of Iran’s uranium enrichment facility at Natanz. Alongside Roshan, and still alive,
was his security minder, Reza Qashaqei. He died later. In this information-packed feature, Eye Spy continues its coverage of these disturbing events and presents further information on several lesser known assassination cases. These seem inextricably linked to Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
SEAL TEAM 6 SWDG
US SPECIAL FORCES CREATING THEIR OWN LEGEND
Members of SEAL Team 6 (Special Warfare Development Group), have
been active again, this after a daring operation to free two
hostages from an al-Qaida backed pirate group. Eye Spy reports on
this mission and why many analysts now consider this Special Forces
element to be the best covert and
overt fighting force in the world.
GEVORK ANDREYEYEVICH VARTANYAN
One of the KGB’s most famous WWII and Cold War spies has died at the age of 87. Gevork Andreyevich Vartanyan, the son of an Iranian businessman, is perhaps best known for his wartime exploits which helped thwart a daring 1943 German plot to assassinate the three great Allied leaders at a summit
(code-named Eureka) in Tehran. A fascinating feature which provides a revealing insight into the mind of this brilliant spy and casts doubt on one important aspect of the assassination operation code-named ‘Long Jump’.
ASIAN SPY GAMES
LIBYAN GHOSTS COME BACK TO HAUNT MI6 AND CIA
Hong Kong, the former ‘jewel’ in Britain’s Far East Empire has been named as the location where MI6 allegedly provided information about a Libyan wanted by
Colonel Gaddafi. The suspect was subsequently watched and detained, flown to Libya and allegedly tortured... now he is suing the UK and an ex-MI6 man...
SECRET CIA AGENT?
‘HERO’ PAKISTAN DOCTOR ACCUSED
OF STATE TREASON
Pakistan state prosecutors have accused a doctor of acting on behalf on a foreign country - this in relation to part of the CIA’s undercover surveillance of Osama bin-Laden’s compound in Abbottabad.
THE WORLD OF COUNTER-TERRORISM AND INTELLIGENCE - PART 2
• CONTACT • CREATION • INSURGENCY
EYE SPY’S UNMISSABLE SERIES CONTINUES
Most terror groups publicly announce they are fighting for a cause and therefore acts of bloody violence, hijacking, kidnapping, robbery or criminality can be justified. From anarchists, to militias, right and left wing groups, resistance movements, revolutionaries and even single person or issue terrorists, the catch all “umbrella of terrorism” is full of quests, explanations and reasons for motivation. This “catch all” phrase remains as relevant today as ever. And just as
important, what actions really constitute terrorism and how does one differentiate an insurgency from a terrorist quest?
OBJECTIVES AND OPTIONS
Terrorism (in all its forms) is nearly always premeditated. Associated violence is often committed to gain a political or military advantage and/or influence people and government. This is why a terrorist attack cannot be categorised simply as a crime. A good case example is the 2004 Madrid train bombings.
Here a series of coordinated attacks killed 191 people and injured over 1,500. Al-Qaida’s Spanish element deliberately carried out the bombings just three days prior to the country’s general election. The terror group (and many Spaniards) blamed the government for involving Spanish troops in the Iraq War.
Huge public demonstrations followed, the government lost the election, and shortly thereafter a statement was issued from Madrid announcing Spain was withdrawing its troops.
The file highlighted here has been simplified, but for those who planned the attack, they earnestly believed a positive outcome had been achieved. Indeed, despite the capture and conviction of a number of people responsible for the atrocity, many intelligence, military and political officials believed the terrorists had scored a huge victory, albeit a soft one....
IRAN STRIKES BACK IN SECRET WAR
MIRROR OF THE MOSSAD
THREE ATTACKS LINKED BY... A MAGNET
Israel has blamed Iran’s intelligence service for two simultaneous attacks on members of its overseas political staff in New Delhi and Tbilisi. And on Valentine’s Day, three Iranian operatives described as “professional assassins” by intelligence officials in Thailand, caused mayhem in Bangkok in a botched terror attack. Eye Spy investigates...
MI5 INTEL CASE FILES RELEASED
SEVERAL EXTRAORDINARY INVESTIGATIONS
Britain’s National Archives has released several fascinating MI5 investigative case files, including further details of an audacious WWII German counterfeit plot code-named Operation Bernhard. There’s also a huge and fascinating file on the comedian actor - Charlie Chaplin, this as Washington sought to discover his alleged Communist links...
Eye Spy analysis
THE MV ARCTIC SEA MYSTERY
RUSSIA POINTS ACCUSING FINGER AT INTEL CHIEF
In the summer of 2009, a Maltese flagged cargo vessel disappeared for weeks after it set sail from Finland enroute to Algeria. Its strange journey and
tales of adventure provided the genesis for a number of conspiracy theories - and the mystery of just what it was carrying, where it was going, and who was really behind its hijacking continues to this day. Eye Spy investigates this extraordinary incident.
THE AGE OF CYBER CONFLICT
CYBERWARFARE - AS IMPORTANT AS COUNTER-TERRORISM
A recent study in the United States estimated the country will need an additional 700,000 cyber security practitioners by 2015. Kevin Coleman explains why this huge employment opportunity may present a problem, especially intelligence and military chiefs...
COVERT MINI SUBMARINES - A SECRET HISTORY
Eye Spy naval consultant Christopher Eger takes a fascinating look at the genius of French submarine designer Jean Claude Havas. His revolutionary designs changed the industry forever and may well have been responsible for some of the incredible covert mini-submarines in use today...
SURVEILLANCE PHOTOGRAPHY 7
USING VIDEO CAMERAS IN SURVEILLANCE
International surveillance authority PETER JENKINS concludes his series on the importance of photography and film in information and evidence gathering. In this feature he explains the growing use of video...
1. CHICKEN FARM PLOT
2. LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE
3. UNDERPANTS BOMBER
Three significant terrorist trials conclude as operatives engaged in international al-Qaida plots against USA and UK receive lengthy jail terms. Eye Spy examines the background to each case, including how one gang plotted to attack the London Stock Exchange and the devastation that could have resulted...
FSB WATCHERS HAD MI6 MEN UNDER CONSTANT
MI6 MOSCOW SPY GAMES
Six years on, MI6 acknowledge ‘spy rock’ operation was rumbled by FSB in Moscow park... A former British Foreign Office official has finally confirmed what everyone in the world of intelligence knew anyway - that the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) was behind the ‘spy rock’ communications’ device discovered in a Moscow park. A look at the implications of the admission...
MIND CONTROL PRINCIPLES IN THE INTELLIGENCE CYCLE PART 15
THE PHENOMENA OF MEME & WORDS
Words are very powerful, but their use in mind control can be devastating, affecting not only one individual but innumerable numbers of people through the principle of viral transmission. Mike Finn continues his fascinating examination of word usage and its relevance to mind control in the intelligence cycle.
NEW THREATS AGAINST USA
IRAN MAY USE “TERROR PROXIES” TO OPERATE INSIDE AMERICA
US intelligence estimates say Iran already has the ability to perform operations inside the United States, though a “new” 9/11-type attack is unlikely.
INTEL CRYSTAL BALL
MI6 WARNS OF MIDDLE EAST IMPLOSION
British analysts have reported that al-Qaida has begun forming groups in Egypt and Libya and could possibly use the fragility of both nations as platforms to perform operations.
THE RELUCTANT SPY
CIA CHARGES FOLLOW “LEAK” OF INTEL
A former CIA officer has been charged with leaking classified information to the media. John Kiriakou, an agent who participated in the interrogation of
senior AQ man Abu Zubaydah recalled his work in his powerful book - ‘The Reluctant Spy’.
US INTEL DIE IN HOA AIRCRASH
HURLBURT FIELD INTEL LOSS
Several US intelligence operatives die following an aircrash in the Horn of Africa.
IRAN HOLDS EX-MARINE
SPY GAMES CONTINUE BETWEEN IRAN AND AMERICA
A former US Marine who visited his family in Iran has been charged with espionage. Eye Spy examines the strange case of Amir Hekmati.
THE MOTORBIKE ASSASSINS
SUSPICIOUS EVENTS EXAMINED
As Eye Spy continues its investigation into the motorcyclist assassins who are operating against nuclear workers inside Iran, we also examine other strange events and deaths which could very well be related, including case files originating outside of Iran and involving poisons.
Plus there’s an interesting feature on OPERATION
BABYLON - Israel’s first strike against a nuclear target.
SPIES AND IDENTITY THEFT
WHEN SPIES TRADE PLACES WITH SPIES
Eye Spy looks at recent case files involving the CIA and Israel’s Mossad.
LETTER FROM FORT MEADE
CRYPTOLOGIC TREASURES WITH DAVID HAMER
A look at a number of incredibly rare intelligence-related items which have gone in display at America’s fantastic National Cryptologic Museum. Plus the NSA honour some of its greatest staffers.
THE PLOT TO KILL PUTIN
SPECIAL FORCES ARREST SUSPECTS IN AQ-BACKED PLOT
Russian and Ukrainian Special Forces detain suspects in alleged plot to assassinate Vladimir Putin. Eye Spy reveals a strange London connection.
SPIES ON SCREEN
SUBJECT OF ESPIONAGE CONTINUES TO FASCINATE
Espionage on the big and small screen has been in the news of late, and 2012 will see the release of even more productions, again proving the subject has retained its popularity with audiences at home and those who enjoy the thrill and experience of the cinema. Eye Spy looks at the latest offerings from Hollywood and beyond, plus we list the top twenty espionage and intelligence feature films as chosen by our editors...
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