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  • Published November 2011
     

EYE SPY INTELLIGENCE MAGAZINE ISSUE 76

Each edition of Eye Spy Intelligence Magazine is 84pp - full colour throughout.

 

From the editor - Mark Birdsall

 

CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS - TAKE TWO

Almost half a century ago Russian cargo vessels edged towards the warm seas surrounding its communist friend Cuba. On their decks and barely concealed - nuclear missiles and the machinery to make them work. Overhead, USAF reconnaissance aeroplanes and many more of the fighting variety lay in wait at facilities dotted around America’s lower eastern seaboard. US politicians and military chiefs warned Moscow to recall its ships or there would be conflict. Historians still debate that moment in time ‘when the world held its breath,’ but in the end common sense prevailed and Nikita Khrushchev ordered his ships to return. President Kennedy had played a most dangerous game of poker, held his nerve and called his opponents bluff. Thankfully it worked.

There’s a similar situation developing in another faraway region of the world - the Middle East. For several years the contributors to and editors of Eye Spy have written about Iran’s secret nuclear bomb programme, and even predicted when it might come to fruition, this despite negative analysis from the CIA and the international body which oversees all matters nuclear - the IAEA. In a report released on 8 November, the IAEA has finally acknowledged intelligence gleaned from various sources now supports the notion that Iran has a top secret covert nuclear weapons programme running parallel to its energy endeavour.

Officially the US, Europe, Russia and China still wants to try and persuade Iran to halt its nuclear bomb research, but this has not stopped Washington secretly preparing for the worst. Similarly, there is much talk in Israel about what to do next. Talk of a military strike to try and disable those parts of Iran’s programme that have threads to bomb building is frequent. Iran meanwhile has become very vocal in response to what it perceives as a global conspiracy. It will strike back if its nuclear sites are attacked.

There is genuine concern an incident will trigger widespread conflict. And of course, all of this is happening as the major powers find themselves battling domestic troubles and recession. And of course, the ‘Arab Spring’ continues to rumble on.

In the past five years Eye Spy has focused on Iranian nuclear related events. They can be likened to jigsaw puzzle parts. These include scientist defections, assassinations, cyber attacks against nuclear plants and seemingly unconnected reports like the moving of 400 clattering bunker busting bombs to the US base on Diego Garcia some three years ago. In there own right they are important, but together they are chillingly significant. If ever a secret war has been played out publicly and in so many theatres then this is it.

Few commentators dare to predict what will happen next. Hopefully, just like 1962, common sense will shine through. These are interesting, but definitely worrying times...

 

CAPITAL STING

AMERICA’S CLOAK AND IRAN’S DAGGER

Iranian plot to assassinate one of Saudi Arabia’s most revered diplomats is foiled as US intelligence and security services counter an intricate international murder plot...

A joint FBI-DEA operation code-named Red Coalition foils an international plot to assassinate Adel bin Ahmed al-Jubeir (pictured right), Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States. Eye Spy examines the background to the case and reveals why an Iranian Intelligence element chose what it believed was a Mexican drugs cartel to carry out the murder...

 

 

THE STRANGE CASE OF KATIA ZATULIVETER

ALLEGED SVR ‘SUPER SPY’ AWAITS RULING ON DEPORTATION

Russian national and a former UK parliamentary secretary to politician Mike Hancock, Katia Zatuliveter has been described as the ‘best spy planted in Britain by Moscow in 30 years.’ MI5 too insists she was engaged in espionage. Eye Spy reveals the London location where she allegedly met with a senior SVR officer and her supposed activities against other senior UN and NATO officials...

 

PLOT CIA HAS FEARED FOR YEARS: EYES ON THE PENTAGON

AL-QAIDA OPERATIVE PLANNED ‘SECRET TEST RUN’

Complex intelligence sting operation leads to arrest of a dangerous man Bureau officials say had ambitions of becoming an international al-Qaida folk hero...

FBI surveillance and counter-terrorist research performed by JTTF (Joint Terrorism Task Force) in the greater Boston area has put an end to another alleged al-Qaida operative’s dream. Rezwan Ferdaus, 26, a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston, was arrested at a location where he hoped to take stock of firearms and explosives. Ferdaus believed the weaponry formed the final piece in a terror jigsaw he and ‘associates’ had been planning for months.

Rezwan planned to fly model aeroplanes packed with C4 explosives into two iconic US buildings - the Pentagon and Capitol. Eye Spy sources conclude the plot, though bizarre in nature, has been considered and its viability examined in depth by al-Qaida for years. Similarly, our researchers present evidence that far from being a ‘pipedream’ a similar operation involving a payload far more deadly is being investigated with urgency by CIA officials. A ‘chilling scenario’ is described.

 

AS GADDAFI FALLS INTEL-RELATED QUESTIONS ARE RAISED

SPY GAMES AND LIBYA: THE MAN WHO HOLDS A MILLION SECRETS

Following the demise of Colonel Gaddafi and his feared security system, various offices once used by his spy agency were overrun by National Transitional Council (NTC) fighters. Inside bombed bunkers and overground stations, hundreds of intelligence files remained intact, many of which were seized upon by those seeking information on Gaddafi’s inner circle, former spies and his leading officials.

Musa Kusa, the once powerful head of Libya’s JSO and an MI6 contact man has been described as ‘the man who holds a million secrets.’ Eye Spy examines his role in the JSO and what might be revealed in future months as Libya once again emerges from isolation...

 

ASSASSINATION OF LITVINENKO

UK-RUSSIA INTEL RELATIONS HIT ROCK BOTTOM

Marina Litvinenko, the widow of  former KGB and FSB officer Alexsander Litvinenko, has launched an appeal to help fund projected legal fees following a ruling that a top flight inquiry is to be held into her husband’s death...

In October, London coroner (St Pancras) Dr Andrew Reid said that there should be a full and broad inquest into the circumstances of Litvinenko’s death: this will almost certainly prompt a wider investigation - resulting in additional information and evidence being presented by New Scotland Yard, MI5 and MI6.

Similarly, in August, new evidence has reportedly been secured by detectives assigned to the case. A thorough overview of the case that resulted in a major breakdown of British and Russian intelligence and security cooperation...

Alexsander Litvinenko was assassinated by agents allegedly once employed by Russia’s FSB in London in 2006. Litvinenko’s green tea had been laced with Polonium 210

 

MI5 PREPARE COUNTERMEASURES

2012 OLYMPIC GAMES TERROR THREAT

Phone interception, language analysis, translation and communication...

MI5 has begun a series of counter-terrorist operations in preparation of the 2012 London Olympic Games. Eye Spy looks at a variety of tasks assigned to senior management, including the employment of foreign language analysts and those who will be tasked with communications’ intercept and language translation - this as al-Qaida web sites urge its followers to strike in London and disrupt the event...

The London Olympic Stadium, athlete’s village and surrounding transport hubs are all regarded as terrorist targets. Countermeasures, including enabling Special Forces services such as the SAS are being examined, considered or deployed 

 

A LETHAL GREETING: TALIBAN HAND DELIVERS ITS ‘PEACE MESSAGE’

INTELLIGENCE LINK MAN AND KEY NEGOTIATOR ASSASSINATED

Former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani, 70, a key link man in a controversial operation to broker some form of peace deal with the Taliban, was killed in an audacious assassination attack in Kabul on 20 September. However, the event is shrouded in mystery as intel watchers believe ‘dark players’ colluded in the attack, some of them connected to al-Qaida, Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence Agency and the Taliban itself.

Eye Spy investigates...

David Petraeus Director Central Intelligence Agency, and former Commander of ISAF forces in Afghanistan is a specialist on al-Qaida and the Taliban. He remains to be convinced that talking to the Taliban will lead to a peaceful settlement in the region

 

TRADECRAFT FEATURE: NOTES ON SURVEILLANCE

CONFIRMING IDENTITY AND OCCUPANCY

Eye Spy provides background notes on some of the investigative avenues available to surveillance officers when faced with a difficult and aware target keen to hide his true identity and location

Verifying a target’s identity and presence quickly in a certain location and/or accuracy of an address can be a difficult task. In an official surveillance situation, whilst speed is sometimes essential, an incorrect call, especially one made during an on-going counter-terrorist operation can be a matter of life or death. One only has to examine the case of the unfortunate Brazilian, Jean Charles de Menezes, who was shot dead after being mistaken for a dangerous al-Qaida terrorist in London in 2005. Even professionals make mistakes. De Menezes’s contained flat in an apartment block that was being surveilled, and misidentification by an officer, proved critical in this case.

Before considering some of the tactics used to properly identify high-profile targets whose sole objective is to remain out of sight, it’s important to understand the nature and seriousness of a particular case will always determine just how many officers and resources are deployed.

Feature also includes:

1. The Importance of Identification

2. Photographic Analysis

3. Evidence Collection and Verification

4. What Analysts Look For

5. Trade Tips

 

FBI TIP-OFF EXPOSES RUSSIAN RADIO AGENTS

German counter-intelligence arrest ‘long-time SVR agents’

Two suspected Russian spies have been arrested in Germany following a lengthy counter-espionage operation. Officers from a specialist unit of the BKA (Federal Office of Criminal Investigation) supported by counter-terrorist officers raided a rented apartment in Marburg and an address in the city of Balingen. Here they detained a married couple.

Identified only as ‘Heidrun A’ and ‘Andreas’, the pair may have been infiltrated into German society by the KGB as early as 1988 - before the end of the Berlin Wall. Eye Spy believes their surname is Anschlag, though at time of publication this has not been confirmed.

Officials believe that for the best part of two decades they were in the pay of the SVR, Russia’s foreign intelligence service, though not necessarily in an active role. Intelligence sources believe the alleged agents were activated only for ‘special cases.’

A full report...

 

AL-QAIDA’S RICIN PIPELINE

THE ROAD TO AL-QAIDA IN SOMALIA

Eye Spy examines the emergence of a disturbing alliance that changes the dimension and threat facing counter-terrorist forces operating in the Horn of Africa...

EXTRACT: British intelligence officials are monitoring an increase in young Britons travelling to North Africa whose ultimate objective is to join the emerging al-Qaida franchise known as Al-Shabaab [translates to the Youth or Boys]. This as colleagues from the CIA continue to tackle various threats in a region of the world that is decidedly unstable.

Over the last three years MI6 and the CIA have built up a careful picture of events, including identifying a number of secret land and sea pipelines to Somalia established by al-Qaida from various neighbouring countries. To compound matters, a huge CIA operation uncovered disturbing evidence of ricin production by forces friendly to the group. Another serious problem for the authorities is the emerging alliance between the terror group and pirates who have made Somalia their home base. Some experts still consider this an unlikely scenario, but the evidence does - at the very least - point to cooperation.

 

ANWAR THE AMERICAN: LANGLEY’S OPERATION TROY

CIA END REIGN OF AL-QAIDA’S PROPAGANDA KING

Anwar al-Awlaki, often referred to in the corridors of Langley as ‘Anwar the American’ finally succumbed to a missile strike launched from a CIA controlled RPV (remotely piloted vehicle). His demise concludes a multi-billion dollar two-year surveillance operation in Yemen, and brings to an end the ‘career’ of the terror group’s most influential recruiter. Awlaki also becomes the first American-born citizen killed on a direct order issued by the President of the United States.

Eye Spy investigates the lengthy CIA and NSA operation that eventually pin-pointed the whereabouts of al-Qaida’s leading propaganda operative...

 

THE FBI’S OPERATION GHOST STORIES

PHOTOGRAPHS AND FILM CLIP REVEAL SVR TRADECRAFT

Bureau officials release dozens of photographs, documents and several covert film clips showing undercover surveillance of SVR spies in America...

Following a Freedom of Information Act Request (FOIA), the FBI has released a plethora of photographs, film clips and dozens of documents relating to its investigation of the SVR spy network that was exposed in 2010.

Eye Spy sources in Washington also present information on the primary objective of the spy ring which forced the Bureau to act. Fascinating feature which includes an examination of the Russian spy tradecraft...

 

THE CYBER SPY: ASSET OR REPLACEMENT?

Even having limited knowledge of the cyber world undoubtedly helps those involved with espionage, security and protecting intelligence... Kevin Coleman looks at the changing role and requirements of today’s ‘modern spy’

The science and art of spying has been well documented throughout history. Regardless of the period the spy’s mission has always been to infiltrate an adversary and/or obtain sensitive information - secrets. Historically spies have also been used to steal new or unique technology or sabotage particular projects in various ways. Today the word ‘spy’ conjures up many images - the most prominent being that of the film character James Bond 007 - at least that’s the general perception. In truth, little is known of the best spies, other than perhaps their code-names. Their actions go unreported and investigations into the loss of secret files often remain unsolved. But damage has been caused.

In the past two decades the art of spying has seen perhaps the most dramatic change in the history of the ‘profession’. The use of computers, networks and of course the Internet has changed the operational landscape of the modern spy...

 

MI5, IRISH INTEL AND LITHUANIAN POLICE STING OPERATION: CRITICAL

A Real IRA operative (RIRA) was jailed by a Lithuanian court for 12 years, following an elaborate sting operation involving MI5, Irish Intelligence and the Lithuanian security service.

Michael Campbell, 39, had travelled to the Baltic Coast country three years ago making contact with a gang he hoped could sell him significant weaponry. The counter-terrorist operation was aided by a former smuggler turned MI5 agent who managed to secure significant evidence, including taped conversations in which Campbell acknowledged the targets would be British police and soldiers.

Full story and background....

 

MI5 GREEN-LIGHTS COUNTER-TERRORIST RAIDS

CONTEST

Worldwide surveillance operation results in Birmingham terror charges...

Following a lengthy and intense surveillance operation in Birmingham, one which eventually led MI5 liaison officers to remote areas of Pakistan (and elsewhere), senior intelligence and security officials advised New Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorist Command (working alongside West Midlands CTU staffed by 400 officers) to issue arrest warrants for several people in the city...

 

SECRET HISTORY

GONE IN 60 MINUTES: B53 AND COLD WAR TITAN II SITE

The US dismantles the last B53 nuclear bomb. And Eye Spy’s Canadian editor Lynn Hodgson describes his visit to a once secret site that hosted the missile used to carry such warheads...

 

THE SECRET AGENDA OF OFFICE 225

SLEEPERS, POISON NEEDLES AND PROPAGANDA

Eye Spy reports on the ruthless North Korean intelligence element known as Office 225 whose members have an appetite and talent for assassination....

EXTRACT: Choe Deok Geun was assassinated in October 1996 using a substance that was traced to North Korea. Although his body suffered wounds akin to bludgeoning, forensic specialists were concerned by two strange holes on his torso - suggestive of injection punctures.

After further examination, doctors discovered that his blood contained a chemical poison - the same poison that just weeks earlier had been discovered on a North Korean submarine which had managed to breach South Korean waters. Some media reports suggested the North had paid a Russian hitman to carry out the assassination - this was never proven.

 

TRADECRAFT: SURVEILLANCE PHOTOGRAPHY 5

FOCUSING AND EXPOSURE

International surveillance authority PETER JENKINS provides essential tips for obtaining good quality photographs with a digital SLR camera whilst maintaining focus and correct exposure...

 

MIND CONTROL PRINCIPLES IN THE INTELLIGENCE CYCLE

INSECTS AND ANIMALS PART 13

A LESSON FROM HISTORY

Mike Finn reveals the astonishing use of insects throughout history as a security and intelligence ‘tool’ and provides supporting evidence that these creatures can be guided and controlled. A look also at what lies ahead in this fascinating scientific security field...

EXTRACT: The Defence Advance Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in America has a number of projects in this field. The Vivi-systems programme is directed towards training and modifying insects to detect subtle dangers in the environment, entering otherwise inaccessible places, or locating toxins and bio-hazards. The ‘Biomimetic’ project focuses on studying and reproducing the mental and physiological functions of insects, which can then be reproduced in robotic and cyborg drones. The study of ‘Hybrid-bio-systems’ research centres around technology that can access and relay sensory information from within the physiology of the insects. Apart from these fields there are broader areas of research. Many countries are now engaged on these studies.

An examination also of Japan’s WWII Unit 731...

 

CIA-ISI TENSIONS GROW

INTEL RELATIONS VITAL TO COMBAT TERRORISM

One of the most vital intelligence relationships in the world is teetering. The CIA is convinced elements of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) are providing intelligence to the Taliban and al-Qaida, thus compromising operation in Afghanistan. Admiral Mike Mullen has also joined the debate, accusing the ISI of ‘double standards.’

Eye Spy examines a relationship borne from necessity but far from secure.

 

HEAT - CABLEGATE

ASSANGE AND WIKILEAKS UNDER PRESSURE

Julian Assange head of whistle-blowing web site Wikileaks has lost his battle to avoid extradition to Sweden in connection with rape charges. Similarly, Wikileaks is feeling the pressure from credit card firms who have withdrawn their services, thus starving the site of much needed finance.

 

MOSSAD SPY CHASE CONTINUES

Dubai officials continue investigation into the Mossad assassination of Hamas gun runner Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in January 2010

 

THE MAN NOBODY KNEW

REVEALING MOVIE INSIGHT INTO CIA SPYMASTER

A brilliant new picture has emerged of one of the CIA’s most controversial spymasters - William Colby - produced by his son, Carl... a special Eye Spy feature

 

TELEPHONE INTERCEPTION

MI5’s TOP SECRET TINKERBELL PROGRAMME

A look at one of the most astonishing MI5 operations....

 

EYE SPY 76 - BEST OF THE REST

 

FALLING DOWN

Failed SVR spy Anna Chapman fast losing hero status...

 

YOUTUBE’S REVERSE TURN

Intelligence pressures forces removal of terror lectures

 

MAHAM AIR - FLYING AL QUDS

CIA probe Iranian airline...

 

ARMED RESPONSE - LEGAL

UK issues firearm certificates for British-flagged ships to hire professional armed security details to protect against Somalia pirates off the Horn of Africa...

 

BUSINESS CARDS AND INTELLIGENCE

Adam Werrity, a friend and business associate of former Defence Secretary Liam Fox is said to have attended high-profile secret meetings with senior foreign intelligence officials, including the head of the Mossad....

 

THE ELYSEE SPIES

French counter-intelligence chief embroiled in high-profile domestic spy case involving billionaires and major newspaper

 

EXTRADITION: BLOW FOR PENTAGON HACKER

A UK court rules extradition procedures between Britain and America are not unbalanced or in favour of either country. This is a blow to Gary McKinnon who faces various charges in the US linked to the hacking of many Pentagon computers shortly after 9/11

 

CIA BLACK SITES

Lithuania rules out further investigation into alleged CIA ‘black sites’ (extraordinary rendition), and dismisses ‘new evidence’ presented by Amnesty International...

 

USS COLE

Alleged mastermind trial begins...

 

 

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