issue seventy two
Published 10 March 2011
Each edition of Eye Spy Intelligence Magazine is 84pp - full colour throughout. The images contained in this brief overview are low resolution
From the Editor:
COUNTER-TERRORIST - LIAISON CONCERNS
Events in the Middle East have dominated the news of late, and the changing of the guard in a number of countries has caught most senior intelligence figures by surprise. No doubt new intelligence liaisons are being formed right now, but a great deal of talk in CIA and MI6 corridors has been about the non-appearance of al-Qaida amidst these tumultuous happenings. Ever the opportunists, AQ and their followers were brushed aside by a wave new found optimism. This doesn’t mean the terror outfit are any less dangerous. On the contrary. In the UK, an agent of AQ found work inside British Airways that could have been disastrous for trans-Atlantic flyers; and MI5 smashed a determined group intent to cause havoc on the run-up to Christmas in some of the UK’s biggest cities. In Texas, a most dangerous lone wolf was exposed just weeks before he embarked on a most terrifying plan to attack American dams and other locations - including a residence of former President George W. Bush. Sadly in Moscow, terrorists did breach poor security at Domodedovo Airport leaving 36 people dead. Few would shed a tear for the likes of Gaddafi and others, but it’s worth remembering that countries such as Egypt and even Libya have afforded much assistance in tackling al-Qaida. These are interesting times, to say the least, but I suspect meetings and phone calls aplenty have ensued with certain figures and agencies, this to make sure cooperation continues in the future...
Mark Birdsall, Managing Editor
A brief overview of Eye Spy 72 follows.
STREET OF SECRETS
New information suggests MI6 man’s death is far more complex than first believed. Eye Spy plots the latest commentary, facts and theories surrounding the death of intelligence worker Gareth Williams...
Faced with a plethora of unanswered questions, and at the centre of an intelligence mystery, detectives from New Scotland Yard have revealed sufficient information to suggest MI6 man Gareth Williams, did not die alone. Similarly, friends and associates, presumably with support from those who knew Williams, have rebuffed many of the stories which were hastily published in the press. Also of much interest, the formal inquest into Mr Williams death, which should have taken place on 15 February, was postponed - perhaps indefinitely. A statement conceded that certain facts may never be known, including the identity of two people who visited Williams.
The 31-year-old Williams, a GCHQ analyst on secondment to MI6, was found dead in his government-rented flat in August last year. His naked body was crammed into a locked sports bag which was discovered in the bath. There are only two theories - his death was connected to his private life; or associated with his work for British Intelligence.
Eye Spy has uncovered some interesting information concerning the Gareth Williams case, including the intelligence connections of Italian film director Pier Paolo Pasolini. To recall, the unidentified visitors to Williams MI6 flat at 36 Alderney Street said they were there to see ‘Pier Paolo’, a name immediately linked to the controversial film director.
We’ve also uncovered some useful information on a number of puzzling items recovered in his flat, including two sets of tickets for a London night spot.
Those who quickly sought to explain Williams death away as a sexual accident, may now have to reconsider... a thorough examination of the facts thus far, plus intelligence commentary and analysis...
EXTRACT ONE: There are pertinent questions still to be asked, not least the speed in which detailed and scurrilous stories about his personal life were leaked to the press. This is one reason, amongst many, perhaps, that the coroner has suspended the inquest indefinitely.
Such finite detail could only have come from a person or persons working on the case. That personal information from Williams cell phone[s], MI6 apartment and social surroundings was delivered by way of a ‘removal firm’ to the wider media, so soon after his death was reported, gives rise to suspicion...
EXTRACT TWO: THE BATH PUZZLE
That the bag was found in a dry bath has also puzzled specialists. Had the bag been on the bed or even the floor, then speculation about what really happened may have lessened. But not so. There are three schools of thought here; that the bag was placed in the bath in the event that decomposition and bodily fluids would leak; and/or the bag was placed here for ‘collection’. The third theory, Eye Spy understands...
EYE SPY SPECIAL REPORT
THE ITALIAN: INTELLIGENCE THREADS OF PIER PAOLO PASOLINI
The Media were far too hasty in assuming Pasolini’s dark side was relevant to the personal life and ultimate death of MI6 man Gareth Williams. Our researchers provide an alternative overview of the case... do not miss Eye Spy’s Pelican Brief
THE 7/7 LEEDS BOMB FACTORY
INSIDE 18 ALEXANDRA GROVE
At the Royal Courts of Justice, London, the inquests into those who perished in the 2005 London bombings continue. Since Eye Spy 71, those in attendance have heard both chilling and heart-warming stories. These told by victims and those whose bravery almost certainly saved lives. That there was a breakdown in communication between parts of London Transport, police and the emergency services was also apparent.
One of the most surreal moments came when police and MI5 imagery was shown of the interior of the Leeds bomb flat. Here an al-Qaida terror cell lived and worked in one of the most densely populated areas of the city to create a number of powerful bombs.
Eye Spy publishes hi-resolution images taken just hours after MI5 officers had located the bombers sinister residence and ‘work place’. Plus we reveal just how many associates of the terror cell remain unidentified...
DANGEROUS CIA-ISI LIAISONS?
THE STRANGE CASE OF RAYMOND ALLEN DAVIS
No-one except for Raymond A Davis knows exactly what happened on 27 January in Qartaba Chowk, a shabby part of the city of Lahore, capital of Pakistan’s province of Punjab. From the few facts that have emerged so far, it appears that Davis, a former special forces soldier working as a technical and administrative official at the US consulate in the city, was driving alone in heavy traffic in a hired white car at the time of the incident.
For reasons that are not yet clear he opened fire on two men riding a motorcycle that drew up alongside him. Davis shot both men twice in the front and twice from behind when he opened fire with a Beretta pistol. He later told Pakistani police that one of the men - who were both armed - pulled a gun on him and was about to rob him. Police have since said that neither of the two motorcyclists fired a shot and that there were no bullets in the firing position.... Nick Fielding investigates
LOCKERBIE - DOWNING STREET LIAISONS
Downing Street ‘played role’ in release of Pan Am Flight 103 bomber... Official report reveals many ‘strange goings on’ behind closed doors in London and Edinburgh
EXTRACT: On 20 July 2010, the British Prime Minister asked the Cabinet Secretary to conduct a review of Government papers relating to the release of Abdelbaset Al-Megrahi to see whether more needed to be published. The purpose was to ensure the fullest possible explanation of the circumstances surrounding his release.
The Cabinet Secretary, Sir Gus O’Donnell, has completed the review which has been published to Parliament. In completing the review the Cabinet Secretary was assisted by the former Information Commissioner Richard Thomas, whose opinion is that the documents published ‘provide a fair and accurate account of events’...
Eye Spy analysis of the report reveals back-channel communications to Tripoli and support in the form of guidance...
¥ As a last-minute addition to this feature, and in relation to recent events in Libya; Mustafa Abdel-Jalil, Libya’s former Justice Minister who stepped down following unrest in the country, announced Colonel Gaddafi personally ordered the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103
NOTES: Several US senators believe Downing Street ‘played covert role’ in release of convicted JIC agent - al-Megrahi
NEW TRADECRAFT SERIES
International surveillance authority Peter Jenkins begins a new series which explores how this most important element in intelligence gathering is performed. From guidance on selecting the best cameras, location points, changing light and exposure settings, these easy-to-follow features combine to provide a general overview of surveillance photography and all the tricks of the trade used by the world’s premier intelligence and security agencies...
In this feature, Peter discusses various aspects of digital photography, including settings, storage and transfer in relation to surveillance.
EGYPT AND INTELLIGENCE
Senior US and British intelligence figures failed to predict the shock waves from the revolution in Tunisia that would reach the heartlands of
President Hosni Mubarak’s stable Egypt and beyond. His departure was not predicted by the CIA nor MI6 and The White House was paralysed by uncertainty as intel analysts at Langley were asked to predict - ‘what happens next?’...
Analysis of some extraordinary statements from senior intelligence figures...
ESPIONAGE, ANIMALS AND INSECTS
Eye Spy takes a fascinating journey into the use of animals and insects in the world of intelligence and security
EXTRACT ONE: In January 2011, reports started to circulate that Saudi security officials had taken receipt of a most unusual bird - a camera-carrying griffon vulture. It was actually discovered by locals after it landed in the desert city of Hyaal. Within days the media speculated the bird had been despatched by Israel’s Mossad. It emerged later that the equipment was a GPS transmitter and that the bird’s origin was Tel Aviv University. This only conspired to make the story more viable, especially as the vulture, complete with an 8ft wing span, could soar to heights of over 36,000ft - making it a perfect monitoring platform.
EXTRACT TWO: A top secret CIA research project based off the coast of Florida was initiated, one that was masked under the guise of a lengthy research programme run by the country’s Bureau of Marine Fisheries. There was an obvious parting of the ways in the research efforts of the CIA and US Navy, but both organisations recognised that the dolphin opened up an array of possibilities.
Experiments were started which involved dolphins following sonar beams to designated targets. In time, it is believed some dolphins actually performed intelligence gathering against Soviet shipping and military vessels, including submarines.
COMMENT: MI6 officers really did use a mouse to solve a bugging problem!
KIDNAP OF THE GODFATHER
SPY GAMES, RANSOMS, SUSPICION AND MISTRUST
Nick Fielding, one of the world’s leading intelligence writers and investigators, presents a dark story concerning suspicion, mistrust, spy games and kidnap from Afghanistan.
For those who try and secure accurate information and commentary from the Afghan-Pakistan badlands, occupied by al-Qaida and the Taliban, numerous difficulties await. The constant fear of kidnap or worse is never far away. And this also applies to those whose ties to such figures as Mullah Omar - chief of the Taliban, go back decades - as we shall learn...
EXTRACT: It was in this role that he had first been sent to Quetta in Baluchistan to train Afghans in the guerrilla warfare techniques he had learned in the United States. Amongst his young charges during 1982-83 was Mullah Mohammad Omar, later to become leader of the Taliban. After the Soviets pulled out, Colonel Imam continued in his liaison role, escorting US Congressman Charlie Wilson to Pakistan’s tribal territories, for example. He was even invited to the White House in Washington, where President George Bush Sr allegedly gave him a piece of the Berlin Wall on a stand inscribed ‘Dedicated to Colonel Imam. With deepest respect to one who helped deliver the first blow’....
MI5 SURVEILLANCE SUCCESS
Alleged terror plotters surveilled and targeted iconic buildings and symbols of London.
MI5 infiltrated an alleged al-Qaida terror cell that sought to bring mayhem on the streets of London just days before Christmas. Nine suspects were arrested on 20 December 2010 in a series of nationwide raids by officers from New Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism Command (CTC), and regional police forces. The arrests, which involved the use of over 200 officers, were the result of months of careful investigation and an intricate surveillance operation in the capital that monitored several reconnaissance missions. Intelligence sources told Eye Spy it was inextricably linked to Europe-wide counter-terrorism endeavours... FULL BACKGROUND
TARGETS... london eye...mayor...stock exchange...american embassy... church of scientology...big ben...westminster abbey...
A YEAR WITH MI6
THE REMARKABLE STORY OF JAMES HART DYKE
‘The Secret Intelligence Service Ð often known as MI6 Ð celebrated its centenary in 2009. For over a hundred years, our people have worked around the world, in difficult conditions and often with an element of danger, to enhance the security and wellbeing of our country.
‘An Official History of our first forty years was commissioned to mark the occasion and was published in 2010. I gave the first public speech by a serving Chief in October last year. All this was part of our effort to increase public understanding of what we do, and why our operations and identities of the people who work for us have to remain secret.
‘Our centenary celebrations included a project with the artist James Hart Dyke to produce a series of images portraying the work of the Service. The project was largely self-financing. James enjoyed access to our staff in Britain and around the world and won their trust.
‘This exhibition offers an artist’s insight into the day to day work of the Service and captures the essence of what we do. We’re grateful to James for his contribution to our centenary celebrations. I hope you enjoy the paintings and sketches he has produced as much as we in the in the Service have.’ - STATEMENT BY Sir John Sawers, MI6 Chief
Eye Spy presents the background to James’s remarkable one year adventure with the men and women of MI6 - plus examines a few of his brilliant paintings and the fascinating message behind a number of them...
MOVING TO MOSCOW
SECURITY BREACHED AGAIN AS AL-QAIDA STRIKE
A terrorist gang trained and backed by al-Qaida, detonated an IED packed with around 15lbs of TNT and metal fragments in the baggage collection hall of Moscow’s prestigious Domodedovo International Airport. The explosion killed 36 civilians and injured over 150 others, some of them critically. Intelligence analysts believe the operation was specifically aimed at arriving foreigners in the hope of damaging the country’s international reputation, and dissuade people from visiting or doing business in Russia. Security is crucial to the country as it prepares to host the 2014 Winter Olympics and the 2018 World Cup. Millions of visitors are expected to travel to Russia from outside its own Federation. And al-Qaida has already made its intention clear to strike at every opportunity in support of the terror group’s many ‘franchises’ in Chechnya and beyond.
Eye Spy’s Russian intelligence sources provide an accurate assessment on the bombing, and why such attacks will increase in future months....
‘There is always a message... the message here is that foreigners should keep away from Russia. It is a dangerous place. The attack was to hit Russia’s image and its economy.’
COMMANDO SOLO AND PSY-OPS
In this feature, MIKE FINN looks at various transmissions, psychological operations, and the work performed by the advanced USAF airborne platform code-named Commando Solo
EXTRACT: The best way to add any subliminal material to an existing programme is at the source, in this case the television studio. Of course that may be a tad obvious, but there is an alternative. The programme can be intercepted, have the signal added correctly, and then be re-transmitted almost at the same time as the original programme. In this case the rogue transmission would have to be so strong that it wiped out the original signal, much like the cuckoo, that substitutes its eggs in another birds nest, while the unwitting bird brings the hatched eggs up as its own.
STUXNET AND CYBER WAR CRIMES
IS EVERYTHING BUT AN ILLUSION?
Eye Spy’s senior US editor Kevin Coleman says those who launch cyber attacks are in for a nasty awakening - this as analysts and legal officials debate how such actions should be designated...
Introducing a malicious virus such as Stuxnet into a controlling system could in the near future be considered a ‘cyber war crime’ - and the penalties will undoubtedly be considerable...
EXTRACT: WESTERN SPY RING IN TEHRAN?
Analysis suggests that this action is the direct result of the arrest and subsequent investigation of what Iranian officials called a ‘ten person spy ring’ that was said to be operating within Iran’s borders and involved in the Stuxnet cyber espionage. Heidar Moslehi, Iran’s Intelligence Minister said: ‘The network of spies and terrorists linked to Mossad was destroyed.’ He went on to say the alleged spies ‘have confessed to being trained by the Mossad and receiving all of their equipment from that agency.’
Iran’s state-run news channel aired an apparent confession of a man that it referred to as ‘the main element’ of an Israeli-trained espionage network involved in the assassination of their scientist. He was hired by Israel and trained at a military base outside Tel Aviv before being sent to Iran as a part of a network ordered to kill Masoud Ali-Mohammadi...
THE STRANGE DECISION BY MI5
Eye Spy examines one of the most bizarre occurrences yet heard at the 7/7 London bomb inquests. This involves the decision to submit a dreadfully poor photograph of gang leader - Mohamed Sidique Khan, to an FBI informant who knew Khan from a previous liaison the men had at a Pakistan-based AQ terror training camp.
Giving evidence as ‘Witness G’, an MI6 officer was frank in his admission that the surveillance photo sent was poor. However, the original was nothing less than immaculate. So what’s going on here?
Eye Spy attempts to discover the background to this most strange business and has perhaps found a very simple explanation...
CHINA’S SPIES GRAB MORE US SECRETS
As a sideswipe to US Defense Secretary Robert Gates recent visit to Beijing, China’s military rolled-out its extraordinary ‘top secret’ J-20 stealth fighter (built by the Chengdu Aircraft Design Institute). Had Mr Gates been able to examine some of the aircraft’s more delicate features, he may have noticed parts that clearly should have been stamped - ‘Made in America’. Air design teams in Moscow are equally as perplexed, as the aircraft also shows a number of distinct similarities to the Su-27.
Eye Spy looks at China’s extensive infiltration of US contract companies, and Washington’s apparent inability to counter Beijing’s relentless spying...
RUSSIA’S MOST FEARED SECURITY ELEMENT
An Eye Spy feature on one of the least-known security elements in Russia which is fast gaining a reputation as a ruthless and fearless service... the Omon
DUBAI INTELLIGENCE TRAIL
UPDATE ON THE DUBAI MOSSAD OPERATION
An intelligence update on the assassination of Hamas gun-runner and agent Mahmud Al-Mabhouh by Mossad agents in January 2011; including new information on how the Israeli secret service managed to track Al-Mabhouh to Dubai...
MOSCOW’S SECRET AGENTS
MI5 AND FBI CLOSE-IN ON NEW SVR CONTACTS
Whilst failed Russian agent Anna Vasil’yevna Kushchyenko - aka Anna Chapman continues her quest for a career in politics, television and modelling, MI5 searches for other SVR operatives in the UK. Eye Spy believes the Security Service may have already identified one agent tasked with infiltrating the higher echelons of British Government...
IRAN’S NUCLEAR WARHEAD
Iranian Intelligence blames MI6, CIA and the Mossad for a tri-agency operation that destablised and ultimately stopped a number of nuclear sites from operating. Background...
CIA CLOSE IN ON OBL
Eye Spy reports on an intricate CIA ruse using a media front and a special device to try and locate the whereabouts of al-Qaida leader Osama bin-Laden... Full report
IT’S IN THE CAN
EYE SPY FIND CLUE EXPOSING WHO WAS BEHIND STUXNET ATTACK ON IRAN - A DELIBERATE SLIP OF THE TONGUE
Whilst intelligence watchers debate and search out evidence to identify who was behind the August 2011 Stuxnet cyber attack on Iran’s nuclear programme, Eye Spy researchers find a simple clue in a film reel that points to the culprit...
EYE SPY 72 BEST OF THE REST....
GOING TO AMERICA?: WikiLeaks menace Julian Assange loses his extradition battle from the UK to Sweden over a rape allegation. There is every chance now his presence will be requested by the Pentagon...
MOSCOW BOUND?: Katia Zatuliveter - believed by MI5 to be a Russian spy, is being ‘brought home’ by a suspected Kremlin front company... Full Report
MI6-FSB LIAISONS?: Find out why both Moscow and London are trying to better relations by introducing a new hotline...
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