Tuesday, November 15, 2016

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Russian Spies Are Everywhere!

Russian Spy Agency Happenings!: Issue 11/14/16
     In this 11/14/16 Issue of "Russian Spy Agency Happenings!" you'll see how Russian spies are virtually everywhere, for the Kremlin has ramped up espionage activities in most Western democracies. Another article describes how Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) detained two Russian nationals who organized illegal crossings of the border with Finland. There are dozens of articles on all of Russia's spy agencies as well.
     Don't forget to enjoy the three exciting videos in this issue:
  1. A Russian Spy in the NSA: A True Story of Espionage
  2. Russian Spies- Deceitful Beauties: A documentary on a CIA/Double Agent/Spy
  3. The FBI releases their surveillance videos of Russian spy.
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Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and created this newsletter.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Putin ramps up espionage activities against the U.S. and NATO

     The U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) worries over Putin’s cyber-attacks against the DNC, but they’re more concerned about other espionage activities the Kremlin is ramping up.
     In this issue of the "Russian Spy Agency Happenings!" newsletter, we focus on Putin's new aggressiveness in espionage and counterespionage, including a story about Frederico Carvalhão Gil.
     Gil, a high-ranking member of Portugal’s Security Intelligence Service, was arrested for passing secrets to his Russian handler, an officer of Putin’s SVR spy agency. They were six highly-classified documents containing information that is critical to the West’s defense: NATO defense systems and communication infrastructure between member countries and military bases.
     Gil was followed to Rome by Portuguese counterintelligence officers, since he was already suspected of being a Russian mole planted inside Portugal’s secret intelligence service. As the CI team tailed him, he entered and exited numerous shops, trying to throw them off, or to detect their presence. He failed, thank goodness.
     Both Gil and his Russian handler were arrested, and the top-secret documents were recovered. Because of this and numerous other incidents, it appears Rome, Italy is Russia’s espionage hub and contact place between his SVR agents and the spies they recruit, like Frederico Carvalhão Gil.
     U.S. Intelligence realizes that the Russian SVR has permeated NATO delegations that frequent its headquarters in Brussels. That’s why the size of non-member state delegations at the HQ have been severely limited- to cut down on Russian intelligence officers’ operating inside. Russia had three times as many delegates as any other non-NATO nation operating inside NATO’s Brussels headquarters, and most were there to gather intelligence (Should I say “steal” intelligence?).
     President Trump may want to build a relationship with Putin, but he must realize that the Russian leader is conducting an all-out espionage assault on U.S. allies in Europe. Putin’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has been watched closely by Estonia’s Internal Security Service (ISS).  The ISS found daring attempts to undermine Estonia’s sovereignty by the FSB, such as the 2014 kidnapping of Estonian Internal Security Service officer Eston Kohver.
     They FSB abducted Kohver from inside Estonia, convicted him in a show trial, only to exchange him for an FSB spy arrested in 2012! Lithuania’s intelligence agency warned in its 2015 annual report that Russia infiltrated not only its armed forces, but those of other NATO members as well.
     The Czech Republic’s Security Information Service confirmed large numbers of Russian intelligence operatives are active inside their country.
     Putin’s spy agency reach is far and his spies have recently been caught in Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, and Poland.
     Non-NATO allies have also been targeted. Russian agents spy on Swedish military facilities. They approach Swedish military personnel on a regular basis. Sweden’s security service (Saepo) estimates that one-third of Russia’s diplomats in Stockholm are spies.
     Not surprising, the U.S. busted a Russian spy ring in New York City just last year. They recruited U.S. citizens as spies and stole economic intelligence. In 2010, Russia’s espionage activities briefly came to the forefront of the American public’s attention when the FBI broke up a 10-person Russian spy ring. Then FBI described these Putin-agents as Russia’s "cream of the crop."
     Overseas, American diplomats and NATO officials are continually harassed by Russian agents. An FSB guard recently assaulted an American diplomat outside the U.S. embassy in Moscow. A NATO officer at a Swedish restaurant was threatened by Russian agents who showed him pictures of his family while demanding information on alliance military exercises.
     The Cold War hath raised its ugly head! President Trump will have to put more resources into the U.S. Intelligence Community’s efforts to combat Russian espionage and counterespionage operations.
     Yeah, I know, 9/11 and radical Islam, ISIS, global jihad, etc. Putin took advantage of this tragedy that struck America. He knows where our Intelligence Community focuses its resources.
     It’s time to redeploy our efforts on countering Putin, the intimidator. He’s bolstered his intelligence assets against the U.S. and NATO. President Trump must counter him and, as one American intelligence official put it, “play catch-up big time” with Russia.


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Monday, October 17, 2016

KGB Returns! The Russian spy agency comes back to life

     This Monday, October 17, 2016 issue of "Russian Intelligence Agency Happenings!" contains reliable articles saying the Russian spy agency KGB is coming back. This newsletter is your portal to timely weekly updates about the Russian KGB, SVR, FSB, FSO and the GRU...enjoy!

Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and writes the online spy novel series "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean".  The views expressed on this site do not represent those of any organization he is a member of. Contact him on the Secure Contact Form

Thursday, September 15, 2016


     The 9/15/16 Issue of “Spy Agency Happenings!” newsletter is all about foreign intelligence services spying on America. I hand-picked articles that I thought would be of interest you.
     One article discusses how foreign spies have infiltrated our universities, according to an FBI report. You’ll also read about how Chinese and Russian spy services are aggressively accumulating and cross-indexing hacked U.S. computer databases, including security clearance applications, to target U.S. intelligence agents.
     Here’s some other hand-picked exposés featured in the newsletter:
• Ex-CIA officer says there’s more spies inside America that ever before.
• Germany has been spying on the U.S. and France since 2013.
• Israeli spying on U.S. is at terrifying levels.
• Netanyahu’s spying denials contradicted by NSA.
• Just how many foreign spies are inside America? Try over 100,000! No conspiracy theory here, just facts.
• FBI reports 53 percent increase in number of foreign spies trying to steal America’s secrets.
• Six Chinese charged with stealing America’s hi-tech secrets.

     Enjoy the 9/15/16 Issue of “Spy Agency Happenings!” and don’t forget to watch the videos on foreign spying inside America. Lastly, the Discussion Corner is a place for you to voice your opinion and thoughts on this topic.
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Saturday, September 3, 2016

Is Domestic Spying a good or bad thing?

Issue 9/3/16 “Spy Agency Happenings!” newsletter focuses on domestic spying in the U.S., Germany, and the UK. Here are some of the highlights:
  • The FBI has an entire army of people whose sole job is to do surveillance. Whether they are tracking a terrorist suspect or mobster or potential spy.
  • In 2013, the world was outraged to learn that the National Security Agency (NSA) had been spying on private communications on a mass scale. Do they still feel that way today?
  • The domestic spying argument doesn't have to be 'national security vs. Civil liberties'- both can exist together. You CAN have national security while preserving civil liberties.
  • The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) may have taken some fairly extreme liberties when it comes to collecting user data, but the organization hasn't acted on a whim. There was good reason for it to do so.
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  • The NSA’s domestic spying program, known in official government documents as the “President’s Surveillance Program,” ("The Program") was implemented by President George W. Bush.
  • The British spy agency GCHQ spies on Americans more than the NSA does.
  • Revelations of widespread U.S. spying on foreign Internet communications put a damper on President Obama's first state visit to Berlin. 
  • After Germany halted its internet surveillance targeting German companies and officials last May, their spy agency BND has resumed its spying operations in collaboration with the NSA.
  • Obama justifies NSA spying, reminding us that Paul Revere did it first. The POTUS argues that the US has always defended freedom through surveillance. President Obama said this in 2014 In a speech that was billed as an announcement of “reforms” to the NSA’s mass spying practices.
  • The director of the National Security Administration told Congress that more than 50 potential terrorist attacks have been thwarted by two controversial tracking programs.
  • The death of Osama bin Laden marked an important victory in the long war on terrorism. This article tells why.
  • Does spying on Americans protect the US? The NSA Director says it does. This article explains why.
  • Ever wonder how the NSA Domestic Spy Grid Works? This ex-military insider reveals how it functions.
  • The Intelligence Community (IC) focuses on data security and as a group of agencies, it has been spotlighted recently as being more open to sharing. Is there a controversy here?
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Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and writes the online spy novel series "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean".  The views expressed on this site do not represent those of any organization he is a member of. Contact him on the Secure Contact Form