Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Russian intelligence undergoing transformation

     The "Russian Spy Agency Happenings!" newsletter publishes timely updates about Russia's KGB, SVR, FSB and the GRU. Surprising events are unfolding inside the Kremlin and it appears Putin is bringing back the tactics used by the KGB during the Cold War. Russia's top cybersecurity spymasters have been arrested or found dead. They seem to be cleaning house inside their national security service, the FSB.
     Were the alleged spies actually moles recruited by MI6 or the CIA? Ruslan Stoyanov, a researcher in Moscow's Kaspersky Lab and Sergei Mikhailov, top man in the FSB's Center of Information Security have both been arrested by Russian police for possible treason. The police broke into a Moscow meeting that Mikhailov was having with other FSB officers, put a sack over his head, and escorted him out in handcuffs. So much for due process.
     When President Obama was leaving office, classified documents were presented to him and to President-elect Trump that suggested Russian operatives had compromised Trump via his personal and financial dealings inside Russia. These biting accusations stemmed from memos compiled by a former British MI6 intelligence operative, who U.S. intelligence officials describe as a credible source. The MI6 operative got the information about Mr. Trump from his Russian sources. Were these sources the FSB agents recently arrested by Russian police?
     Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director John Brennan, and NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers relayed this top-secret information to President-elect Trump so he was aware that the allegations involving him were being circulated among the 17 intelligence agencies, senior members of Congress and other government officials in Washington.
     Meanwhile, experts within U.S. counterintelligence say the number of Russian spies currently lurking inside America exceeds the number operating within the U.S. at the height of the Cold War. A transformation in the Russian spy agencies is taking place and the "Russian Spy Agency Happenings!" newsletter will keep you abreast of it.
     Although I write about Russian intelligence, I will not push my book on you! Instead, I recommend these two writings below by other authors. 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

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