AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #35-08 dated 8 September 2008








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Brazil Spy Chiefs Suspended Amid Bugging Scandal. Brazil's President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva has suspended his top intelligence chiefs over claims the country's spy agency illegally bugged the phones of top officials and judges.

Mr. Lula says he suspended his top intelligence officials to ensure transparency during the police investigation.

The scandal broke after the Veja magazine published a transcript of an illegally tapped conversation between the Supreme Court president and a senator. Both men have confirmed the conversation took place.

The Supreme Court president said the bugging demonstrated an alarming "lack of control over state apparatus".

Some congress members are calling for a full independent inquiry, saying there has been a dramatic rise in phone taps without judicial authorization. [Olle/ABC/3September2008] 

Report Describes Careless Handling of U.S. Secrets. Former attorney general Alberto R. Gonzales told investigators that he could not recall whether he took home notes regarding the government's most sensitive national security program and that he did not know they contained classified information, despite his own markings that they were "top secret - eyes only," according to a Justice Department report.

Gonzales improperly carried notes about the warrantless wiretapping program in an unlocked briefcase and failed to keep them in a safe at his Northern Virginia home three years ago because he "could not remember the combination," the department's inspector general reported.

A National Security Agency official who reviewed the notes said they contained references to operational aspects of the wiretapping initiative, including a top-secret code word for the program, information that had been "zealously protected" by the agency and was "not a close call" in terms of its sensitivity, the report said.

Gonzales brought the notes home with him on Feb. 3, 2005, the day he moved from his post as White House counsel to his new job as the nation's chief law enforcement officer, according to the report. They were at his home or in his briefcase for an "indeterminate" amount of time, investigators said. Ultimately, Gonzales stored them in a safe outside his Justice Department office that was accessible by people who lacked the requisite security clearances to see them.

Gonzales also stored 17 other classified documents on electronic surveillance and detainee interrogation programs there. In one instance, employees searching for material related to a Freedom of Information Act request in 2006 sifted through the sensitive material in the safe "document by document," the report said. [Johnson/WashingtonPost/3September2008] 

DIA Official Defends Russia-Georgia Reporting. The Defense Intelligence Agency's (DIA's) top analyst says the U.S. agency provided Bush administration officials with ample warning that the simmering tensions between Georgia and Russia could erupt in fighting.

"I wouldn't say we were caught flat-footed," he said during an Aug. 27 interview. "I feel pretty good, from what I know now, about the reporting that we did and the intel community did ahead of" the conflict, which saw Russia occupy much of western Georgia by the third day.

Cardillo repeatedly noted that his agency's job is to "set the table," by providing information about developments in the proper context and with informed analysis of what might happen next, for policy-makers.

Some former national security officials have said it appears the U.S. president and his team were caught off guard when Moscow ordered its troops to pound Georgia after the former Soviet state went into South Ossetia, a breakaway province, to allegedly take out separatist fighters.

Cardillo said he could not "speak to what [administration] officials knew or how well informed they were.

"If you asked senior officials if they read that report or that cable from DIA, the answer is probably going to be no," the DIA analysis chief said. "They get large books in the morning to read every day. They're busy folks."

Another culprit for what some call a lack of understanding by American analysts and a slow response from the White House could have stemmed from daily monitoring of the long history of Russian-Georgian tensions, which never led to serious fighting, Cardillo said.

A long list of analysts and former security officials around the globe, in public statements and think tank white papers on both the conflict and the American response, have questioned western leaders' collective shock because Russia had massed tens of thousands of troops, as well as massive numbers of vehicles and weapons along its border with South Ossetia.

The DIA official responded to such questions by stating analysts following such years-long tensions might have based their predictions on what would happen if Georgia sent its troops into the province on past patterns. And never before had Russia responded by starting a war, he noted.

He said U.S. intelligence analysts likely took viewed the situation this way: "'Oh, we've seen this cycle before. Artillery shells cause this reaction. And then, this will happen. Georgia will move here, Mikheil Saakashvili, the Georgian president, will say a few things. Russia will respond with an exercise north of the border. There will be overflight issues.'"

Although Cardillo expressed confidence in DIA's - and the broader intel community's - reporting before fighting broke out, the agency will review its performance. [Bennett/DefenseNews/2September2008] 

Briton's Data Could be Sent to CIA, Campaigners Say. The British government has awarded the 2011 census contract to Lockheed Martin, a multinational company based in the United States, despite fears it may entail British citizens' private data being given to American intelligence embassies.

Under the US patriot act it is possible for American intelligence bodies like the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to demand data held by US firms, potentially exposing details of the 2011 census.

The announcement from the Office of National Statistics came eight months later than expected, after a campaign by the Green party, Plaid Cymru and the Scottish national party (SNP) raised ethical problems with the contract.

The terms of the contract specify that Lockheed Martin sub-contracts the data handling to UK and European companies, putting them outside the jurisdiction of the patriot act. But campaigners say there are more long-term regulatory problems. [PoliticsUK/2September2008] 

American Says He's a Teacher, Not a US Agent. Russian officials say Michael Lee White was a U.S. agent involved in the recent fighting between their troops and Georgia. They claim to have found the Army veteran's passport in the country.

But in his cramped teacher's apartment thousands of miles away at a business college in southern China, the American told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he's never been to Georgia. When the five-day war was raging last month, White said, he was in his hometown of Austin, Texas, caring for his sick father.

The CIA on Wednesday denied White was working for the U.S. intelligence agency.

"While we do not as a rule confirm or deny employment with the agency, in this case, any suggestion that Michael Lee White is a CIA officer is wrong," said Marie Harf, a CIA spokeswoman.

White's name popped up last Thursday as Russian officials were suggesting Americans directly supported Georgia's Aug. 7 assault on the breakaway province of South Ossetia, which is backed by Russia.

As evidence, the deputy chief of the Russian military general staff, Col. Gen. Anatoly Nogovitsyn, showed reporters a color copy of what he said was White's passport. He claimed it was found in a basement in a village in South Ossetia among items that belonged to retreating Georgian soldiers.

The U.S. Embassy in Georgia said it had no information on the matter, and Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili said no American "commanders or even advisers" were in the conflict zone.

When the allegation was made, White, 41, said he was flying back to China to begin a new teaching job at the Guangdong University of Business Studies in Guangzhou, a booming city also known as Canton. He said he was unaware of the accusation until Saturday, when he was able to set up his computer and access the Internet.

He thinks the passport the Russians have is one he lost during a flight from Moscow to New York in October 2005. He said he must have left the travel document in the seat pocket in front of him. He realized it was missing when he was clearing customs, and he wasn't allowed to go back to retrieve it, he said. The plane crew said they couldn't find it.

White said he filled out a State Department form reporting his lost passport and he was given a new one the same year.

White has a military background, but in a non-combat position. He said that from 1992 to 1997, he was a petroleum-supply specialist, driving trucks and fueling helicopters in Germany, Bosnia and Fort Campbell, Ky.

When he left the military, White said, he finished a degree in public administration at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn. Then he took a course in teaching English as a foreign language in 1998 and began his overseas career, he said.   [Foreman/AP/3September2008] 

Korea: North Denies South Spy. North Korea on Wednesday denied that a woman arrested in South Korea for espionage had been one of its spies, describing her as "human scum" used by the Seoul government to heighten confrontation.

South Korean officials last week announced the arrest of Won Jeong-Hwa, 35, and said she had been recruited by the communist North's espionage agency in 1998.

In 2001 she settled in South Korea, posing as a defector, and allegedly offered military officers sexual favors to collect secret information for Pyongyang.

A statement from the North's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, a state body in charge of cross-border relations, called the case a "threadbare charade." It described Won as "human scum crazy for money, vanity and swindling."

The statement, quoted by the official Korean Central News Agency, said Won had been sentenced to six years of forced labor and prison for dishonesty but upon her release continued committing crimes before fleeing justice.

Her stepfather, who was also arrested in the South for helping her, "is also human scum who betrayed the homeland and the people," it said.

The statement said South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak's government of "traitors" had orchestrated the case to deflect attention from domestic political problems and incite cross-border confrontation.

It described the incident as "another grave provocation" to Pyongyang following the death of a Seoul housewife at a tourist resort in the North.

The woman was shot dead by soldiers in July after straying into a restricted military area. The North refuses to let the South send an investigation team and blames it for the incident. [IOL/2September2008] 

Spy Satellites could Analyze Shadows from Space to Help Identify Terrorists. A computer program has been developed to process the image of a shadow cast on the ground, and match it up with its owner. The technique, called gait analysis, works on the premise that it is extremely difficult to disguise your walking style. It could be used to monitor known criminals and suspected terrorists, such as Osama Bin Laden, using satellites or spy planes.

There has been an explosion in satellite imagery and technology in recent years, but it is still virtually impossible to recognize people from pictures taken from orbit. Aerial shots alone give little away about a person's movements, but analyzing the shadows they cast can - provided their walking pattern is on file.

According to Dr. Adrian Stoica of Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, which developed the shadow technology, video from space could provide enough data to confirm a suspect's identity.

However, critics say there are doubts that images taken in orbit will be sharp enough to be used as identification. There are also concerns that weather and visibility will affect the quality.

The technique is still at the earliest stages of development, and it could be many years before it is used by military, police and intelligence services. [Cockcroft/Telegraph/4September2008] 

Cuba to Appeal Spy Case to US Supreme Court. Cuba said it will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court part of a lower court decision against five Cuban agents who have been imprisoned nearly 10 years on espionage charges.

Cuban Parliament President Ricardo Alarcon said lawyers would ask the nation's highest court to reverse a decision upholding sentences against two of the men, one sent to prison for 15 years and the other for life.

Alarcon, point man for Cuba's U.S. policy, said the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Georgia, had denied Cuba's most recent attempt to have the convictions overturned.

The sentences for the other three agents were earlier found to be excessive and sent back to a lower court for review, which the Cubans will not appeal.

The men, known in Cuba as the "Five Heroes," were sent to the United States to infiltrate exile groups opposed to the Cuban government, then led by Fidel Castro.

In 1998, they were arrested and accused of being unregistered agents of the Cuban government, and in one case of conspiring to murder members of the exile group, Brothers to the Rescue.

In February 1996, Cuban fighter jets shot down two private planes belonging to the Brothers to the Rescue that were flying near Cuba. Four men in the planes were killed. The five defendants, tried together in Miami, received sentences ranging from 15 years to life in prison.

Cuba has argued that the men were agents trying to stop "terrorist" attacks and that they did not receive a fair trial in Miami, center of the exile community that fled after Castro took power in a 1959 revolution.

Alarcon said demonstrations would be held in Cuba and around the world, including the United States, on September 12, which he said would mark the 10th anniversary of the men's time in prison. [Franks/Reuters/4September2008] 

Iraq Government Reacts Sharply to US Spying Allegations. The Iraqi government reacted sharply Friday to published allegations that the U.S. spied on Iraq's prime minister, warning that future ties with the United States could be in jeopardy if the report were true.

The allegations appear by a new book, "The War Within: A Secret White House History, 2006-2008," by journalist Bob Woodward, who writes that the United States spied extensively on Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, his staff and other government officials.

The report emerged as the two governments are in delicate negotiations over the future of American troops in Iraq. Those talks have already extended past their July 31 deadline and have drawn sharp criticism from Iraqis who want an end to the U.S. presence.

Critics may well use the allegation to step up pressure on the government not to sign a deal or hold out for the most favorable terms.

Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said Baghdad will raise the allegations with the U.S. and ask for an explanation. But if true, he warned, it shows a lack of trust.

In Washington, the White House declined to directly comment on the allegations. Instead, spokeswoman Dana Perino said official channels of communication between the two governments happen daily. [Johnson/AP/4September2008]

Spy Agencies Prepare for Administration Change. The intelligence community has begun to offer briefings to the two leading presidential candidates as the spy agencies prepare for the first presidential transition since a sweeping reform law passed in 2004.

The law, which demanded greater integration of the nation's 16 intelligence agencies, reorganized the nation's intelligence community significantly, institutionally and technologically. It was largely a response to the criticism that U.S. intelligence efforts had incurred for not preventing the 2001 terrorist attacks and for faulty intelligence used to justify the Iraq War.

The next president will inherit the new structure, which includes the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) as the head of that community, and a workforce that has gotten younger and larger since 2001.

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) received an ODNI briefing Sept. 2, and ODNI has also offered one to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). President Bush recently authorized ODNI to begin briefing the candidates on topics at their request, said Tom Fingar, ODNI's deputy director for analysis. As senators, both candidates have already had clearance to access to intelligence assessments. [Bain/FCW/5September2008] 

Professor Is Convicted Of Sharing Technology. A federal jury in Knoxville, Tenn., convicted a retired university professor on conspiracy, wire fraud and export control charges yesterday for improperly sharing sensitive technology with students from China and Iran.

Plasma physicist J. Reece Roth, 70, faces more than a decade in prison when he is sentenced early next year. Prosecutors say the professor emeritus at the University of Tennessee exchanged restricted military data with foreign research assistants and traveled overseas with electronic versions of sensitive materials on his laptop computer.

The case is the latest in a series involving the Arms Export Control Act. It also is among the first in which the government sought to punish a defendant for distributing scientific know-how rather than equipment to foreigners studying at universities with military research contracts.

Roth worked with a Knoxville technology company on a pair of U.S. Air Force contracts to develop plasma-based guidance systems for the wings of unmanned vehicles from 2004 to 2006, according to court papers. The drones are used in surveillance and to house weapons. This year, the company, Atmospheric Glow Technologies, and another scientist there pleaded guilty to related charges.

In recent years, law enforcement authorities and intelligence experts have warned that military secrets could be compromised in university settings and other seemingly benign environments. They point to heightened interest from China and the Middle East. [Johnson/WashingtonPost/4September2008] 


British Spy Melita Norwood Helped Speed up USSR's Atomic Bomb Program. Melita Norwood, the "granny spy" who passed Britain's nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union, helped speed up Stalin's atomic bomb program by five years, according to a controversial new biography. 

Melita Norwood was the longest lasting Soviet spy in British history and that country's most important female operative.

Norwood, a committed Communist who began spying for Moscow in the 1930s, handed over technical information which provided Russian scientists with a crucial breakthrough.

Her contribution allowed them to overcome problems, which blocked the development of their nuclear reactors and led directly to the USSR exploding its bomb in 1949 - years earlier than would otherwise have been the case.

The claims are made in a new book - The Spy Who Came in From the Co-op - written by David Burke, a friend of Norwood's who interviewed her extensively in the years leading up to her death in 2005.

The author states her contribution to Russia's nuclear bomb program was at least as great as that made by Klaus Fuchs, a member of the Anglo-American nuclear research team who handed over plans to the Russians in the mid 1940s and is considered one of the Soviet Union's most effective spies.

Mr. Burke also claims that Norwood recruited a spy in 1967, codenamed "Hunt" who continued to work for Moscow until 1981.

The revelations will prove highly embarrassing for the Government, which sought to play down Norwood's role in press briefings after she was unmasked as a spy in 1999. The briefings were used to justify the Government's refusal to prosecute her.

Norwood was recruited by the NKVD, the forerunner of the KGB, in 1934 by Andrew Rothstein, one of the founders of the Communist Party of Great Britain, and began actively working for the cause two years later.

In the mid-1940s, she was working as a secretary to the director of the British Non-Ferrous Metals Research Association, the body which was responsible for Britain's secret atom bomb program.

The breakthrough for her and the Russians came when she was given access to research work relating to a theory about the corrosive nature of uranium at high temperatures.

In Mr. Burke's book, which will be published in October, he says Norwood was "groomed" for a life in espionage by her highly political mother Gertrude, who also spied for Moscow. In the 1930s Gertrude set up a safe house for the Soviets' network of radio operators in the UK.

The security services were suspicious of Melita's Communist sympathies and seemed to have opened a file on her in the 1930s. However, officials failed to take any further action, even when her name was linked to the creation of a spy network at Woolwich Arsenal in 1938.

Contrary to official claims that Norwood was effectively rendered inoperable by the British security services in the early 1950s, when details of her work was uncovered, Mr. Burke maintains that she carried on working successful for Moscow until her retirement in the early 1970s.

An historian who specializes in eastern European political emigres, Mr. Burke first met Norwood in 1997, when he was researching the work of her father Alexander Sirnis, a Latvian.

He had no idea that Norwood, who lived in south London, was a spy until she was outed on the front pages of newspapers in 1999. She was nicknamed the Bolshevik of Bexleyheath.

He said: "I was travelling by coach to see her in 1999 and had to get off at Milton Keynes to change to another bus. I went into the shop to by a paper and there she was staring out from the front pages. I rang her and she said you better come next week I have been a rather a naughty girl and there are a lot of press at my front door.

"When I met her the following week she was still in a state of shock. She said: 'I thought I'd gotten away with it."

Mr. Burke added: "Melita was not a hard line Stalinist. She was an emotional Communist and quite naive. She thought what she was doing was for the benefit of the entire world.

"She thought of Stalin in those early days as a sort of Clement Attlee figure. When she became (politically) active in the 1930s, Russia was seen by many people as the only nation capable of defeating the Nazis.

"She once said to me she didn't agree with spying against one's country. She said her purpose had been to keep Russia abreast."

However, the book also reveals that Norwood herself recruited at least one spy to work for Russia. She declined to identify her recruit.

Mr. Burke says Norwood had little time for the new generation of spies and their working methods which became Cold War lore.

"She didn't like what she called the "playboy spies". She also had no time for things like honeytraps. She believed in doing things the old-fashioned way."

Professor Christopher Andrew, the official historian for MI5 who has written the forward to the new book said there was no doubt that the Russians thought she was a significant operator.

"Melita was the longest lasting Soviet spy in British history and that country's most important female operative. How important particular pieces of information is often in the ears of the beholder. But the point is that the Russians thought what she was doing was very important and they told her so."

The Spy Who Came In From the Co-op will be published by Boydell and Brewster on 17 October priced �18.99 [Hastings/Telegraph/31August2008] 

Britain's Wartime Spymasters Planned "Army of Aristocrats" to Spread Misinformation. Aristocrats and socialites were selected during the Second World War to spread misinformation at cocktail parties and nightclubs to confuse German spies, newly declassified security documents have revealed.

The security files detail how the London Controlling Section (LCS), the body established to oversee deception plans for Winston Churchill's War Cabinet, identified people from upper class circles to spread lies about the country's military and political prospects.

The LCS hoped that by encouraging the people to discuss false war plans at cocktail parties and at other social gatherings, the information would be picked up by Nazi spies and passed back to Berlin.

The organization also planned to use wedding announcements, parish magazines and even personal letters to spread misinformation.

In one of the documents, which are released today by the National Archives in Kew, south west London, Lt Colonel Johnny Bevan, head of LCS, wrote to a fellow officer: "The London Controlling Section wishes to utilize the services of selected personages of high standing in this country for the purposes of deception."

The prominent individuals identified for the task included Tom Driberg, a homosexual journalist and MP, Sir Walter Monckton, who had advised Edward VIII during the abdication crisis, David Maxwell Fyfe, the future Home Secretary who would also serve as a judge at the Nuremberg trials, Lady Eleanor Smith and Jack Hambro, the chairman of the family's merchant bank.

However, the documents reveal that not everyone whose name was put forward for consideration was deemed suitable for deception work.

Five names are struck out of the original list of suggestions, including Lady Stanley of Alderley, Sir Henry Brittain, Lord Croft and Colonel S F Newcombe.

Some were simply considered too indiscrete for the role. Lt Col Bevan, wrote: "On other grounds I am a little doubtful about using Lady Willingdon. Although she will almost certainly pass on any information which comes into her possession and spread it around pretty widely, she may possibly over do it and might tend to spoil the market."

Another officer, also working for LCS agreed: "I am a little doubtful about Tom Drieberg and Jack Hambro, also Lady Willingdon, to my personal knowledge is a little apt to tell everyone everything she knows on all possible occasions."

The LCS also hit upon the idea of feeding false information to neutral diplomats from countries like Ireland, Spain and Switzerland and planned to feed misinformation to air hostesses and airline pilots, as they were regarded as "sources of hot news". The organisation even selected politicians to make misleading statements in parliament.

However, the organization balked against the idea of printing false information in national newspapers and thought journalists themselves were unsuitable to be potential recruits. But the files show other publications were not considered off limits.

At one stage the organization even considered the use of false letters in which a "feather brained and indiscreet wife" could thoughtlessly pass on details of her husband's troop movements to a friend. The LCS planned to post such letters from Switzerland to the US and Canada and hoped that they would fall into the hands of German spies.

The LCS decided that deception activities should be targeted at the places and institutions where spies were considered to be most active. These included the shipyards on the Clyde and Tyne and military centers like Aldershot, but also London hotels and nightclubs.

The declassified documents reveal that deception operations were a high priority for the military and the security services. [Hastings&Plentl/Telegraph/31August2008] 


Pincus and Jim Dean. [Editors' note: AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes 34-08 dtd 2 Sept 2008 contained an obituary on Yuri Nosenko written by Walter Pincus. It stated "Mr. Nosenko, a lieutenant colonel in the Soviet secret police and intelligence agency, personally interviewed Lee Harvey Oswald during his time in the Soviet Union from 1959 to 1962. When Mr. Nosenko defected in 1964, he provided the first information that Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy, was not a Soviet agent."]

Hi Folks, Pincus must be letting the Israelis write some of his stuff.

Morris Childs, the Jewish CPUSA Secretary of State, was one of our top Cold War spies (CG-5824S*), recruited by the FBI when the Commies dumped him because they thought he was dying and didn't want to pay his medial bills. Besides working here he did 52 missions to the SU. 

Childs had an ace in the hole during his many visits and long discussion sessions with Soviet leaders. Whenever they wanted to discuss something private in his presence, the Rooskies would switch over to Russian. They never knew that Childs spoke fluent Russian and grabbed every word. At night back at the hotel his second wife Eva, in her 70's (she had to be recruited and quickly trained by the FBI), would hold the flash light under the bedspread while Morris wrote his minute extensive notes of the day's conversations. He carried every bit of this material out on his person on every trip.

Morris was actually in Moscow when Kennedy was killed, in the office of Boris Ponomarev when aides came in 'their faces ashen' to tell him that Kennedy was killed and about Oswald's having been in the Soviet Union. Childs described that they were in a panic that the Soviets would be blamed.

After Oswald's suicide attempt in Moscow years earlier Soviet shrinks concluded that 'he was abnormal and unbalanced, if not insane' (p 99). The KGB swore to the Politburo that it never used Oswald as an agent...and the Politburo even confiscated Oswald's KGB file, where Ponomarev saw it.

The Soviets wanted Childs to go home and convince the Americans that the Soviets were not involved but Childs told them that he was the last person to do that. He suggested that they turn over everything they had on Oswald to the U.S. government.

When Childs returned here and was debriefed by Walter Boyle his FBI handler, President Johnson, AG Robert Kennedy and other top officials were briefed ASAP. Our people had the story within two weeks of the shooting.

Childs was retired when the Church hearings began to open holes in his cover. To his credit Senator Church never spilled the beans. Why? Child's FBI handlers took a gamble and showed him a photo of a Politburo meeting with Childs sitting at the table, telling him, 'that's our man there...and you're going to kill him'. Church was astounded.

Morris would never take any money for his work. The FBI once insisted that he take $10,000, which he gave to his handler Boyle who donated it to a Catholic charity. They don't make many like this.

He died in 1991. Reagan presented he and Eva with a medal in a private ceremony. No other American president, Kissinger, anyone outside his handlers ever knew who he was. Childs, BTW, spotted the China Soviet split opportunity via his long time close relations with the Soviet Politburo and presented a detailed proposal on it that astonished Kissinger. Nixon and Kissinger got the credit, but Childs was the father of the whole thing. That's the way it goes.

Jim Dean, Heritage TV, AFIO, Atlanta [Source: Operation Solo by John Barron, 1996]



Lieutenant Colonel Judson Buist Grubbs II Honors Internment to be Held October 1, 2008.  Col. Grubbs will be buried with Honors at Arlington Cemetery on October 1st, 2008. 


British Intelligence: Secrets, Spies and Sources by Stephen Twigge, Edward Hampshire, and Graham Macklin. National Archives, August 1, 2008; 248 pages. While other books have speculated on the history and nature of Britain's intelligence services, this is the first to tell the story through the documents themselves. Only ten years ago access to these original sources would have been impossible, but now experts Twigge, Hampshire and Macklin draw on the spies' and spymasters' own words from The National Archives' unique intelligence files - including the very latest remarkable releases from MI5. Historical narrative is interwoven with colourful tales from the past that highlight some of the greatest successes - and failures - along the way, as well as the motives and machinations of those responsible for them. And readers who want to explore sources for themselves are given all the guidance they need.

As the Iraq War and its aftermath bring the intelligence profession back into the spotlight, British Intelligence is a compelling reading for anyone interested in the shadowy world of 20th-century espionage. [TheNationalArchives/July2008]

Requests for Assistance

War on Terrorism in Indonesia 

Dear AFIO WINs readers, 

I am working on a story about the progress of the war on terrorism in Indonesia and seeking to speak with former intelligence officers familiar with events there since 2001. Replies to Alex Kingsbury, Associate Editor, U.S. News & World Report, 1050 Thomas Jefferson St NW, Washington, DC
20007. Phone: (202) 955-2725 Cell: (202) 271-8612  E-mail :


DC Book Launch Sept 10 - Tell Me How This Ends: General David Petraeus and the Search for a Way Out of Iraq.  I'm an AFIO associate member and the author of a new book: Tell Me How This Ends: General David Petraeus and the Search for a Way Out of Iraq. I would like to invite all AFIO members to the DC launch of my book on Iraq next Wed., Sept. 10, at SAIS's Kenney Auditorium. It will be a panel discussion with me [Linda Robinson], John Nagl and Mike O'Hanlon of Brookings, followed by a wine and cheese reception. OK to RSVP late (since I am just now sending you word). Wednesday, September 10, 2008 4:30pm SAIS Nitze Building, Kenney Auditorium 1740 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, DC 20036 
RSVP to or 202-663-5772.


Los Angeles World Affairs Council Events. There are two events coming up hosted by the Los Angeles World Affairs Council that are in line with the education mission of AFIO. If you are interested in attending any of speaking events, the contact information is listed at the bottom of this email.

On Tuesday September 16, 2008 CIA Director General Michael V. Hayden will be in Los Angeles, to address the Los Angeles World Affairs Council on the "CIA's Counterproliferation Efforts, and Other Key Intelligence Issues." The luncheon starting at 11:30 A.M. will take place at the Century Plaza Hyatt Regency Hotel located at 2025 Avenue of the Stars, Century City. The cost of the lunch will be $66 (general admission). 

On Monday September 22, 2008 Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will address the Los Angeles World Affairs Council on the topic of "Striking Balance in National Defense." The dinner will take place at The InterContinental Hotel located at 2151 Avenue of the Stars, Century City. The cost of the dinner will be $69 (general admission)

If you are interested in attending any of these events please contact the Los Angeles World Affairs Council: Tel (213) 628-2333 Fax (213) 628-1057



11 September 2008 – San Francisco, CA – The AFIO Jim Quesada Chapter hosts Tim Shorrock, investigative reporter. Since 9/11 and the invasion of Iraq, newspaper headlines and the blogosphere have been afire with revelations about the U.S. government’s enormous use of private sector contractors to carry out the tasks of war. Intelligence contracting has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry, with privatization often blurring the lines between public and private sectors. Former high-ranking national security officials can be found in various consulting roles throughout the private sector intelligence industry; yet, the size, scope, and influence of this intelligence outsourcing has been largely unexamined, and sometimes at odds with congressional oversight and public accountability. Mr. Shorrock will be discussing his new book, Spies for Hire: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing.
The meeting will be held at United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco (between Sloat and Wawona). 11:30 AM no host cocktails; noon - luncheon. $25 member rate with advance reservation and payment; $35 non-member rate or at door. E-mail RSVP to Mariko Kawaguchi (please indicate meat or fish) no later than 5PM 9/1/08: or mail check made out to "AFIO" to: Mariko Kawaguchi, PO Box 117578 Burlingame, CA 94011. (650) 622-9840 X608.

September 15th-19th, 2008 - 3rd Annual Gulf Coast Terrorism Prevention Conference, hosted by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office. A full week of counter-terror training!  Cost: $450.00 for the entire week! The conference will be held at the Hyatt Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236.  Number for hotel reservations: 1-800-233-1234. The hotel is holding a limited number of rooms at a government rate for conference attendees. We urge you to make reservations as soon as possible in order to secure that rate. You can also visit and enter G-SSOF under Group/Corporate# to reserve your room. 
Universal Detection Technology's anthrax detection kit included with each paid registration.
To register you can call us 866-573-3999 ext 101 or click on the following link:

Monday, 15 September 2008 - New York, NY - AFIO New York Metro Chapter evening meeting on "How Baghdad Thieves Stole Iraq's Antiquities and CTTF Recovered the Stolen Loot." Colonel Matthew Bogdanos, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve -- the Author of "Thieves of Baghdad" explains how the Baghdad thieves stole Iraq's antiquities and how our counter-terrorism Task Force caught them and recovered their loot. Bogdanos led the investigation. He was awarded the Bronze Star for counter-terrorism operations in Afghanistan. He is currently an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan. Buffet dinner and open bar - $40. per person. 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM Registration.  Meeting starts 6:00 PM. New Location: 4 Columbus Circle (58th Street and 8th Avenue) The showroom space of STEELCASE, the global leader in the office furniture industry. Further information available from

17 September 2008, 10:30 am - 1 pm - Annapolis Junction, MD - The National Cryptologic Museum Foundation Fall Cryptologic Program features Dr. Michael Warner, Historian for ODNI, on "Evolution of the IC." As the DNI Historian, Warner coordinated the National Intelligence Strategy and writes and lectures extensively on intelligence history, theory and reform. His presentation will address the evolution of the intelligence community. Location: Event is at L-3 Communications Maryland Conference Center in the National Business Park at 2720 Technology Dr. in Annapolis Junction, MD 20701. Lunch will be served following the presentation at 1200. The fee is $25 to NCMF, POB 1682, Ft. Meade, MD 20755 by Wednesday, 10 September, if you plan to attend. Contact (301) 688-5436 or at with further questions.

18 September 2008 - Colorado Springs, CO - The AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter meeting will feature Tim Matson, USAF(r) a AF Academy graduate who flew Air Force 2. He will present a PowerPoint presentation. For further information or to make reservations contact:

Thursday, 18 September 2008, 6-8 p.m. - Washington, DC - Networking in the Intelligence Community presented by the PRSA-NCC PRONet Committee - The Johns Hopkins University 1717 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20036 Metro stop: Dupont Circle (red line)
A panel discussion featuring intelligence community insiders • What is the intelligence community? • How should PR professionals interact with intelligence professionals? • How do intelligence professionals approach public relations? • How do you practice public relations outreach in a secure environment? Panelists: Richard Willing - public affairs director, Office of the Director of National Intelligence Dr. Peter Leitner - president, Maxwell USA; former senior advisor, Office of the Secretary of Defense Fred Lash, APR - senior advisor to the deputy secretary of defense (joint communication); former deputy chief of public and media affairs, National Security Agency; Dr. Kenneth deGraffenreid - professor of intelligence studies, Institute of World Politics; former deputy national counterintelligence executive to the President of the United States
Cost: $30 PRSA Members; $35 Non-members; $5 Students (with ID) Please RSVP online at by September 15.
For more information about this event, contact Alex Meerovich at or call 202.454.3403

Saturday, 20 September 2008, 1100 - 1430 - West Haven, CT - AFIO New England Chapter meets to hear Dr. Richard H. Ward, Dean of the Henry C. Lee Criminal Justice & Forensic Sciences, University of New Haven. Dr. Ward, a veteran of the USMC will speak on his experiences training for the CIA’s Operation Zapata, the April 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion.
in the Faculty Dining Room in Bartels Hall on the campus of the University of New Haven in West Haven, CT. A map of the campus can be found here or at the bottom of this form, directions here or at the bottom of this form. Our schedule is as follows: Registration & gathering, 11:00 - 1200, Luncheon at 1200 followed by our speaker, with adjournment at 2:30PM. The University of New Haven is at 300 Boston Post Rd, West Haven, CT 06516-1916.
Note, as a one-day meeting, no hotel arrangements have been made; however, those coming from some distance may wish to select one of the many excellent hotels in this town. An area map is here The university’s hotel list is here For additional information contact
Luncheon reservations must be made by 12 September 2008 with Mr. Arthur Hulnick, 216 Summit Avenue # E102, Brookline, MA 02446, 617-739-7074 or
Advance reservations are $25.00, $30.00 at the door - per person. The meeting adjourns at 2:30 pm

20 September 2008, Kennebunk, ME - Maine Chapter Meets to hear Col. David Hunt on Counterterrorism. The Maine Chapter meets at 2:00 p.m. at the Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main St., Kennebunk. Guest speaker will be Fox News commentator Col. David Hunt. Col. Hunt is a graduate of Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He served as counterterrorism coordinator at the Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea, and has had experience in special operations, counterterrorism and intelligence operations. Col. Hunt also served as tactical advisor on security in Bosnia for the FBI. He will speak on contemporary issues facing this country. The meeting is open to the public. For information call 364-8964.

Sunday, 21 September 2008, 4 pm - St Charles, IL - The AFIO Midwest Chapter meets at the St. Charles Place Restaurant at 2550 E. Main Street, St.Charles, IL. Contact Angelo DiLiberti for details: 847-931-4184. Please reply no later than September 15th if you are able to attend.

Thursday, 25 September 2008, 12:30-2:30 pm - Los Angeles, CA - AFIO L.A. Area Chapter hosts Jake Katz, Assistant Director Emergency Operations Bureau for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department will discuss "Open Source Intelligence - The Sheriff's Approach." Event being held at the Hilton business building located at the LMU campus (Playa del Rey). Complimentary buffet lunch will be served, guests are welcome. Please RSVP by Monday September 15, 2008 via email to Vincent Autiero: 

Friday, 3 October 2008 - Langley, VA -CIA-OSI Conference - AFIO members are invited to attend a conference at CIA Headquarters from 1:30 - 7:30 p.m. on the History of the Office of Scientific Intelligence. Attendees will receive a special program with declassified documents, and a DVD filled with thousands of pages of additional documents, photographs and videos as part of this new declassification. The conference is unclassified. Includes reception and tour of CIA Museum. Further details and Application Forms.....

14 Oct 2008 - Tampa, FL - The Suncoast AFIO Chapter meets in the MacDill Room at the MacDill AFB. Speaker TBA. Lunch is $15.00 inclusive. For further information email

Tuesday, 21 October 2008, 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - Iran: An Intelligence Failure in the Making? at the International Spy Museum. WHAT: “Iran is one of the greatest threats in the world today. Getting the intelligence right is absolutely critical, not only on Iran's capability but its intent.”— Senator John Ensign (R-Nev.)
Our troubled relationship with this Middle Eastern powerhouse operates under the cloud of broken diplomatic relations, deepening concern about its regional aspirations, its involvement in international terrorism, and its nuclear ambitions. Explore the strategic and intelligence challenges posed by Iran in this timely panel. Is Iran a new Persian Empire or on the brink of collapse? Are there lessons from the Cold War that can help us deal with Iran now? Are we once again facing a situation where the current intelligence is inadequate to inform policy makers or that policymakers will again seek only the intelligence they want, or manufacture it? Join former CIA senior operations officer Robert Baer, author of The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower; Keith Crane, senior economist with the RAND Corporation and co-author of Iran’s Political, Demographic, and Economic Vulnerabilities; and David Thaler, senior analyst with the RAND Corporation and co-author of The Muslim World after 9/11 for a lively and insightful discussion. Co-sponsored by the RAND Corporation. Location: International Spy Museum, 800 F St NW, Washington, DC at Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station
Tickets: $15; Advance Registration required. Tickets are non-refundable and do not include admission to the International Spy Museum. To register, call 202.393.7798; order online at; or purchase tickets in person at the International Spy Museum.

22 - 25 October 2008 - McLean, VA - AFIO National Intelligence Symposium -

AFIO 2008 Fall Intelligence Symposium - 22-25 October
Threats to U.S. Security
Technology Theft, Insider Threats, Economic Espionage
and International Organized Crime

Three Days: Day 1 [10/23] at MITRE Corporation; Day 2 [10/24] at U.S. Department of State:
Day 3 [10/25] at Sheraton-Premiere Hotel
Tentative Program
Wednesday, October 22: heavy hors d'oeuvres and early registration for hotel-based attendees,
Thursday morning, October 23: Chapter workshop/breakfast;
Thursday, October 23: MITRE Corporation;
Friday, October 24: U.S. State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research [INR];
Friday evening, October 24: Awards Banquet, Saturday morning, October 25: General membership meeting.
The program ends 11 a.m. Saturday October 25 leaving time for exploring local area Museums [International Spy Museum, the newly reopened Newseum, the new National Museum of Crime and Punishment, National Cryptologic Museum, Air & Space] and to make plans to return home.

Agenda is here and you can make secure reservations here

HOTEL RESERVATIONS available now at special AFIO Event Rate:
Make your Sheraton-Premiere Hotel reservations here while low-rate window remains open

Thursday, 23 October 2008, 12 noon - 1 pm - Washington, DC - The Lost Spy: An American In Stalin's Secret Service, at the International Spy Museum
When former New York intellectual Isaiah Oggins was brutally murdered in 1947 on Stalin’s orders, he became a forgotten Cold War footnote. Then in 1992, Boris Yeltsin handed over a deeply censored dossier to the White House which awakened interest in Oggins’ life and his death. In The Lost Spy, Andrew Meier at last reveals the truth: Oggins was one of the first Americans to spy for the Soviets. Based on six years of international detective work, Meier traces the rise and fall of this brilliant Columbia University graduate sent to run a safe house in Berlin and spy on the Romanovs in Paris and the Japanese in Manchuria. The author will reflect on the motivations of the American spy and the reason for Oggins’ hideous death by poisoning in a KGB laboratory.
Location: International Spy Museum, 800 F St NW, Washington, DC, Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station, TICKETS: FREE. No registration required.

October 27-29, 2008 - The Techno Forensics Conference - NIST Headquarters, Gaithersburg Maryland. Former KGB Major General Oleg Kalugin and Georgian Ambassador to the U.S. Vasil Sikharulidze to Keynote InfraGard Day on the 28th. 
AFIO member Donald Withers and TheTrainingCo., producers of the annual Techno Forensics Conference at NIST Headquarters in Gaithersburg, MD, has made our AFIO members a special FREE offer to attend this year's Techno Forensics Conference being held on October 27 - 29, 2008.   The first 100 members to register for the conference online will be allowed to register for FREE as a conference VIP. You MUST be registered for the conference prior to date in order to gain access through the main gate at NIST. Parking is free.  This will be the fourth year for Techno Forensics and the agenda has just been posted. This year will feature an InfraGard Day and will be hosted by the Maryland Chapter of the FBI’s InfraGard program. There will be some of the top practitioners in the world in the fields of e-Discovery, Digital Forensics and Information Security and Technical Business Continuity Planning. 
The registration price is currently listed at $895 on the website. Select that price but enter "0" for amount paid and enter "AFIO VIP" in the Promotional Code Section of the form. For any members who hold a CISSP or a CISA certification, this conference also provides 20 CEU hours.
Here's a link to the conference agenda. There will be more to come so visit often for agenda updates: 
To register for one of the FREE VIP seats, visit the following online registration page.
Any questions, call Don Withers at 410.703.0332

Tuesday, 28 October 2008, 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - "Spy Magic: Disguise, Deception, Illusion and Espionage" at the International Spy Museum. WHAT: “If I could stand in the focus of powerful footlights and deceive attentive and undisturbed onlookers…Then I could most certainly…deceive German observers a mile away or more.”—Jasper Maskelyne
Magicians, like spies, excel at the art of misdirection and deception. Join Jonna and Tony Mendez, both former CIA chiefs of disguise, as they explore how magic and illusion have been used through the centuries to deceive the enemy. This survey ranges from the warfare philosophy of Sun Tzu to the CIA’s consultations with illusionists who helped them overcome the challenges of operating in denied areas of the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Go inside well known World War II deception operations Mincemeat and Bodyguard and discover the trickery of war-time magician Jasper Maskelyne. Then it’s on to the Cold War and the Mendezes’ own work in the mean streets of Moscow which required a special blend of conjuring and chemistry. Using historical footage and film re-enactments, the Mendezes will enlighten the audience on the use of stage management and misdirection against the opposition
WHERE: International Spy Museum, 800 F St NW, Washington, DC, Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station.
TICKETS: $15 Advance Registration required. Tickets are non-refundable and do not include admission to the International Spy Museum. To register, call 202.393.7798; order online at; or purchase tickets in person at the International Spy Museum.

Sunday, 9 November 2008, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Washington, DC - Parade of Trabants at the International Spy Museum. The ugly duckling of East Germany’s roadways finally gets its day. To celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall Trabant collectors will caravan to DC, parking their cars on F Street, NW in front of the Museum. When the Berlin Wall fell on 9 November 1989 thousands of East Germans rushed to reunite with friends and family. Their typical mode of transportation? The Trabant. What was once the most common vehicle in East Germany, despite its poor performance and smoky two-stroke engine, was their automotive liberator. The Trabant is now an affectionately regarded symbol of East Germany and of the fall of communism. It is even featured in the International Spy Museum’s permanent exhibit within an East German streetscape. The Trabant has become a genuine collectors' car with a devoted following. Incredibly, it seems that this tiny car, often inaccurately described as having a cardboard body, has captured the hearts of car lovers all over the world.
Trabants are quite rare in the US, but on 9 November 2008, a caravan of the communist-bloc cars will converge on the International Spy Museum to celebrate the 18th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The public will have the unique opportunity to not only view nine of the cars, which will be parked in front of the Museum, but also have the chance to win a ride in a Trabant. While the cars are on display, experts will be on hand in front of the Museum on F Street, NW, to answer questions about Trabants, the Cold War, and Communism, while the local German band, Blaskapelle Alte Kameraden, creates a festive atmosphere. This event is free-of-charge.
Experts who will be available: Peter Earnest, Museum Executive Director; Dr. Thomas Boghardt, Museum historian and author; and Trabant Collectors. German music will be played. Where: International Spy Museum, 800 F Street, NW, Washington, DC. No charge to attend.

Thursday, 13 November 2008, 7 pm - 10 pm - Washington, DC - DINNER WITH A SPY: An Evening with Milt Bearden - at Spy Museum.

When Milt Bearden started at the CIA in 1964, he had little notion that his service around the world in Europe, Asia, Africa, and South Asia would lead him to become the most highly decorated operations officers in its senior service, a respected author, and a Hollywood advisor. His 30 years of service spanned the height of the Cold War to the demise of the Soviet Union and included leading the CIA covert war supporting the Afghan resistance in their fight against the Soviet army. This conflict, recently portrayed in Charlie Wilson’s War, is just one of the films for which Bearden has served as an advisor. His long time friendship with Robert DeNiro influenced 2006’s The Good Shepherd—an intense account of the early days of the Agency. Be one of only 20 guests at Zola for a three-course meal where you’ll talk with Bearden about his extraordinary career and cinematic connections and enjoy the dialogue between this insider and CIA veteran International Spy Museum executive director Peter Earnest. Please call 202.654.0932 or write to register or with special dietary needs.
WHERE: International Spy Museum, 800 F St NW, Washington, DC, Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station.
TICKETS: $250 includes three-course dinner with wines.  Space is extremely limited – advance registration required! Tickets are non-refundable and do not include admission to the International Spy Museum. To register, call 202.393.7798; order online at; or purchase tickets in person at the International Spy Museum

Monday, 17 November 2008, 6:30 p.m. - Washington, DC - Rose Mary Sheldon on "The Secret History of History" at the International Spy Museum - OPERATION MESSIAH: APOSTLE PAUL, AGENT PROVOCATEUR?

WHAT: “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked.”—Galatians
Was the self-proclaimed successor to Jesus actually working for the Roman administration in Palestine and other parts of the Empire? Col. Rose Mary Sheldon, co-author of Operation Messiah: St. Paul, Roman Intelligence and the Birth of Christianity, challenges the idea that Apostle Paul was a true follower of Jesus much less a saint. Drawing from Paul’s biography and his own letters, Sheldon finds numerous clues to suggest that the former persecutor never left the ranks of the Roman government but instead went undercover by feigning conversion en route to Damascus. Sheldon’s shocking theories about Paul’s real purpose in promoting Jesus as the Messiah will give you a startling new perspective on the dramatic and turbulent early days of Christianity.
WHERE: International Spy Museum, 800 F St NW, Washington, DC, Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station. TICKETS: $15. Advance registration required. Tickets are non-refundable and do not include admission to the International Spy Museum. To register, call 202.393.7798; order online at; or purchase tickets in person at the International Spy Museum.

20 November 2008 - Colorado Springs, CO - AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter meets to hear Sheriff Terry Maketa on "Law Enforcement and Intelligence." Sheriff Maketa is Sheriff of El Paso County, Colorado. The program starts at 11 a.m. with the program starting at noon. Event takes place at the Falcon Club (Old Officers' Club) Inquiries and reservations to

Tuesday, 2 December 2008 - New York, NY - AFIO NY Metro Chapter meeting features speaker Gordon Chang, author of NUCLEAR SHOWDOWN and THE COMING COLLAPSE OF CHINA.
Meeting location - 4 Columbus Circle in the NYC showroom of the office furniture manufacturer - Steelcase. Attractive, spacious, modern space overlooking Central Park.
58th Street and 8th Avenue. Buffet dinner and open bar: $40.00 per person 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM Registration. Meeting starts 6:00 PM. For inquiries or to register email

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