AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #40-12 dated 16 October 2012

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Section IV - Books, Research Requests, and Coming Events


Research Requests

Coming Educational Events

Current Calendar New and/or Next Two Months ONLY


Friday, 7 December 2012
9:30 am - 2 pm

A special end-of-year AFIO program featuring a documentary and
how the CIA Counterintelligence Pros uncovered Aldrich Ames.
Note earlier starting time.

Morning Program: Documentary Screening and Q&A
on the Life and Career of former DCI William Colby
with Carl Colby, Director/Producer

Circle of Treason

Afternoon Program: The Internal CIA/IC Hunt and Unmasking
of CIA Traitor Aldrich Ames

with Sandy Grimes
one of the CIA principals behind the dogged search and unmasking of the spy in their midst.

All parts of the program are on the record.

Crowne Plaza Hotel
Tysons Corner, VA

Register early.

More information on the program is here.

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SPYPEDIA Updates as of October 12 - if you are not a subscriber, this is what you are missing:

Bail hearings are being held for the eight arrested defendants involved in Arc Electronics Inc. It has emerged that Alexander FISHENKO, the ringleader and CEO of Arc Electronics Inc., may have worked for a Soviet intelligence unit in Berlin during the 1980s. More details have also emerged about which Russian agencies were supplied by the illegal export ring and what it demonstrates about Russia's current espionage targets and their interests in technology and classified national defense information.
Former Canadian Naval Intelligence Officer Jeffery Paul DELISLE  pled guilty this week to three espionage related charges. He is scheduled to be sentenced on 10 January 2012 and faces up to life in prison. At his former position he had access to intelligence shared between Canada and its allies, including the United States and other NATO countries, and he is accused of selling that intelligence to Russia.
On 08 October the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence released a report on two Chinese telecommunication companies, concluding that "the risks associated with Huawei's and ZTE's provision of equipment to U.S. critical infrastructure could undermine core U.S. national-security interests" due to their connections to the Chinese state and the potential for espionage. Both China and Huawei have denounced the report as groundless. A special 60 Minutes report on this issue can also be viewed here.

Finally, after a long extradition process from the UK to the US, Abu Hamza and Babar Ahmad made their first appearances in US court this past week to face charges of terrorism. We appreciate your subscription to SPYPEDIA and urge you to continue to login to SPYPEDIA on a daily basis to stay abreast of the latest espionage, counterterrorism, security and cybersecurity news from around the globe. All new additions can be found by simply navigating to the "New Content" tab, which features the most recent updates in the SPYPEDIA database


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Obama Extends Whistleblower Protections to Intelligence Community. President Obama has done what Congress has not: Extend whistleblower protections to national security and intelligence employees.

A new presidential policy directive says employees "who are eligible for access to classified information can effectively report waste, fraud, and abuse while protecting classified national security information. It prohibits retaliation against employees for reporting waste, fraud, and abuse."

With this directive, issued last week, Obama hands national security and intelligence community whistleblowers and their advocates an important victory in their frequently frustrating efforts to expand protection against retaliation for federal employees who expose agency misconduct.

Protection for intelligence and national security workers was not included, as advocates had hoped, in the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act that passed the House last month and now awaits action in the Senate. Retaliation can come in different forms, including dismissals, assignments or revocation of security clearances.

Obama instructed agencies, including the CIA, to establish a review process, within 270 days, that allows employees to appeal actions in conflict with the directive that affect their access to classified information. [Read more: Davidson/WashingtonPost/14October2012]

Report: CIA Arranged Bride for Terrorist in Plot to Kill Him. The CIA paid an al Qaeda spy $250,000 to help find a bride for American-born terrorist Anwar al Awlaki in a plot to locate and kill him, according to a report in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.

The CIA declined to comment when asked about the published account. But if true, it provides a revealing look at the lengths to which the CIA went to find and eliminate al Awlaki, who was among the most wanted terrorists in the world after the death of Osama bin Laden. Al Awlaki was linked by US authorities to a number of terror plots, including the failed effort by the underwear bomber to blow up a US jetliner over Detroit and the attack at Fort Hood in which 13 people died and dozens were injured. 

In the case of the terrorist bride, the purported CIA double agent, Morten Storm, a Danish convert to Islam, provided the newspaper with "proposal" videos and e-mail texts he says al Awlaki exchanged with the woman, a 32-year old Croatian named Aminah who said she was an admirer of al Awlaki.

"I am 32 years old and am ready for dangerous things," she wrote, according to texts posted by the paper. "I am ready to die for the sake of Allah." 

The report says the plot failed when the woman reached Yemen but was told by al Awlaki's aides to abandon her suitcase which had been bugged with tracking devices by the CIA without her knowledge. [Read more: Ross&Ferran/ABCNews/15October2012]

Yemen Busts Iran Spies Posing as Investors: Ministry. Yemen has dismantled a spy ring that included Iranians who entered the country posing as investors looking to set up a factory, the defence ministry said on its website Monday.

The spy cell also had members from Syria and Yemen, the website said, citing an informed source.

"Iranian, Syrian and Yemeni elements were arrested during the past period" across Yemen as part of "Iranian spy cells held in Yemen," the site reported.

It said the Iranians had entered Yemen posing as investors with authorisation to start a factory. [Read more: Iqbal/BusinessRecorder/8October2012]

Inside the Ring: New WMD Threats. A Pentagon-sponsored report warns that the United States faces new threats from mass destruction weapons in the form of cyber, electronic and financial attacks, in addition to more well-known dangers from nuclear, chemical and biological WMD arms.

"In addition to the prolific conventional [weapons of mass destruction] threats posed by a vast network of state and non-state actors, the U.S. must also contend with emerging threats that are not conventionally recognized as WMD," said the report produced last month for the office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence.

"Very few of America's adversaries will attempt to challenge the unmatched strength of the U.S. military in a traditional conflict, but they may employ alternative asymmetric approaches.

"It is therefore necessary to consider emergent, nontraditional threats, such as cyber, electromagnetic pulse (EMP), and economic attacks, in a comprehensive discussion of WMD threats."

On financial warfare, the report mentions the 1999 Chinese military book, "Unrestricted Warfare," which advocates that China's military utilize stock-market crashes, computer viruses and currency manipulations.

"Essentially, any threat to the U.S. economy is a threat to the country as a whole, and the potential impact of an economic attack is considered increasingly significant," the report said. [Read more: Gertz/WashingtonTimes/10October2012]

Common Intelligence Community Cloud to Go Live in March, Says Clapper. Data users in the intelligence community will have access to a common desktop and common cloud-based network starting in March, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Oct. 9 in a keynote address to the GEOINT 2012 Symposium in Orlando, Fla..

It's the first tangible result from an initiative ordered by Clapper in 2011 to integrate IT across the intelligence community, focusing on building a single cloud-based enterprise system.

Agencies are working together on the effort, with the Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency taking the lead on building a common desktop, and the CIA and National Security Agency leading the cloud effort.

"We have no choice. We have to move in this direction," said Al Tarasiuk, the DNI's CIO. [Read more: Hoskinson/DefenseSystems/9October2012]

Iran's Spy Agency Finds Voice in Cyberspace. A glimpse into the shadow world of Iran's main spy agency is now a click away.

In an unexpected display of outreach, the Intelligence Ministry now hosts a website with addresses of provincial offices, appeals for tips and anti-American essays that mock rising obesity rates, large prison populations and school shootings.

There's no mission statement on the site, but it appears part of stepped-up attempts by Iran's leadership to promote national unity and project its authority amid Western sanctions and international isolation. After protests in Tehran last week over Iran's slumping currency, the nationally broadcast Friday prayers tapped heavily into the theme of shared sacrifice in times of trouble. And on Wednesday, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei described the sanctions as a "war against a nation."

The new website also fits into Iran's narrative of fighting a "soft war" in cyberspace against Western cultural and political influences. For more than a year, Iran's leaders have touted plans for a "clean" Internet that could presumably try to block Western content, but Web experts have raised questions about its technical feasibility.

"The ministry is going online to make its presence known to the Iranian public, especially the young who use the Internet," said Meir Javedanfar, an Iranian-born political analyst based in Israel. "This is basically a show of force."

What the new Farsi-language site,, lacks in innovation (mostly a simple list of stories and links), it makes up for in pure anti-American bluntness. [Read more: Dareini/AP/11October2012]

Spy Movie Gets Out the Spy Community. The small theater in Washington was packed with friends and admirers of Antonio Mendez. The highly-decorated former CIA officer, played by Ben Affleck in the movie 'Argo,' is the real-life mastermind behind the once-classified 1979 operation to sneak six Americans out of Iran in the aftermath of the Embassy siege in 1979.

But this screening was markedly different than the premiere. Instead of the film stars like Ben Affleck and John Goodman, the Washington screening was mainly filled with the people who live their lives in the shadows.

While the movie definitely invokes a pulse-pounding pace that typically only exists in Hollywood, the extent to which Mendez was able to pull off the daring real-life rescue is impressive. Impressive enough to not only earn him a place on the silver screen, but he was also awarded the Intelligence Star for Valor, one of the highest honors a CIA Officer can receive. [Read more: Kelly/CNN/12October2012]

Venezuelan Intelligence Agency Detains Argentine Journalist Accused of Spying. Argentine journalist Jorge Lanata claimed he was detained by agents of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN in Spanish) at the Caracas airport on Monday, Oct. 8, as he was about to board a flight home after covering Venezuela's presidential election on Sunday, Oct. 7, reported the International Freedom of Expression Exchange's website.

SEBIN accused the journalist of espionage along with the news team from Canal 13 and TN. The reporters were taken to an airport basement where their electronic equipment was seized, reported the newspaper El Nacional. After being detained for two hours, the reporters were released only to find their footage from the elections had been erased, added the newspaper.

After his arrival in Argentina, Lanata criticized his country's ambassador to Venezuela, Carlos Cheppi, who denied the journalist's arrest and accused him of "provoking" the authorities by publishing a report on the supposed enrichment of President Ch�vez, reported the newspaper La Naci�n. "It's a disgrace that the Argentine ambassador is more an ambassador for Ch�vez. It's shameful he didn't defend us," Lanata told the newspaper. [Read more: UT/10October2012]


What Do Former CIA Spies Do When They Quit the Spy Game? What do former spies do when they quit the spy game? Plan covert action campaigns against the nasty old ladies in their homeowners' association? Overthrow their city council for fun? No, the majority of former CIA case officers work as consultants or contractors within the U.S. intelligence community.

While returning to work as intelligence consultant is the norm, some few do forge a different path, applying lessons learned from government service to a new life in the private sector. I recently spoke with two former CIA case officers, both of whom had served in the most senior position a case officer can win overseas, that of Chief of Station, or COS.

A COS is the president's senior intelligence officer and personal intelligence representative in the country where he or she is serving. I asked the two former Chiefs how the skills they developed as field officers for the CIA translated to the more entrepreneurial existence of the private sector. The first was Chris Burgess, now COO and CSO of Atigeo, a Bellevue, Washington firm focused on mining Big Data. The second was Ren Stelloh, who until July 2012 was CEO of PhaseOne Communications, a California strategic-messaging company.

(Full disclosure: Chris was one of my last Chiefs of Station before I left the Agency myself. I can attest first-hand that he was a dynamic boss and even at the end of his Agency career, possessed of an energy level that would shame the Energizer Bunny.)

When asked about the transition to the private sector and how his Agency skills applied, Chris was candid. "We both know people who have come out of the Agency, tried to work in the private sector, and crashed and burned. When that happens, I think it is due to a failure on the part of the former Agency person to adapt to their new role. There is a temptation to coast on their laurels, on their 'secret squirrel' status as an ex-spook, and that doesn't work. I don't own a rearview mirror and I don't look back."

Important as the Agency's mission is, there are plenty of people doing important work in the private sector, and I set out to work with them. [Read more: Keller/Forbes/12October2012]

An Echo of Espionage From More Than 20 Years Ago. Meet in her hotel room or no exchange, the U.S. double agent said.

For a few moments, Stephen Joseph Ratkai hesitated as the double agent, Lieutenant Donna Geiger, turned and walked away. Then he followed - and, just over an hour later, he was in custody, cuffed in the hallway of the Hotel Newfoundland as two plainclothes RCMP officers relieved him of a camera, a do-it-yourself film-developing kit and thousands of dollars in U.S. cash.

In a St. John's courtroom nine months later, on Feb. 6, 1989, Mr. Ratkai pleaded guilty to charges under Canada's Official Secrets Act.

The case parallels that of Jeffrey Delisle, who pleaded guilty this week to charges under the Information Security Act. Both Sub-Lieutenant Delisle and Mr. Ratkai confessed to sneaking information from an East Coast base to a Cold War-era enemy, imperiling national security and international alliances. Both cases put Canada's credibility as a security partner on the line.

The Ratkai case was the culmination of a seminal bit of spy-versus-spy teamwork. A young Canadian Security Intelligence Service, a team of U.S. naval intelligence officers and an RCMP team new to espionage cases like this collaborated in a way they never had before.

It could have gone very badly. "The challenges for surveillance were unprecedented: How do you do this without burning the operation?" asked Gary Bass, who was head of the RCMP national security investigation section at the time. "The RCMP certainly didn't want to join in and then do something to ruin the operation."

The successful surveillance sting gave Canada renewed intel stature and U.S. goodwill. It also laid the foundation for further co-operation between the two Canadian agencies. For Mr. Ratkai, it meant a swift end to a short-lived espionage career, followed by incarceration as turncoat in the country of his birth - and, ultimately, escape to obscurity overseas. [Read more: Paperny/TheGlobeandMail/13October2012]

Rebuilding The Russian Secret Police. With Vladimir Putin once more president of Russia (after a four year hiatus as prime minister because the Russian constitution does not allow anyone to serve more than two consecutive terms as president), Russia continues its progress in turning into a police state again. New laws reinstate many of the arbitrary powers the Soviet Union police and intelligence officials had. While the post-Soviet Russia is still a democracy, the elected officials are reinstating the surveillance and control capabilities their Soviet counterparts long relied on. The main vehicle for implementing this new police state is the FSB (the successor to the Cold War era Russian KGB). This organization is being given more and more of its Soviet era powers and personnel back.

Before the Soviet Union disappeared in 1991, the KGB was the most powerful organization in the country. It was a law unto itself, as long as it stuck to its main task: keeping the Communist Party in charge. When the Soviet Union collapsed the KGB lost most of its power but did not disappear. It was split into many separate organizations, with the main ones being the FSB (a counterintelligence organization with police powers) and the SVR (which conducted overseas espionage). But since the late 1990s, the FSB has been regaining a lot of its Cold War era authority and personnel. [Read more: StrategyPage/10October2012]

CIA: Flying Skyhook Wasn't Just for James Bond, it Actually Rescued Agents. This had to be one hell of a ride. The CIA today said it added a pretty cool item to its museum archives - the instruction card for officers being plucked off the ground by a contraption that would allow a person to be snatched off the ground by a flying aircraft.

According to the CIA, the Skyhook system included an aircraft equipped with steel wire-catching "horns" mounted on its nose, an electric-powered winch-a mechanical device used to pull in or let out cables-and a 50-foot steel cable; and a separate package of gear-delivered by air-drop-to let officers on the ground "catch" the Skyhook as the plane zipped by.

The system was used successfully 1962, when the Skyhook - or rather the Fulton Skyhook, named after its inventor Robert Fulton - extracted CIA officers and materials from an abandoned Soviet ice station that was suspected to have monitored American submarines. This was the first operational use of Skyhook, and it brought valuable intelligence on the USSR's Arctic activities, the CIA stated. [Read more: Cooney/NetworkWorld/15October2012]

Rural N.C. County Had a Role in Osama bin Laden's Death. After nearly half a century of explosions, folks in Perquimans County, North Carolina, have become blas� about the sharp cracks and house-shaking rumbles that roll out of the secretive, government-owned peninsula in Albemarle Sound.

They scarcely bat an eye when a truckload of blackened, bomb-shredded cars rolls out, or a Boeing 727 passenger jet, minus wings and tail, rolls in on the back of a giant trailer.

Last week, though, news broke that a full-sized replica of the house and compound where Osama bin Laden had been killed had been built on the peninsula. That was different. Even longtime residents flocked to the Internet, clicking on a website where satellite images had been posted to finally get their first real look at Harvey Point Defense Testing Activity.

Or "The Point" as it's called by the CIA paramilitary operatives who have trained there since the early 1960s. [Read more: Price/RaleighNews&Observer/15October2012]

Top Five Threats to National Security in the Coming Decade. Defense technologists are most successful when they hone in on specific problems. The Pentagon's research agencies and their contractors were asked in 2003 to come up with ways to foil roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan, and although they did not defeat the threat entirely, they did produce a number of useful detectors, jammers and other counter-explosive systems. More recently, military researchers received marching orders to help tackle the so-called "anti-access area-denial" threats, which is Pentagon-speak for enemy weapons that could be used to shoot down U.S. fighters and attack Navy ships.

The next wave of national security threats, however, might be more than the technology community can handle. They are complex, multidimensional problems against which no degree of U.S. technical superiority in stealth, fifth-generation air warfare or night-vision is likely to suffice.

The latest intelligence forecasts by the Obama administration and other sources point to five big challenges to U.S. and global security in the coming decades. [Read more: NDIA/November2012]


Did a French Spy Kill Muammar Gaddafi? Was the October 2011 killing of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi amid a crowd of insurgents in fact a professional hit by French intelligence services - with an assist from Syrian strongman Bashar Assad? That's the speculation that has emerged from overlapping European media reports in recent weeks, suggesting Gaddafi's death may have been a bid to prevent him from revealing damaging secrets about the government of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

That speculation arose from a Sept. 29 article by Italian daily Corriere della Sera looking into recent claims by former Libyan official Mahmoud Jibril. Jibril, an opposition leader who served as Prime Minister for Libya's transitional government, told Egypt's Dream TV on Sept. 26 that �a foreign agent had been infiltrated into the revolutionary brigades to kill Colonel Gaddafi,� who at the time was on the run in western Libya. The Italian report goes on to quote an unidentified European diplomat arguing that the assassination-bent spy had to be French - noting that France and its then President Sarkozy had much to lose if Gaddafi had been allowed to go public with their secret dealings.

Why would France be more vulnerable than other nations that also dealt with Libya under the unsavory Gaddafi? [Read more: Crumley/Time/8October2012]

Intelligence Chief Hints At New Spy Satellites; Biggest Change in 30 Years. The United States has boosted into orbit new spy satellites that mark "the most significant change to our overhead architecture in at least three decades," said the head of military intelligence, Mike Vickers.

Vickers also said these National Reconnaissance Office's satellites comprise "a truly integrated system of systems for the first time." Sadly for you, dear reader, the well-known leader of the first war in Afghanistan - the one against the Soviets - did not share any other details. Instead, he delivered his speech and left the conference at speed.

I exchanged emails with a Pentagon source who offered this additional bit of information: "He was speaking about a new, but classified, overhead architecture that will provide greater persistence than ever before."

For those who don't speak intelligence-speak, that means the satellites can see more because they can look at an area for a longer period of time. Another source well versed in national security space issues was somewhat stumped by Vickers' comments but offered this insight:

Perhaps, the source said, this is a reference to the new practice of sending aloft sensors and other instruments that share a ride on a satellite, known as hosted payloads. The classified sensors would go up on a commercial or on a government satellite. In the case of the NRO, the sensors would probably be highly classified electro-optical sensors (ones that take pictures an analyst can look at), very sensitive radars, or sensors that collect data from cell phones, telephones and radios, known as signals intelligence (SIGINT). This practice allows the NRO to place sensors in orbits it might not otherwise gain access to and lets it hide sensors in places a prospective enemy might not take into account.

(Some folks will know about this because Bety Sap, the new director of the NRO, will present a highly classified briefing on the topic Friday, Vickers said.) [Read more: Clark/AOLDefense/11October2012]

Should the CIA Share Some of the Blame for Benghazi? For the last month, the media and Congress have been grilling the State Department for the security failures during the deadly assault on a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya. But what if the State Department is the wrong target of scrutiny?

According to a counter-theory advanced last night by The Washington Post's Dana Milbank, the CIA, not the State Department, bears some responsibility for the security lapse that led to the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, but is flying under the radar due to the classified nature of its activities there.

The airing of this theory was prompted by yesterday's House Oversight and Government Reform hearing, in which House Republicans attempted to avoid any mention of CIA activities in Benghazi. As it happened, they failed to avoid veiled disclosures of CIA activities from emerging, and the way Milbank sees it, they "left little doubt" that one of the two U.S. compounds in Benghazi was in fact a CIA base. 

"In their questioning and in the public testimony they invited, the lawmakers managed to disclose, without ever mentioning [the CIA] directly, that there was a seven-member "rapid response force" in the compound the State Department was calling an annex."

The disclosures came out in a vague sort of way that mostly only Washington experts would realize. For instance, one of the State Department officials revealed that not all of the security personnel in Benghazi "fell under my direct operational control." Who controlled them? An entity members of the hearing described as the "other government agency," which is a typical Washington euphemism for CIA. 

From there, Milbank unveils his theory. "Republicans were aiming to embarrass the Obama administration over State Department security lapses. But they inadvertently caused a different picture to emerge than the one that has been publicly known: that the victims may have been let down not by the State Department but by the CIA," he writes. 

The shifting of blame from the State Department to the CIA would, indeed, be quite the unexpected development. We contacted the CIA but the agency declined to comment on Milbank's allegations. [Read more: Hudson/AtlanticWire/11October2012]

Letting Us In On a Secret. When House Republicans called a hearing in the middle of their long recess, you knew it would be something big, and indeed it was: They accidentally blew the CIA's cover.

The purpose of Wednesday's hearing of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee was to examine security lapses that led to the killing in Benghazi last month of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three others. But in doing so, the lawmakers reminded us why "congressional intelligence" is an oxymoron. 

Through their outbursts, cryptic language and boneheaded questioning of State Department officials, the committee members left little doubt that one of the two compounds at which the Americans were killed, described by the administration as a "consulate" and a nearby "annex," was a CIA base. They did this, helpfully, in a televised public hearing.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) was the first to unmask the spooks. "Point of order! Point of order!" he called out as a State Department security official, seated in front of an aerial photo of the U.S. facilities in Benghazi, described the chaotic night of the attack. "We're getting into classified issues that deal with sources and methods that would be totally inappropriate in an open forum such as this."

A State Department official assured him that the material was "entirely unclassified" and that the photo was from a commercial satellite. "I totally object to the use of that photo," Chaffetz continued. He went on to say that "I was told specifically while I was in Libya I could not and should not ever talk about what you're showing here today." [Read more: Milbank/WashingtonPost/10October2012]

Section IV - Books, Research Requests, and Coming Events


'Secrets of the Conqueror: The Untold Story of Britain's Most Famous Submarine'. It was dark, in the early hours, and the sea was freezing as Her Majesty's Submarine Conqueror came to periscope depth. Her captain, Christopher Wreford-Brown, had been stalking his target methodically, a hunter in pursuit of wary prey. There she was, 1,000 yards ahead, slow-moving, seemingly unaware of the submarine coming up on her tail. Gathered around Commander Wreford-Brown in the darkened operations room, officers and men waited in silence, inner tension masked by outward calm. It was 1982 and this was the real thing.

HMS Conqueror is famous, some would say notorious, for sinking the Argentinean cruiser General Belgrano. The nuclear-powered attack submarine, a type also known menacingly as a hunter-killer, that year became the first of her kind to fire in anger. The Belgrano was sent to bottom in short order, her ancient hull rent by two torpedoes: 323 men, many of them young conscripts, died. The Falklands war began in earnest that day, May 2 1982.

But the ship now in the crosswires was not the Belgrano. This was August, almost two months after the liberation of the Falklands, and on the other side of the world, in the Barents Sea, backyard of the mighty Soviet Northern Fleet. Conqueror was sailing as close to Russian territorial waters as was legally allowed - or maybe closer. Submariners, a tight-knit community, politely disdainful of their surface counterparts, joke that there are two types of naval vessel: submarines and targets. Wreford-Brown's target was a spy trawler - an AGI in Nato parlance, meaning Auxiliary General Intelligence. Crammed with interception and detection equipment, they were a ubiquitous presence during the Cold War, shadowing Nato exercises or loitering off naval bases.

This one was special: Polish-flagged, she was pulling a device long coveted by the British and Americans, a two-mile string of hydrophones known as a towed-array sonar. It was the latest thing in Soviet submarine-detection technology and Conqueror's job was to steal it. [Read more: Tweedie/TheTelegraph/12October2012]

Research Requests
 [IMPORTANT: AFIO does not "vet" or endorse these research inquiries or job offers. Reasonable-sounding inquiries and career offerings are published as a service to our members, and for researchers, educators, and subscribers. You are urged to exercise your usual caution and good judgment when responding or supplying any information.]

Brian Regan: Research Assistance Request.  Yudhijit Bhattacharjee is working on a book about Brian Regan, a former Air Force sergeant who stole classified materials from the National Reconnaissance Office and buried them in two state parks around Washington, DC. Yudhijit's story about the Regan case was reprinted in The Intelligencer, Volume 18, No 2, Winter/Spring 2011 under the title: "Tale of a Would-Be Spy, Buried Treasure, and Uncrackable Code - The Brian Regan Case," and can be read online where the story first appeared, at

Yudhijit is interested in speaking to AFIO members willing to share their knowledge and expertise relating to satellite reconnaissance, the NRO and any aspects of the Brian Regan investigation that would help in writing a factually accurate book. Please send any thoughts and suggestions to him at

Yudhijit Bhattacharjee is a staff writer at SCIENCE in Washington, D.C., and a contributor to The New York Times, Wired, Discover, The Atlantic and other publications.


Border Security. We are embarking on a project looking at border security along the U.S. northern, southern and coastal perimeters, and I am wondering if anyone within AFIO may speak to me about this. We are also interested in learning more about U.S. involvement to counter drug trafficking, other organized crime and terrorism in Mexico and Canada, and US law enforcement efforts - for better or worse - in this realm and border security/intelligence matters.
Thank you for your time.

REPLIES to: Andrew Becker, staff reporter, Center for Investigative Reporting, 510-809-3165 direct,,,
2012 Recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions

Coming Educational Events


MANY Spy Museum Events in September, October, and beyond, with full details are listed on the AFIO Website at The titles for some of these are in detail below and online.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012 - Annapolis, MD The US Naval Institute and US Naval Academy co-host "The History and Future Challenges of Cyber Power."
The symposium will be held at the Alumni Hall on the Academy Yard in Annapolis, Maryland. Gen James Cartwright, USMC (Ret.), Former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will begin the session as the morning keynote. The program will include a luncheon keynote address by Kevin Mitnick and two panels:
Combating Cyber Warfare: The Evolution of Alliances Between the Public and Private Sectors
Forging the Links for Cyber Operations: Command, Control, and Policy
The keynote speakers and panelists will include renowned active-duty and civilian experts and leaders in the field ranging from preeminent historians to those on the cutting edge of cyber power in the armed forces, government, the private sector, and academia.
To register or for additional information visit

Wednesday, 17 October 2012, 6:30 – 8:30 pm - Washington, DC - "Minute-by-Minute: The Role of Intelligence in the Cuban Missile Crisis: A Hands-on Simulation" at the International Spy Museum. Event features AFIO President Gene Poteat.

For two weeks in October 1962, the world held its breath while President Kennedy and Premier Khruschev navigated one of the most intense showdowns of the Cold War. Marking the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, this hands-on workshop offers participants an insider view into this pivotal event in history. Experience the drama surrounding the Soviet attempt to secretly place ballistic missiles in Cuba. Learn how raw intelligence, analysis, and back channel exchanges enabled, or in some cases hindered, Kennedy as he sought to avert a nuclear war. Step into the shoes of a CIA analyst in October 1962 through a simulation using declassified U-2 photographs and documents to make recommendations to President Kennedy at various stages of the crisis. Following the simulation, Eugene Poteat, a retired senior CIA Scientific Intelligence Officer will speak about overhead reconnaissance and its role in the Cuban Missile Crisis and his personal experience during this tense time. Tickets: $15. To register visit

Wednesday, 17 October 2012, 0915 - 1500 - Laurel, MD - The Annual NCMF General Membership Meeting

HOLD DATE ON YOUR CALENDAR: The event takes place at the JHU/APL Kossiakoff Center in Laurel, Maryland.
Registration and breakfast are from 0800-0900. The morning session will open with outgoing NCMF President, Mr. Eugene Becker, who will introduce the new NCMF President, Mr. Richard Schaeffer, to the membership. At 0915, NSA Deputy Director, Mr. Chris Inglis, will give the opening remarks. The remainder of the morning will feature DIA Director, Lt Gen Michael Flynn, who has been invited to be keynote speaker and Mr. Patrick Weadon, who will give an update on the National Cryptologic Museum. Lunch will be served from 1200-1300.
The afternoon session will be held from 1300-1500 and features Joel Brenner, author of America the Vulnerable: Inside the New Threat Matrix of Digital Espionage, Crime and Warfare who has been invited to speak on the cyber security threat to the civilian sector. The afternoon also features a panel of SCE senior commanders, chaired by Billy Bingham, Brig Gen, Ret., discussing cyber and how it pertains to their overall mission. Rod Isler, Maj Gen, Ret., will close the program with an update on the New Museum Project. Program agenda is at Fee: $20pp NCMF members; $40pp nonmembers.
Registration: email or mail your name, name of any guests, telephone #, to Credit cards accepted are Amex, MasterCard, Visa. If you have questions, email   

20 October 2012, 2:30 pm - Kennebunk, ME - "The Truth Behind CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program" the subject of the Maine Chapter Meeting.

With his twenty-six years of experience in CIA's Directorate of Operations and Directorate of Science and Technology, James Cotsana is well qualified to speak on the issue.  As a department chief at the Counterintelligence Center he established and oversaw a highly successful program focused on identifying and disrupting terrorist plans and plots while identifying methods of operation.  Jim has served in senior positions with CIA in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia.   He served as an infantry officer in Vietnam.  Now fully retired,  he volunteers with Hospice House in Concord, N.H. and the Concord-Merrimack SPCA.  The meeting will be held Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 2:30 p.m.( Please note change in meeting time)  at the Brick Store Museum Program Center, 2 Dane Street, Kennebunk, ME. and is open to the public.  For information call:  207-967-4298

23 October 2012 - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO Jim Quesada Chapter hosts CIA Officer Richard Holm.

Richard Holm, former CIA, will be speaking about his newly published autobiography, The Craft We Chose: My Life in the CIA. The discussion will be followed by a book signing. The meeting will be held at the World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter Street, SF from 2:15PM - 4:00PM. RSVP is mandatory. E-mail RSVP to Mariko Kawaguchi at and mail a check made out to "AFIO" to: Mariko Kawaguchi, P.O. Box 117578, Burlingame, CA 94011. Members and students: $15; non-members $20.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012, 1730-1900 - National Harbor, MD - DIA Official Dr. Guggenberger addresses NMIA National Capitol Region Meeting

Dr. Bruce Guggenberger, Functional Management Chief in the Directorate for Collection Management at the Defense Intelligence Agency, speaks to the National Military Association (NMIA) National Capitol Region (NCR) Chapter at McLoone's Pier House ( at 141 National Plaza, National Harbor, MD 20745.
RSVP to Michael Veronis, NCR Membership Chair ( and Lou Anne DeMattei, Event Coordinator (443-654-1713, ), by Friday 19 October. Cost for refreshments is $10 - cash will be accepted by the event coordinators at the meeting venue.

Thursday, 25 October 2012, 4:30 pm - Washington, DC - "Is Russia a Major Threat to America?" - Andrei Illarionov answers the question.

Andrei Illarionov is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute's Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. From 2000 to December 2005 he was the chief economic adviser of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Illarionov also served as the president's personal representative (sherpa) in the G-8. He is one of Russia's most forceful and articulate advocates of an open society and democratic capitalism, and has been a long-time friend of the Cato Institute. Illarionov received his Ph.D. from St. Petersburg University in 1987. From 1993 to 1994 Illarionov served as chief economic adviser to the prime minister of the Russian Federation, Viktor Chernomyrdin. He resigned in February 1994 to protest changes in the government's economic policy. In July 1994 Illarionov founded the Institute of Economic Analysis and became its director. Illarionov has coauthored several economic programs for Russian governments and has written three books and more than 300 articles on Russian economic and social policies.

Important note: Attendance at all IWP events requires an RSVP in advance. In addition, prospective attendees must receive an e-mail confirmation from IWP indicating that seating will be available for them at the event. For security reasons, a government-issued ID that matches your name on the confirmed attendee list must be presented at the door for admission to any event. Event Location: The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036.


25-27 October 2012 - Gregynog Hall, Wales , UK - The Cuban Missile Crisis: A Fifty Year Retrospective Assessment - A Cambridge UK Intelligence Seminar!

Call for Papers.  Delegate registration. Places now available!  First come first served!

This autumn sees the fiftieth anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the quintessential Cold War crisis which Arthur Schleslinger, Jr. termed 'the most dangerous moment in human history'.  In order to mark this seminal event the Centre for Intelligence and International Security Studies (CIISS) at Aberystwyth University and the Cambridge Intelligence Group (seminar), University of Cambridge are hosting a major international conference at Gregynog Hall ( in the idyllic setting of rural Wales.  The conference will seek to address the legacies and lessons of the  Cuban Missile Crisis by means of a number of papers and roundtable discussions.  The conference will feature contributions from a number of the most eminent international scholars of nuclear history, intelligence, espionage, political science and the Cold War.  The continuing relevance of the lessons of 1962 cannot be overstated and this  multidisciplinary conference will be of interest to intelligence professionals, historians, political scientists, sociologists, and policymakers.

Speakers include:

Professor Christopher Andrew (University of Cambridge, official historian of MI5)
Professor Len Scott (CIISS, Aberystwyth University)
Dr. Michael S. Goodman (King's College London, Official Historian of the UK JIC)
H. Keith Melton (Intelligence specialist)
Professor Don Munton (University of Northern British Columbia)

Book now to avoid disappointment! (
Gold Pass CMC2012: Full-board and Conference Fee (including Conference Dinner and Wine receptions): �325 all inclusive
In order to be considered as a presenter please provide a 300 word abstract and your institutional affiliation to: David Gioe ( Cambridge Intelligence Seminar, University of Cambridge.

Please return all booking forms to: Dr. Kris Stoddart ( Centre for Intelligence and International Security Studies, Aberystwyth University
For further information please e-mail or David Gioe, ( Cambridge Intelligence Seminar, University of Cambridge

Friday, 26 October 2012, 1200-1300 - San Diego, CA - AFIO San Diego Chapter Hosts Senior Intelligence Analyst at the SD-LECC.

Mr. Matthew Miller, Senior Intelligence Analyst at the San Diego Law Enforcement Coordination Center (SD-LECC) is scheduled to speak to AFIO's San Diego Chapter on the myriad of intelligence challenges he has worked, in both the domestic and international arenas.

Mr. Miller is a very engaging and entertaining speaker, with a unique perspective on the issues confronting the US domestically and internationally. In addition to his position at the SD-LECC, Mr. Miller sits on the Board of Directors for the San Diego InfraGard Members Alliance. He also has over 20 years of military experience in combat arms, special operations, and intelligence. Mr. Miller's overseas assignments include tours in the Far East, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. He is also distinguished academically, as he holds degrees from University of California San Diego and the London School of Economics, and is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defense Forces Academy.
FOOD: $20 buffet, which includes a wide selection of protein (meat) and vegetarian selections, salads, soups, and desserts. We look forward to seeing you all on October 26th, as we welcome this engaging speaker.
WHERE: USD's La Gran Terraza Restaurant, 5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110, (619) 849-8205,
RESERVATIONS to Alex Carrillo at or call him at: 858-531-7433 by Wednesday, October 24th.

27 October 2012, 6 - 10 pm - Washington, DC - The OSS Society Donovan Award Dinner Honors Former SECDEF Robert M. Gates

The 2012 William J. Donovan Award Dinner is scheduled and honors former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Event location: The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 1150 22nd St NW, Washington DC. Black Tie/Mess Dress. Registration and additional information is available here. Tickets $225 per person; Sponsorships range from $1000 to $25000. Review and complete the following PDF.

Saturday, 27 October 2012, 9:30 am - Fairfax, VA - Book Signing / Conference - The Cold War Museum hosts "Cuban Missile Crisis - 50 Years Later" - at George Mason University

Cuban Missile Crisis Conference and Book Signing with Sergei Khrushchev. The Cold War Museum in conjunction with the Department of History & Art History at George Mason University (GMU) will convene a distinguished panel of historians, authors, and first hand participants to discuss and commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis. This FREE half day program will be held in the Harris Theater on the main campus of GMU, 4400 University Drive in Fairfax, Virginia. Seating is limited. Pre registration required. Program starts at 10:00 a.m. Immediately following the conference there will be a book signing reception.
Sergei Khrushchev, son of Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and author of "Nikita Khrushchev and the creation of a superpower" will provide the keynote address. Martin J. Sherwin, Pulitzer Prize winning author on Robert J. Oppenheimer and GMU History Professor, Michael Dobbs, Washington Post Reporter and author of "One Minute to Midnight," and Svetlana Savranskaya, editor of "The Soviet Cuban Missile Crisis" and National Security Archive's Director for Russian Archives and Institutes will conduct a roundtable discussion following Khrushchev's remarks.
U-2 pilot Colonel Buddy Brown (USAF, Ret) and F8U-1P Crusaders pilot Lt. Commander Tad Riley (USN, Ret) who overflew Cuban SA-2 missile sites during the crisis will discuss their mission objectives and recollections. Photographic interpreter, Dino Brugioni, author of "Eyeball to Eyeball", who briefed President Kennedy on the photos taken over Cuba, will provide a dramatic first hand account of the behind the scene activities of the Kennedy administration during those tense thirteen days in October 1962.
Immediately following the conference, there will be a book signing and sale with Sergei Khrushchev ("Nikita Khrushchev and the Creation of a Superpower"), Dino Brugioni ("Eyeball to Eyeball"), Michael Dobbs ("One Minute to Midnight"), Ken Jack (co-author "Blue Moon over Cuba: Aerial Reconnaissance during the Cuban Missile Crisis"), Norman Polmar and John D. Gresham ("DEFCON 2: Standing on the Brink of Nuclear War During the Cuban Missile Crisis"), Svetlana Savranskaya (editor "The Soviet Cuban Missile Crisis"), Harvey Simon ("The Madman Theory"), and David Stokes ("Camelot's Cousin").
To Register:

Saturday, 3 November 2012, noon - Indian Harbour Beach, FL - "Briefing Candidates and Presidents-Elect" the topic at the AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter meeting

Dennis Bowden, former CIA analyst and Managing Editor of the President’s Daily Brief will discuss "Mutual Introductions: Briefing Candidates and Presidents-Elect."
Where: At the Eau Gallie Yacht Club. For those who may not be familiar with the PDB, it is frequently described as the world’s smallest newspaper, a CIA product that is put together each night from all-source intelligence so that a CIA analyst can brief the president the following morning. CIA briefings are also available to candidates and presidents-elect. There are many anecdotes about the way in which individual presidents have received their PDBs, some of them quite amusing and others less so, and we hope that our speaker will share some of the better of these with us.
To register or for more information contact Donna Czarnecki,

Seattle, Washington Area Members and Guests - CIA & Naval Museum Event to put on your calendars

Saturday, 03 November 2012, 11 am - 12:30 pm - Keyport, WA - An Underwater Ice Station Zebra, featuring Historian, CIA Officer David Waltrop. This is a no-cost CIA Historic Document Release Event at the Naval Undersea Museum.

The Trieste II Deep Sea Vehicle I (DSV-1), the U.S. Navy's most advanced deep sea submersible, surfaced about 350 miles northeast of the Hawaiian Islands in the pre-dawn hours of 26 April 1972 after having salvaged a mysterious item from 16,400 feet below the Pacific Ocean. Publically known as a nondescript "data package," the full story of this little known Cold War operation has remained hidden behind secrecy, rumor, and speculation. With access to sources from three agencies, An Underwater Ice Station Zebra reveals how the CIA and U.S. Navy undertook a dangerous mission, never before attempted, in the deepest undersea expedition of its time – twenty-eight months before CIA's better known salvage involving the Hughes Glomar Explorer. Presentation by David W. Waltrop, program manager in the CIA Historical Collections Division, who served previously as the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) deputy-chief historian, editor of NRO's quarterly publication, and curator of the Defense Intelligence Agency.
LOCATION: Naval Undersea Museum, 1 Garnett Way, Keyport, WA 98345 [for GPS or Google Maps use: Jenson Road, Poulsbo, WA 98345], Phone: (360) 396-4148. The Museum is located 28 miles from downtown Seattle.
REGISTRATION NOT REQUIRED. Just show up and enjoy this important presentation. For more information visit the Museum website at There is no fee to attend.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012, 8-9 am - Tysons Corner, VA - SPYPEDIA's Global Terrorism Espionage and Cybersecurity is hosting FREE Monthly Briefings
(G-TEC Briefing)
Location: Microsoft Store, Tysons Corner Center Mall, Level 2, Parking Area: P5, Tysons Corner, Virginia.
To Register: 703 642-7450 or email
Seating is limited; Reservations required.

Friday, 9 November 2012, 9:30 am - 5:30 pm (reception to follow) - Washington, DC - FAS hosts 2012 Symposium on Preventing Catastrophic Threats and Awards Ceremony

The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) hosts this important 2012 Symposium at the National Press Club Ballroom, 429 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20045
The next President of the United States and his national security team will need to make urgent decisions about protecting the nation from catastrophic attacks. To advise the next administration, just three days after the election, FAS will host a symposium featuring distinguished experts on policy and technological aspects of conventional, nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons, bio-technology, nuclear safety, electricity generation, distribution, and storage, and cyber security. At the symposium, these experts will present their recommendations for preventing and reducing risks from catastrophic threats.
The event will also feature an awards ceremony luncheon to honor outstanding people who have made a distinctive contribution to national security. Dr. John Ahearne will be honored with the 2012 Richard L. Garwin Award, Dr. Sidney Drell will be honored with the 2012 Public Service Award and Dr. Stanford Ovshinsky will be honored with the 2012 Hans Bethe Award. Dr. Drell will share the honor of the Public Service Award with Dr. Henry Kissinger, Senator Sam Nunn, Dr. William J. Perry, and Mr. George P. Shultz.
Sponsorship Opportunities: Please contact Katie Colten at or 202-454-4694 for more information, or visit

Saturday 10 November 2012, 10 am-4 pm - Washington, DC - The Sixth Annual Parade of Trabants at the International Spy Museum

The ONLY Trabant Rally in the United States!
Where were you when the Wall fell? The Berlin Wall is long gone, but one Cold War icon is still chugging away—the Trabant. Despite their questionable performance and smoky two-stroke engines, these little cars are now affectionately regarded as a symbol of East Germany and the fall of Communism. Trabants are a rarity here, but on November 10 some of the finest examples in the US will chug their way to the International Spy Museum to celebrate our Sixth Annual Parade of Trabants. Drop in to view the vintage cars, which will be parked in front of the Museum on F Street, NW, and enter a raffle to win a ride in a Trabant. While the cars are on display, experts will be on hand to answer questions about Trabants, the Cold War, and Communism, while the Blaskapelle Alte Kameraden German Band provides festive music. Stasi training films will reveal the East German Secret Police's techniques, and you can check out our own Checkpoint Charlie.
International Spy Museum, 800 F Street, NW Washington, DC Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station
TICKETS: Free No registration required! For further information or directions visit

Tuesday, 27 November 2012, noon – Washington, DC - Author presentation: "The Zimmermann Telegram: Intelligence, Diplomacy, and America's Entry into World War I" at the International Spy Museum

In January 1917, British naval intelligence intercepted what became the most important telegram in all of American history. It was a daring proposition from Germany's foreign secretary, Arthur Zimmermann, offering German support to Mexico for regaining Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona in exchange for a Mexican attack on America. Five weeks later, America entered World War I. Former SPY historian Thomas Boghardt returns to talk about his remarkable new account of the Zimmerman Telegram. He has tapped fresh sources to provide the definitive account of the origins and impact of this German scheme. Boghardt also corrects longstanding misunderstandings about how the telegram was sent and enciphered and provides a new account of how British intelligence was able to decipher it.
Join the author for an informal chat and book signing. Free!  No registration required. TICKETS: Free No registration required! For further information or directions visit

Wednesday, 28 November 2012, 6:30 pm - Washington, DC – "Bond Villains: The Reality Behind The Evil" at the International Spy Museum

"Goodbye, Mr. Bond!" – Auric Goldfinger, Goldfinger (1964)

What makes James Bond, codename 007, the greatest secret agent ever?  Is it because he can fly airplanes, even space shuttles, drive fast cars, and defuse missiles with seconds to spare all while seducing ladies and maintaining his cool?  Or is it because he has matched his skills against, and defeated, some of the most despicable and extraordinary villains ever imagined?  For over fifty years, James Bond villains have fascinated us with their shocking schemes, lavish lairs, and horrid henchmen.  Yet, these evil geniuses have also evolved.  From the crazed scientist Dr. No in 1962, to the mysterious Raoul Silva in this year's Skyfall, Bond villains have reflected changing public fears and anxieties.  Join intelligence historians, Dr. Alexis Albion, Dr Christopher Moran, and Dr. Mark Stout, as they revisit the Cold War and its aftermath to explore the connections between Bond villains and the era in which they first wowed audiences.  Delving into espionage history, and illuminating the remarkable overlap between spy fact and spy fiction, the speakers will detail the real-life role models for these dastardly evil-doers.  Moreover, they will consider to what extent Bond's adventures have mirrored, or responded to, developments in the real world of intelligence.

Tickets:  $9. TICKETS and for further information or directions visit

Thursday, 29 November 2012, 6:30 pm - Washington, DC – "Secrecy and the State: US, UK, and You" at the International Spy Museum

"Secrecy and deception will always create problems in a free society."  Roger Hilsman, Former State Department intelligence chief, 1967.

What level of government secrecy is warranted?  What level is overkill?  Are decisions hard and fast or arbitrary?  With the deluge of information revealed by Wikileaks, the parameters of state secrecy have been brought into clearer focus.  This panel of experts will explore secrecy on both sides of the Atlantic detailing the tensions between secret keepers, whistleblowers, and ordinary citizens.  Join Dr. Christopher Moran, Warwick University, author of Classified:  Secrecy and State in Modern Britain, a fascinating account of the British state's long obsession with secrecy and the ways it sought to prevent information about its cover activities from entering the public domain; John Heley, former CIA officer and editor of the President's Daily Brief, who has been directly involved in providing current intelligence for eight presidents; and Steven Aftergood, director of the American Federation of Scientists and a prominent critic of U.S. government secrecy policy.

Tickets:  $9. TICKETS and for further information or directions visit 

29-30 November 2012 - Bloomington, IN - CHANGING NATIONAL SECURITY PRIORITIES: 2013-2020, theme of 2-day conference

Indiana University is hosting a two-day conference on Changing National Security Priorities: 2013-2020, which will include a number of current and former USG officials and the Honorable Mary Beth Long, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Internaional Affairs, as the keynote speaker.
Other Speakers of note:
Tyler Drumheller, former CIA Chief of European Operations
Robert Jones, SAC, FBI Indianapolis
Fulton Armstrong, former National Intelligence Officer for Latin America
Jeff Tunis, retired career foreign service officer
For details: Questions to conference organizer, Gene Coyle.

Monday, 3 December 2012, 5:30 pm - 8 pm - New York, NY - AFIO New York Chapter Meeting Features ESPIONAGE IN GOTHAM

Speaker: Bob Wallace - CIA 32 years, retired. Author Topic: "Two Centuries of Espionage in Gotham" (based on new book: Spy Sites in New York City). Book reveals NYC as a city of mystery, adventure and intrigue - a hub of espionage - nearly 200 sites where spies lived, plotted and operated. Location: "Society of Illustrators" 128 East 63rd Street (between Park & Lexington).
5:30 PM Registration 6:00 PM Meeting Start. Cost: $45/person. Cash or check at the door only. Buffet dinner and cash bar. Reservations: Strongly suggested, not required. 646-717-3776 or email:

Friday, 7 December 2012, 09:30 am - 2 pm - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO WINTER Luncheon - Film Screening on DCI William Colby; Presentation on The Internal IC Hunt and Unmasking of CIA Traitor Aldrich Ames

Place on your calendar. A very special day. In the a.m. we will have an introduction and screening of Carl Colby's [Jedburgh Films] acclaimed - controversial to some - documentary: THE MAN NOBODY KNEW: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby. Please note: Event is starting one hour earlier than usual. Film and Q&A starts at 10 am, concludes at noon. 3 course luncheon. 1 p.m. speaker will be Sandy Grimes and Jeanne Vertefeuille, two former CIA officials [26 yrs and 38 yrs, respectively] - the principals behind the dogged search and unmasking of the spy in their midst, described in their just released book: Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed. Registration will open October 1. Link will be provided here.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012, 8:30 am - 4 pm - Washington, DC - Jamestown Foundation 6th Annual Terrorism Conference

The conference theme of the Jamestown Foundation's 6th Annual Terrorism Conference is "The Periphery and the Core: the Evolution of AQ and Its Affiliates."
Location: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, The Root Room, 1779 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC
The conference will feature the following speakers: Bruce Riedel, Bruce Hoffman, David Kilcullen, and Former CIA Director Michael Hayden.
**More details and registration information to follow** Website:
Phone: 202-483-8888. Jamestown Foundation, 1111 16th St NW Suite 320, Washington, DC 20036.

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