Category Archive 'MI6'
18 May 2012
John O. Brennan, Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, and Assistant to the President
Michael A. Walsh, in the New York Post, spills the beans on the damaging leak which has seriously compromised relations between British and American intelligence services.
So that â€œCIA coupâ€ in Yemen against another al Qaeda underwear bomber turns out to actually have been a joint Saudi-British intelligence operation â€” which apparently was prematurely terminated thanks to flapping lips on this side of the Atlantic.
So the leak didnâ€™t just blow our chances to nail the notorious bomb designer behind the plot, Ibrahim al-Asiri, and put the life of the double agent in mortal danger for no reason.
It also seriously damaged Langleyâ€™s relationship with its foreign counterparts, who now understand that operational security and the lives of their operatives mean nothing to us (not in an election year, anyway).
Which makes it even more important to find out: Who leaked?
The betting starts with former CIA official John Brennan, the White Houseâ€™s deputy nationalsecurity adviser for counterterrorism. Shortly after details about the operation leaked to the Associated Press via unnamed â€œofficials,â€ Brennan took to the airwaves to crow publicly about how the wedgie bomber was â€œno longer a threat to the American people.â€
And the AP admitted it cleared its story with the feds in advance.
The uncharitable immediately saw this naked self-aggrandizement as a blatant attempt by the Obama administration to take political credit for something it had almost nothing to do with.
Read the whole thing.
01 Oct 2008
The Sun reports a spot of embarassment for British Intelligence:
A second-hand camera sold on eBay by a top MI6 agent held secret records used in the fight against al-Qaeda terrorists.
Names, snaps, fingerprints and suspectsâ€™ academic records were found in the memory of the digital device.
Alongside them were photos of rocket launchers and missiles which spooks believe Iran is supplying to Osama Bin Ladenâ€™s henchmen in Iraq.
And a hand-drawn graphic revealed links between active al-Qaeda cells â€” with terroristsâ€™ names and occupations.
Meanwhile a document marked â€œtop secretâ€ detailed the encrypted computer system used by real-life James Bonds working away from MI6â€™s London HQ.
Among those named in the material was 46-year-old Abdul al-Hadi al-Iraqi, who was captured by the CIA in 2007.
The fanatical Iraqi Kurd, one of al-Qaedaâ€™s highest-ranking lieutenants, is being held by the US at Guantanamo Bay.
The Nikon Coolpix camera was snapped up for just Â£17 on the auction website by an innocent 28-year-old deliveryman who lives with his mum.
He discovered the secret material as he downloaded pictures from a US holiday at his home in Hemel Hempstead, Herts.
A friend said: â€œHe only bought the camera because he was going on holiday with his ex.
â€œHe flew home early this month and downloaded his holiday pictures and saw some of rocket launchers and missiles.
â€œHe knew he hadnâ€™t taken them so asked friends about it and they suggested going to the police.â€
The man walked into Hemel Hempstead Police Station to report the matter, but cops initially treated it as a joke.
Yet within days Special Branch, the team of specialist anti-terror officers based in every county force, descended on his humble terraced home.
They took away the camera and the familyâ€™s PC and spent Â£1,000 replacing them.
Officers banned the shocked family from talking to the media.
12 Nov 2007
An EU expert on biological warfare has told how she fears ending up ‘dead in the woods’ like scientist Dr David Kelly after an alleged campaign of intimidation by members of MI6 and the CIA.
Jill Dekker, a bio-defence expert based in Brussels, has reported a string of sinister incidents â€“ including the parking of a hearse outside her house â€“ after making a speech critical of British and American policy in the Middle East.
Her claims are included in a new book by Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker which argues that Dr Kelly was murdered to silence his criticism of the grounds for going to war in Iraq. …
She was placed under the protection of the Belgian government after reporting a series of sinister incidents earlier this year. …
Dr Dekker says the ‘intimidation’ against her started in March, as she was flying to Florida to give a speech on Syria’s weapons programme to an intelligence summit. She says she was subjected to a ‘heavy-handed’ interrogation by a man she suspects of being a British intelligence operative.
She believes the speech made her powerful enemies because she argued that billions of dollars spent by the US government to develop a smallpox vaccine has been wasted because scientists â€“ including British experts â€“ have used a different viral strain to the one she believes is being developed in Damascus.
If this is true, it means governments would have no way of protecting the public against the use of the virus by terrorists or rogue states.
She also believes that Iraq did have a biological weapons capacity which was all shipped to Syria before the outbreak of war.
She argues this was known, but was concealed from the public because the real purpose of the war was not to target weapons of mass destruction but to topple Saddam Hussein and gain a strategic foothold in the region.
When she returned to her home in Belgium after the speech she said she was subjected to an overt campaign of surveillance and harassment, including being continuously followed on foot and having cars parked outside her house with the headlights on.
On one occasion, she says she found a hearse parked outside her house with the drivers ‘staring straight ahead.’ When she approached, it sped off and she pursued it, taking photographs as evidence. …
Last night, Mr Baker said he believed Dr Dekker could have made enemies by exposing a fallacy at the heart of military action against Iraq.
“If the war was really about WMD, then to be consistent we should also invade Syria,” he said.
“Otherwise, it suggests that it was more about giving Saddam a bloody nose.”
All this sounds a great deal like the usual leftwing Hollywood meme of the innocent person of integrity targeted by the sinister representatives of corrupt government trying to cover something up, but her contention that Saddam’s WMD were shipped to Syria is probably perfectly true, and I certainly agree that the Bush Administration’s failure to invade Syria as well in pursuit of those WMD is very puzzling.
This post falls into the “making a note of it… just for the record” category.
27 Sep 2006
The Telegraph today contains an item featuring European Union Pecksniffery at its worst.
A band of seven well-grown judicial imbeciles, sitting in Strasbourg, has ruled that “the law’s delay” in attending to the efforts of Mr. (excuse me, former KGB, now SVR Colonel of Foreign Intelligence) George Blake, convicted traitor, prison escapee, and resident (since 1966) of Moscow, to reclaim frozen royalties to his autobiography on Britain’s part had breached the EU’s Human Rights Convention. The EU judges concluded that Blake suffered distress and frustration thereby, and ordered Britain to pay him Ã¢u201aÂ¬5,000 in damages and Ã¢u201aÂ¬2,000 in costs.
The dozens? of MI6 agents betrayed by Blake (he was rumored to have received an unprecedentedly severe 42 years sentence, representing one year for every agent killed as the result of his treachery) were not compensated.