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EYE SPY INTELLIGENCE MAGAZINE

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ISSUE NUMBER 91 ON SALE/PUBLICATION DATE 18 JUNE 2014

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EYE SPY 91 VOLUME XII NUMBER THREE (ISSUE 91) ISSN 1364 8446 publication date: JUNE 2014

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Subscribed to by all the world’s leading intelligence and security agencies FROM THE EDITOR - MARK BIRDSALL

WHAT PRICE PRESIDENT OBAMA’S BIG GAMBLE? Controversy surrounds President Obama’s decision to release five senior Taliban terrorists from Guantanamo Bay, this in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl, the last remaining US trooper held captive in Afghanistan. There is little doubt Obama’s strategy is risky, not least the fact that it will embolden terrorists to seek out more kidnap targets in future days. How much the CIA and Pentagon knew of his decision remains to be seen, but it is evident few politicians, if any, were aware Bergdahl was to be set free. And what of the many stories that paint Bergdahl in a very different light to those previously published? The facts regarding the young trooper will eventually out, but for the parents of several soldiers killed in previous efforts to locate him, this affair at the very least must be confusing. That the released men may return to terrorism is quite possible. This must be good news for the Taliban and bad news for everyone else - especially those charged with security and counter-measures. And if anyone doubts the Taliban’s prowess for violence and planning, just take a look at the complex operation they performed at Karachi Airport in Pakistan - this coming just days after the Bergdahl deal. For those intelligence watchers (some ironically attached to President Obama’s White House) who only recently issued comments about the decline of al-Qaida, events in 2014 have certainly silenced many. Boko Haram in Africa have created a stronghold in Nigeria, and the group plumbed new depths in April when its cohorts kidnapped nearly 300 school girls. In Iraq, hundreds of al-Qaida terrorists took the important city of Mosul, including its airport. MI6 are finding it increasingly difficult to operate in Libya after numerous al-Qaida franchises decided to work more closely, and in other countries thousands of operative are aligning themselves to the terror group. Perhaps more worryingly for the West, Syria continues to attract thousands of young men willing to join al-Qaida against President Assad’s forces. Against this backdrop organisations such as MI5 and the FBI are now having to place numerous men who have since returned to the UK and USA - now armed with explosives and weapons knowledge - under surveillance. One of these men is Mashudur Choudhury, a Briton who fought in Syria. He became the first person in the UK to be jailed in respect of the conflict. In another case, American Monar Abu-Salfa who travelled to Syria and joined the al-Qaida franchise Nusra Front, died after blowing himself up in a restaurant. There is every likelihood according to Eye Spy US sources sooner or later terrorists like Abu-Salfa will strike at home. The situation is mirrored in countries across the world, with Germany, France, Holland, Spain, Italy and Sweden (to name but a few) now issuing warnings. MI5 has already started to prepare for the tenth anniversary of the 7th July 2005 bombings, and just like a decade ago, the real threat may come from British nationals. If an attack does happen in the United States or elsewhere connected to the five freed terrorists, President Obama may regret not consulting with his colleagues in Congress, who seemed oblivious to his actions. There is just sufficient space to mention we have at last news on Eye Spy’s long-awaited book - The Insider’s Travel Guide to 500 Spy Sites in London. Further details on this and the highlights of Eye Spy 91 can be found in the brief overview. A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF EYE SPY INTELLIGENCE MAGAZINE 91 FOLLOWS...


500 SPY SITES OF LONDON EYE SPY’S FIVE-YEAR RESEARCH PROJECT NEARS COMPLETION Eye Spy will shortly be releasing publication details of its five-year research programme into the London locations associated with the rich history of British Intelligence. Since the magazine’s earlier publication The Insider’s Travel Guide to 150 Spy Sites in London, our research team has amassed an astonishing 500 locations, many previously unknown or generally not linked with the world of espionage and intelligence. Besides sourcing information from archive material and historians, the new book also features sites which have been identified and provided for by former intelligence officers and associates. At the same time our research team has turned up some fascinating new material on a number of known and unknown spies, organisations, operations and intelligence officers - and some surprising locations from where they operated or resided.

SPECIAL PREVIEW FEATURE

s e t i S y p S 500 n o d n o L f O


BOKO HARAM: THE WANTED US STATE DEPT. IGNORED AFRICOM INTEL WARNINGS A look at one of the most dangerous terrorist organisations in the world, and how for years the West ignored intelligence on the group. Boko Haram recently abducted nearly 300 school girls and a CIA Estimate of the Situation blames the terrorists for around 10,000 deaths in the last three years. Also revealed, the structure of a new intelligence-led Special Forces unit charged with their destruction

BEREZOVSKY - A MURKY ENDING SUICIDE OR ASSASSINATED?

Eye Spy examines the controversial death of Russian billionaire Boris Berezovsky as evidence emerges that he was planning to return to his beloved Russia - a move which may have signalled trouble for some in the country’s ‘Establishment’

NEGOTIATING WITH TERRORISTS THE STRANGE CASE OF BOWE BERGDAHL

“President Obama has set a dangerous precedent allowing five extremely dangerous and senior Taliban operatives to leave America in return for the last known US trooper held captive in Afghanistan...”


THE LANGUAGE OF SPIES TRADECRAFT

EYE SPY’s

A Z TO

Eye Spy revisits our vast vault of terminology, phrases and acronyms used by the international spy community

The Language of Spies INTELLIGENCE BOOK OF THE

YEAR

SPECIAL REPORT ON THE ST ERMIN’S HOTEL BOOK AWARD Eye Spy recently attended the St Ermin’s Hotel Intelligence Book of the Year Award. Amongst but three books nominated - SIGINT by Eye Spy Associate Editor Peter Matthews. St Ermin’s Hotel was of course used by MI6 and the Special Operations Executive in WWII


A BRITISH INTELLIGENCE DILEMMA SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE - UK SECURITY FEARS

“I believe that independence would fundamentally change maritime security for all of us in the UK...” Britain’s First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir George Zambellas

As the vote on Scottish independence looms, Eye Spy examines what lies ahead for Britain’s intelligence and military organisations - and Scotland’s own security - should the country choose to exit the United Kingdom...


UKRAINE - SECRET INTEL WAR NRO AND CIA SPEARHEAD USA COUNTERMEASURES In-depth overview of American efforts to counter Moscow’s intelligence operation in the Ukraine, including details of a most secret ‘nullifying operation’, this as evidence emerges that the FSB and GRU have inserted dozens of spies into the country to generate unrest and eliminate key figures

MI6 LIBYAN OPERATIONS CHANGING FACES HAMPER INTELLIGENCE COLLECTION British Intelligence and New Scotland Yard investigation into death of a police officer shot dead by a Colonel Gaddafi official 30 years ago in London, is being thwarted by the volatile situation in Libya. Eye Spy investigates...

“My team is making good progress, we lost a colleague and are determined to make sure we catch the person responsible” New Scotland Yard Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe


BBC headquarters, Portland Place, London

TRADECRAFT

OSINT A BRIEF HISTORY

The BBC is the biggest provider of open source intelligence to British Intelligence

OPEN SOURCE INTEL IN THE MEDIA Eye Spy Associate Editor and intelligence authority Peter Matthews presents a brilliant tradecraft feature on OSINT - Open Source Intelligence.... Not to be missed!

“The British Broadcasting Corporation set up a unit at Caversham to monitor and report on enemy radio broadcasts, making it far and away the major open source intelligence operation in this country. “It listened to, recorded and transcribed a million and a quarter words a day in thirty languages, all of which were translated into English...”


SURVEILLANCE AND THE LISTENERS WORLD LESS SECURE AFTER SNOWDEN’S NSA LEAKS As Britain appoints a military intelligence specialist to head its primary listening agency, officials on both sides of the Atlantic warn terrorists and foreign intelligence adversaries continue to benefit from Edward Snowden’s ‘drip - drip’ release of NSA and GCHQ files. And in a damage assessment report, the DIA said “the scope of the compromised knowledge related to US intelligence capabilities is staggering...”

GRAFFITI ARTIST ‘BANKSY’ TIMES NEW WORK TO COINCIDE WITH INTELLIGENCE ANNOUNCEMENT

THE RUSSIA LIST MORE INFORMATION EMERGES ON ASSASSINATIONS As several men are found guilty of the murder of Russia journalist Anna Politkovskaya, Eye Spy presents the latest information on the so-called ‘Russian List’ - a document said to contain the names of around 100 people who have been targeted by unidentified Moscow-based persons

Anna Politkovskaya

BRUSSELS SANCTION AL-QAIDA SUSPECTED OF PLOTTING BRUSSELS SHOOTING Eye Spy reveals Mossad’s response to the shooting dead of four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels...


DEATH OF A SPY - PART TWO YURI FELSHTINSKY INTERVIEW Eye Spy concludes its exclusive interview with investigative author and historian Yuri Felshtinsky into the death of former KGB officer and MI6 agent Alexander Litvinenko. We also secure a valuable insight into Litvinenko’s relationship with his recently deceased ‘employer’ - Russian billionaire Boris Berezovsky - this as a coroner refuses to rule out foul play in respect of his death...

THE ASSASSINATION OF ALEXANDER LITVINENKO

UNDERCOVER BOOK RELEASES THE LATEST INTELLIGENCE AND ESPIONAGE BOOKS


ENIGMA B207 HITLER’S CIPHER MACHINE? David Hamer reports on a remarkable discovery which could lead to the re-writing of some parts of the Enigma story and how Hitler communicated even before World War Two broke out. Plus some of the latest happenings at NSA

“The mystery deepens after a Top Secret and very urgent order for two B-series machines...”

ENCOUNTER CONTROL PART FOUR IN THE INTELLIGENCE CYCLE Eye Spy Security Editor Mike Finn continues his series on the discipline of Encounter Control in the Intelligence Cycle. This feature identifies the pioneers of special combat training and the skills necessary to outwit opponents. Also a look at the training of agents at Canada’s most famous wartime spy school - Camp-X

“In my opinion self protection is like an insurance policy; you have it for that unexpected life saving moment...”


CROSSING THE RUBICON A LESSON FROM HISTORY Yuri Felshtinsky provides a disturbing and accurate lesson from history - which he argues is being repeated. A powerful yet frank feature on the troubles in Ukraine drawn from intelligence and security happenings and an event which happened 75 years ago

7/7 LONDON BOMBING MI5 DESK FEAR REPEAT AL-QAIDA ATTACK IN 2015

WHITE HOUSE CONSPIRACY SENIOR US MILITARY SPIES STEPPING DOWN


THE CIA’S EUROPEAN FRONT The post-WWII Gehlen Spy Organisation backed by the CIA evolved into today’s morden German BND spy agency. A look at one of the surprising reasons for its success in the early stages of the Cold War

‘COMMENT CREW’ CYBER SPIES IDENTIFIED AND NAMED BY FBI

AL-QAIDA PIPELINE FBI AND MI5 MONITOR HUNDREDS OF RETURNING JIHADISTS

MAJOR INTEL DIGESTS REVIEWS AND BREAKING NEWS FROM INTEL WORLD

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