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Ukrainian Spy Boss Bluntly Admits Plan to Assassinate Putin
By Allison Quinn casbt1osint.blogspot.com2 min
May 24, 2023
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Sputnik/Alexey Filippov/Pool via Reuters

Sputnik/Alexey Filippov/Pool via Reuters Image
The second in command of Ukrainian military intelligence says Kyiv’s spies are actively trying to kill Vladimir Putin—and the Russian leader is well aware of it.
Vadym Skibitsky, the deputy head of Ukraine's Main Intelligence Directorate, made the admission in an interview with German publication Welt.
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with all the focus of Nicola Bulley being on St Michael's on Wyre, we are forgetting that Nicola Bulley supposedly lived at 9 Meadow Drive Inskip, which is around 3.3 miles away from St Michael's.
The population of Inskip is around 900 people, meaning it's slightly larger than St Michael's, which is around 700 people. But it is in the Inskip village and community that she would have done her regularly daily back and forths, such as shopping, walking, etc etc
So why have we seen not one report from anybody in Inskip, etc, for good old Charlotte Drake. There has not been one image of any concerned residents of Inskip itself as you would expect in a case like this!
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1. #China has been involved in illegal fishing in #EEZ of over 80 countries with over 10 million hrs of fishing.

This is a mega report and tweet thread on #Chinese illegal fishing in world's oceans and its impacts.

Read/download the complete report:…
2. The #Chinese fleet is often found guilty of #overfishing,
killing protected species,
falsifying licenses and docs,
seizing territories &
producing tons of sea #waste.

Read/download the complete report:…

3. IUU: #China has been consistently ranked num. 1 on various parameters of illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing (IUU) rankings.

According to the IUU rankings report 2021, over 60% of its vessels are involved in IUU fishing worldwide.

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Press Release:
CFC Statement on the release of Ana Belen Montes… #Cuba #DI #Espionage 1/ Image
Ana Belen Montes, the Pentagon's top analyst for Cuba who was arrested on September 21, 2001 for spying for the Castro regime for 17 years will be released from a U.S. prison in a matter of hours.… 2/
It is important to recall the damage that she did to U.S. national security, and her successful campaign as an agent of influence to downplay the threat Cuba poses to the United States, and other democracies in the region.… 3/
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Hey #OSINT, do you have any plan for weekend? If you don't, we have a curated list of great books on espionage 📔🔍🕵️

A thread 🧵
1. The Unending Game by Vikram Sood
Former chief of India's external intelligence agency deconstructs the shadowy world of spies, from the Cold War era to the age of global jihad, from surveillance states to psy-war, from gathering info to turning it into credible intelligence. The Unending Game by Vikram...
2. True Believer by Kati Marton
Noel Field, an American who betrayed his country. Field spied for Stalin during the 1930s and '40s. Then, a pawn in Stalin’s sinister master strategy, he was kidnapped and tortured by KGB and forced to testify against his own Communist comrades. True Believer: Stalin's Las...
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Allan Pinkerton was born #OTD in 1819 in Glasgow, Scotland. He headed the Union Intelligence Service during the Civil War and helped lay the foundation for the U.S. Secret Service, FBI, and CIA. He also founded the famed Pinkerton National Detective Agency, which still exists.
Pinkerton emigrated to United States 1842 and founded a cooperage in Dundee, Illinois, just outside of Chicago. He became an abolitionist and operated a safe house for fugitive enslaved people on the Underground Railroad.
Pinkerton was appointed as the first Chicago police detective in 1849 after uncovering a counterfeit scheme. He founded what would become the Pinkerton National Detective Agency in 1850. The Pinkerton Agency specialized in investigating train robberies.
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More indicators this is about crimes like #Espionage Act:

“Two people briefed on the classified documents that investigators believe remained at [MAL] indicated that they were so sensitive in nature, and related to national security, that the Justice Department had to act.”
2. “The F.B.I. left behind a two-page manifest of what was taken…The inventory .. does reference an array of sensitive material …. For example, it alludes to miscellaneous confidential documents as well some labeled ‘top secret.’”

via @maggieNYT et al…
3. For more context on the significance of Jay Bratt, Chief of DOJ’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section signing the government’s motion before court.👇

From former Chief of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) Unit @BVanGrack👇
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‘FBI executes search warrant at Trump's Mar-a-Lago in document investigation’

“former President confirmed that FBI agents were at Mar-a-Lago and said ‘they even broke into my safe.’ He was at Trump Tower in New York when the search warrant…”

“… Following the National Archives' recovering of White House records from Mar-a-Lago in recent months, the FBI on Monday had to verify that nothing was left behind.”

“… In early June, a handful of investigators made a rare visit to the property seeking more information about potentially classified material from Trump's time in the White House that had been taken to Florida.”

Jay Bratt
DOJ Counterintelligence & Export Control

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An amazing analysis of the current #Ukraine️ #war
@kamilkazani takes us back to Cold War and evolution of Russian war machine based on those weapons/tactics.
Question: Will this op prove to be as much a watershed for #Russianarmy as it was for #UkrainianArmedForces in 2014?
In addition, the entire situation raises further questions
1-As mentioned in the tweet above, would this stimulate transformation of military affairs in the #RussianArmy in particular and #RussianArmedForces forces in general?
Especially considering the points @kamilkazani made?
2-Actually, and retrospectively, this raises more questions. And these questions are based on President #Putin own past career in particular and the post #SovietUnion combat experience of the #RussianArmedForces in general
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Something rotten indeed. Denmark as a client/outpost spy state of the US/Bormann org. #espionage #socialdemocracy? 1/4

Something rotten indeed. Denmark as a client/outpost spy state of the US/Bormann org. #espionage #socialdemocracy? 2/4…
Something rotten indeed. Denmark as a client/outpost spy state of the US/Bormann org. #espionage #socialdemocracy? 3/4…
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 12/12/2021…
Fans Pour Funding—and Faith—Into a Hit Drama About Jesus…

#entertainment, #movies, #TheChosen, #ChristianThemes
Reductionism vs. emergence: Are you “nothing but” your atoms?…

#emergence, #reductionism, #science, #philosophy
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Chinese Defector Mystery Deepens: Beijing’s sketchy report of Dong Jingwei’s appearance at a spy-catcher seminar adds suspicion that top counterintelligence official fled to U.S.—by @matthew_brazil & @SpyTalker for @talk_spy… #espionage #China #spies
Rumors that China's top spy catcher had defected to the US reached a fever pitch over the weekend, propelled largely by unfounded reports in anticommunist and pro-Trump circles that Dong had evidence that the Covid-19 pandemic originated in a Wuhan lab leak, not from an animal.
China’s officially sanctioned media reported June 18 that Dong had appeared at a MSS seminar where he “urged the country’s intelligence officers” to crack down on enemy spies. But there were no photos or videos of him, nor was the place and time of the seminar reported.
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‘Tricks With a Notorious Russian Spy Group’

‘Security researchers have found links between the attackers and #Turla, a sophisticated team suspected of operating out of Moscow’s #FSB intelligence agency.’

“…believe the SolarWinds #hackers and #Turla aren't one and the same. But … one #hacker group at the very least ‘inspired’ the other, and they may have common members between them or a shared #software developer building their #malware.”…
“… That actually makes the connection more significant … ‘It’s more like handwriting. That handwriting or style propagates to different projects written by the same person.'"

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Bulgarian prosecutor's office details how 6 person spy-ring with access to the Bulgarian military and parliament operated.
#espionage #russia #gru #natsec #intelligence #counterintelligence #bulgaria @NATO @EU_Commission @NSAGov @CIA @NCSCgov #EU #SCS #security #cybersecurity Image

The #GRU tasked for #SECRET info on #Bulgaria, #EU, #NATO & specifically the NSA, CIA and their joint SIGINT entity the SCS

#espionage #russia #gru #natsec #intelligence #counterintelligence @EU_Commission @NSAGov @CIA @NCSCgov #SCS #security #cybersecurity ImageImageImage
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ICYMI, @PwC_UK’s 2020 #threatintel Year in Retrospect report is out now! All team contributed but h/t to @KystleM_Reid! :fire: You can check it out here: In this thread, I will summarise some of what I thought were key findings: 🧵👇 1/n
#Ransomware has become the most significant cyber security threat faced by organisations, irrespective of industry/location. TTPs have pivoted to mass data exfiltration prior to encryption, along with leaks & extortion. S/o to @andyp346 for all your work countering this.🙏 2/n
In 2020, 86% of the incidents that PwC’s Incident Response team responded to were attributable to cyber criminals. 79% of leaks happened in 2nd half of 2020. Our data sees Manufacturing, TMT, & Professional Services most impacted. 3/n
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Glacier Media investigates how the Justice Institute of B.C. (JIBC) has accepted close to 2,000 Chinese law enforcement students, recruits and officials, plus dozens of Chinese state judges. #China #cdnpoli #bcpoli #espionage #internationalstudents #vpd…
The ILES program is offered to Chinese police academy students, who are China’s future police officers, border agents and prison guards — handpicked by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Revenue from the program is important, says JIBC. @AnneKangMLA declined to comment on the program. @Wilkinson4BC Belt and Road agreement tied to all of this:…
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I’m going to be on @MariaBartiromo tomorrow (Tuesday) morning at 8am ET (7am Texas time) to discuss the former People’s Liberation Army General that has quietly acquired over 200 sq miles of Texas land Val Verde Co. next to Laughlin Air Force base. #China #Espionage 1/6
The former General SUN Guangxin, who controls Xinjiang Guanghui, amassed the land by using a US frontman from Lufkin, TX. Their narrative is that the land is to develop a wind farm (appealing to all of the US alternative energy crowd) but this plan is much more sinister. 2/6
The proximity of 700-ft tall wind turbines will allow the Chinese Army to perform clandestine surveillance and collection of extremely sensitive information about our pilots, our base, their flight training, our planes, and even our electrical grid. 3/6
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Australia vs China tensions are getting worse. Will the Aussies shift on the South-China sea tensions?

-Australian journalist detained in #China
-China suspends #barley imports from #Australia
-China imposes #tariffs on Australian #wine
-#Huawei enters into the trade spat. ImageImageImageImage
Nothing good lasts forever, as Australia just discovered when after seemingly defeating the gravity of the business cycle and lasting a record 29 year without an economic contraction.…
Australian law enforcers have arrested an expectant mother for allegedly planning a protest against the Covid-19 lockdown in the state of Victoria, drawing ire and accusations of thought policing online.…
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Part 3 - Debbins evolves to the type of HUMINT asset the #GRU had envisioned and like the proverbial goose, began laying golden eggs -

My analysis and timeline from 2011-2020 follows ...
#Debbins #Russia #Espionage…
As the @TheJusticeDept engages Debbins on the entirety of his 20+ years of being a GRU source, many more questions will come to mind concerning who and what was compromised or influenced by Debbins

We are at the beginning of knowing what's what
#Debbins #Russia #GRU #Espionage
⬆️⬆️⬆️Thank you ⬆️⬆️⬆️@File411 @LouiseMensch @911CORLEBRA777 @WylieNewmark @evenbev for pointing to a number of items which assisted in pulling together the timeline

Shout out to @JerwayneC within for the find concerning his abrupt departure

#Debbins #Russia #GRU #Espionage
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The #GRU (Russian Military #Intelligence) seals the deal & is now running #Debbins as an ideological penetration of the U.S. Army.

In this 2nd part, I break down multiple trips to Russia and how the GRU handles Debbins

#Espionage #Russia #NATSEC…
The #GRU unit handling Debbins is located in Samara, Russia - 3rd Guards Spetsnaz Brigade (Military Unit Number 21208) is located in Samara, Russia

#Espionage #Russia #NATSEC
The #GRU issues Debbins

*Operational telephone line in Russia which he uses with his GRU operational alias

*Operational letter drop in Samara, with code words to be used in an emergency

Debbins leaves the US Army and is fully operational.

#Espionage #Russia #NATSEC
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He was 21 on his study-abroad in Chelyabinsk

The #GRU spotted/assessed him for recruitment

He was given rudimentary ops tests while they sized him up

They were counting on him not to report the contact

He didn't

#Debbins #natsec #espionage #russia…
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A media company linked to former Trump political adviser Steve Bannon and exiled Chinese businessman Guo Wengui raised more than $300 million this spring in a private offering now being investigated by federal and state authorities…
🔑Some have openly ques­tioned Mr. Guo’s loy­alty to the U.S. In 2018, a com­pany af­fil­i­ated with Guo hired Vir­ginia-based re­search firm Strate­gic Vi­sion to in­ves­ti­gate in­di­vid­u­als Guo said were tied to top CCP of­fi­cials.…
🔑”Strate­gic Vi­sion had is­sues with the re­quest and ac­cused Mr. Guo of be­ing a “dis­si­dent-hunter” for China. The con­tract be­tween the com­pa­nies is now in lit­i­ga­tion.”

📌Now we are getting close to the truth about Mr. Guo.... #Espionage…
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FBI Honolulu found itself penetrated by China’s Ministry of State Security #MSS 2004-2010 - the penetration was a former CIA officer Alexander Yuk Chin Ma who was recruited in 2001 - my thoughts for @ClearanceJobs…
#insiderthreat #china #natsec #Espionage
From 2004-2010 he managed to steal FBI data digitally and in hard copy ... Would your organization's insider threat program detect this?
#insiderthreat #china #natsec #espionage #mss Image
While short on details in the FBI S/A's affidavit, the fact is that the #MSS lost control of the March 2001 video of Ma's debriefing and it managed to find its way into the hands of the FBI indicates a major coup for U.S. intelligence

#insiderthreat #china #natsec #espionage Image
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My thoughts on the "Why" of closing China's consulate in Houston… via @ClearanceJobs

#natsec #china #espionage #mss #iptheft #diplomacy
As promised @zachsdorfman ⬆️
China orders US to shutter their consulate in Chengdu
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