On This Day — Hemingway Wins Nobel Prize (October 28 1954) [2021]

“Hemingway may have said ‘yes’ to the Soviet recruitment pitch, but unless there is some additional trove of material in the NKVD archives that argues otherwise, it is clear Hemingway was never a productive Soviet agent.”

CIA website — Intelligence in Literature and Media

American writer Ernest Hemingway (1899 – 1961) working at a portable table while on a big game hunt in Kenya, September 1952. (Photo by Earl Theisen/Getty Images)

October 28 2021 — On October 28 1954, the Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to Ernest Miller Hemingway “for his mastery of the art of narrative, most recently demonstrated in The Old Man and the Sea, and for the influence that he has exerted on contemporary style.” Hemingway was aware of his long surveillance by J Edgar Hoover’s FBI, who were suspicious of his links with Cuba, and it has been argued that this surveillance may have pushed him to the brink. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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Havana Syndrome — Secretary of State Antony Blinken to make an important announcement… Or not.

“We will leave no stone unturned to get to the bottom of what and who is behind these incidents.”

Secretary of State Antony Blinken

(October 27 2021)

October 28 2021 — On Wednesday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken formally announced the establishment of a new cyber bureau at the State Department to help tackle cyber and emerging technology diplomatic issues. Blinken also made a cryptic reference to the ‘Havana Syndrome pandemic’ which seems to indicate that he may make an important announcement very soon, possibly today. Follow us on twitter: @Intel_Today

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Brussels, Den of Spies — Intel Committee Chairman : “Politicians Under Chinese Influence”

“A growing number of Belgian political representatives want to see the state disintegrate in favor of the regions. And those who want to put an end to Belgium naturally seek to weaken its secret services.”

Serge Lipszyc — Chairman of the intelligence services monitoring committee

October 27 2021 — Serge Lipszyc currently serves as the Chairman of the Belgian intelligence services oversight committee. In a very unusual move, Lipszyc publicly revealed a series of highly disturbing facts regarding the state of espionage and foreign influence in the capital of Europe. Amazingly, no one seems to care… Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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One Year Ago — RUMINT : DCIA Gina Haspel to Step Down After Election [Biography]

“I wrote a letter to the CIA on my manual college typewriter. I mailed it to CIA with my résumé. I didn’t have an address. So I just put: CIA. Washington, D.C. And here I am.”

DCIA Gina HaspelAuburn University (April 18 2018)

OCTOBER 26 2020 — According to rumors, CIA Director Gina Haspel (64) intends to step down and  retire after the 2020 US election. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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Havana Syndrome — Exclusive NBC News Investigation [Why you should be skeptical]

“Recordings of incidents could not have come from real cases of Havana Syndrome. A typical sound recorder would not be able to record the ‘microwave sound’, period.”

Pr. James Lin — University of Illinois

October 25 2021 — NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell sat down with three of the original Havana Syndrome victims, who spoke out publicly and revealed their identities for the first time. This interview significantly weakens the microwave hypothesis as the solution of the ‘Havana Syndrome’ mystery. The majority of scientists following this investigation now believes that “Havana syndrome” is nothing more than a psychogenic illness. Follow us on twitter: @Intel_Today

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The Real Calculus Affair : The Seattle Windshield Pitting Epidemic (April 1954)

“It is very common for people to believe that they have contracted an illness when they hear a doctor describe a medical problem and the symptoms associated with that problem. I suspect that most people already had these pits all along and only attributed it to the mysterious cause when they heard other people doing it. Still others may have resulted from vandalism or new cases from simple accidents — debris from the roads. Is this hysteria or simply logical thinking utilizing information from the media and their own situation — a pitted car? Some research about supposed ‘hysteria’ really shows that people are not hysterical at all.”

Sociologist David Rohall

October 24 2021 — The Calculus Affair (French: L’Affaire Tournesol) is the eighteenth volume of The Adventures of Tintin, the comics series by the Belgian cartoonist Hergé. It was serialised weekly in Belgium’s Tintin magazine from December 1954 to February 1956 before being published in a single volume by Casterman in 1956. The story follows the attempts of the young reporter Tintin, his dog Snowy, and his friend Captain Haddock to rescue their friend Professor Calculus, who has developed a machine capable of destroying objects with sound waves, from kidnapping attempts by the competing European countries of Borduria and Syldavia. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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On This Day — The Beirut Barracks Bombings (October 23, 1983) [Hezbollah or Islamic Jihad?]

“Though he never said so explicitly, President Ronald Reagan ended America’s military commitment to a strategic mistake that was peripheral to America’s interests. Three-and-a-half months after the bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut that killed 241 U.S. military personnel — and after repeatedly pledging not to do so — Reagan ordered the withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Lebanon.”

Foreign Policy

October 23 2021 — The Beirut barracks bombings were terrorist attacks that occurred on October 23, 1983, in Beirut, Lebanon, during the Lebanese Civil War when two truck bombs struck separate buildings housing United States and French military forces — members of the Multinational Force in Lebanon (MNF) — killing 241 U.S. and 58 French servicemen, six civilians, and the two suicide bombers. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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On This Day — El Aro Massacre (Colombia – October 22 1997) [2021]

“There are repeated accusations that the recordings were made by the British agency MI6, friends of Juan Manuel Santos, in a ruse against me.”

Former Colombia President Alvaro Uribe

Former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe is being investigated for his alleged participation in the ‘El Aro’ massacre which took place in the Department of Antioquia while he was governor.

October 22 2018 — The El Aro massacre (Spanish: Masacre del Aro) was a massacre in Colombia which occurred on October 22, 1997 in the municipality of Ituango, Department of Antioquia. 15 individuals accused of being leftist supporters of FARC were massacred by paramilitary groups with support from members of the Colombian Army. Perpetrators also raped women, burned down 43 houses, stole cattle and forcibly displaced 900 people. Former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe is investigated due to his alleged participation in the massacre that took place in the Department of Antioquia while he was governor. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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On This day — Aldous Huxley Writes to George Orwell (October 21 1949)

“My own belief is that the ruling oligarchy will find less arduous and wasteful ways of governing and of satisfying its lust for power.”

Aldous Huxley — Letter to George Orwell (October 21 1949)

October 21 2021 — On this day in 1949, Aldous Huxley wrote a letter to George Orwell that we should all read again today… Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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50 Years Ago — Pablo Neruda Awarded Literature Nobel Prize (October 21 1971) — Was Neruda a KGB Agent?

“And you’ll ask: why doesn’t his poetry

speak of dreams and leaves

and the great volcanoes of his native land?

Come and see the blood in the streets.”

Pablo Neruda — I explain a few things

October 21 2021 — Ricardo Eliécer Neftalí Reyes Basoalto (12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973), better known by his pen name and, later, legal name Pablo Neruda was a Chilean poet-diplomat and politician. On October 21 2018, The Spy Museum tweeted: “Today in – The Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to former KGB agent and Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, 1971.” Really? Where is the evidence that Neruda was a KGB agent? Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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