One Year Ago — Letter to a young investigator : “Be suspicious of everything!” (On the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic) [UPDATE : Did you say: “Conspiracy Theory”?]

“A lie doesn’t become truth, wrong doesn’t become right, and evil doesn’t become good, just because it’s accepted by a majority.”

Booker T. Washington

The Great Wave off Kanagawa [神奈川沖浪裏, Kanagawa-oki Nami Ura] — Katsushika Hokusai (1831)

May 15 2021 — A young man asked if I could offer a few advises as to how one should investigate a complex story. Initially, I thought the idea a bit strange and I was inclined to ignore the letter. After all, there are good reasons why I have chosen to turn down an offer to teach at Yale University. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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World Cocktail Day 2022 — “Vodka Martini. Shaken, Not Stirred”

“There is strong and consistent evidence that James Bond has a chronic alcohol consumption problem at the ‘severe’ end of the spectrum. He should seek professional help and try to find other strategies for managing occupational stress.”

Medical Journal of Australia (Dec. 2018)

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“Do I look like I give a damn?”

James Bond —  Casino Royale (2006)

May Friday 13 2022 — World Cocktail Day is a global celebration of cocktails. It marks the publication date of the first definition of a cocktail on May 13 in 1806. The Oxford Dictionaries define cocktail as an “alcoholic drink consisting of a spirit or spirits mixed with other ingredients, such as fruit juice or cream”. PS — Not sure about which cocktail you should enjoy tonight? Here is a list of 24 rum recipes that you need to taste at least once in your life! Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today

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On This Day — First Modern Computer Delivered to German Aerospace Institute (May 12 1941)

“The danger of computers becoming like humans is not as great as the danger of humans becoming like computers.”

Konrad Zuse (June 22, 1910 – December 18, 1995)

Inventor of the world’s first programmable Turing-complete computer

 

Zuse Z3 replica on display at Deutsches Museum in Munich

May 12 2022 — The Z3 was the world’s first working programmable, fully automatic digital computer. In 1998, the Z3 was demonstrated to be, in principle, Turing-complete. The Z3 was the brainchild of Konrad Zuse, a German civil engineer, inventor and computer pioneer. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today

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Remembering Bob Marley (February 6 1945 – May 11 1981) — Was the CIA involved? [Conspiracy Theories vs Actual Conspiracies]

“I WOULD LIKE TO CALL THE ATTENTION OF THE JAMAICAN PRESS AND PEOPLE TO THE FACT THAT THE CURRENT [CIA] CHIEF OF STATION HERE [NORMAN DESCOTEAUX], AND TWO OF THE OPERATIONS OFFICERS ARRIVED IN KINGSTON DURING THE MIDDLE AND LATTER PART OF LAST YEAR PRIOR TO THE INITIATION OF VIOLENCE.”

AGEE PRESS RELEASE (September 17 1976)

Bob Marley unite two warring factions JLP and PNP at his 1978 One Love Peace Concert

May 11 2022 —  On December 3, 1976, two days before the Smile Jamaica concert, seven men with guns raided Marley’s house at 56 Hope Road around 8.30 pm. Marley’s wife, Rita, was shot in the head. The gunmen shot Marley in the chest and arm. His manager, Don Taylor, was shot in the legs and torso. Astonishingly, there were no fatalities. Over the years, many have alleged that the CIA was behind the assassination plot. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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On This Day — Enigma Machine Captured (May 9 1941)

“Also the coding machine was found here, plugged in and as though it was in actual use when abandoned. The general appearance of this machine being that of a type writer, the telegraphist pressed the keys and finding results peculiar sent it up the hatch. This W/T office seemed far less complicated than our own-sets were more compact and did not seem to have the usual excess of switches, plug holes, knobs, ‘tally’s’ etc on the outside.”

Lieutenant David Balme — Report on the U-110  boarding

 

The Wireless Telegraph area on board U Boat U-124 in March 1941, where the Enigma machine, similar to a typewriter, can be seen bottom left.

May 9 2022 — One of the outstanding intelligence breakthroughs of the World War II came on May 9 1941 with the capture of an intact Enigma machine. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today

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Crypto Games — A Poem to Anna [Vigenère Cipher]

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Dr. LPoem to Anna

02 02 2020

Anna Loginova (September 3 1978 – January 27  2008) was described as Russia’s most famous female bodyguard. She ran an agency, staffed with female bodyguards, some trained by the ex-KGB, to give discreet protection to Moscow’s billionaires.  Anna was killed in a carjacking incident in Moscow. Her killer has never been identified.

May 8 2022 — On February 2 2020, I felt the urge to speak to my best friend. What kind of life is waiting for us? Will our societies learn from this pandemic? Or will our world be just the same, but even worse? Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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On This Day — USAF Bombs Chinese Embassy in Belgrade (May 7 1999)

“The attack was a mistake. Let me emphasise our investigation has determined that no one, and I repeat, no one knowingly targeted the Chinese Embassy. Speculation to the contrary is simply unfounded. No one at any stage in the process realised that our bombs were aimed at the Chinese Embassy.”

CIA Director George Tenet

July 22 1999

May 7 2022 — On May 7, 1999, during the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia (Operation Allied Force), five US Joint Direct Attack Munition guided bombs hit the People’s Republic of China embassy in the Belgrade district of New Belgrade, killing three Chinese journalists. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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LOCKERBIE — The Genesis of the Tehran Conspiracy Theory

“Intelligence Agencies create stories inside stories, each with its carefully constructed trail of evidence, in order to create false trails as diversions.”

James Jesus Angleton

Associate Deputy Director of Operations for Counterintelligence from 1954 to 1975

April 23 2022 — For many years, Wilhelm Dietl used his job as a journalist to spy for the German intelligence agency BND in the Middle East. Dietl also planted disinformation pieces at the request of the CIA in German media, including a key story about the alleged Tehran’s payment of US$ 1.3 million for the Lockerbie bombing. Although I discovered the truth 15 years ago, I decided to keep the story secret… Until now. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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World Earth Day — How accurate were EXXON predictions about Global Warming? [UPDATE : INTEL TODAY predictions for 2040]

“Exxon was aware of climate change, as early as 1977, 11 years before it became a public issue… This knowledge did not prevent the company from spending decades refusing to publicly acknowledge climate change and even promoting climate misinformation — an approach many have likened to the lies spread by the tobacco industry regarding the health risks of smoking.”

Scientific American (October 2015)

Exxon’s private prediction of the future growth of carbon dioxide levels (left axis) and global temperature relative to 1982 (right axis). Elsewhere in its report, Exxon noted that the most widely accepted science at the time indicated that doubling carbon dioxide levels would cause a global warming of 3°C.
Exxon’s private prediction of the future growth of carbon dioxide levels (left axis) and global temperature relative to 1982 (right axis).

January 24 2022 — In the early 80s, oil companies like Exxon and Shell carried out internal assessments of the carbon dioxide released by fossil fuels, and forecast the planetary consequences of these emissions. How accurate were those predictions? Short answer: very good. And if they had not made a silly mistake — never reported before — the Exxon predictions would have been amazingly correct. PS — Please, keep in mind that in those years, the CIA expected a new ice age! Obviously, Corporate Intelligence beats the Central Intelligence Agency. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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MOSSAD — Test Your “SPY Knowledge” With Our Quiz! [2022]

“If a society crosses a certain line in its division and hatred, then it is a real possibility to see a phenomenon like a civil war.”

Tamir Pardo — Former MOSSAD chief

April 21 2022 — How much do you know about spy agencies? Take this quiz to find out your knowledge of the MOSSAD. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today

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