Monthly Archives: October 2020

OBITUARY — Sean Connery dies aged 90 (October 31 2020)

“There is nothing like a challenge to bring out the best in man.” Sean Connery   October 31 2020 — Sean Connery, the sexiest man on earth and the only real James Bond in many people’s eyes, died peacefully in … Continue reading

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Spy Quotes — Bernard Barbier (Director of the French DGSE Technical Division)

“In the Intelligence World, you have some allies. You don’t have friends.” Bernard Barbier — Former DGSE Director   October 31 2020 — The NSA hacked the Élysée Palace in 2012, between the two rounds of the Presidential election. Follow us … Continue reading

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COVID-19 — Why has Belgium the highest death rate in the world? [UPDATE II]

“Europe is heading for a very hot summer and the heat should slow down the pandemic for the next few months. But, make no mistake. When the wet and cold weather returns this fall, the second peak will strike pretty … Continue reading

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On This Day — Lockerbie Key Witness Dies (October 29 2016) [2020]

“I personally hope that Tony is in a better place and that he is now at peace because he must have led a tortured life knowing that he had jailed an innocent man for money.” George Thomson — Lockerbie Investigator … Continue reading

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HistoCrypt 2021 [September 2021 — Amsterdam, Netherlands]

“A cryptographic system should be secure even if everything about the system, except the key, is public knowledge.” Auguste Kerckhoffs October 28 2020 — The International Conference on Historical Cryptology (HistoCrypt 2021) invites submissions of papers to its annual conference … Continue reading

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On This Day — Hemingway Wins Nobel Prize (October 28 1954) [2020]

“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 … Continue reading

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HAVANA SYNDROME — Where is the US National Academy of Sciences Report?

“It’s been extremely frustrating to me and my colleagues, in some ways disheartening, and certainly surprising.” David Relman — Committee Chair October 27 2020 — Last spring, the US State Department requested the National Academy of Sciences to undertake a … Continue reading

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5G — Will European Countries Ban Huawei? [UPDATE — Italian Government Vetoes Huawei 5G Deal]

“Perhaps, the most puzzling part of the [Belgian Intelligence Services] report is what it does not mention. Although most countries are extremely concerned about China investments in their Telecom infrastructure, the Belgian report is silent on this issue. Why, on … Continue reading

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Spy Quotes — John Le Carré : “And how would I like to be remembered?” (30 January 2020)

“Reading and thinking about Palme makes you wonder who you are. And who you might have been, but weren’t. And where your moral courage went when it was needed. You ask yourself what power drove him – golden boy, aristocratic … Continue reading

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On This Day — Operation Autumn Leaves (Germany — October 26 1988) [2020]

“Having considered the evidence concerning these matters and the submission of counsel we accept that there is a great deal of suspicion as to the actings of Abu Talb and his circle, but there is no evidence to indicate that … Continue reading

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