Monthly Archives: October 2021

On This Day — French Captain Alfred Dreyfus Is Convicted of Treason (January 5 1895) [UPDATE : French presidential candidate casts doubt on the innocence of Dreyfus]

“Officers new to counterintelligence and overwhelmed by the scope of what they need to learn often ask the same question: ‘Where do I start?’ The best place might be the Dreyfus affair.” The Lessons for Counter-Intelligence of the Dreyfus Affair — … Continue reading

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The Origin of Covid-19 — The Definitive Conclusion of the U.S. Intelligence Community 90-days Investigation (August 24 2021) [UPDATE — ODNI releases report on COVID-19 origins]

“I have now asked the Intelligence Community to redouble their efforts to collect and analyze information that could bring us closer to a definitive conclusion, and to report back to me in 90 days.” Biden (May 26 2021)  June 3 … Continue reading

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Havana Syndrome — Secretary of State Antony Blinken to make an important announcement… Or not. [UPDATE — Washington Post: U.S. agencies routinely use microwave beams to collect intelligence]

“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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 Haspel — … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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