Friday, June 2, 2017
Is Russia Escalating Its Spy Operations On The U.S.?
Ali Watkins, Politico: Russia escalates spy games after years of U.S. neglect
Lawmakers and intelligence officials say that the United States missed opportunities to crack down on Russian espionage efforts.
In the throes of the 2016 campaign, the FBI found itself with an escalating problem: Russian diplomats, whose travel was supposed to be tracked by the State Department, were going missing.
The diplomats, widely assumed to be intelligence operatives, would eventually turn up in odd places, often in middle-of-nowhere USA. One was found on a beach, nowhere near where he was supposed to be. In one particularly bizarre case, relayed by a U.S. intelligence official, another turned up wandering around in the middle of the desert. Interestingly, both seemed to be lingering where underground fiber-optic cables tend to run.
According to another U.S. intelligence official, “They find these guys driving around in circles in Kansas. It’s a pretty aggressive effort.”
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WNU Editor: Russians spying in the U.S. .... I am shocked!!!! Shocked I tell you!!!! But what I find interesting about this Politico story is its timing .... posted a day after this news story broke out .... U.S. May Return To Russia Two Diplomatic Compounds Seized Last Year By The Obama Administration (June 1, 2017). Coincidence .... nah.