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Vladimir Putin’s bungling spies outed 300 Russian agents because their Lada was registered to top-secret cyber HQ

Поздравление с Днём учителя • Президент России
The coordinated witch-hunts do not solve the problems, the coordinated communications do. The pervasive, constantly present, the distinguishing, the defining, the hallmark feature of the recent operations is this “ham-handedness”. – M.N. – 6:08 AM 10/6/2018 | Global Security News
Семен Слепаков рассказал кто и почему удалил его скандальный клип о геях из ГРУ – О Солсберецком шпиле – отравление Скрипаля – новости шоу-бизнеса
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Поздравление с Днём учителя • Президент России
 

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Поздравление с Днём учителя

Владимир Путин поздравил всех российских учителей с Днём учителя.

09:40

В поздравлении, в частности, говорится:

«Нелёгкий, но благородный и востребованный труд учителя и наставника во все времена пользовался в нашей стране особым почётом. Именно от вас, вашей мудрости, терпения, самоотдачи во многом зависит личностное и профессиональное становление подрастающего поколения, активная общественная и жизненная позиция юных граждан.

Государство и впредь будет делать всё для повышения статуса учителя, укрепления социальных гарантий тех, кто трудится в сфере образования – ключевой для будущего России».

The coordinated witch-hunts do not solve the problems, the coordinated communications do. The pervasive, constantly present, the distinguishing, the defining, the hallmark feature of the recent operations is this “ham-handedness”. – M.N. – 6:08 AM 10/6/2018 | Global Security News
 

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The coordinated witch-hunts do not solve the problems, the coordinated communications do. The pervasive, constantly present, the distinguishing, the defining, the hallmark feature of the recent operations is this “ham-handedness”. – M.N. – 6:08 AM 10/6/2018

“The ham-handed attempted break-in — involving hacking equipment in the trunk of a car and a trail of physical and virtual clues — was the most stunning operation revealed Thursday. It was so obvious, in fact, that it almost looked like the Russians didn’t care about getting caught…

What Dutch authorities found seemed to be the work of an amateur. A taxi receipt in the pocket of one of the agents showed he had hired a cab to take him from a street next to GRU headquarters to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. A laptop found with the team appeared to tie them to other alleged GRU hacks.” 

M.N.: This “ham-handedness”, the deliberate, demonstrative sloppiness, as if it were the invitation to be discovered, is the pervasive, constantly present, the distinguishing, the defining, the hallmark feature of ALL recent operations, including, very much so, the Operation Trump. This feature has to be addressed and investigated thoroughly, it might contain one of the main clues. It might indicate the possible set-up or the number of other explanations, which have to be explored. 

The “Russianness”, the Russian ethnic origins and the history of the service in the military or the GRU of the implied, suspected operators does not mean at all that they work for the GRU presently, or that their acts were authorised, approved, or specifically planned by the GRU. Importantly, they might have been selected by the third party (which I call the New Abwehr, under its leader, the Demiurge), and specifically for these traits: “Russianness” and the history of the GRU service. These suspects might be the completely unwitting semi-professional actors acting as the cover for the true designers. GRU is the very sophisticated and experienced, highly professional intelligence service, just like her counterparts, and they have their own professional ways of doing things without being ostentatious, also just like the others. 

However, everything is possible, and the version of the “face value”, “what you see is what you get” is legitimate and has to be investigated first of all, despite the lack of the credibility factor. 

My respectful recommendation to Gen. Gerasimov and Gen. Korobov is to try to reach out to their colleagues and to discuss these issues frankly and openly, in their broad range and in all the possible depth. The similar respectful recommendation to their colleagues, Gen. Dunford and Gen. Ashley, is to have these discussions and to try to make them productive. GRU is often compared with CIA, although nominally its counterpart is DIA. These interventions have to be approved on the highest levels, of course. 

By the way, I think that the non-travel sanctions specifically against Korobov and the others in this circle, who are not involved in commercial activities, are counterproductive and should be waved or cancelled. People need to travel, to meet, and to talk; and the present crisis is the result of the insufficient communications, not their abundance. 

Technically, it is also easier to keep track of them when they travel freely rather than clandestinely, which they do anyway. 

The coordinated witch-hunts do not solve the problems, the coordinated communications do. 

“Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov of Russia said in a statement that the U.S. is taking a “dangerous path” by “deliberately inciting tensions in relations between the nuclear powers,” adding that Washington’s European allies should also think about it.” 

Mr. Ryabkov, stop your nuclear dingle-dangle. You sound more like a fire-setter than a firefighter or diplomat. Do not threaten the others yourself, you sound excessively defensive. Try to comprehend, to truly understand the situation, and to find the ways of resolving it on the basis of this understanding. 

The delusional-grandiose attempts on Mr. Skripal’s part to influence the personnel policies of the GRU; as his revenge (if they exist), should also be considered as a factor, although, obviously, it will be left without any consequences. 

Mr. Skripal himself appears to be the highly intriguing, mysterious, complex person who might also contain many hidden clues. 

Michael Novakhov

10.6.18

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LONDON — The West unleashed an onslaught of new evidence and indictments Thursday accusing Russian military spies of hacking so widespread that it seemed to target anyone, anywhere who investigates Moscow’s involvement in an array of criminal activities — including doping, poisoning and the downing of a plane.

Russia defiantly denied the charges, neither humbled nor embarrassed by the exceptional revelations on one of the most high-tension days in East-West relations in years. Moscow lashed back with allegations that the Pentagon runs a clandestine U.S. biological weapons program involving toxic mosquitoes, ticks and more.

The nucleus of Thursday’s drama was Russia’s military intelligence agency known as the GRU, increasingly the embodiment of Russian meddling abroad.

In the last 24 hours: U.S. authorities charged seven officers from the GRU with hacking international agencies; British and Australian authorities accused the GRU of a devastating 2017 cyberattack on Ukraine, the email leaks that rocked the U.S. 2016 election and other damaging hacks; And Dutch officials alleged that GRU agents tried and failed to hack into the world’s chemical weapons watchdog, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

The ham-handed attempted break-in — involving hacking equipment in the trunk of a car and a trail of physical and virtual clues — was the most stunning operation revealed Thursday. It was so obvious, in fact, that it almost looked like the Russians didn’t care about getting caught.

“Basically, the Russians got caught with their equipment, people who were doing it, and they have got to pay the piper. They are going to have to be held to account,” U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said in Brussels, where he was meeting with NATO allies.

Mattis said the West has “a wide variety of responses” available.

Britain’s ambassador to the Netherlands, Peter Wilson, said the GRU would no longer be allowed to act with impunity.

Calling Russia a “pariah state,” British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “Where Russia acts in an indiscriminate and reckless way, where they have done in terms of these cyberattacks, we will be exposing them.”

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov of Russia said in a statement that the U.S. is taking a “dangerous path” by “deliberately inciting tensions in relations between the nuclear powers,” adding that Washington’s European allies should also think about it.

While the accusations expose how much damage Russia can do in foreign lands, through remote hacking and on-site infiltration — they also expose how little Western countries can do to stop it.

Russia is already under EU and U.S. sanctions, and dozens of GRU agents and alleged Russian trolls have already been indicted by the U.S but will likely never be handed over to face American justice.

Still, to the Western public, Thursday may have been a pivotal day, with accusations so extensive, and the chorus of condemnation so loud, that it left little doubt of massive Russian wrongdoing. A wealth of surveillance footage released by Western intelligence agencies was quickly and overwhelmingly confirmed by independent reporting.

The litany of accusations of GRU malfeasance began overnight, when British and Australian authorities accused the Russian agency of being behind the catastrophic 2017 cyberattack in Ukraine. The malicious software outbreak knocked out ATMs, gas stations, pharmacies and hospitals and, according to a secret White House assessment recently cited by Wired, caused $10 billion in damage worldwide.

The British and Australians also linked the GRU to other hacks, including the Democratic Party email leaks and online cyber propaganda that sowed havoc before Americans voted in the 2016 presidential election.

Later Thursday, Dutch defense officials released photos and a timeline of GRU agents’ botched attempt to break into the chemical weapons watchdog using Wi-Fi hacking equipment hidden in a car parked outside a nearby Marriott Hotel. The OPCW was investigating a nerve agent attack on a former GRU spy, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter in Salisbury, England, that Britain has blamed on the Russian government. Moscow vehemently denies involvement.

Photographs released by the Dutch Ministry of Defense showed a trunk loaded with a computer, battery, a bulky white transformer and a hidden antenna; officials said the equipment was operational when Dutch counterintelligence interrupted the operation.

What Dutch authorities found seemed to be the work of an amateur. A taxi receipt in the pocket of one of the agents showed he had hired a cab to take him from a street next to GRU headquarters to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. A laptop found with the team appeared to tie them to other alleged GRU hacks.

The men were expelled instead of arrested, because they were traveling on diplomatic passports.

The Dutch also accused the GRU of trying to hack investigators examining the 2014 downing of a Malaysian Airlines jetliner over eastern Ukraine that killed all 298 people on board. A Dutch-led team says it has strong evidence the missile that brought the plane down came from a Russia-based military unit. Russia has denied the charge.

Later Thursday, the U.S. Justice Department charged seven GRU officers — including the four caught in The Hague — in an international hacking rampage that targeted more than 250 athletes, a Pennsylvania-based nuclear energy company, a Swiss chemical laboratory and the OPCW.

The indictment said the GRU targets had publicly supported a ban on Russian athletes in international sports competitions and because they had condemned what they called a state-sponsored doping program by Russia.

U.S. prosecutors said the Russians also targeted a Pennsylvania-based nuclear energy company and the OPCW.

The seven were identified as: Aleksei Morenets, 41; Evgenii Serebriakov, 37; Ivan Yermakov, 32; Artem Malyshev, 30; and Dmitriy Badin, 27; who were each assigned to Military Unit 26165, and Oleg Sotnikov, 46, and Alexey Minin, 46, who were also GRU officers.

The U.S. indictment says the hacking was often conducted remotely. If that wasn’t successful, the hackers would conduct “on-site” or “close access” hacking operations, with trained GRU members traveling with sophisticated equipment to target their victims through Wi-Fi networks.

The World Anti-Doping Agency, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and the Canadian anti-doping agency were all identified by the U.S. indictment against the Russians.

WADA said the alleged hackers “sought to violate athletes’ rights by exposing personal and private data — often then modifying them — and ultimately undermine the work of WADA and its partners in the protection of clean sport.”

Travis Tygart, the CEO of the U.S. anti-doping agency and a prominent critic of Russian athletes’ drug use, says “a system that was abusing its own athletes with an institutionalized doping program has now been indicted for perpetrating cyberattacks on innocent athletes from around the world.”

Russia denied everything.

Konstantin Kosachev, the head of the foreign affairs committee in the upper house of Russian parliament, said the accusations were fake and intended to “delegitimize” a resurgent Russia. The West has picked up the GRU as “a modern analogue of the KGB which served as a bugaboo for people in the West during the Cold War,” he said.

Russia countered with accusations of their own: The Defense Ministry unveiled complex allegations that the U.S. has a clandestine biological weapons lab in the country of Georgia as part of a network of labs on the edges of Russia and China that flout international rules.

Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon called the accusations “an invention” and “obvious attempts to divert attention from Russia’s bad behavior on many fronts.”

The Associated Press, meanwhile, independently corroborated information that matches details for two of the alleged Russian agents named by the Dutch authorities.

An online car registration database in Russia showed that Aleksei Morenets, whose full name and date of birth are the same as one of the expelled Russians, sold his car in 2004, listing the Moscow address where the Defense Ministry’s Military University is based.

Alexey Minin, another Russian whose full name and date of birth match the Dutch details, had several cars, including an Alfa Romeo, that were registered and sold at the address where the Defense Ministry’s GRU school is located. In some of the filings, Minin listed the official military unit number of the GRU school as his home address.

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Balsamo reported from Washington and Casert from Brussels. Raphael Satter in London, Nataliya Vasilyeva and Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow, Lorne Cook in Brussels and Eric Tucker in Washington contributed.

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Семен Слепаков рассказал кто и почему удалил его скандальный клип о геях из ГРУ – О Солсберецком шпиле – отравление Скрипаля – новости шоу-бизнеса
 

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Популярный российский комик и певец Семен Слепаков объяснил, почему из YouTube удалили его скандальное видео с песней “О Солсберецком шпиле”, которую он посвятил агентам ГРУ и отравителям Скрипаля.

Артист объяснил, что ролик о Руслане Боширове и Александре Петрове был незаконченной рабочей версией, которая просочилась в сеть через друзей. Об этом он написал на своей странице в Instagram, но вскоре удалил свой пост, сообщила Lenta.Ru.

По словам Слепакова, он накануне отправил друзьям закрытую ссылку, чтобы те оценили еще не вышедший клип, не публикуя его в открытом доступе. Кто именно слил композицию, он не знает.

“Это был мой рабочий материал. Незаконченный. В открытом доступе песни никогда не было. Через кого-то (он теперь, конечно, не признается) произошла утечка. Я попросил техподдержку удалить ссылку, чтобы остановить этот процесс, но все уже расползлось”, – отметил Семен, добавив, что компания “Газпром-медиа”, которую ранее заподозрили в требовании удалить видео, не при делах.

“Ролик удаляли по моей просьбе, как мою авторскую собственность”, – уточнил шоумен.

Также отметим, что завершать и выкладывать клип на своем канале Слепаков не планирует, поскольку его вариация уже распространилась в сети.

Видео с песней Слепакова об отравителях Скрипаля удалено из сети

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Как сообщал OBOZREVATEL, Сергея Скрипаля и его дочь отравили в Британии 4 марта нервно-паралитическим веществом “Новичок”. Официальный Лондон заявил, что за этим стоит Москва. Несмотря на то, что Скрипалей удалось спасти, инцидент спровоцировал международный скандал – многие страны мира начали высылку российских дипломатов.

Полиция Великобритании восстановила последовательность событий в день отравления. В преступлении подозревают россиян Руслана Боширова и Александра Петрова, которых камеры видеонаблюдения зафиксировали недалеко от дома Скрипалей в день покушения.

Позже они дали публичное интервью, в котором рассказали, что приезжали в Солсбери для осмотра достопримечательностей. А визит в этот город им якобы посоветовали друзья. Журналисты проанализировали рассказ Петрова и Боширова и нашли доказательства его лживости.

Госпогранслужба подтвердила возможное участие Чепиги в событиях на Майдане
 

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Подразделение полковника спецназа ГРУ РФ Анатолия Чепиги во время Революции Достоинства могло находится в Киеве и принимать активное участие в эскалации событий на Майдане.

Об этом Guildhall сообщил собственный источник вГосударственной пограничной службе Украины.

«В Государственной пограничной службе, к сожалению, нет прямых доказательств пребывания полковника спецназа ГРУ РФ Анатолия Чепиги в Украине во время событий Революции Достоинства», — сообщили в ГПСУ.

В то же время, источник подтвердил, что полковник Анатолий Чепига мог быть участником кровавых событий на Майдане, так как подразделения спецназа ГРУ РФ в период с января по февраль 2014 года находились в Украине и принимали активное участие в эскалации процессов Революции Достоинства.

«По нашей информации, подразделения российского спецназа с января по февраль (2014 года — ред.) находились в Киеве и проживали в отдельном доме на базе «Альфы». Полковник Анатолий Чепига, вероятно, был в их числе, но точно установить мы этого не можем, так как по указанию тогдашнего руководства страны, по прибытию, российские спецназовцы не проходили пограничного контроля, или каких-либо осмотров. Спецназ ГРУ РФ принимал активное участие в противоправных действиях против участников Революции, после чего, под видом украинских правоохранителей выехал на территорию Крыма», — сообщил источник в Госпогранслужбе Украины.

Напомним, ранее эту информацию в комментарии Guildhall подтвердил экс-руководитель Главного управления разведки Украины генерал-лейтенант Александр Скипальский.

The Nazi Downstairs: A Jewish Woman’s Tale of Hiding in Her Home
 

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Elsa Koditschek was living in a prosperous section of Vienna, near the foothills of the Alps, when the Nazis, who had annexed Austria, confiscated her home in 1940. A German officer, a squad leader in the SS, soon moved in.

Mrs. Koditschek, a Jew, was allowed to stay on, in an upstairs apartment, a tenant in her own house for about a year, until a deportation edict arrived ordering her to a bleak, uncertain future in a Polish ghetto. She fled instead, leaving behind her life’s possessions including the only major artwork she had ever purchased, a landscape by Egon Schiele.

For years, she hid in the homes of non-Jewish friends, according to an account she gave in dozens of letters written during and after the war. But she was ultimately desperate enough to seek refuge in the house the Nazis had seized from her, sneaking back in to live there in secrecy and silence with an upstairs tenant.

From there, she spied on the SS officer, Herbert Gerbing, watching through a window as he sat in the garden with his family. Probably unbeknown to her, while she hid upstairs, he was helping with the deportation of Jews across Europe.

“Who would think I would find myself sharing a roof with an SS officer?” she wrote later in a letter to her son, Paul, who had moved to New York years earlier.

Mrs. Koditschek’s Schiele was ultimately sold during the war, while she struggled to survive, and it has been sold several times since.

But her letters, handwritten on onionskin and intact after having been carefully packed away in a relative’s basement, helped the Koditschek family and researchers at Sotheby’s piece together the provenance of the painting. So this fall in New York, when it goes up for auction with an estimated value of $12 million to $18 million, Mrs. Koditschek’s heirs will share in the proceeds with its current owners.

“It’s so unusual to have a victim of Nazi theft or expropriation who writes everything down,” Lucian Simmons, the worldwide head of restitution at Sotheby’s, said. “Usually you’re trying to join the dots, but the dots are far apart.”

Mentions of the Schiele painting in the letters buttressed the provenance research by Mr. Simmons, who had approached the family in 2014 after independently finding indications that it had lost an important painting during the war. What followed were several years of negotiation with the current owners of the Schiele, Europeans who had bought it in the 1950s, that led to an agreement that will govern the sale next month of the work, “City in Twilight (The Small City II)” painted in 1913.

“It’s an important painting with a wonderful revolutionary abstract form,” Mr. Simmons said.

Perhaps more remarkable than the painting is the tale that accompanies it: the account of woman made vagabond by the Nazis who ended up returning to the very house from which she had been evicted, and living out the war there, just feet above one of her persecutors. Mrs. Koditschek survived the war, and related her account in many letters to her son, who died in 1974. But he seldom discussed those experiences in any detail, so relatives have only recently begun to unravel Mrs. Koditschek’s history by sifting through the correspondence. (Sotheby’s provided translations of excerpts from the letters.)

Their tone deepens as events evolve, according to Sarah Whites-Koditschek, a great-granddaughter, and turns grim in 1941 when the deportation order arrives. At that point, Ms. Whites-Koditschek said, “She’s just writing about whether she can find any way to escape.”

Steven Luckert, a historian with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, said that Mrs. Koditschek’s experience stood out even among the startling tales of Jews who had lived through the war hiding in Nazi-occupied cities. “The fact that she was living in the same house as someone who was in charge of deportations makes it even more extraordinary,” he said.

Mrs. Koditschek, the widow of a banker, had sent her son and daughter away to safety before Europe became engulfed in war. But she stayed behind in Vienna, living in the three-story home her husband had built in 1911. She lived on the first floor, below her longtime tenant, Sylvia Kosminski, who was known as “Aunt Sylvia” though she was not a relative.

When the Nazi and his family took over the first floor, Mrs. Koditschek moved to the second to share quarters with Aunt Sylvia, bringing with her, the Koditschek family believes, the Schiele painting.

The letters do not indicate that Mrs. Koditschek was particularly fearful of the Nazi she was living with. He occasionally summoned her to explain how things in the house worked. She described his demeanor as civil, even after she received “an ominous card” directing her to show up at a school to be deported to German-occupied Poland. When she asked the officer if the trip could be delayed, he replied that it could not, she wrote. But he painted a glowing portrait of what life would be like in the Lodz ghetto and offered a word of advice, suggesting she bring a minimum of belongings.

“This was a kind thing for him to say,” Mrs. Koditschek wrote, “because the luggage of most Jews was robbed even before they arrived at their destination. Also of course their lives.”

It does not seem, based on her letters, that Mrs. Koditschek had an inkling of Mr. Gerbing’s larger role in the deportation of Jews. Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust remembrance center, describes him as a key player in executing those policies and said he “participated in raids and arrests, and was reported to have been exceedingly brutal, at one case causing grievous injuries to detainees.”

When Mrs. Koditschek fled, she lived with a family named Heinz and spent virtually all of her time indoors, often hiding for hours behind a cupboard inside their apartment. She passed the lonely hours by practicing her English or playing chess against herself.

But her life there was disrupted in 1943, Mrs. Koditschek wrote, when Mr. Heinz came home one day “under the escort of some strange men” who began searching the apartment. She slipped away though an open door.

“I must have been wearing a magic cap of invisibility because the plainclothes men did not notice me,” she wrote, adding that as she roamed the streets that night, “people stared at me as if I was a ghost from another time.”

Under cover of darkness Mrs. Koditschek met Aunt Sylvia, and they returned to her home, rushing inside, she said in a letter, “when the coast was all clear.” For the next two years she lived a clandestine life there, sleeping on a makeshift bed and hiding whenever the doorbell rang.

Mr. Gerbing was not often home, she wrote. Historians have recorded that he had a role in deportation efforts in Paris, Slovakia and Thessaloniki. When he was away, Mrs. Koditschek noticed, Jewish laborers, marked by badges, would carry the plunder of war — furniture, a piano, clothing — into her home. “Wherever he stays,” Mrs. Koditschek wrote, “in Greece, in France, in Slovakia, he sends big boxes back with goods from each country.”

“If there was something that had to be repaired in the house,” she wrote, “the Jews came again, and they also labored in the garden.”

As compelling as the letters are, they leave much unanswered. How did Mrs. Koditschek completely avoid notice? Was Aunt Sylvia Jewish, and if so, how did she escape persecution?

Still, Ted Koditschek, Mrs. Koditschek’s grandson and a history professor emeritus at the University of Missouri, said in an interview that the correspondence is an invaluable resource for the family. “It is like a Rosetta Stone for a small group of people,” he said, adding, “There are still many questions that are unanswered and will remain that way.”

Just when the Schiele was sold is unclear, though Sotheby’s said it seems to have happened between 1941 and 1943. One of Mrs. Koditschek’s letters describes how Aunt Sylvia, who had supplied her with food while she hid, arrived one day at the Heinz apartment to say that she too now needed money and wanted permission to sell “the pictures.”

In a letter after the war, Mrs. Koditschek wrote to her son: “Aunt Sylvia sold your microscope, as well as the Schiele and the two Rugendas,” adding “Aunt Sylvia was actually repaid her loans to me twice over.”

Sotheby’s, which will earn a commission on the sale of the painting, has negotiated several similar deals between the heirs of Jews who lost art during the Holocaust and the current owners of paintings, solutions often meant to address complicated issues of ownership, ethics and international law. The auction house did not identify the current owners of the Schiele, who wanted to remain anonymous.

Mrs. Koditschek was still in her house in 1944 when the Allies bombed Vienna and in 1945 when she heard rumors that Mr. Gerbing had been killed by a mob in Prague. He never returned from that trip and the Russian army entered Vienna that year, ransacking her house, she wrote, as they passed.

Eventually, Mrs. Koditschek made her way to safety in Bern, Switzerland, where she died in 1961.

Mrs. Koditschek’s instincts about Poland probably saved her life, said Ms. Whites-Koditschek who believes her great-grandmother had somehow figured out what was happening to those people who were deported to the Lodz ghetto. “She must have heard what was happening there through her community,” she said.

Indeed, most of the Jews who lived or were shipped to Lodz went to death camps before the close of the war. By the time the Russians entered, a prewar Jewish population of about 250,000 had been reduced to fewer than 1,000.

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LONDON — The West unleashed an onslaught of new evidence and indictments Thursday accusing Russian military spies of hacking so widespread that it seemed to target anyone, anywhere who investigates Moscow’s involvement in an array of criminal activities — including doping, poisoning and the downing of a plane.

Russia defiantly denied the charges, neither humbled nor embarrassed by the exceptional revelations on one of the most high-tension days in East-West relations in years. Moscow lashed back with allegations that the Pentagon runs a clandestine U.S. biological weapons program involving toxic mosquitoes, ticks and more.

The nucleus of Thursday’s drama was Russia’s military intelligence agency known as the GRU, increasingly the embodiment of Russian meddling abroad.

In the last 24 hours: U.S. authorities charged seven officers from the GRU with hacking international agencies; British and Australian authorities accused the GRU of a devastating 2017 cyberattack on Ukraine, the email leaks that rocked the U.S. 2016 election and other damaging hacks; And Dutch officials alleged that GRU agents tried and failed to hack into the world’s chemical weapons watchdog, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

The ham-handed attempted break-in — involving hacking equipment in the trunk of a car and a trail of physical and virtual clues — was the most stunning operation revealed Thursday. It was so obvious, in fact, that it almost looked like the Russians didn’t care about getting caught.

“Basically, the Russians got caught with their equipment, people who were doing it, and they have got to pay the piper. They are going to have to be held to account,” U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said in Brussels, where he was meeting with NATO allies.

Mattis said the West has “a wide variety of responses” available.

Britain’s ambassador to the Netherlands, Peter Wilson, said the GRU would no longer be allowed to act with impunity.

Calling Russia a “pariah state,” British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “Where Russia acts in an indiscriminate and reckless way, where they have done in terms of these cyberattacks, we will be exposing them.”

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov of Russia said in a statement that the U.S. is taking a “dangerous path” by “deliberately inciting tensions in relations between the nuclear powers,” adding that Washington’s European allies should also think about it.

While the accusations expose how much damage Russia can do in foreign lands, through remote hacking and on-site infiltration — they also expose how little Western countries can do to stop it.

Russia is already under EU and U.S. sanctions, and dozens of GRU agents and alleged Russian trolls have already been indicted by the U.S but will likely never be handed over to face American justice.

Still, to the Western public, Thursday may have been a pivotal day, with accusations so extensive, and the chorus of condemnation so loud, that it left little doubt of massive Russian wrongdoing. A wealth of surveillance footage released by Western intelligence agencies was quickly and overwhelmingly confirmed by independent reporting.

The litany of accusations of GRU malfeasance began overnight, when British and Australian authorities accused the Russian agency of being behind the catastrophic 2017 cyberattack in Ukraine. The malicious software outbreak knocked out ATMs, gas stations, pharmacies and hospitals and, according to a secret White House assessment recently cited by Wired, caused $10 billion in damage worldwide.

The British and Australians also linked the GRU to other hacks, including the Democratic Party email leaks and online cyber propaganda that sowed havoc before Americans voted in the 2016 presidential election.

Later Thursday, Dutch defense officials released photos and a timeline of GRU agents’ botched attempt to break into the chemical weapons watchdog using Wi-Fi hacking equipment hidden in a car parked outside a nearby Marriott Hotel. The OPCW was investigating a nerve agent attack on a former GRU spy, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter in Salisbury, England, that Britain has blamed on the Russian government. Moscow vehemently denies involvement.

Photographs released by the Dutch Ministry of Defense showed a trunk loaded with a computer, battery, a bulky white transformer and a hidden antenna; officials said the equipment was operational when Dutch counterintelligence interrupted the operation.

What Dutch authorities found seemed to be the work of an amateur. A taxi receipt in the pocket of one of the agents showed he had hired a cab to take him from a street next to GRU headquarters to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. A laptop found with the team appeared to tie them to other alleged GRU hacks.

The men were expelled instead of arrested, because they were traveling on diplomatic passports.

The Dutch also accused the GRU of trying to hack investigators examining the 2014 downing of a Malaysian Airlines jetliner over eastern Ukraine that killed all 298 people on board. A Dutch-led team says it has strong evidence the missile that brought the plane down came from a Russia-based military unit. Russia has denied the charge.

Later Thursday, the U.S. Justice Department charged seven GRU officers — including the four caught in The Hague — in an international hacking rampage that targeted more than 250 athletes, a Pennsylvania-based nuclear energy company, a Swiss chemical laboratory and the OPCW.

The indictment said the GRU targets had publicly supported a ban on Russian athletes in international sports competitions and because they had condemned what they called a state-sponsored doping program by Russia.

U.S. prosecutors said the Russians also targeted a Pennsylvania-based nuclear energy company and the OPCW.

The seven were identified as: Aleksei Morenets, 41; Evgenii Serebriakov, 37; Ivan Yermakov, 32; Artem Malyshev, 30; and Dmitriy Badin, 27; who were each assigned to Military Unit 26165, and Oleg Sotnikov, 46, and Alexey Minin, 46, who were also GRU officers.

The U.S. indictment says the hacking was often conducted remotely. If that wasn’t successful, the hackers would conduct “on-site” or “close access” hacking operations, with trained GRU members traveling with sophisticated equipment to target their victims through Wi-Fi networks.

The World Anti-Doping Agency, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and the Canadian anti-doping agency were all identified by the U.S. indictment against the Russians.

WADA said the alleged hackers “sought to violate athletes’ rights by exposing personal and private data — often then modifying them — and ultimately undermine the work of WADA and its partners in the protection of clean sport.”

Travis Tygart, the CEO of the U.S. anti-doping agency and a prominent critic of Russian athletes’ drug use, says “a system that was abusing its own athletes with an institutionalized doping program has now been indicted for perpetrating cyberattacks on innocent athletes from around the world.”

Russia denied everything.

Konstantin Kosachev, the head of the foreign affairs committee in the upper house of Russian parliament, said the accusations were fake and intended to “delegitimize” a resurgent Russia. The West has picked up the GRU as “a modern analogue of the KGB which served as a bugaboo for people in the West during the Cold War,” he said.

Russia countered with accusations of their own: The Defense Ministry unveiled complex allegations that the U.S. has a clandestine biological weapons lab in the country of Georgia as part of a network of labs on the edges of Russia and China that flout international rules.

Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon called the accusations “an invention” and “obvious attempts to divert attention from Russia’s bad behavior on many fronts.”

The Associated Press, meanwhile, independently corroborated information that matches details for two of the alleged Russian agents named by the Dutch authorities.

An online car registration database in Russia showed that Aleksei Morenets, whose full name and date of birth are the same as one of the expelled Russians, sold his car in 2004, listing the Moscow address where the Defense Ministry’s Military University is based.

Alexey Minin, another Russian whose full name and date of birth match the Dutch details, had several cars, including an Alfa Romeo, that were registered and sold at the address where the Defense Ministry’s GRU school is located. In some of the filings, Minin listed the official military unit number of the GRU school as his home address.

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Balsamo reported from Washington and Casert from Brussels. Raphael Satter in London, Nataliya Vasilyeva and Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow, Lorne Cook in Brussels and Eric Tucker in Washington contributed.

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On Thursday morning, the Department of Justice announced it was charging seven Russian intelligence agents—employed by the Russian Central Intelligence Agency equivalent, commonly known as the GRU—with hacking. The move came hot on the heels of British and Dutch officials accusing GRU agents of hacking investigations looking into chemical weapons attacks in Syria and the 2014 downing of an airliner over Eastern Ukraine.

The same morning, Bloomberg published a blockbuster report alleging that Chinese spies had pulled off a far-reaching hardware hack using microchips planted on the motherboards made by a company called Supermicro, which ended up being used by more than thirty firms. Bloomberg describes the hack as “the most significant supply chain attack known to have been carried out against American companies.”

Taken together, the three news stories illustrate that cyber-war is now a major battlefront between great powers.

In a press statement, the Department of Justice claimed that “beginning in or around December 2014 and continuing until at least May 2018, the conspiracy conducted persistent and sophisticated computer intrusions affecting U.S. persons, corporate entities, international organizations, and their respective employees located around the world, based on their strategic interest to the Russian government.”

Three of the seven Russian intelligence agents charged by the Department of Justice  were also charged by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for alleged hacking as part of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

At a NATO meeting in Brussels, British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson condemned alleged Russian cyber attacks on Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which Dutch officials claimed took place in April and were disrupted. Holland has expelled four Russian intelligence officers allegedly involved in the attack.

“This is not the actions of a great power,” Williamson said. “This is the actions of a pariah state, and we will continue working with allies to isolate them; make them understand they cannot continue to conduct themselves in such a way.”

The Bloomberg story on Chinese microchips shows that Russia is not the only cyber-war threat. As Bloomberg reports, when Amazon investigated servers sold to them by Elemental Technologies, which used the serves of Supermicro, they made a startling discovery: “Nested on the servers’ motherboards, the testers found a tiny microchip, not much bigger than a grain of rice, that wasn’t part of the boards’ original design. Amazon reported the discovery to U.S. authorities, sending a shudder through the intelligence community. Elemental’s servers could be found in Department of Defense data centers, the CIA’s drone operations, and the onboard networks of Navy warships. And Elemental was just one of hundreds of Supermicro customers.”

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Germany on Friday joined other Western countries in blaming Russia for engaging in a global campaign of cyber attacks against political institutions, businesses, media outlets and sports organizations.

“We have full confidence in the assessment of the British and Dutch authorities. The (German) government is also almost certain that the Russian GRU secret service is behind the APT28 campaign,” government spokesman Steffen Seibert said.

Advanced Persistent Threat 28 is another name used to describe the Sofacy or Fancy Bear hacking group.

Seibert said Germany believes successful attacks “could directly threaten free society, public safety and in principle our democracy” — and urged Moscow “to meet its responsibilities and cease such actions.”

Russia denies any involvement in the worldwide attacks.

On Thursday, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt accused Russia’s military intelligence agency GRU of carrying out various “reckless and indiscriminate” high-profile online attacks, according to Agence France-Presse.

Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre has “high confidence” that the GRU “almost certainly” targeted the US Democratic Party ahead of the 2016 presidential election, as well as last year’s attempted hacking of the World Anti-Doping Agency in Switzerland official said.

“This pattern of behavior demonstrates (the GRU’s) desire to operate without regard to international law or established norms and to do so with a feeling of impunity and without consequences,” Hunt said.

“Our message is clear: together with our allies, we will expose and respond to the GRU’s attempts to undermine international stability.”

In addition to APT28, Britain said the GRU was associated with several other hackers, including Pawnstorm, Sednit, CyberCaliphate, Cyber Berkut and Voodoo Bear, Reuters reported.

Australia joined Britain in its accusations, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Foreign Minister Marise Payne calling Russian online meddling “unacceptable.”

The Kremlin rejected the accusations that Russian spies were behind the cyber attacks.

“It’s some kind of a diabolical perfume cocktail (of allegations),” Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters, TASS reported.

The latest allegations came a day after seven GRU officers were charged with carrying out an international hacking campaign on agencies and organizations that were investigating the country’s athlete doping program and the poisoning of a former KGB agent in Britain.

According to an indictment filed in Pennsylvania, the suspects conducted the cyber-attacks from 2014 through May using malware, spearfishing techniques and other high-tech weapons to steal information that was then circulated online.

Three of the seven had been indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecutors for hacking into the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 election.

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The German government on Friday called on Russia to desist from carrying out cyberattacks in other countries, adding its voice to those of Britain and the Netherlands.

“We sharply condemn such attacks on international organizations and institutions of our allies and call on Russia to meet its responsibility and cease such actions,” government Spokesman Steffen Seibert said in Berlin.

He said that Germany, like Britain, believed that the Russian military intelligence agency GRU was, “with almost absolute certainty,” behind the APT28 cyberespionage campaign, which attacked a number of targets worldwide, including the German Bundestag and government data network. 

If such attacks were successful, Seibert said, they could directly threaten public security and “in principle also our democracy,” making it imperative that Germany ensured it was ready and able to take action in the digital sphere.

He emphasized the importance of working together with other states to defend against such attacks.

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On Thursday, the Netherlands and Britain went public with accusations that Russia was trying to damage Western democracies through cyberattacks. Among other things, Dutch authorities said they had prevented an attack by Russian hackers on The Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in April.

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The OPCW, the UN’s chemical weapon’s watchdog, has been involved in investigations into the attempted killing of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal using the nerve agent Novichok and into alleged chemical attacks in Douma, Syria, by the Russia-backed Syrian regime.

Germany’s accusations come as evidence mounts of a worldwide cyber campaign targeting Western institutions launched by Russia. The US Justice Department announced after Thursday’s revelations that it had charged seven Russian military intelligence offices with hacking organizations including anti-doping agencies.

Russia has been revealed to have long run a state-sponsored athlete doping program, leading to several of its sportspeople being banned from participating in international events.

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It looked like a spy agency’s worst nightmare: The unmasking of several agents, and the disclosure of sloppy tradecraft in what appeared to be a bungled intelligence operation.

But heads have yet to roll — at least not publicly — at the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence agency.

On Thursday, Western governments mounted a coordinated effort to unmask what they claimed were “brazen” efforts by GRU agents to sow chaos on foreign soil.

In a briefing Thursday, the Dutch government said it had foiled a “close-access hack operation” by the GRU aimed at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the world’s chemical-weapons watchdog. The Dutch claimed that the four alleged agents planned to travel next to an OPCW-accredited laboratory in Switzerland, but did not get there because their operation was intercepted.

That same day, Britain accused the GRU of carrying out a worldwide campaign of “malicious” cyberattacks, and the US Justice Department announced criminal charges against seven GRU officers, accusing them of involvement in an effort to deflect attention from Russia’s state-sponsored sports doping program.

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It looked like a spy agency’s worst nightmare: The unmasking of several agents, and the disclosure of sloppy tradecraft in what appeared to be a bungled intelligence operation.

But heads have yet to roll — at least not publicly — at the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence agency.

On Thursday, Western governments mounted a coordinated effort to unmask what they claimed were “brazen” efforts by GRU agents to sow chaos on foreign soil.

In a briefing Thursday, the Dutch government said it had foiled a “close-access hack operation” by the GRU aimed at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the world’s chemical-weapons watchdog. The Dutch claimed that the four alleged agents planned to travel next to an OPCW-accredited laboratory in Switzerland, but did not get there because their operation was intercepted.

That same day, Britain accused the GRU of carrying out a worldwide campaign of “malicious” cyberattacks, and the US Justice Department announced criminal charges against seven GRU officers, accusing them of involvement in an effort to deflect attention from Russia’s state-sponsored sports doping program.

The coordinated information dump revealed what appeared to be an embarrassing security breach for the GRU. Details in the Dutch briefing were particularly tantalizing: The head of Dutch counterintelligence named four alleged Russian GRU officers, noting that two of them had consecutive passport numbers, a potential red flag for intelligence agencies.

And then there was the taxi receipt: When detained, one of the alleged agents had a receipt for a trip to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport from Nesvizkhskiy Pereulok, a road bordering what Dutch counterintelligence said was a GRU facility.

The owner of the cab company confirmed to CNN that the receipt was authentic, but added that the driver couldn’t recall whether any of the men named were indeed the passengers. Such details provided fodder for online sleuths, and raised questions among some observers about the GRU’s level of professionalism.

Digital footprints

Unlike Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, the two Russians named by the UK as the suspects in the nerve agent attack earlier this year in Salisbury, England, the four men named by the Dutch on Thursday left more digital traces.

The Moscow Times even reported that Yevgeny Serebryakov, one of the Russian men accused of the attempted OPCW hack, appeared to be a participant in a Moscow amateur soccer league.

So how big a scandal is this in Russia, and how will it play? The case of Petrov and Boshirov proves instructive.

In early September, British authorities released the names of the two men, saying they were GRU agents traveling under aliases. Following the release of those names, Russian President Vladimir Putin described the two men as “civilians,” and encouraged them to come forward.

The following day, Russia’s state-owned RT aired an interview with the two men, who admitted traveling to Salisbury but denied working for the GRU. That prompted insinuations and jokes on Russian media about the sexual orientation of “Boshirov” and “Petrov” as well as their fondness for Gothic spires.

The RT interview was a weapon of mass distraction, turning the Salisbury poisoning into fodder for memes. But the information war continued: After the RT interview aired, the UK investigative website Bellingcat claimed to have identified “Boshirov” as a GRU colonel.

In the coming days, no doubt, we’ll learn more about the identities of the supposed GRU agents. But the Russian response has been to double down on accusations of “fake news.”

On Thursday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova called the UK allegations a “hellish perfume mix,” saying, “The rich imagination of our UK colleagues truly knows no limits. Who comes up with this?”

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov played the same note on Friday. Western governments, he said, were driven by “hysteria” and “spy phobia” after the US, the Netherlands and Britain publicly unmasked the alleged Russian intelligence agents.

To be sure, the latest round of spy wars has not been consequence-free for Russia. The US and its allies expelled dozens of Russian diplomats in the wake of the Salisbury poisoning, and the fears of Russian meddling persist: US lawmakers are considering new sanctions to punish Russia over its interference in US elections.

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UPDATE: Stupidly I had forgotten this vital confirmation from Channel 4 News (serial rebel Alex Thomson) of the D Notice in place on mention of Pablo Miller.

Back then I did not realise what I now know, that the person being protected was Pablo Miller, colleague in both MI6 then Orbis Intelligence of Christopher Steele, author of the fabrications of the Trump/Russia golden shower dossier. That the government’s very first act on the poisoning was to ban all media mention of Pablo Miller makes it extremely probable that this whole incident is related to the Trump dossier and that Skripal had worked on it, as I immediately suspected. The most probable cause is that Skripal – who you should remember had traded the names of Russian agents to Britain for cash – had worked on the dossier with Miller but was threatening to expose its lies for cash.

ORIGINAL POST: This comment from Clive Ponting, doyen of British whistleblowers, appeared on my website and he has now given me permission to republish it under his full name:

I have been reading the blogs for some time but this is my first post. Like Craig I was a senior civil servant but in the ministry of defence not the fco. I had plenty of dealings with all three intelligence agencies. It seems to me that the reason none of the MSM are doing any investigating/reporting of the Salisbury affair, apart from official handouts, is that the government have slapped a D-Notice over the whole incident and it is not possible to report that a notice has been issued.
Here is another theory as to what happened. The Russians pardoned Skripal and allowed him to leave (spy agencies have an understanding that agents will always be swapped after an interval – it’s the only protection they have and helps recruitment). In the UK Skripal would have been thoroughly debriefed by MI6 and MI5 (his ex-handler lives near Salisbury). If at some point they discovered that Skripal was giving them false information, perhaps he was told to do so by the FSB as a condition of his release, lives may have been endangered/lost. If he also was also involved in the ‘golden showers’ dossier then elements in the US would have a reason to act as well. The whole incident was an inside job not to kill him, hence the use of BZ, but to give him a warning and a punishment. The whole thing is being treated as though the authorities know exactly what went on but have to cover it up.

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I meant to add that the policeman who ‘just happened’ to be around was almost certainly the special branch ‘minder’ who was keeping Yulia under surveillance. The media are not allowed to mention the existence of a D notice.

Those of us who have been in the belly of the beast and have worked closely with the intelligence services, really do know what they and the British government are capable of. They are not “white knights”.

I would add it has been very plain from day one that there is a D notice on Pablo Miller.

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Mr. (Emperor) Pu: “Не Малого, а Малую украли! Вроде той вот что позади меня (Nice Abwehr Girl!). И это давно уже не новость, так что звонить и не кому. А я бы им и вабще бы не позвонил, такой Бардак!
И Барак – Бардак, и Бардак – Барак! Одним словом, полный красный бурак!
Что я сказал: “Бурак” или “Дурак”, а то я уже сам не помню… 
Вы там всё правильно записывайте, чтобы не было ошибок в истории. В нашей истории болезни, так сказать. Или в болезне нашей истории. Я уже совсем запутался, но только вы это не записывайте. В истории тоже должны остаться свои белые пятна, хоть для какой-то чистоты.
И Бардак, и Бурак, и Дурак, и всё остальное. И не Бурак даже, а тотальная Русская Редиска: и не отгрызёшь, и не разгрызёшь… Тако, Ма…” 
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Ex-MI5 Officer Sheds Light on ‘Narrative’ Behind Book on Skripal
 

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The Russian embassy in London believes a book by a BBC editor about former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal based on last year’s interviews is used in lieu of his testimony on the events of last March. Annie Machon, former MI5 Intelligence Officer has discussed ‘The Skripal Files’ by Mark Urban with Sputnik.

Sputnik: What do you think about a possible connection between Mark Urban, Pablo Miller and Sergei Skripal?

Annie Machon: I think there’s a likelihood there would be a connection between Mark Urban, Pablo Miller and Skripal. And also the fact that Miller was being named in the press in the immediate aftermath of the poisoning of Sergei Skripal way back at the beginning of March and then it was censored from the media under the D-notice system. And yes, people who serve together in the military and in intelligence often carry on communication, contacts, that sort of thing. And particularly, if you’re someone who is working as a journalist for the BBC, you want to keep any connections you still have within that world in order to get some stories and in order to verify stories.

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Annie Machon:

 So I don’t think Mark Urban has made much of a secret about the fact that he started his career in military intelligence, certainly in the army, and he has gone on to be become a very respected BBC journalist with very good connections to the intelligence agencies and has broken a number of quite hard-hitting stories against these intelligence agencies over the last couple of decades. But yes, he does have very good access to them; they would see him as a useful conduit to put out stories and spin stories and massage what goes out in the media coming out of the intelligence agencies. It’s a sort of two-way process which is good for the journalists but also good for the intelligence agencies as they might get some good coverage. Having said that, Mark has broken a number of stories which have been quite antagonistic to the intelligence agencies too. So I think perhaps he just got lucky here. He might have an old contact who might have put him in contact with Sergei Skripal. He got some interviews which have allowed him to produce a book about a man who is world famous now because of the attack he was subjected to earlier this year.

READ MORE: Putin: Skripal Not Rights Defender, But ‘Traitor’ and ‘Scumbag’ (VIDEO)

Sputnik: What the purpose would be for Mark Urban to produce this book at the current time?

Annie Machon: I think it’s confirming the narrative that has been evolving ever since the attack happened in March in Salisbury. And a lot of information has been coming out now which seems to indicate that it must be the Russians, it certainly was these two people that have been identified by intelligence agencies, and yet we still have no hard evidence. Now people will turn round and say ‘well, you won’t get hard evidence because it’s intelligence’ but in this case, it was a police investigation and they have had months to carry out a forensic investigation. And the fact that both the Skripals have now disappeared and not allowed to make public statements  — apart from that very regimented interview that Yulia did a couple of months ago – I think tells its own tale. I am getting increasingly concerned about how the narrative, which is mainly based on a lot of speculation, mainly coming out of conspiracy websites like Bellingcat is now being, sort of, ossified into ‘this must have happened, this is real, true fact’ rather than just speculation because it’s damaging at a very sensitive time the relations between Britain and Russia.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect Sputnik’s position.

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Ukraine and her Intelligence Services (“Малой, The Junior, Der Jünger”) are finally kidnapped by the New Abwehr, says the Demiurge. 

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Three Lights Amber Alert: Operation “Novichok”!

Ukraine and her Intelligence Services (“Малой, The Junior, Der Jünger”) are finally kidnapped by the New Abwehr, says the Demiurge.

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Note the three steady amber lights: this is the highest  degree of the child kidnapping alert.

“Ukraine and her Intelligence Services (Малой, The Junior, Der Jünger) are finally kidnapped by the New Abwehr”, says the Demiurge. 

Ukraine was called “Malorossiya”: a small, “junior” Russia. 

Mr. Skripal called the Ukranians “the  herd of sheep” in need of a Shepard. His opinions, kept warm for the upcoming book ordered by the Demiurge, were sent to the Ukranians for the review and rebuttal, and the rebuttal they did, under the wise guidance of the New Abwehr. 

“Choke”, they said to Skripal. “Nova Rossiya” spells “Novi Chok”, they said. “And now you will or will not know, who really did it”, said the Chechens. 

“I know everything”, said the Demiurge. “Because I arrange everything.” 

Well, we should not assassinate Junior any further, there is a much more interesting issue and the set of questions on the horizon. 

Are there any adults in this room? Or no one has any shame left, after all these shamings? Or did everything become so mixed and so intermixed that it simply does not matter much?

“Very controlling, German-Jewish way of running the people’s lives”,  thought Mike Nova. “Abwehr was a very Jewish Lady, after all… With the somewhat suspicious Habsburg Jaw…” 

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Глава украинского МВД Арсен Аваков передал своему британскому коллеге информацию о причастности полковника российской разведки Анатолия Чепиги к событиям 2014 года на Украине. Эту версию накануне озвучил журналист Сергей Канев

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Глава МВД Украины Арсен Аваков на встрече с британским коллегой Беном Уоллесом подтвердил, что Киев считает одного из подозреваемых в участии в отравлении Сергея Скрипаля причастным к бегству Януковича из страны в 2014 году. Об этом говорится в пресс-релизе МВД Украины по итогам переговоров двух стран.

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“A scrap of paper found by Dutch investigators shows that Russian spy Alexei Morenetz, 41, paid 842 roubles, or £9.60, to travel the 20 miles from the city’s Nesvizhskiy Pereulok street to Sheremetyevo Airport, just north of the capital…”

It is extremely rare, practically nonexistent, that someone pay for the cab ride in Moscow by charging the credit card, with the receipt that so conveniently popped up later. 

“After landing in Amsterdam, the group bought equipment that would later be used in their hacking attempts.

Receipts show that at 4.14pm they spent almost £200 on batteries and power supplies that would later be used to run laptops and mobiles used in the hack attempt.”

The similar comment regarding them buying the spying equipment in Amsterdam by charging the credit card and also keeping the receipt that also so conveniently for the investigators, popped up later, after they were apprehended. 

This indicates, that most likely it is the set-up by the New Abwehr to mislead the investigation.

No one concerned about being discreet (the least for the spies) would pay for anything by the credit card. This was done deliberately and on purpose: to leave the footprints which could be easily identified later.

2. 

“Investigators found the issue numbers on the passports belonging to Morenetz and Serebriakov were sequential – suggesting they were printed at exactly the same time…”

The sequential passport numbers is the more interesting issue. Most likely, the Russian passports issuing and printing system were supplied to the Russians by their German friends who retained the degree of the cyber control over this system and the ability to spy on it and/or to manipulate it. They also use the abundance of the German agents on the all levels of the Russian Government and the Security organisations to get, to plant, to set up, etc., etc., anything they want.

The Bellingcat report also looks like the New Abwehr set-up, it looks like it is based entirely on the masterminds’ (the New Abwehr’s) deliberate leak.

Their “facial recognition research” is not convincing at all, it will not withstand the simple and regular scientific scrutiny, it is just the phony-baloney.

3.

The pitch and intensity of this “anti-Russian spying campaign” reminds of another, well masked, New Abwehr’s propaganda campaigns: the McCarthyism. The pungent scent of the Witch-hunt and the public duping on a massive scale, the hallmark of the Abwehr’s operations.

I am very, very far from being “pro-Russian, pro-Putin, or pro-GRU”. But fair is fair and the truth is the truth; and there is no need for the misleading, distracting, and self-defeating witch-hunts. You always pay for them dearly later.

“Investigate what is, not what pleases!”

The crude and primitive character, the “half-heartedness” of these set-ups might indicate that the New Abwehr wants to be discovered. They want to be recognized, and, possibly, accepted. It also indicates that they run on empty, they exhausted their supply of ideas and techniques inherited from the petite Admiral Canaris.

I also have to say that Kremlin is rather inept in defending itself. Ms. Zakharova makes you cringe and gives you the bad case of irresistible muscles twitches, scratching, and vomiting; and the others are not much better. Maybe, she, the Novichok, transmits her stuff telepathically, on a distance.

Wo da u zink?!

Michael Novakhov

10.5.18

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It is extremely rare, practically nonexistent, that someone pay for the cab ride in Moscow by charging the credit card, with the receipt that so conveniently popped up later.  The similar comment regarding them buying the spying equipment in Amsterdam by charging the credit card and also keeping the receipt that also so conveniently for the investigators, popped up later, after they were apprehended. This indicates, that most likely it is the set-up by the New Abwehr to mislead the investigation.  Michael Novakhov – 5:46 AM 10/5/2018

“The following day, one of his GRU colleagues jumped in a taxi outside a GRU barracks in Moscow and headed towards the airport.

A scrap of paper found by Dutch investigators shows that Russian spy Alexei Morenetz, 41, paid 842 roubles, or £9.60, to travel the 20 miles from the city’s Nesvizhskiy Pereulok street to Sheremetyevo Airport, just north of the capital… 

Investigators found the issue numbers on the passports belonging to Morenetz and Serebriakov were sequential – suggesting they were printed at exactly the same time… 

After landing in Amsterdam, the group bought equipment that would later be used in their hacking attempts.

Receipts show that at 4.14pm they spent almost £200 on batteries and power supplies that would later be used to run laptops and mobiles used in the hack attempt.”

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It is extremely rare, practically nonexistent, that someone pay for the cab ride in Moscow by charging the credit card, with the receipt that so conveniently popped up later. 

The similar comment regarding them buying the spying equipment in Amsterdam by charging the credit card and also keeping the receipt that also so conveniently for the investigators, popped up later, after they were apprehended. 

This indicates, that most likely it is the set-up by the New Abwehr to mislead the investigation. 

No one concerned about being discreet (the least for the spies) would pay  for anything by the credit card. This was done deliberately and on purpose: to leave the footprints which could be easily identified later. 

2.

The sequential passport numbers is the more interesting issue. Most likely, the Russian passports issuing and printing system were supplied to the Russians by their German friends who retained the degree of the cyber control over this system and the ability to spy on it and/or to manipulate it. They also use the abundance of the German agents on the all levels of the Russian Government and the Security organisations to get, to plant, to set up, etc., etc., anything they want. 

Michael Novakhov

10.5.18

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The five key steps to catching the hapless, beer-guzzling GRU spies who now face global humiliation
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Strolling through an airport in Amsterdam, these four Russian agents would soon be caught red-handed carrying out a botched cyber-attack.

Yesterday they faced global humiliation as the authorities exposed their failed attempt to hack into the chemical weapons watchdog which was investigating the Salisbury poisonings.

A devastating trail of evidence shows how Moscow’s team of spies from the GRU military intelligence service – operating under the name Sandworm – attempted to use a rig of computers, antennae and phones hidden in the boot of a rented car to gain access to the organisation’s IT systems.

Yesterday, in an unprecedented step, Dutch authorities produced a dossier of evidence showing how the spies tried to launch a ‘close-access’ cyber-attack from a street in The Hague.

It was in April this year – little more than a month after the Salisbury attacks – that the bungling GRU squad attempted to infiltrate the headquarters of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in the Dutch city.

Here, we detail how the unit was caught-red handed attempting to carry out the brazen cyber-attack.

The five key steps to catching the hapless, beer-guzzling GRU spies who now face global humiliation
 

mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online.

Strolling through an airport in Amsterdam, these four Russian agents would soon be caught red-handed carrying out a botched cyber-attack.

Yesterday they faced global humiliation as the authorities exposed their failed attempt to hack into the chemical weapons watchdog which was investigating the Salisbury poisonings.

A devastating trail of evidence shows how Moscow’s team of spies from the GRU military intelligence service – operating under the name Sandworm – attempted to use a rig of computers, antennae and phones hidden in the boot of a rented car to gain access to the organisation’s IT systems.

Yesterday, in an unprecedented step, Dutch authorities produced a dossier of evidence showing how the spies tried to launch a ‘close-access’ cyber-attack from a street in The Hague.

It was in April this year – little more than a month after the Salisbury attacks – that the bungling GRU squad attempted to infiltrate the headquarters of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in the Dutch city.

Here, we detail how the unit was caught-red handed attempting to carry out the brazen cyber-attack.

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1. PLANNING IN MOSCOW

At 7.09am on the morning of April 9, Russian GRU agent Yevgeny Serebriakov, 37, opened up his laptop and began to Google the acronym ‘OPCW’.

At that time, the OPCW was conducting an investigation into the use of novichok, a military-grade nerve agent, in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury on March 4.

It was also examining an alleged chemical attack by Syria’s Russian-backed military in Douma.

Serebriakov’s searches took him to Google Maps and to the headquarters of the OPCW in The Hague.

The following day, one of his GRU colleagues jumped in a taxi outside a GRU barracks in Moscow and headed towards the airport.

A scrap of paper found by Dutch investigators shows that Russian spy Alexei Morenetz, 41, paid 842 roubles, or £9.60, to travel the 20 miles from the city’s Nesvizhskiy Pereulok street to Sheremetyevo Airport, just north of the capital.

The receipt carries Morenetz’s name and signature and is dated April 10, the same day the unit arrived in Amsterdam.

The day before, one of the four hackers had activated a brand new Sony Xperia mobile phone. Data shows that when it was switched on, it connected to the nearest mobile mast, located just a few streets away from the same GRU barracks.

Last night it emerged that Morenetz is registered at an address in Moscow known to be a Russian military intelligence base. The specific address is believed to be home to Military Unit 26165, a unit of the GRU military intelligence service. Another of the Russians, Alexei Minin, also has an address related to the Russian military. He is registered as living at a building on Narodnogo Opolcheniya street in Moscow. This is the legal address of the military academy run by the Russian defence ministry.

Dutch authorities released images of four Russian agents who tried to hack into the global chemical weapons watchdog at the time of the investigation into the Salisbury novichok attack. CCTV shows them when they were kicked out of the Netherlands
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Dutch authorities released images of four Russian agents who tried to hack into the global chemical weapons watchdog at the time of the investigation into the Salisbury novichok attack. CCTV shows them when they were kicked out of the Netherlands

2.FLYING TO AMSTERDAM

The four-strong GRU unit flew into Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport on April 10 using diplomatic passports.

They were met by an official from the Russian Embassy, who was captured on CCTV escorting the group through the arrivals hall.

Passport details show the hackers travelled under the names of Morenetz, 41, and Serebriakov, 37, who were described by Dutch officials as ‘cyber operators’.

The other two men, thought to be ‘supporting agents’, were named as Oleg Sotnikov, 46, and Alexei Minin, 46.

Investigators found the issue numbers on the passports belonging to Morenetz and Serebriakov were sequential – suggesting they were printed at exactly the same time.

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The boot of a car filled with hacking equipment in the Citroen rental car which was being used by the four Russian officers
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The boot of a car filled with hacking equipment in the Citroen rental car which was being used by the four Russian officers

After landing in Amsterdam, the group bought equipment that would later be used in their hacking attempts.

Receipts show that at 4.14pm they spent almost £200 on batteries and power supplies that would later be used to run laptops and mobiles used in the hack attempt.

The following day, on April 11, Sotnikov and Minin hired a non-descript dark grey Citroen C3 from a local car rental company. They then began a reconnaissance mission around the OPCW.

Pictures found on Minin’s camera phone show how they checked out the location, with pictures also showing various views of the Marriott Hotel, where they stayed, which is conveniently located next door to the OPCW building.

3.THE BRAZEN HACK

On Friday, April 13, the unit carefully parked their Citroen C3 hire car on the road closest to the OPCW headquarters.

They carried out what is known as a ‘close-access’ cyber-hack. This type of infiltration must be done in close physical proximity to the target network.

It can involve tricking legitimate users of the network to log in to a fake system, or it can involve looking for unsecured laptops using the network that they can compromise and gain access to. The hackers had already failed to infiltrate the OPCW using so-called ‘remote spear phishing’ techniques from Russia. This involves sending targeted individuals emails which attempt to trick them into giving away sensitive information, or which download malware to their computer.

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4. A DRAMATIC ARREST

As the four spies stood next to their car parked up near the OPCW, Dutch counter-intelligence services, who had been monitoring their activities, swooped.

In a panic, one of the GRU agents threw his phone to the ground to smash it and destroy any evidence it contained.

But the Dutch investigators opened the boot of the car to discover the unit’s mobile hacking kit. This contained a battery, transformer and a laptop connected to a smartphone and an antenna pointed towards the OPCW building. Another antenna, on the car’s parcel shelf, had been hastily coved by a black overcoat.

The Dutch officers began to undercover a host of other evidence which would tie them not only to this hacking plot but to others round the world.

The four were carrying at least ten other mobile phones and more than £33,000 in cash – 20,000 in euros and 20,000 in US dollars.

They also had with them a plastic bag filled with empty Heineken beer cans and soft drink bottles, which they appeared to have taken from their hotel room. ‘They were clearly not here on holiday,’ the head of the Dutch intelligence service joked yesterday.

The hackers were escorted back to the airport and expelled from The Netherlands. They returned to Moscow.

British Government officials yesterday said it was for the Dutch to explain why the suspects had not been arrested.

Investigators later discovered the four had been planning to travel by train to the OPCW laboratory in Spiez in Switzerland. Tickets carrying the names of all four agents show they had planned to depart on April 17 and head to the Swiss capital Bern via Basel.

5. THEY’D DONE IT BEFORE

This was not the first time the agents had travelled to Switzerland. Intelligence collected from a laptop belonging to one of the GRU officers held in The Hague shows it had connected to wifi at the Alpha Palmiers Hotel in Lausanne in September 2016.

At that time, a conference of the World Anti-Doping Agency was taking place.

It had banned Russian athletes from competing amid a state-sponsored doping scandal.

The conference was also attended by officials from the International Olympic Committee and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, who found themselves victim of a cyber-attack.

One official had their laptop compromised by ‘APT28’ malware, which then spread to the Canadian Centre’s systems. Hackers also compromised the IP addresses of the International Olympic Committee.

The laptop belonging to Serebriakov, which was seized during the Dutch operation, revealed he had carried out ‘malign activity’ in Malaysia.

During that operation, the GRU attempted to collect information about the fate of Malaysian airlines flight MH17, which was shot down over Ukraine in July 2014 by a missile that belonged to a Russian military unit.

Hacking attempts targeted the Malaysian government and institutions including the Attorney General’s office and the Royal Malaysian Police.

The findings of the Dutch intelligence agencies were swiftly shared with British allies.

The GRU spies were found to be being part of what the Russian military refer to as Unit 26165, or GRU 85 Main Special Service Centre.

The unit is home to the Russian military’s best mathematical minds and is believed to have run the hacking campaign that sought to influence the 2016 US presidential election.

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