INTEL TODAY DIARY — JUNE 10 2017

The New York Times recklessly exposes a CIA operative’s identity — N.S.A. Contractor May Have Mishandled Secrets Before, Prosecutor Says — Trump accuses Comey of lying to Congress —  Memoirs of a CIA Mercenary

The New York Times recklessly exposes a CIA operative’s identity — WP

When President Trump declared the media the “enemy of the American people,” I called it an outrage. Well, the New York Times seems to be working overtime to prove me wrong and Trump right.

In a front-page story, the Times recently exposed the identity of the covert operative running the CIA’s Iran operations as Michael D’Andrea — noting that he was “known as the Dark Prince or Ayatollah Mike, nicknames he earned as the Central Intelligence Agency officer who oversaw the hunt for Osama bin Laden and the American drone strike campaign that killed thousands of Islamist militants and hundreds of civilians.”

Even more troubling, the Times not only identified D’Andrea by name, it also reported his alleged role in the killing of a senior Iran-backed Hezbollah terrorist leader. “Operatives under his direction played a pivotal role in 2008 in the killing of Imad Mugniyah, the international operations chief for Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Shiite militant group based in Lebanon,” the Times reported.

N.S.A. Contractor May Have Mishandled Secrets Before, Prosecutor Says — NYT

A federal prosecutor said on Thursday that Reality Leigh Winner, the National Security Agency contractor accused of leaking a highly classified report, might have stolen or exposed other secrets before her arrest last week.

“This was not the first time the defendant mishandled classified information,” Jennifer G. Solari, an assistant United States attorney, said during a detention hearing, in which she described a recorded jailhouse telephone call and referred to an episode last year in which Ms. Winner placed a portable storage device into a sensitive computer.

It was not clear, either in Courtroom No. 1 or even to federal investigators, whether Ms. Winner had distributed classified information beyond a single N.S.A. report related to Russian hacking activities. But Ms. Solari said the authorities were concerned because Ms. Winner referred to “documents” during a telephone call with her mother.

“I screwed up,” Ms. Winner, 25, the first person to face prosecution by the Trump administration in connection with a leak of sensitive information, said during the call, according to Ms. Solari.

Trump accuses Comey of lying to Congress — BBC

US President Donald Trump has broken his silence on Twitter after James Comey’s explosive testimony to accuse the former FBI chief of perjury.

“Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication…and WOW, Comey is a leaker!” he tweeted early on Friday.

Mr Comey told Congress under oath he believed he was fired to influence his investigation into the Trump campaign.

The ex-FBI boss led one of several Russia inquiries before he was sacked.

Mr Comey, who testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, said the president pressured him to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

 Mr Flynn was himself forced out after misleading the vice-president about conversations with Russia’s ambassador before Mr Trump took office.

Memoirs of a CIA Mercenary — CounterPunch

In recent days, a book written by a Cuban who has been a mercenary in the service of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been published in the United States and has played dissimilar roles in that criminal organization’s actions not only in the Washington battle against his home country, but also to other infamous plans of the agency in other parts of the world and in the United States, including the latter, to the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

The American magazine Newsweek, in its May 28, 2017 issue, published a review by journalist Jefferson Morley on the book Trained to Kill: The Inside Story of CIA Plots Against Castro, Kennedy and Che written by ex-CIA pperative agent Antonio Veciana.

The terrorist “exploits” of this mercenary were widely known in Cuba and recognized by the American press, but the value of the infamies confessed by Veciana is that he adds elements to the multiple versions of the CIA’s leading role in the assassination of Kennedy .

According to Veciana, in 1960, he worked as an official of the Cuban government when, having already tried to subvert it from within, he stole official funds and used the money to finance attacks against government offices, factories and warehouses. (…)

A decade later in 1975, when the JFK investigation was reopened, a congressional investigator, knowing that Veciana had worked for the CIA, approached him to learn more about how the agency collaborated with Cuban exiles. Veciana told her the story of her work with Bishop, including meeting with Oswald. Arrangements were made for an artist to draw a picture of Bishop based on Veciana’s description and the result was a portrait that closely resembled Phillips. Veciana was then taken to Washington for a meeting with Phillips, but he pretended not to know Veciana who, out of fear of reprisals from the CIA ,denied that Bishop and Phillips were the same person. “A lie that I have maintained until today,” emphasizes Veciana.

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INTEL TODAY DIARY — JUNE 10 2017

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