Top 10 CIA Moments of 2018 — And The Top Blunder is…

“There have been only two kinds of CIA secret operations: the ones that are widely known to have failed—usually because of almost unbelievably crude errors—and the ones that are not yet widely known to have failed.”

Edward Luttwak

The CIA has posted a short video of the “Top 10 CIA Moments of 2018”.  The video is totally boring and offers strictly zero information. This being said, one would at least conclude that the boys, and girls, from Langley are on safe ground. One would be wrong. They managed to blunder big time once again! Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today

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Let us keep this post short and to the point. First, I will list the “Top 10 CIA Moments of 2018” and provide a link to the stories covered by Intel Today. Then, I will explain this extraordinary blunder.

According to the video posted on the CIA Facebook page, the top 10 stories are:

10 – Director Pompeo delivers annual worldwide threat assessment

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9 – Gina Haspel sworn in as first female CIA director

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8 – Reel vs. Real : Espionage discussion with the cast and creator of The Americans

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7 – Daniel Craig speaks at CIA Headquarters

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6 – CIA Hispanic Advisory Council celebrates 30th Anniversary

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5 – Mi-17 Jawbreaker arrives at the Agency symbolizing our response to 9/11

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4 – Director Haspel outlines Strategic Priorities at University of Louisville

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3 – William J. Donovan Award presented to Haspel for public service

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2 – George H. W. Bush : CIA directors, past and present, honor our former director

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1 – Holiday Wishes sent to officers serving overseas

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On Saturday October 20 2018, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) Society presented DCIA Gina Haspel with the William J. Donovan Award in recognition of her service to the United States of America.

For the occasion, the OSS Society has posted a very interesting short documentary: “The Tip of the Spear: From Virginia Hall to Gina Haspel”

The Tip of the Spear: From Virginia Hall to Gina Haspel 

This is a very short biopic of Gina Haspel (After an interesting introduction, the part regarding Haspel starts at the 7:20 mark.)


I think we can all agree that there is a serious problem with this video. The blurring software is not efficient. It works with the video but if you use the ‘scrub bar’, it does not work, at least not well.

“A picture is worth a thousand words”


The pixelation is very strong in the video and I guess this is because the former CIA man has a very distinctive aspect which could make him identifiable if the blurring was not so severe. However, the in-screen image gives a very clear picture of his appearance.

So, the next time you read that a person has been charged for passing classified information which helped a foreign government dismantle a CIA spy network, you may consider the alternative explanation and ask yourself: What unbelievably crude errors have they done this time?

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Another issue involved what he called a “massive” and “catastrophic” intelligence failure due to a bungled foreign operation. It would seem that Reidy discovered that the communication system used by the CIA assets was not secured.

Reidy’s allegations are not very hard to believe, and you may now understand why I immediately chose to trust his explanation rather than the MSM disinformation.


Top 10 CIA Moments of 2018 — CIA Facebook

DCIA Haspel Presented with the 2018 William J. Donovan Award — CIA Website


Top 10 CIA Moments of 2018 — And The Top Blunder is…

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