Monthly Archives: November 2019

On This Day — Terry Waite Released by Islamic Jihad (November 18 1991) [2019]

“I was taken out, blindfolded again, put into the boot of a car, then another car, and when they took the blindfold off I was with a Syrian intelligence operative, who drove me to the Syrian intelligence headquarters.” Terry Waite … Continue reading

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Two Years Ago — Former Double Agent : “Self-destruction of humankind has been put back on the agenda”

“I believe that you will serve our common cause selflessly and courageously. I believe in the final victory over the treacherous enemy. This belief has given me strength. [The men and women of the SVR] must save the world in a … Continue reading

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On this Day — FBI : No Evidence of Foul Play in 1996 TWA 800 Crash (November 18 1997) [2019]

“Aviation investigations are replete with accident scenarios that couldn’t happen. And given the lack of bomb evidence so far, neither scenario has been ruled out, officials said. First is the possibility that the doomed plane’s front section, which has a … Continue reading

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On this Day — Nixon : “I am Not a Crook” (November 17 1973) [2019]

“And in all of my years of public life, I have never obstructed justice. And I think, too, that I could say that in my years of public life, that I welcome this kind of examination, because people have got … Continue reading

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40 Years Ago — Thatcher Names Blunt as “The Fourth Man” (November 16 1979)

“I believe she [Thatcher] did it because she didn’t see why the system should cover things up. This was early in her prime ministership. I think she wanted to tell the civil service that the politicians decide policy, not the system. … Continue reading

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Norway & Russia — Former Border Inspector Behind Bars in Moscow on Charges of Espionage [UPDATE XV : Frode Berg Is Released In Spy Swap]

“Frode must come home, and Norwegian authorities must do what they can to get him out. It is not a good signal when such a positive and distinguished bridge-builder like Frode is arrested, it is not a good sign.” Kirkenes … Continue reading

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Norway & Russia — Former Border Inspector Behind Bars in Moscow on Charges of Espionage [UPDATE XIV : Lithuania President Pardons 2 Russian Spies]

“Frode must come home, and Norwegian authorities must do what they can to get him out. It is not a good signal when such a positive and distinguished bridge-builder like Frode is arrested, it is not a good sign.” Kirkenes … Continue reading

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Remembering Russian Spy Rudolf Ivanovich Abel (July 11, 1903 – November 15, 1971) [2019]

James Donovan: You have been charged with three counts and nineteen overt acts. Conspiracy to transmit United States defence and atomic secrets to the Soviet Union, conspiracy to gather secrets, and failing to register as a foreign agent. Rudolf Abel: … Continue reading

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On This Day — Lockerbie : US & UK indict Libyans Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi and Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah (November 14 1991)

“Without PT/35(b), there would have been no indictment.” Richard Marquise — FBI Agent who led the US side of the Lockerbie investigation “The Lockerbie trial is the most disgraceful miscarriage of justice in Scotland for 100 years. Every lawyer who … Continue reading

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Norway & Russia — Former Border Inspector Behind Bars in Moscow on Charges of Espionage [UPDATE XIII : President of Lithuania signs Law to Allow for Possible Spy Swap]

“Frode must come home, and Norwegian authorities must do what they can to get him out. It is not a good signal when such a positive and distinguished bridge-builder like Frode is arrested, it is not a good sign.” Kirkenes … Continue reading

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