Donald Trump – Of Course Iran Didn’t Arrest 17 US Spies

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Donald Trump The All Knowing

Cristal M Clark

According to Donald Trump, Iran’s claim that it has captured 17 people spying for the U.S. is “totally false.” On Monday, a senior Iranian intelligence officer told reporters in Tehran that Iran has detained CIA-trained Iranian nationals who were attempting to gather information on the country’s military and nuclear capabilities.

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“The rulings for these spies have been issued and a number of them will be executed as corruptors on Earth,” said the intelligence officer, who was not identified. Iran’s semiofficial news agency Fars describes him as the director-general of the intelligence ministry’s counterespionage department.

Of course, Trump had to say something on the matter in usual fashion, through Twitter.

“The Report of Iran capturing CIA spies is totally false. Zero truth. Just more lies and propaganda (like their shot down drone) put out by a Religious Regime that is Badly Failing and has no idea what to do, their Economy is dead, and will get much worse. Iran is a total mess!”

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According to Iran, the U.S. recruited spies at scientific conferences around the world, then made promises that included money, a job in the U.S. or medical aid. The Iranian nationals would allegedly be tasked with collecting information for the U.S. Which, makes total sense.

What’s more is how in the bloody hell would Trump know anything with regards to this matter, he barely gives any credit to nor pays much attention when his own intelligence community offers up any intel, on any matter. Then you have the obvious question, why would the intelligence community even inform Donald Trump of any spies they might have recruited from Iran given Trump’s tenacious ability to inform world leaders of US intel.

U.S. tensions with Iran have been escalating in the wake of the U.S. pulling out of the international agreement to try to stem Iran’s nuclear ambitions, which the US is failing at, rather horribly. We also recently ramped up sanctions against Iran. On Thursday, it said one of its Navy ships took down an Iranian drone but, according to Iran that intel is not entirely accurate.

Trump’s rather ill thought out tweet yesterday further shows his reluctance to either work with or hammer down on Iran. So far, Iran is winning the war of words.

Cristal M Clark

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Iran Killing US Spies?

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Cristal M Clark

Iranian officials have announced today that 17 people have been captured who were all spies who happened to be working for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. That’s a rather unusual number of spies to have captured and subsequently killed and/or jailed.

Yes, Iran admitted that some have been sentenced to death while others are imprisoned. Iran claims that each of the individuals were trained by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and they claim to know just how that happened considering all of the so-called US spies are actually Iranian citizens.

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At the briefing held by Iran’s head of counter espionage, an official claimed the 17 accused were lured into spying while applying for or renewing U.S. visas or while attending conferences abroad with promises of money and opportunities to work in the United States. While the United States seems a little weary of talking about CIA recruitment abroad, not to mention that U.S. officials have not yet responded to the allegations.

The accused were given surveillance equipment by handlers to place in sensitive government locations and received “extensive training” by the CIA in order to communicate from Iran without being detected, officials claimed. They were also given fake identification. Some of those captured agreed to cooperate with Iranian authorities and are now helping to work against the U.S., officials said.

NBC News has obtained a copy of the files that they say include audio exchanges between alleged CIA operatives and their Iranian sources, business cards and photos of alleged CIA officers and their families, and a copy of an Iranian documentary that claims to uncover the identities of the alleged spies.

On Friday, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard seized a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz.

Senior U.S. defense officials said that U.S. Marines jammed an Iranian drone in the Gulf of Hormuz on Thursday, bringing it down and destroying it.

A U.S. surveillance drone was also shot down last month by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. In the aftermath of the incident, President Donald Trump confirmed that he was “cocked and loaded” to strike Iranian targets but decided to call the strikes off, saying the loss of life would make it a disproportionate response.

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This news breaks as tensions rise between the US and Iran, and who is to say what the US will do if anything given Trump’s rather lackadaisical take on such matters. If anything, Iran is showing the world that they are a forced not to be fucked about with.

As to the spies Iran claims to have, it would appear that the US as per the norm will quietly walk away and leave them to figure it out on their own.

Cristal M Clark

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CIA Manages to Let Classified Records Slip Out The Door

 

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Jerry Chun Shing Lee Arrested for Keeping Classified Records

Once again one of America’s spy agencies has managed to lose classified records.

I am not sure if I should be surprised or just laugh at this juncture, these agencies just cannot seem to keep classified information from slipping right out of the front door.

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After Jerry left the CIA in 2012, he more or less kept classified intel that should not have left with him.

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The FBI had obtained a warrant for ‘unknown’ (but a little bird told me it was because Jerry, was suspected of compromising Chinese Informants) reasons and searched his luggage at a hotel room after Jerry had flown with his family from Hong Kong to Northern Virginia.

Upon the search that was conducted for again, ‘unknown’  reasons the FBI found a couple of handwritten notes that may have contained the names and numbers of covert CIA employees and the locations of covert facilities.

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Of course after the CIA looked into the situation and discovered that in fact, Jerry had intel that was both secret and top secret in nature.

Oddly, Jerry had been interviewed on 5 separate occasions prior to his arrest by the FBI and failed during each and every interview to disclose that he had these handwritten books.

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Jerry was a case officer for the CIA from 1994-2007 where he was trained in surveillance detection, recruiting, handling assets, and the handling of classified information (which he learned well considering his arrest), and he worked at several overseas offices.

Jerry has not been charged with espionage, he has only been charged with illegal retention of documents.

Again, it’s anyone’s guess as to whether or not Jerry had any intention of using the information in order to turn a profit regardless of the fact that he is suspected of compromising informants, he has not been proven guilty yet.
Then Again, maybe he did because perhaps his retirement plan was a little too lean for his comfort level.

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CIA source code from a spy tool called Hive – Now Available to the Public

 

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WikiLeaks – US Central Intelligence Agency

In a rather lovely and not so surprising turn of events WikiLeaks has released a source code that the CIA seemed rather fond of once, called Hive.

 

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The release is part of Vault 8, which releases the code from the CIA hacking tools revealed as part of Vault 7.

This little gem is designed to to control the CIA’s or the US Government’s own malware once installed onto a network or device.

So Hive provides a covert communications platform for a whole range of CIA malware to send exfiltrated information to CIA servers and to receive new instructions from operators at the CIA.

Lovely, so here we have more intel that seemingly walked out of the doors of a yet another US Agency.

 

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The reality here is, that the United States Government at every level is one big leaking faucet of intel.

Yet, the US Government seems to be shocked, surprised and concerned over Russian Election interference?

Should they learn to keep their intel from oh I don’t know landing on the front page of every news publication world wide, least of all keep the source code from the hands of WikiLeaks?

What’s truly frightening is that we simply have no idea whatsoever who else might have the source code to Hive as well as other malware and tools that the US Government built and once utilized.

So, does the US Government want to hand out anything else to the general public, the world that may again come back to haunt them in the form of yet another major worldwide cyber attack?

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Kim Jong-Un Survives US Assassination Plot?

 

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CIA Tries & Fails to Assassinate Kim Jong-Un?

 

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The state-run Korea Central News Agency (better known as a propaganda news agency for the country’s ruling Workers’ Party, like FoxNews is for Trump here in the US), has laid out a pretty serious accusation here, according to them the CIA tried and failed to assassinate the North Korean leader earlier this year by using a chemical or biological poison to take out the beloved Kim Jong-Un.

 

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This is what they had to say in the newly published report:

“In May this year, a group of heinous terrorists who infiltrated our country on the orders of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the US and the South Korean puppet Intelligence Service with the purpose of carrying out state-sponsored terrorism against our supreme headquarters using biological and chemical substance were caught and exposed. This palpably shows the true nature of the US as the main culprit behind terrorism.”

The North Korean government claims that in fact, back in May that it had foiled a US and South Korean plot to kill its Supreme Leader.

They captured a  man  who happened to be going by the name of  “Kim” (I give them a zero for creativity here). They went on to say that “Kim” had been paid to carry out an attack with biological substances.

In all honesty, really guys over at the CIA, what did you send ‘heinous’ rookies in to do a man’s job or something?

By the way, it should be noted that North Korea has a history of making false statements, accusations and basically just making shit up that cannot be verified.

The CIA has basically not comment on this one, no doubt likely due to laughing hysterically over the accusation.

All kidding aside, if the CIA had wanted Kim Jong-Un dead (which a lot of people do let’s just be honest here), Kim Jong-Un, would be dead.

The CIA does not screw around with assassination attempts, they are pretty serious and if they feel that they need to attempt one, it’s a fairly slim chance that you’d ever know the CIA would have been behind it.

And Kim Jong-Un is a fairly easy target.

Too many people on the inside can be bought in particular, on the inside of North Korea’s regime many people can be bought for the right price.

If Kim is under some misguided delusion that anyone is really loyal to him, he may want to sit down and really think that one through.

No one is truly loyal to Kim Jong-Un, no one.

Fear of being murdered at the request of your country’s leader and loyalty are two very different things my friend.

Cristal M Clark

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Kim Jong-Un’s Mental State Finally Called into Question?

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Not sure if anyone caught some the recent headlines the past couple of days with regards to Kim Jong-Un’s mental frame of mind.

If not, I guess some have questioned it which is odd to me but whatever.

 

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We all know that he and Trump are loose cannons, yet while I do question at times Trump’s frame of mind, I have never doubted that Kim is clear, concise and making moves that would ensure that his legacy lives on and thrives.

 

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At any rate, the CIA felt compelled to chime in on the subject recently stating:

“”Waking up one morning and deciding he wants to nuke, he wants to rule for a long time and die peacefully in his own bed.”

I would tend to agree with that as I have pretty much said it before. North Korea is not and will not strike first unless they are provoked enough into doing that.

Which is why they have subtly at times attempted to provoke others into starting a war. For  North Korea, starting a war with America or any of her allies is suicide and North Korea is fully aware of that.

 

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So the reality is they will continue to test missiles and cause fear among everyone. It is after all one of the most basic rules of war, make others believe that you are more powerful than you truly are.

It’s all about instilling fear here.

North Korea also poses a significant cyber threat to America which is not something you see in the news often. North Korea has a second internet link from (it’s not China), TransTeleCom, a state owned provider from Russia.

 

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In fact the US attempted a pretty big DDoS attack on North Korea recently and Russia gave them more bandwidth so as to help cope with that.

The funniest part of that news is that, the contract between North Korea and TransTeleCom was put together and signed off on a few years back.

While some do not really think much of that, the reality is, if you are a sane ruler making intellectual decisions and long term goals…it would make sense to get a contract in place prior to pissing off the entire world with talk and threats of nuclear devastation.

I guess DDoS attacks are legal and perfectly okay when it is the United States Government launching such an attack on another country…just don’t try to launch one on the United States because then you become a criminal or a nation who has committed a crime against the United States.  

 

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No one should be surprised by Russia here either, they do after all like to play all of the sides.

As for Kim, he’s like a child in some aspects where he is testing the waters, pushing buttons, seeing how far he can take things before it’s taken too far in an attempt to get what he really wants.

It will be interesting to see how it eventually plays out here because in the long run, while I believe that Kim is not some delusional murderous maniac, I do not believe that he really understands what playing with fire is like.

That fire just so happens to be Donald Trump and Trump is at times more irrational than a two year old whose blankie is in the dryer.

Cristal M Clark

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HighRise – Intercepting and Redirecting Your Text Messages

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The CIA’s dirty laundry, dirtier than we thought

In Thursday’s WikiLeaks dump it was revealed that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency has yet another creeper-peeper tool, this one a little bit more on the disturbing side of things.

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They are utilizing a rather nasty piece of malware codenamed “HighRise” aimed specifically at Android devices that can intercept and redirect your text messages.

In all reality this is not shocking, it is exactly what one would expect an intelligence agency to have and to use.

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HighRise acts as a proxy server for text messages, and it was designed with one major flaw, HighRise must be manually installed onto a device, meaning that an agent would have to come into direct contact with the device in order to install HighRise.

So after getting to the point of handling a device, once installed, an application named TideCheck shows up in the list of apps on the device. TideCheck just so happens to house HighRise. The agent has to then open the app to start the program, then run a special code by entering the word “inshallah,” you’ll love what that means: “God willing” in Arabic. The code word is typed into a textbox that is disguised to look like it’s asking for an activation code for the app. Once the code is entered, the agent will have access the app’s settings.

After all of those hurdles the agent must go through, the initial installation kicks in and  HighRise runs in the background to perform its task. The application starts automatically every time the phone is powered on, so it could continue to intercept texts for more than a single cycle.

What is not clear is if the CIA is even still using the malware or if it’s been updated to work with newer android devices.

Again, not a shocking little piece of malware the CIA developed although what shocked me the most was how user unfriendly it is for any agent tasked with deploying it originally and I say originally because again, we have no idea whether or not the US Central Intelligence Agency has improved the product.

I would assume that they have, meaning it no longer would have to be manually installed on a device.

Not to worry however because, if the CIA didn’t improve it, someone else will or already has.  

Think about that one next time you are texting your beloved images of your naughty bits.

Cristal M Clark

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CIA hacking air-gapped networks?

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US Central Intelligence Agency – Brutal Kangaroo

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A newly released dump of intel by WikiLeaks details how the CIA developed a way to hack an air-gapped network using a USB and some creative malware. Technically speaking, this is not in anyway new information. It has always been known that one could hack an air-gapped network using a USB so as to either:

  1. Steal intel on the USB or;
  2. Download some type of malware so as to infect the network promoting the network to send out the requested data should the malware detect any open internet connection.

How does it work you ask?

The software consists of four specific applications:

Shattered Assurance

Drifting Deadline

Shadow

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And Finally my personal favorite, Brutal Kangaroo.

Shattered Assurance is the server-side of the code that forms the basis of the attack system and infects the USB drives that are plugged into an infected computer with the Drifting Deadline malware.

Once an infected thumb drive is plugged into a target computer that is set up to autorun its contents and is using Windows 7 as an operating system and running .Net 4.5, Drifting Deadline deploys Shadow malware onto the system.

Shadow is a much older piece of code that has both client and server versions and it is highly configurable for specific targets.

The operator can set it up to collect system data of up to 10% of the system’s memory, watermark all data it collects, and store it on an encrypted partition on the infected computer’s hard drive.

Once the infection has been achieved, Shadow will look for other connected systems and infect those too. It can be set up to put the pilfered data onto any new thumb drives that are installed in the system, or send it as a burst if it detects an open internet connection.

The final app in Brutal Kangaroo was once called Broken Promise, which is a tool used to examine the stolen data easily and quickly. Taken together, the Brutal Kangaroo suite could be very useful for defeating air-gapped machines and is certainly more feasible than more esoteric methods.

Or one can just get a job working for the NSA and walk out the door with data and intel. Take your pick right?

At any rate, this should not come as a huge surprise to anyone, you would expect the CIA an intelligence agency to have this sort of tool what does however surprise me is the vivid detail that WikiLeaks released about how the malware works, the data dump details just how each app works together in order to gain the needed or wanted access to intel.

I am all for transparency when it comes to our Governments, but at what point do we begin to question the amount of intel released to the public?

Some of the documentation released in the latest WikiLeaks dump could cause problems later down the road because it fell into the wrong hands and if someone modified one or all of the app’s capabilities making it a worldwide problem like for instance with WannaCry?

Sometimes in our effort to keep our Government’s honest, we manage to create more of a problem than we do good. Anything having to do with Cyber-Security, Cyber-Warefare, Malware and the like, being detailed and released to the world under the guise of keeping our Government’s in check, is simply not accomplishing those efforts.

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US Central Intelligence Agency scientist jumps to his death – New York City

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Or did the CIA kill him?

No one really knows for sure how Frank Olson died, while his death was ruled a suicide many conspiracies have risen from the ashes since that fateful day, 11/23/1958.

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Frank worked at Camp Detrick, which is now Fort Detrick in Maryland.

The story that is told is that he was ‘covertly’ dosed with LSD by his supervisor who worked for the CIA then about 9 days later, jumped to his death from the 13th story window of a New York City hotel room.  

11/18/1953, a group from the SO Division,  Vincent Ruwet, chief of the division, John Schwab, Frank Olson, Ben Wilson, Gerald Yonetz, and John Malinowski, went on a retreat.

The group was met at the lodge by Sid Gottlieb, his deputy Robert Lashbrook and a couple of others from the CIA.

It was on the 2nd day of the retreat that Frank was allegedly dosed with LSD.

Frank was a bacteriologist who served as a biological warfare scientist and he worked for the United States Central Intelligence Agency.

It’s been widely noted that some of Frank’s colleagues were involved in the MKNAOMI-MKULTRA program and Project Bluebird.

A was a program designed to explore the possible espionage and military uses of psychotropic drugs.

About a week after the retreat Frank asked if he could leave the program.

After the retreat Frank began to suffer from severe paranoia and had a nervous breakdown. The CIA sent him to New York to see specialists, doctors who did some work for the CIA, they recommended that Frank be placed in mental institution for some time.

What’s odd about Frank is that he didn’t seem to suffer from any mental issues prior to the retreat and LSD does not generally leave one time users with lingering effects from the drug, one of which happens to be extreme bouts of paranoia.

The sudden onset of Frank’s episodes more closely resemble someone who might have been still be using or who is trying to stop using the drug.

So the obvious question is, how long was Frank being dosed or using before he requested to leave the group?

The story the government told back in 1975, during the Rockefeller Commission when it uncovered some of the CIA’s MKULTRA’s activities, was the Frank had been dosed but only just once, during the retreat, which happened to be 9 days prior to his death.

Naturally, the family sued and received $750,000 from a settlement and that was that until Eric Olson in 1994 had his father’s exhumed so that he could be buried near Frank Olson’s wife and Eric’s mother.

Eric and the rest of the family decided to have a second autopsy conducted, I mean why not the body was exhumed right?

The second autopsy contradicted the first in that, the first reportedly found cuts and abrasions on Frank where the second did not. In fact, the second autopsy found a large hematoma (blunt force trauma) on the left side of Olson’s head and a large injury on his chest.

So the team concluded the blunt-force trauma to Frank’s  head and the chest injury had not occurred during the fall, but most likely in the room prior to the fall.

So back in 2012 Eric Olson attempted to sue the United States Government. The case of course was tossed but it did leave lingering questions with regards to Frank’s death.

It’s important to note that when the case was dismissed, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg noted that, “While the court must limit its analysis to the four corners of the complaint, the skeptical reader may wish to know that the public record supports many of the allegations [in the family’s suit], far-fetched as they may sound.”

It’s a fascinating case for sure and anyone who loves government conspiracy loves cases like this.

The lingering problem however is that Frank’s behavior after the retreat just doesn’t add up. Which leaves his death a complete toss in the air. It could have been suicide and it could have been an inside job.

He was either using willingly or not for some time, if not still at the time of his death or he really did stumble across something that he wanted no part of and simply wanted out of whatever it was he had gotten himself into.

His eagerness to want to leave his current post after the retreat sort of spells it out if you will.  

More than likely in Frank’s case because of the strange behavior after the retreat and lack of any evidence that he used LSD or any other drug prior to his death, at least knowingly, he was most likely killed or at the very least, was driven to his death.

In all likelihood, Frank learned something during the retreat, stumbled across something he shouldn’t have or simply knew too much, so much in fact that the agency felt it was too much of a risk to just let him go.  

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Maybe Frank figured out he had been dosed with LSD and freaked the hell out over it, which he had a right to do. He might have not only asked to leave his current post and job but might have made an unveiled threat. And, in doing so realized his mistake and felt that he had no other choice but to jump to his death.

With spy agencies, the public and sometimes even family members really don’t have a right to know what happened due to the nature of the work that these agencies do.

The government’s that have spy agencies do not require the public, family, friends or loved ones to have to like that they really have no right to know any truth.

The individuals who sign up to work for spy agencies, they understand this.

An untimely death can in fact be the result of the nature of the work that they do.

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