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Le colonel général Yunus-Bek Bamatgireyevich Yevkurov devrait prendre la direction du GRU – Magazine Raids – The Brookyn Times

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Le FSB qui était chargé de l’Ukraine (en matière d’espionnage, les anciennes républiques d’URSS sont du ressort du FSB et le reste du monde du SVR) n’a pas vu que la grande majorité des populations non russophones étaient hostiles à la Russie. Cela est curieux car ce fait est de notoriété publique. La résistance héroïque à l’offensive russe a donc constitué une surprise de taille pour le corps expéditionnaire russe qui pensait pouvoir prendre Kiev en quelques jours.

De son côté, le SVR a totalement sous-estimé la capacité d’union du monde occidental en général et de l’Europe en particulier. Mal informé, le Kremlin pensait que certains pays se désolidariseraient de Washington et que cette union éclaterait « façon puzzle ».

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Et enfin, le service de renseignement militaire GRU a mal évalué les capacités militaires de l’Ukraine (la défaite de la prise de l’aéroport d’Hostomel par un assaut aéroporté qui devait ouvrir les portes de la capitale a été un élément marquant de l’échec russe. Cet échec provient de la mauvaise évaluation par le GRU des forces ukrainiennes dans cette zone).

Ensuite, le GRU semble avoir été incapable de fournir des renseignements stratégiques et tactiques concernant l’Ukraine. À aucun moment le flux d’armes occidentales n’a pu être interrompu. Enfin, le GRU n’a pas vu la concentration de forces blindées-mécanisées ukrainienne dans le nord du pays qui ont permis le déclenchement de l’offensive couronnée de succès sur Karkhiv. Où sont le renseignement aérospatial, les drones de reconnaissance, les commandos spetsnaz infiltrés dans la profondeur, les agents de renseignement ?

La rumeur court que Poutine, fou-furieux, s’est retiré au début septembre dans une villa à Sotchi refusant de recevoir ses responsables militaires et du renseignement. Sa première décision semble avoir été la nomination d’un nouveau responsable à la tête du GRU : le colonel général Yunus-Bek Bamatgireyevich Yevkurov. Sa carrière militaire l’a mené sur divers théâtres d’opérations, son héroïsme lui ont valu le titre de héros de la Russie pour sa conduite au Kosovo face aux forces de l’OTAN.

Cet épisode peu connu est révélateur de l’état d’esprit des responsables politiques et militaires américains : les Russes avaient occupé par surprise l’aéroport Slatina de Pristina le 11 juin 1999. Un groupe de spetsnaz-GRU russes à la tête de cette opération avait pour chef le commandant Yunus-Bek Yevkurov. Le général américain Wesley Clark, commandant en chef des forces de l’OTAN de l’époque avait alors donné l’ordre au général britannique Mike Jackson commandant le « Corps de réaction rapide allié » (ARRC) de procéder à la prise par la force de l’aéroport. Une véritable querelle entre les deux hommes avait abouti à la réponse de Jackson à son supérieur hiérarchique (au sein de l’OTAN) Clark : « Je ne commencerai pas la Troisième Guerre Mondiale pour vous! » ». Il est à espérer que les responsables politiques et militaires soient aussi clairvoyants aujourd’hui.

De 2004 à 2008, Yevkurov a été commandant militaire adjoint à l’état-major de la région militaires Volga-Oural avant d’être nommé en 2008 comme président par intérim de la république d’Ingouchie. Il a été immédiatement confirmé à ce poste par l’Assemblée populaire d’Ingouchie pour cinq ans.

Le 22 juin 2009, il a été gravement blessé lors d’un attentat à la bombe visant son cortège présidentiel. Les auteurs étaient des terroristes islamistes. Il a quitté ses fonctions en juin 2019.

Le 8 juillet 2019, il a été nommé adjoint du Ministre de la Défense Sergueï Choïgou comme lieutenant général. Il a été promu colonel général le 8 décembre 2021.

Son neveu, le capitaine Adam Khamkhoev, qui commandait une compagnie d’assaut aéroportée est tué en Ukraine le 21 mai 2022.

Cela dit, le changement du responsable d’un service de renseignement n’a pas des résultats immédiats sur le terrain car le renseignement est une discipline de longue haleine. Par contre, la première chose qu’un nouveau chef fait en général, c’est de « couper les branches pourries ». Il devrait donc avoir un nettoyage interne en profondeur. Mais cela prendra du temps pour les remplacer.

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What FBI’s history says about its Trump investigation – The FBI has the means and drive for counterintelligence work related to the Mar-a-Lago documents. | FBI News: Objective, Balanced, Timely – 4:36 AM 9/28/2022

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Gunman with a swastika shirt and ‘Columbine’ key chain kills at least 15 at Russian school

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Pictures have emerged of a Russian gunman who killed at least 15 – including 11 children – in a school shooting rampage apparently inspired by the Columbine massacre.

Terrified pupils jumped from windows and cowered in their classrooms as Artyom Kazantsev stalked the corridors of No. 88 school in Izhevsk – the capital of Russia’s Udmurt Republic roughly 600 miles east of Moscow.

The slaughter only came to an end when the 34-year-old – dressed in black and wearing a swastika t-shirt – turned his gun on himself in a classroom.

Cops later found him to be carrying key chains paying tribute to Columbine shooters Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, who staged an infamous school shooting in Colorado, USA, in 1999. 

One chain displayed the words ‘Eric’ and ‘Dylan’, while the other one read ‘Columbine’.

Kazantsev, a former pupil of No. 88 school, had also scrawled the word ‘hate’ on some of the ammo magazines he used.

Russian President Vladimir Putin denounced the shooting as an ‘inhuman terrorist attack’.

But a message thought to have been written by the attacker reposted to the Telegram messaging app read: ‘What happened is not a terrorist attack.

‘As the only reason for what happened, I ask you to cite hatred. I am not a member of any extremist organisations, I have no political demands.’

The shooter was identified as Artyom Kazantsev, a former pupil of school No. 88 who was born in 1988

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Officers, teachers and rescuers are pictured hustling children through corridors towards the exit

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Armed police are seen tearing up the stairs in pursuit of the gunman as primary school age children run down stairs and are hustled toward the exits by officers and teachers

Grieving family members are pictured at the scene of a school shooting in Izhevsk

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Grieving family members are pictured at the scene of a school shooting in Izhevsk

Police later found the attacker dead in the school, having committed suicide. His motive is unknown, but he was clad all in black and wearing a balaclava

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Police later found the attacker dead in the school, having committed suicide. His motive is unknown, but he was clad all in black and wearing a balaclava

Gunman's weapons bore personalised keychains paying tribute to Columbine school shooters

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Images published of the attacker's clothes and weapons showed Nazi symbols

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Gunman’s weapons bore personalised keychains paying tribute to Columbine school shooters. Images published of the attacker’s clothes also showed Nazi symbols

Ammunition magazines recovered from the shooter had the word 'HATE!' painted across them

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Ammunition magazines recovered from the shooter had the word ‘HATE!’ painted across them

Initial reports said two security guards and several children were wounded or killed in the No. 88 school in Izhevsk - the capital of Russia's Udmurt Republic roughly 600 miles east of Moscow

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Initial reports said two security guards and several children were wounded or killed in the No. 88 school in Izhevsk – the capital of Russia’s Udmurt Republic roughly 600 miles east of Moscow 

Video footage posted on the Telegram messaging app showed terrified children and a teacher sheltering inside in a biology classroom as the gunman roamed the halls.

An unnamed girl posted from inside the siege: ‘We are in biology class.

‘Moved from class to lab. The whole class is sitting and crying. They don’t tell us anything. Very scary.’

Another video saw children aged around nine or ten huddled in a classroom and crouched on the floor.

They can be heard whispering ‘Be Quiet!’ to each other.

Reports said school director Elena Semashko, 50, had locked herself and a wounded teenager in an office to avoid the attack. 

Artyom Kazantsev is pictured during his time at the No. 88 school in Izhevsk

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The press service of the Ministry of Education stated that the head of the department, Sergei Kravtsov, has dispatched a delegation to the school in the wake of the attack to oversee the investigation.

A major operation was underway from Russian law enforcement to break the siege, until it transpired that the gunman had shot himself in room number 403.

Once the attack was over, footage showed wounded children being taken out of the school to waiting ambulances.

One – with apparent wounds – was carried out on top of a school desk.

The school has 982 students and 80 teachers.

Many of those affected were first graders – seven years old – according to reports.

Russia’s Investigative Committee confirmed the death toll of Kazantsev’s attack stands at 13, while 14 more were injured. 

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Video footage posted on the Telegram messaging app showed terrified children and a teacher cowering inside in a biology classroom as they hid from the gunman

Ambulances are pictured outside the No. 88 school in Izhevsk as a victim lies on the ground by the roadside

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Ambulances are pictured outside the No. 88 school in Izhevsk as a victim lies on the ground by the roadside

A major operation was underway from Russian law enforcement to break the siege, until it transpired that the gunman had shot himself in room number 403

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A major operation was underway from Russian law enforcement to break the siege, until it transpired that the gunman had shot himself in room number 403

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Governor of Udmurtia Alexander Brechalov said: ‘We’ve got everything deployed at school 88. Special services, ambulance are all there. I am at the site, I’ll be reporting all updates.

‘So far, an unidentified person entered the school, killed a guard, it is already known that there are victims among children and wounded. Now the evacuation has ended.

Brechalov later reported: ‘It is already known that a guard was killed, there are victims among children, wounded… The attacker shot himself.’

Izhevsk is the headquarters of the Kalashnikov weapons empire and the birthplace of the famed AK-47 assault rifle, among many other small arms used the world over. 

The school is in the centre of Izhevsk, a city of about 650,000 residents, close to central government buildings. 

The attack came as another gunman opened fire inside a Russian military enlistment office in the far-eastern city of Irkutsk, leaving the chief military recruiter in critical condition.

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This is the moment gunman Ruslan Zinin, 25 (far left and second right), walked into a Russian enlistment office in Irkutsk and shot military commissar Alexander Eliseev (second left)

Dramatic footage captured the moment the man walked up to the recruiter has he stood on stage in front of new conscripts and fired a single shot at point-blank range while shouting: ‘Nobody is going to fight!’.

The man – identified as Ruslan Zinin, 25 – was angry after his friend got called up to the army following Putin’s announcement of a partial military mobilisation amid the war in Ukraine.

Zinin had told his mother that he was going to the recruitment office to enlist voluntarily, according to local reports. 

Igor Kobzev, the governor of the Irkutsk region, said military commissar Alexander Eliseev was in ‘critical condition’ after the attack and that the shooter was arrested at the scene ‘and will definitely be punished.’

It comes as opposition to Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine grows after he gave the order to start conscripting men into the military, with a recruitment office in the Volgograd region fire-bombed overnight.

Russian mass shootings and gun laws

Mass shootings at schools and universities in Russia were rare until 2021, when the country was rocked by two separate killing sprees in the central Russian cities of Kazan and Perm that spurred lawmakers to tighten laws regulating access to guns.

In September 2021, a student dressed in black tactical clothing and helmet armed with a hunting rifle swept through Perm State University buildings killing six people, mostly women, and injuring two dozen others.

The gunman resisted arrest and was shot by law enforcement as he was apprehended and moved to a medical facility for treatment.

It was the second such attack that year, after a 19-year-old former student shot dead nine people at his old school in Kazan in May.

Investigators said that the gunman suffered from a mental impairment, but was deemed fit to receive a licence for the semi-automatic shotgun that he used.

On the day of that attack Putin called for a review of gun control laws and the age to acquire hunting rifles was increased from 18 to 21 and medical checks were strengthened.

Authorities have blamed foreign influence for previous school shootings, saying young Russians have been exposed online and through television to similar attacks in the United States and elsewhere.

Other high-profile shooting cases have taken place in Russia’s army, putting the issue of hazing in the spotlight in the country where military service is compulsory for men aged between 18 and 27.

In November 2020, a 20-year-old soldier killed three fellow servicemen at a military base near the city of Voronezh. In a similar attack in 2019, a young recruit shot dead eight servicemen, saying he faced bullying and harassment in the army.


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A Siberian enlistment officer has been shot and seriously wounded during Russia’s military call-up, regional authorities said Monday as rising discontent over the draft prompted the Kremlin to acknowledge “errors” in the process.

Gruesome footage from an Irkutsk region military recruitment office showed a man in fatigues shooting another man point-blank and sending others scattering from the assembly hall.

The shooting marks one of the most dramatic instances of outrage over President Vladimir Putin’s draft of around 300,000 reservists for battle in Ukraine. 

Igor Kobzev, the governor of the Irkutsk region 5,000 kilometers east of Moscow, said chief enlistment officer Alexander Yeliseyev was critically wounded and is now fighting for his life as a result of the shooting.

The shooter, whom Kobzev has not identified, was detained at the recruitment office in the Irkutsk town of Ust-Ilim.

Local media outlets with close links to the security services identified the shooter as local resident Ruslan Zinin, 25.

Zinin’s mother, Marina Zinina, told the Astra independent news website that Zinin was “very upset” because his friend without military experience had allegedly received draft papers despite the authorities’ pledge to recruit strictly experienced reservists.

“Ruslan himself did not receive a summons, but his best friend did yesterday,” Zinina was quoted as saying.


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My Opinions: Establish the brand new elite Counterintelligence Service under the full control of ODNI and NCSC. | “A climate of acceptance of #violence” is the direct result of the FBI own tactics against the #People of #America. In other words, you got what you deserve. Every (“Unleashed and Unaccountable”) dog must have its day. | #FBI does not protect America, it runs #ProtectionRackets on #America with its #ManufacturedPlots. | The politicized (under Bush) #MISINVESTIGATION OF 911 IS THE #FBI-FBI’S PRIMAL SIN & continuing problem. REINVESTIGATE 911!

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Labour has demanded answers after it emerged Liz Truss’s chief of staff Mark Fullbrook was questioned as a witness as part of an FBI inquiry into alleged bribery in Puerto Rico.

In a letter to Cabinet Secretary Simon Case, Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner urged him to clarify when he first became aware of the allegations.

She also pressed Mr Case on when the information was shared with the Prime Minister and whether Mr Fullbrook made any declaration of his involvement in the investigation as a witness when he took up his role in Downing Street.

The FBI investigation relates to allegations that financier and Tory donor Julio Herrera Velutini promised to help the former governor of Puerto Rico get re-elected if she dismissed an official investigating a bank he owned there.

He has denied the charges against him.

Mr Velutini is alleged to have paid CT Group, a political consultancy firm in which Mr Fullbrook was a senior figure, 300,000 US dollars (£260,000) for work intended to help Wanda Vazquez Garced’s ultimately unsuccessful re-election campaign in 2020.

Mr Fullbrook was only treated by the FBI as a witness and his spokesperson said he “complies with all laws and regulations in any jurisdiction… and is confident that he has done so in this matter”.

Ms Rayner said she wrote to Mr Case “in the absence of an independent adviser on ministers’ interests following the resignation of Lord Geidt” in June.

These revelations have hallmarks of a Government that continues to disregard basic standards of decency, and an utter disregard for British national security

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Conservative former prime minister Boris Johnson did not replace him and Ms Truss suggested she may not appoint an ethics adviser.

In her letter, Ms Rayner said the reports about Mr Fullbrook were “incredibly alarming revelations which the public will rightly want clarity on”.

“The allegations about the new Prime Minister’s most senior adviser once again prompt questions about this Government’s ethics, values and basic standards of decency,” she wrote.

“Public trust is already hanging by a thread.

“These revelations have hallmarks of a Government that continues to disregard basic standards of decency, and an utter disregard for British national security. It increasingly looks like more of the same under the new Prime Minister.

“In the interest of transparency and out of respect for our democratic institutions, I urge you to clarify when you were first made aware of these allegations.

“Importantly, at what stage was this knowledge shared with the Prime Minister? Were any declarations made by Mr Fullbrook about his involvement in this investigation when he took on the position of chief of staff?”

Ms Rayner later accused Ms Truss of preserving an “ethical vacuum at the heart of Downing Street”, adding: “While Labour has a plan to clean up politics with our Independent Ethics and Integrity Commission, the Conservatives under Liz Truss show all the signs of letting sleaze fester in Number 10.”

Ms Truss has given her “full support” to Mr Fullbrook.

A Downing Street spokeswoman said the Prime Minister stands 100% behind him and “he has her full support”.

We have a propriety and ethics team which make sure that everybody is properly going through the process

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Asked whether Mr Fullbrook informed her about the case before she appointed him chief of staff, Ms Truss told reporters on the plane on her way to New York: “All staff being appointed by the Government go through a proper process. And that is exactly what has happened with Mark Fullbrook.”

Pressed further, she added: “We have a propriety and ethics team which make sure that everybody is properly going through the process.”

A spokesman for Mr Fullbrook said: “As has been made repeatedly clear, Mr Fullbrook is committed to and complies with all laws and regulations in any jurisdiction in which he works and is confident that he has done so in this matter.

“Indeed, Mark Fullbrook is a witness in this matter and has fully, completely and voluntarily engaged with the US authorities in this matter, as he would always do in any circumstance in which his assistance is sought by authorities.

“The work was engaged only by Mr Herrera and only to conduct opinion research for him and no one else.

“Mr Fullbrook never did any work for, nor presented any research findings to, the governor or her campaign. There has been no engagement since.

“Mr Fullbrook understands that there are active legal proceedings against other individuals and entities. It would therefore be inappropriate to comment further.”


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Former Commissioner of Financial Institutions of Puerto Rico told how a contractor mediated in favor of the Venezuelan Julio Herrera Velutini and his Bancrédito International Bank and Trust to close an investigation for breaches of regulations – REPORTE DE LA ECONOMÍA

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In the image, from left to right: Víctor Rodríguez Bonilla, John Blakeman Ortiz and Julio Herrera Velutini

The former Commissioner of Financial Institutions of Puerto Rico, Víctor Rodríguez Bonilla, pointed out that, shortly after being confirmed in the position, he received a visit, in his office, from the contractor John Blakeman Ortiz who asked him to intervene on behalf of Bancrédito International Bank and Trust, an entity that was under examination by the Office of the Commissioner of Financial Institutions (OCIF) for non-compliance with its regulations.

Blakeman Ortiz was a collaborator in the electoral campaign of former Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced, but Rodríguez Bonilla remembered him as someone who attended the meeting, in the office of former Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz, during the process of his confirmation for the position of OCIF , revealed The New Day .

A few days after Rodríguez Bonilla was confirmed, on June 4, 2020, Blakeman Ortiz reported to the OCIF office in Santurce. “I received a text message from John Blakeman apparently on behalf of Bancrédito. He arrives at the building. My memory is that the meeting lasted about three to four minutes, “he said in a phone call with El Nuevo Día.

As reported by El Nuevo Día, the international bank, owned by Venezuelan Julio Herrera Velutini, had an OCIF examination open “for many years because it was in default.”

Rodríguez Bonilla said that Blakeman Ortiz “approaches me with the purpose of intervening” in the resolution of the exam against Bancrédito.

However, Rodríguez Bonilla was inhibited from dealing with matters of that banking institution for having served as a consultant to Bancrédito’s compliance committee, prior to assuming the position in the OCIF, as published by El Nuevo Día. “I tell you that it is impossible because I am inhibited, that what he was asking me for was an unethical and illegal action,” said the person who went to the federal authorities to explain what was happening.

“I saw it as undue pressure, totally unethical, illegal and immoral, which went against my dignity as a person,” said Rodríguez Bonilla.

The former OCIF commissioner stressed that “I never received a call from the former governor” and the only meeting he had with her was about budgetary aspects of his agency.

He denied, in turn, any relationship with the general manager of Paulson & Co., Fahad Ghaffar, of whom a source commented that he was the one who recommended that the then governor appoint him to the position of commissioner. The appointment came in May, a month after the former chief executive removed George Joyner’s trust as commissioner.

Federal authorities investigated Joyner’s dismissal as one of the alleged actions taken by Vázquez Garced to illegally benefit the owner of Bancrédito for financing his campaign against Governor Pedro Pierluisi. The donation, in itself, is also considered illegal for having come from a foreigner without the right to influence the electoral results.

“For some reason, they thought that because I had been a consultant for Bancrédito, I was going to favor them in the proceedings against them, when it is quite the opposite: I was inhibited,” Rodríguez Bonilla answered questions from El Nuevo Día.


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Chief of staff to UK’s new PM interviewed by the FBI over alleged Puerto Rico election bribe plot, says Sunday Times report

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  • Liz Truss’s chief of staff has been interviewed by the FBI about a plot to influence an American election, The Sunday Times reports.

  • Mark Fullbrook has been made a formal subject of a DoJ and FBI investigation into an alleged bribery plot in Puerto Rico.

  • Fullbrook was in charge of Truss’s recent leadership campaign.

The chief of staff to UK Prime Minister Liz Truss — who has only been in office for a matter of weeks — has been interviewed by the FBI about an alleged plot to influence an American election, The Sunday Times reports. 

Mark Fullbrook has been made a formal subject of a DoJ and FBI investigation in April into an alleged conspiracy to influence a gubernatorial election in Puerto Rico.

According to the investigation by The Sunday Times, Fullbrook’s company was subpoenaed and forced to hand over hundreds of sensitive emails and has since signed an agreement with the FBI and is cooperating as a witness.

The FBI and DoJ investigation focuses on an alleged bribe plot involving Julio Herrera Velutini, an international banker and Conservative party donor, and Mark Rossini, a former FBI special agent.

According to the DoJ, London-based Velutini and Rossini promised Puerto Rico’s then-governor, Wanda Vázquez Garced, $300,000 for her re-election campaign in 2020 on the condition that she sacked the head of the island’s financial regulator, the OCIF, and replaced them with someone of Veluntini’s choosing.

According to prosecutors, Fullbrook traveled to Puerto Rico in his role as as chief global projects officer of the CT Group to tell Vázquez Garced how he could help her to win the election, provided her with a campaign strategy and polling, and brokered secret payments between Velutini.

The CT Group was founded by Sir Lynton Crosby and the lobbying company is known for its close ties to center-right parties around the world. It supported Vázquez Garced in her unsuccessful re-election bid, The Sunday Times reports.

Fullbrook was in charge of Truss’s recent leadership campaign and was appointed manager of Johnson’s successful leadership campaign in 2019, on loan from CT, according to the newspaper.

U. Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow for the District of Puerto Rico has said: “The criminal actions of the defendants in this case strike a blow to the heart of our democracy and further erode the confidence of our citizens in their institutions of governance.”

“Equally steadfast is our resolve to prosecute those who seek to use their wealth and power to enrich themselves at the expense of honest government,” he added.

Downing Street declined Insider’s request for comment during the period of national mourning for the Queen.

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American counterintelligence is broken – The Puerto Rico Times

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Every few days, a new counterintelligence story breaks in the media. It’s invariably a bad one. Another penetration of U.S. intelligence by a hostile spy service, another cache of industrial secrets lost, more theft of valuable intellectual property. Our national inability to safeguard our governmental and trade secrets is, alas, no secret.

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The latest outrage is a private intelligence report that reveals that Chinese intelligence has penetrated Los Alamos National Laboratory, with at least 154 Chinese scientists who gained employment at the laboratory subsequently being hired back in China to develop cutting-edge military technology such as deep-earth-penetrating warheads, hypersonic missiles, quiet submarines, and drones. The lab, famous for being where the atomic bomb was developed, is a very secret facility that does highly sensitive work for the U.S. government. If Beijing has penetrated the lab with a small battalion of spies, what in America hasn’t Chinese intelligence burrowed itself into?

It’s now impossible to miss that we are failing at basic counterintelligence, that is, the business of defending our country from hostile intelligence services and their efforts to purloin our defense, diplomatic, and commercial secrets. Reading the headlines, you might wonder if American counterintelligence is simply broken.

Wonder no more. It is.

This week, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence issued a big, bipartisan, detailed report that comes to exactly that painful conclusion. Its 153 pages
, even with some redactions, establish that the U.S. government is failing to protect our secrets. Moreover, that failure is systemic. The regular drumbeat of media stories showcasing major security failures reflect not errors or mistakes so much as a basic unwillingness to take counterintelligence seriously at all.

The committee’s understatedly scathing report focuses on the little-known National Counterintelligence and Security Center, which has gone by several names since it was founded in 2001 to give our sprawling intelligence community a central clearinghouse for counterintelligence concerns. This report makes clear that the center, which is supposed to provide a strategic counterintelligence vision for the intelligence community, is failing to do that.

In fairness to the center, the report notes that the counterintelligence threat we face has changed dramatically since the Cold War, or even since the late pre-9/11 era when the center was founded. “The United States faces a dramatically different threat landscape today than it did just a couple of decades ago,” explained committee Chairman Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) at Wednesday’s open hearing to accompany the report’s release: “New threats and new technology mean that we have to make substantial adjustments to our counterintelligence posture if we are going to protect our country’s national and economic security.”

That said, the report elaborates the center’s shortcomings in detail. Its mission remains poorly defined. While the center reports to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, it’s really a glorified staff shop no intelligence community big-letter agencies report to, certainly not in any operational sense. Furthermore, it’s understaffed and underfunded. The workforce consists largely of personnel on loan from other intelligence community agencies, plus contractors. Many billets remain unfilled. An assignment there isn’t seen as especially career-enhancing at those agencies, while the big spy agencies don’t seem to understand what the center’s job actually is (to be fair, neither does the center at times because its authorities remain vague). Counterintelligence as a mission remains divided among many agencies, none of which report to the center in any official sense. Showing how seriously the Biden administration takes counterintelligence, the center hasn’t had a formal director since January 2021, only an acting one.

The report makes several recommendations, including reforming and beefing up the center while clarifying its precise counterintelligence mission as it relates to other intelligence community agencies. That, while easier said than done, would help. Building a better-funded, more focused center with bureaucratic teeth, able to create and implement a strategic counterintelligence vision for the U.S. government and beyond, would help protect American secrets, private and governmental. But that will not be sufficient. It would also help to refashion the FBI as a full-time domestic intelligence service, as this column has recommended
, to create a true lead counterintelligence agency for the country.

When no single agency has that mission, nobody is held accountable for endless security failures. Above all, the government must start to take counterintelligence seriously again. For decades, it’s been an afterthought when not merely a nuisance. Until those views change, no amount of bureaucratic box-shifting will prevent foreign spies from robbing America blind.

John R. Schindler served with the National Security Agency as a senior intelligence analyst and counterintelligence officer.


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