Russian diplomats lingering near fiber optic cables

Gordon Cook cook at cookreport.com
Sun Jun 11 15:38:17 CST 2017


Hi Sean

You and I first met when i was at OIA about 1992   LOONG TIME ago

Always thought  of you as brilliant collector of info as well as analyst there of 

this question of yours is absolutely brilliant

look at the responses (more) than 45!!!






> On Jun 1, 2017, at 2:02 PM, Sean Donelan <sean at donelan.com> wrote:
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> There must be a perfectly logical explanation....  Yes, people in the industry know where the choke points are. But the choke points aren't always the most obvious places. Its kinda a weird for diplomats to show up there.
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> On the other hand, I've been a fiber optic tourist.  I've visited many critical choke points in the USA and other countries, and even took selfies :-)
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> http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/01/russia-spies-espionage-trump-239003
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> In the throes of the 2016 campaign, the FBI found itself with an escalating problem: Russian diplomats, whose travel was supposed to be tracked by the State Department, were going missing.
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> The diplomats, widely assumed to be intelligence operatives, would eventually turn up in odd places, often in middle-of-nowhere USA. One was found on a beach, nowhere near where he was supposed to be. In one particularly bizarre case, relayed by a U.S. intelligence official, another turned up wandering around in the middle of the desert. Interestingly, both seemed to be lingering where underground fiber-optic cables tend to run.
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> According to another U.S. intelligence official, “They find these guys driving around in circles in Kansas. It’s a pretty aggressive effort.”
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> It’s a trend that has led intelligence officials to conclude that the Kremlin is waging a quiet effort to map the United States’ telecommunications infrastructure, perhaps preparing for an opportunity to disrupt it.
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