KuKservative about town, historian, author, provocateur, bon vivant, polyglot, counterspy, cat guy. Former NSA, NAVSECGRU, NWC.
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Sep 16, 2018 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
OK, except Woodward is exculpatory on Trump's Kremlin collusion only in a highly narrow and technical way, which makes perfect sense if you know Bob's longstanding MO, which he's been chugging at in DC for 45 years and counting.
Bob interviews everybody around POTUS. Anybody in the WH not stupid makes sure to talk to Bob to make sure their take is in the book. Trump, of course, was stupid. So, FEAR isn't exactly flattering to the WH. Bob does NOT interview IC folks at any working level. No access there.
Aug 29, 2018 • 5 tweets • 3 min read
OK, America, it's time to wake up and cut the shit. I have no dog -- zero -- in any partisan fight, but let's discuss what's happened here. It's truly shocking. /1
A former CIA official's SF86 (ie SSBI to obtain or keep TS/SCI) information seems to be out there -- and is being exploited by her political enemies. This is a VERY serious development, on both the privacy and the counterintelligence fronts. /2
Jul 30, 2018 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
In my latest column, I compare today's DC Russian penetration problems with the terrible experience the USA had with Kremlin espionage 70 years ago, at the dawn of the last Cold War.
Some lessons and warnings clearly present themselves. /1
First, the Russian spy network is bigger than you think. And hidden. Public discussions of Kremlin spies represent the mere tip of the espionage iceberg. Most of the turncoats clandestinely working for Moscow will never been unmasked, much less prosecuted. That's reality.
Jul 20, 2018 • 12 tweets • 3 min read
Time for a tweetstorm on the realities of covert action and influence ops in elections. Since Trumpers are now citing the "Everybody does it" line regarding what Russia and its friends did to the USA in 2016 to help put Trump in the WH. So, here's some espionage #realtalk.../1
First, everybody who can, which means all developed countries, does SIGINT, which today means much cyber collection. So, NSA has collected ("hacked" in amateur parlance) emails and whatnot from foreign dignitaries and VIPs. Yes, it's illegal, but, really, everyone does it. /2
Jul 3, 2018 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
Wow! Somebody's scared shitless of what #NSA knows. Can't imagine why....
Look, folks: CI people in the IC were in complete panic in 2016 -- not that Obama WH listened much -- since they KNEW who Trump really was.
2/ OK, time for a mini-rant cum tweetstorm on this since Planet Fox is up in arms now trying to crush the Muller investigation and the FBI.
Nov 15, 2017 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
Steaming pile of CYA BS even by DC standards. Author was complicit in SHUTDOWN of DoS effort to fight Kremlin lies.
Since Big News in #KremlinGate is looming, it's time for a brief tweetstorm on what's really going on behind scenes with Team Mueller. /1
If you're surprised that #MoscowMisha is cooked, you've not been paying attention. Sr & Jr are both going down on a bunch of charges. /2
Oct 22, 2017 • 11 tweets • 2 min read
1/ There is no "military coup" in DC. That's ridiculous. Still, there are reasons for civ-mil concern with the Trump WH & its generals....
2/ It's not normal to have so many top WH jobs staffed, as now, with (recently) retired GOs. No use pretending this is America's SOP....