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Aug 21, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
1/ #OTD IN COUNTERINTELLIGENCE & SECURITY HISTORY: On 21 Aug. 1776, the Continental Congress enacts the first law in America against espionage, authorizing the death penalty for the crime. The promulgation of this law was hastened by the continuing imprisonment of... 2/ Dr. Benjamin Church, chief physician of the Continental Army - and a British spy. There was no civilian espionage act and the provisions of military law did not provide a sufficiently strong incentive against committing the crime. Although Congress had actually added the...
Jul 17, 2018 6 tweets 4 min read
1/ #OTD IN COUNTERINTELLIGENCE AND SECURITY HISTORY: On July 17, 1950, Soviet spy Julius Rosenberg was arrested for espionage. The Army Security Agency and FBI had been cooperating in the decryption of intelligence messages -- a portion of which were collectively referred to... 2/ as "VENONA" -- exchanged by the Soviet KGB and GRU with their agents in the Western Hemisphere. Some of these messages incriminated Rosenberg, but this highly classified evidence could not and would not be used during his trial.
Jul 9, 2018 5 tweets 3 min read
1/ #OTD IN COUNTERINTELLIGENCE AND SECURITY HISTORY – On July 9, 2010 -- after a multi-year investigation by the FBI and other elements of the US Intelligence Community -- ten deep-cover Russian “illegals” (operatives of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR)) were... 2/ exchanged in Vienna, Austria, for four individuals who had been jailed in Russia for alleged contact with Western intelligence agencies. The day before, the Russian illegals pleaded guilty in federal court in NYC to conspiring to serve as Russian agents in a case that...