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DPRK / PRC / WESTPAC Ad Hoc Update (19)


Anonymous expert compilation, analysis, and reporting. </end editorial> An interesting day for WESTPAC media: WashPost publishes excellent essay covering the backstory to the 1990s Sea Launch venture to commercialize Soviet SLBM tech in the West, which it appears ended up instead becoming the technology base for the DPRK’s ICBMs. What is unknown is how many… Continue reading DPRK / PRC / WESTPAC Ad Hoc Update (19)

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Russia / Strategy Ad Hoc Media Update (11)


Anonymous expert compilation, analysis, and reporting. </end editorial> An unusually busy last week of 2017 for Russia related reports: Shmulyevich argues Russia’s play is to exploit / encourage a US war with the DPRK to distract and tie down the US, so Russia can play elsewhere, like Ukraine or Kazakhstan (alleged ethnic Russian Northern Kazakhstan… Continue reading Russia / Strategy Ad Hoc Media Update (11)

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The KGB Playbook for Turning Russians Worldwide Into Agents


A KGB manual showed how valuable—and how treacherous—Russian émigrés could be. Did KGB veteran Vladimir Putin learn those lessons? MICHAEL WEISS 12.29.17 5:00 AM ET This is the third and last article in a series based on never-before-published training manuals for the KGB, the Soviet intelligence organization that Vladimir Putin served as an operative, and that… Continue reading The KGB Playbook for Turning Russians Worldwide Into Agents

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Facebook and Twitter threatened with sanctions in UK ‘fake news’ inquiry


Chair of parliamentary committee gives firms a deadline to hand over information about Russian misinformation campaigns Alex Hern @alexhern Thu 28 Dec ‘17 14.00 EST Facebook and Twitter could face sanctions if they continue to stonewall parliament over Russian interference in the EU referendum, the chair of a Commons inquiry has said. Damian Collins, chair of the Department… Continue reading Facebook and Twitter threatened with sanctions in UK ‘fake news’ inquiry

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Russian Election / KGB Centenary Ad Hoc Update – 28 December 2017


Anonymous expert compilation, analysis, and reporting. </end editorial> A minor deluge of media traffic on Russia’s fake election, fake like almost everything else in Russia. Maybe Putin should issue an edict to rename Russia to “Potemkinland” …. The centenary of the VChK/Cheka / GPU / NKVD / MGB / KGB / FSB still producing interesting… Continue reading Russian Election / KGB Centenary Ad Hoc Update – 28 December 2017

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The Russian Army will buy 18 Czech L-410s. They will be assembled in Ekaterinburg


The Russians previously used the AN-26 Curl (Antonov) aircraft, manufactured in Russia for their Special Operations forces. Prior to that, they used the AN-2 Colt.  From Wikipedia: The Let L-410 Turbolet is a twin-engine short-range transport aircraft, manufactured by the Czech aircraft manufacturer LET, often used as an airliner. The aircraft is capable of landing on short and unpaved runways and operating under extreme… Continue reading The Russian Army will buy 18 Czech L-410s. They will be assembled in Ekaterinburg

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FBI Software For Analyzing Fingerprints Contains Russian-Made Code, Whistleblowers Say


In a secret deal, a French company purchased code from a Kremlin-connected firm, incorporated it into its own software, and hid its existence from the FBI, according to documents and two whistleblowers. The allegations raise concerns that Russian hackers could compromise law enforcement computer systems. Chris Hamby December 26, 2017, at 12:00 p.m. The fingerprint-analysis software used… Continue reading FBI Software For Analyzing Fingerprints Contains Russian-Made Code, Whistleblowers Say