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LE PECQ, France (AP) — The French chief of counterintelligence has given new details about a Russian spy ring broken up by France in the wake of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, saying the six intelligence agents were caught red-handed interacting with a source on French soil.
The director of the DGSI counterintelligence and counterterrorism agency, Nicolas Lerner, was speaking to a French parliamentary enquiry looking into foreign efforts to influence or corrupt political parties, leaders and opinion-makers in France. His testimony was delivered behind closed doors in February. But the website of the National Assembly, France’s lower house of parliament, published his comments this week.
Lerner described the unmasking of the Russian agents as “one of the most significant counter-intelligence operations carried out by the DGSI in recent decades.”
The six intelligence officers were “caught in the act of treating with a source on the national territory” and expelled, Lerner said, without giving more details.
At the time, in April 2022, France’s Foreign Ministry said the Russian “clandestine operation” was unmasked by “a very long” DGSI investigation. It said the six agents posed as diplomats and that their activities were “contrary to our national interests.” Its statement made no mention of a source in France.
France’s interior minister, Gérald Darmanin, also made no mention of a French source for the spies in his tweet last April that hailed the “remarkable counterespionage operation” by the DGSI which “obstructed a network of Russian clandestine agents.”
A week prior to those expulsions, as the horrors of war crimes committed by Russian forces in Bucha, Ukraine, were coming to light, France also expelled 35 Russian diplomats. saying their activities were ” contrary to our security interests. “
Expulsions, including tit-for-tat retaliations by Moscow, have been a feature of the deepening gulf between Russia and countries opposed to its war in Ukraine. Sweden this week expelled five Russian Embassy employees suspected of spying. Norway expelled 15 Russian diplomats earlier this month. Russia this week responded by ordering 10 Norwegian diplomats in Moscow to leave.
In his sworn testimony, Lerner told lawmakers that Russia had long been running the largest spy operation in France, using intelligence officers posing as diplomats.
“The country that historically has the most important system is Russia. This tradition continued to the present day. In each Western country, several dozen officers — their number has diminished significantly since the start of the Ukraine crisis — from the three Russian intelligence services carry out intelligence and interference actions under diplomatic cover.”
He added that China also “maintains a network under diplomatic cover that is much less developed than Russia’s.”
Lerner suggested to lawmakers that they also should be on their guard about the risk of intelligence agents seeking to ensnare them. He said the DGSI was in regular contact with lawmakers to alert them and “if necessary to let them know who they are dealing with.”
“In recent months, we have done this several times, after detecting contacts with Russian intelligence officers under diplomatic cover,” he said.
More broadly, the French counterintelligence chief said that previous unwritten rules that rival countries observed in the Cold War were collapsing in a new era of more aggressive and direct confrontation.
“From 1945 to the fall of the Berlin Wall, certain tacit rules, which one can like or disagree with, governed relations between nations,” he said.
“Each bloc broadly respected the other’s sphere of influence. All of that has disappeared. Now, the way some countries see it is that the only rules are the fait accompli and the law of the strongest.”
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Сообщается, что экс-офицера ВМС подозревают в распространении информации Пентагона по российским каналам
Сообщается, что федералы ведут расследование в отношении бывшего унтер-офицера ВМС США, которого обвиняют в надзоре за известным российским пропагандистским аккаунтом, благодаря которому в этом месяце просочившиеся документы из Пентагона стали вирусными.
В эти выходные 37-летняя Сара Билс была разоблачена за то, что она стоит за онлайн-персонажем «Донбасс Девушка», что примерно переводится как «Девушка из Донбасса», несмотря на то, что она уроженка Нью-Джерси, которая живет в штате Вашингтон.
Два представителя Министерства обороны США сообщили Новости Военно-морского института США , что Билс в настоящее время находится под следствием за то, что он мог поделиться четырьмя секретными документами, которые, как утверждается, изначально были переданы арестованным на прошлой неделе военно-воздушным гвардейцем Массачусетса Джеком Тейшейрой , 65 000 с лишним подписчикам Донбасс Девушки в Telegram.
Точные подробности о расследовании и возможных обвинениях для Билса не разглашаются.
В биографии Билс на флоте говорится, что она была техником по авиационной электронике и работала на военно-морской авиабазе Уидби-Айленд в штате Вашингтон до ноября 2022 года. Говоря из своего дома, она призналась The Wall Street Journal, что частично стоит за сетью «Донбасс Девушка» , которая описывает себя на своих страницах в социальных сетях, включая Twitter, Telegram и YouTube, как ведущую «информационную войну в российском стиле».
Но Билс сообщила газете, что она всего лишь одна из 15 человек «во всем мире», имеющих доступ к пропагандистским аккаунтам, утверждая, что она не была тем администратором, который разместил секретную информацию США. Вместо этого она утверждает, что она была администратором, который в конечном итоге удалил сообщения.
Утекшие документы быстро стали вирусными в России после того, как 5 апреля они были опубликованы «Девушкой Донбасса», как сообщает журнал , и «несколько крупных российских учетных записей в социальных сетях» подобрали документы и разместили их репостами. Посты канала с секретными документами оставались в сети сутками.
«Очень интересные потенциальные данные», — написал Telegram-канал «Донбасс Девушка» со скриншотами документов. «Подлинность не может быть подтверждена, но похоже, что это очень разоблачающая информация НАТО».
Именно вирусность этого поста насторожила власти США о том, что секретная информация была скомпрометирована. Ранее 21-летний Тейшейра месяцами публиковал другие секретные документы на частном канале Discord, но документы так и не стали достоянием общественности, сообщили участники группы The Washington Post .
Билс сказала, что она никогда не использовала свое положение во флоте для утечки секретной информации и что она не работала с Тейшейрой, заявив журналу : «Я, очевидно, знаю серьезность сверхсекретных секретных материалов. Мы их не сливали».
Военные и министерство юстиции не делали публичных заявлений о Билс и ее предполагаемой роли в распространении утечки. Генерал Пэт Райдер, представитель Пентагона, сообщил Журналу, что военные приказали пересмотреть процедуры доступа к разведданным, подотчетности и контроля, чтобы предотвратить будущие утечки информации.
Тейшейре было предъявлено обвинение в несанкционированном хранении и передаче информации национальной обороны, а также в несанкционированном удалении секретной информации и материалов обороны. Федералы утверждают, что он делился секретной информацией в социальных сетях, начиная с декабря.
Члены Discord-канала Тейшейры сообщили The Post , что он поделился скриншотами боевых действий в Украине, строго засекреченными спутниковыми снимками последствий российских ракетных ударов и яркими подробностями о передвижении войск на территории Украины.
Сеть «Донбасс Девушка» купалась в последствиях утечек этого месяца и приобрела тысячи новых подписчиков. Новичков на его многочисленных страницах в социальных сетях встречали сообщениями, рекламирующими пророссийские товары, и обещаниями, что вырученные средства пойдут наемной группе Вагнера и российским военным.
Журнал сообщил, что Билс был с честью уволен из армии в ноябре после «значительного понижения в должности» . Билс сообщила журналистам, что уволилась из флота, потому что страдала от посттравматического стрессового расстройства, и что у нее есть «некоторые» русские корни.
В подкасте, который имеет то же название, что и ее популярный канал в Telegram, Билс говорила с «легким русским акцентом», как сообщает журнал , — акцент, который другие СМИ назвали «фальшивым». Она также выдавала себя за женщину из Донбасса, одного из самых кровавых районов российско-украинского конфликта.
Билс сообщила журналу , что ее старая работа давала ей разрешение на просмотр сверхсекретной информации, но у нее больше нет такого доступа.
«Я даже не знаю подлинности документов или того, что они говорят», — сказала она журналу об утечке данных, опубликованных на ее странице. «Я не очень хорошо разбираюсь в чтении подобных документов».
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FBI director talks Larry Nassar investigation, Indy’s violent crime, uptick in hate crimes
FBI Director Christopher Wray addressed efforts to combat violent crime and the agency’s botched investigation of sexual assault by Larry Nassar in a visit to the Indianapolis field office Thursday.
Wray, appointed to the director position in 2017, was joined by Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Randal Taylor, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana Zachary Myers and other law enforcement leaders from across Indiana.
Wray answered pre-submitted questions from Indianapolis reporters before meeting with law enforcement officials to discuss tackling violent crime.
He also made another stop in Indiana the day before.
On Wednesday, Wray met with several students studying in Anderson University’s Center for Security Studies & Cyber Defense and the university’s President John Pistole, a former FBI official, according to The Herald Bulletin.
Wray discussed preventing violent crime, the Nassar investigation, combating hate crimes and diversity efforts in Indianapolis:
‘Totally unacceptable’: Wray addresses FBI’s botched Larry Nassar investigation
There were massive systematic failures in the FBI’s handling of 2015 allegations against longtime USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, according to a 2021 report from the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Officials with the Indianapolis FBI office made false statements, failed to respond for months leading to more than 100 other gymnasts being sexually abused and exhibited “extremely poor judgment,” the report stated.
Nassar, a former USA Gymnastics doctor, was sentenced to more than 100 years imprisonment in 2018. Pressure on the federal law enforcement agency started to rise after IndyStar first exposed the allegations against Nassar in 2016.
“What certain of our folks did and, more importantly, did not do back in 2015 is totally unacceptable and failed the young women who were victims of his (Larry Nassar’s) abuse,” Wray said Thursday. “Those women deserved much better and for that, all of us at the FBI are deeply sorry and determined to make sure it never happens again.”
From 2021:Failings of Indianapolis FBI in Nassar investigation cast a cloud over other cases
More:‘FBI failed survivors’: Massive systematic failures uncovered in DOJ’s Larry Nassar report
The FBI has strengthened its policies and procedures, building in additional accountability, and enhanced training across the agency for handling sexual abuse and assault complaints, Wray said.
The new policies are designed to have multiple checks in place to ensure there is no single point of failure. The policies are meant to make sure complaints are quickly reported to state and local agencies or handed off to another FBI field office in a timely matter, if necessary, Wray said.
“They are all designed to make sure that everybody in the FBI learns the really heartbreaking lessons of that (the Larry Nassar) case and I’m proud of the work that our folks have done to learn from that,” Wray said.
Violent crime an issue in Indianapolis, across the country
More:Indianapolis killings: Tracking every homicide in 2023
“That violent crime threat we are facing is going to take all of us working together with all our collective strengths and expertise to stay ahead of it to protect the public,” Wray said. “That’s something I am confident is happening here in Indianapolis.”
The director pointed out FBI task forces, which include local law enforcement partnerships, that address gangs and criminal organizations. He noted the Safe Street and Violent Crimes task forces in Indianapolis.
The Indianapolis task forces worked with IMPD to arrest a serial rapist in the city using a fingerprint from a victim’s home, Wray said. The man arrested pleaded guilty to eight counts of rape earlier this month.
More:Indianapolis gun violence has rideshare drivers scared: ‘I thought I was going to die’
Indianapolis has so far seen 44 criminal homicides and 55 non-criminal homicides as of Thursday afternoon. In 2021, the city suffered record-breaking homicides with 271 total people killed and 249 killed in criminal homicides.
Indianapolis’ homicide count for 2022 was lower than 2021, but still did not reach pre-pandemic levels.
“The violent crime problem is something we are seeing across the country, including here,” Wray said. “When I talk to chiefs and sheriffs all over the country it’s the first topic that comes up and the last topic we talk about.”
The key ingredient in reducing violent crime is ensuring federal, state and local law enforcement agencies are working together and prioritizing the arrest and conviction of the most dangerous offenders, Wray said.
FBI director talks about combatting hate crimes
In 2020, Indiana saw a spike in reported hate crimes, according to data from the FBI. The bureau received 186 hate crime reports in 2020 in Indiana, which was a 133% increase from 2019. Reported hate crimes dropped to 132 in the Hoosier state in 2021, according to the FBI.
“It is certainly true that all too often in this country right now we are seeing people fueled by hate seeking to harm others simply because of what they look like or who they are,” Wray said. “That’s totally unacceptable and something we are determined to do our part to help deter and prevent.”
From February:Indy Jewish group urges vigilance ahead of purported national day of hate
The FBI has made investigating hate crimes a top priority nationally, which means hate crime investigations get extra resources, focus and attention, Wray said.
The agency works with U.S. attorneys to assist them with filing federal hate crime charges and works with local and state investigators when federal charges are not appropriate.
The FBI also does hundreds of trainings and seminars with law enforcement as well as community, religious and minority groups to increase cooperation in hate crime investigations, Wray said. The agency is working to raise awareness for potential victims and witnesses of what a hate crime is and how to report it.
FBI to hold diversity recruiting event in Indianapolis
Wray also highlighted a recruiting event the FBI’s Indianapolis Field Office is hosting April 19.
“We cannot keep innovating and getting more sophisticated in our approach if we are all looking at the problem through exactly the same angle or coming at it with exactly the same set of tools,” Wray said. “It’s going to take all kinds of people working together to accomplish our mission.”
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What to make of the dozens of classified US Defence Department documents – maps, charts and photographs – now circulating on the internet?
Complete with timelines and dozens of impenetrable military acronyms, the documents, some of them marked “top secret”, paint a detailed picture of the war in Ukraine.
They tell of the casualties suffered on both sides, the military vulnerabilities of each and, crucially, what their relative strengths are likely to be when Ukraine decides to launch its much-anticipated spring offensive.
How real are these printed pages, unfolded and photographed, possibly on someone’s dining room table? And what do they tell us, or the Kremlin, that we did not already know?
First things first: this is the biggest leak of secret American information on the war in Ukraine since Russia’s full-scale invasion 14 months ago. Some of the documents are as much as six weeks old, but the implications are huge.
Pentagon officials are quoted as saying the documents are real.
Information on at least one of them appears to have been crudely altered in a later version, but out of a dump of as many as 100 documents, that seems a relatively minor detail.
BBC News has reviewed more than 20 of the documents. They include detailed accounts of the training and equipment being provided to Ukraine as it puts together a dozen new brigades for an offensive that could begin within weeks.
It says when the brigades will be ready and lists all the tanks, armoured vehicles and artillery pieces that are being provided by Ukraine’s Western allies.
But it notes that “equipment delivery times will impact training and readiness”.
One map includes a “mud-frozen ground timeline”, assessing ground conditions across eastern Ukraine as spring progresses.
After a winter that has tested Ukraine’s air defences to the limit, there’s also a sobering analysis of Kyiv’s diminishing air defence capability, as it seeks to balance its limited resources to protect civilians, critical infrastructure and its frontline troops.
Not only do the leaked documents say a lot about the state of Ukraine’s military – they also talk about some of Washington’s other allies. From Israel to South Korea, the documents reveal internal debates those countries are having about Ukraine and other sensitive issues.
Some of the documents are marked top secret, others to be shared only with America’s closest intelligence allies.
How much of this is new?
A lot of the detail here is familiar. There’s just a lot more of it, and it’s all in one place.
Take casualty figures. It comes as little surprise to learn that the US estimates that between 189,500 and 223,000 Russian soldiers have been killed or wounded.
The equivalent figure for Ukraine’s losses – between 124,500 and 131,000 – is also in line with ballpark figures briefed to journalists in recent weeks.
In both cases, the Pentagon says it has “low confidence” in the figures, due to gaps in information, operational security and deliberate attempts, probably by both sides, to mislead.
Tellingly, this is the one place where attempts have been made to alter the documents to make it look as if Ukraine is experiencing the worst casualties.
A version which appeared on a pro-Russian Telegram site took the number of Ukrainians “killed in action” (“16k-17.5k”) and put those on the Russian ledger, while flipping the numbers on the Ukrainian side so they read “61k – 71.5k”.
All of which brings us to the question of who leaked the documents, and why?
‘Here, have some leaked documents’
The story of how the documents found their way from the messaging platform Discord, to 4Chan and Telegram, has already been told by Aric Toler of the investigative open source intelligence group Bellingcat.
Mr Toler says it has not yet been possible to uncover the original source of the leaks, but charts their appearance on a messaging platform popular with gamers in early March.
On 4 March, following an argument about the war in Ukraine on a Discord server frequented by players of the computer game Minecraft, one user wrote “here, have some leaked documents”, before posting 10 of them.
It is an unusual, but hardly unique form of leak.
In 2019, ahead of the UK general election, documents relating to US-UK trade relations appeared on Reddit, 4Chan and other sites.
At the time, Reddit said the unredacted documents had originated in Russia.
In another case, last year, players of the online game War Thunder repeatedly posted sensitive military documents, apparently in an effort to win arguments among themselves.
The latest leak is more sensitive, and potentially damaging.
Ukraine has zealously guarded its “operational security” and cannot be happy that such sensitive material has appeared at such a critical moment.
Ukraine’s spring offensive could represent a make-or-break moment for the Zelensky government to alter dynamics on the battlefield and set conditions for peace talks later.
In Kyiv, officials have spoken about a possible disinformation campaign by Russia.
Other military bloggers have suggested the opposite: that it is all part of a Western plot to mislead Russian commanders.
Crucially, there is nothing in the documents leaked so far that points to the direction or thrust of Ukraine’s counter-offensive.
The Kremlin ought to have a pretty good idea already of the scope of Ukraine’s preparations (although Moscow’s intelligence failures have been much in evidence throughout the war), but Kyiv needs to keep its enemy guessing about how the campaign will unfold, in order to maximise the chances of success.
Additional reporting by Benedict Garman and Olga Robinson
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После года украинского конфликта президент Владимир Путин остается у власти в России. Это впечатляет, учитывая его многочисленные неудачи на поле боя, более 200 000 жертв среди российских военнослужащих, суровые санкции в отношении экономики его страны, исключение его страны из мирового сообщества и последнее унижение достоинства, решение Международного уголовного суда в Гааге об обвинении ему предъявлены военные преступления за депортацию примерно 16 000 украинских детей в Россию, что запретило ему посещать 123 страны в соответствии с обязательствами по учредительному договору суда.
Теперь вопрос в том, будет ли когда-нибудь Путин вынужден уйти в отставку? Ниже приводится серия из семи сценариев, которые вольно или невольно могут привести к концу Путина и его режима.
• The Yeltsin Maneuver: Putin states that he will not run for the presidency again in 2024. (Even though Xi Jinping, president of China, said recently that Putin will win re-election.) He then selects his successor but works out an agreement with the new leader to pardon him for all his crimes. Would that happen? Putin does not appear ready to abandon his post. Nor does he appear ready to trust anyone who takes over the presidency and abide by a Yeltsin-type deal.
• A United Nations (plus European Union) peace settlement: UN Secretary-General António Guterres, having struck deals with Putin to permit Ukrainian civilians trapped in Mariupol to leave and for Ukraine to continue to send grain shipments to Africa and elsewhere — all despite his own public opposition to the Russian invasion — engineers a temporary truce between the two foes, leading to peace talks and the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine; in effect, an outright surrender by Putin. If such an accord is reached, Putin is immensely pressured at home regarding his calamitous war and is forced to resign, as Nikita Khrushchev did after the debacle of the Cuban missile crisis. The problem, of course, is that Putin is refusing to consider talks.
• An FSB coup: Here Putin’s old KGB agency and now new base, the Federal Security Service, where he retains many of his most loyal followers, decides that Putin’s egregious and reckless invasion of Ukraine is imperiling the country. The organization turns against Putin and secretly initiates an effort to oust him. The complication, though, is that too many employees in the FSB owe their jobs to Putin and not enough of them are likely to risk launching a strike against him without ironclad assurance that it would succeed.
• An army uprising: Russia’s battered army, its failing generals and its restive troops (perhaps with the aid of the divisive Wagner Group chieftan, Yevgeny Prigozhin) decide to withdraw from Ukraine, march on the Kremlin and arrest Putin. Putin, though, still has enough loyalists in control of his armed forces and, even more important, retains a majority support of the Russian people, to make this plan essentially unworkable. That could change if military deaths grow, weapons supplies continue to dwindle and the economic squeeze in Russia itself turns truly ruinous.
• Grass-roots rebellion: According to polls, most Russians continue to back Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Indeed, his control of the media has inculcated into his people the notion that the country is in a battle for its very survival against NATO and the United States. A revolt seems unlikely. Only a worsening military situation, an increase in the numbers of body bags and further economic deterioration could trigger an insurrection. Even then, it would have to be broad, well funded and well organized and joined by breakaway elements from the Putin regime to depose the president.
• An illness: Rumors have circulated for several years that Putin may have cancer (or some other disease) and might be forced to leave the Kremlin. So far, there is no proof of this. And it is clear that Putin has protected himself against Covid by insisting his visitors sit at a laughably long table in meetings with him. But if Putin is forced to step down because of ailments, he undoubtedly will resort to the Yeltsin maneuver as an exit plan, allowing him to retire peacefully with his millions and remain exempt from punishment or prison.
• Assassination: Putin is so isolated in his office and paranoid about murderous threats against him that so far, not a single attempt has been made on his life, as far as we know. Being extremely well protected by bodyguards, living in virtual solitude at the highest levels of secrecy makes it extremely difficult for anybody to get physically close to him. The only way an attack could happen is if somebody within Putin’s orbit arranged his killing. Even then, things might go awry. Remember the botched attempted murder of Hitler in 1944.
The major dilemma in ousting Putin in all these cases is that his successor might be worse than he is — although that is hard to believe. Furthermore, it is impossible to imagine that at the moment of Putin’s downfall, high-level officials in Moscow would abruptly switch sides and elevate somebody with a liberal disposition, like Alexey Navalny, to the presidency — certainly not in a Russia dominated for decades by Putinism.
The only hope is what occurred after Stalin’s death. A new leadership took over and began to slowly dismantle the dictator’s tyrannical system. That may be the best outcome one can imagine for Russia.
We welcome your comments on this article. What are your thoughts on the scenarios for Putin’s ouster?
Stephen Schlesinger is the author of three books, including “Act of Creation: The Founding of The United Nations,” which won the 2004 Harry S. Truman Book Award. He is a senior fellow at the Century Foundation in New York City and the former director of the World Policy Institute at the New School (1997-2006) and former publisher of the quarterly magazine, The World Policy Journal. In the 1970s, he edited and published The New Democrat Magazine; was a speechwriter for the Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern; and later was the weekly columnist for The Boston Globe’s “The L’t’ry Life.” He wrote, with Stephen Kinzer, “Bitter Fruit,” a book about the 1954 CIA coup in Guatemala.
После этого он четыре года работал штатным писателем в журнале Time. В течение 12 лет он работал спичрайтером и советником по внешней политике губернатора штата Нью-Йорк Марио Куомо. В середине 1990-х Шлезингер работал в Организации Объединенных Наций в Habitat, агентстве, занимающемся городами.
Шлезингер получил степень бакалавра в Гарвардском университете, свидетельство об обучении в Кембриджском университете и степень доктора права в Гарвардской школе права. Он живет в Нью-Йорке.
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kremlin.ru/events/president/… Встреча с Михаилом Котюковым 20 апреля 2023 года Московская область, Ново-Огарёво