CIA, NSA to FBI: We May Be Younger, But We Have Outlived Our Usefulness Too

Posted: February 10, 2018 by julietteochieng in Uncategorized

by baldilocks

Stuff like this isn’t even surprising anymore.

BERLIN — After months of secret negotiations, a shadowy Russian bilked American spies out of $100,000 last year, promising to deliver stolen National Security Agency cyberweapons in a deal that he insisted would also include compromising material on President Trump, according to American and European intelligence officials.

The cash, delivered in a suitcase to a Berlin hotel room in September, was intended as the first installment of a $1 million payout, according to American officials, the Russian and communications reviewed by The New York Times. The theft of the secret hacking tools had been devastating to the N.S.A., and the agency was struggling to get a full inventory of what was missing.

To be fair, the CIA has a long record of fail, if the list of agency “debacles” in Legacy of Ashes is any indication. I put the word debacles in quotation marks because many of the CIA’s failures seem to be of the willful variety.

The FBI’s list is probably longer, but only because the FBI has been in existence longer.

I wonder what would happen if all the “intelligence” agencies were disbanded. I have a dream.

Not to be outdone by our investigative agencies in sleuthing is this guy.

American spies are not the only ones who have dealt with Russians claiming to have secrets to sell. Cody Shearer, an American political operative with ties to the Democratic Party, has been crisscrossing Eastern Europe for more than six months to secure the purported kompromat from a different Russian, said people familiar with the efforts, speaking on the condition of anonymity to avoid damaging their relationship with him.

Reached by phone late last year, Mr. Shearer would say only that his work was “a big deal — you know what it is, and you shouldn’t be asking about it.” He then hung up.

Mr. Shearer’s efforts grew out of work he first began during the 2016 campaign, when he compiled a pair of reports that, like the dossier, also included talk of a video and Russian payoffs to Trump associates. It is not clear what, if anything, Mr. Shearer has been able to purchase.

I’m sure Shearer is having a blast rolling through Eastern Europe, financed — no doubt — by rich Democrats, playing out his James Bond fantasies. I’d have to think twice if offered a gig like that.

Be sure to read it all. And if the ridiculousness of it scares you, remember that this sort of thing has been going on a long time, long before most of us were born. And, somehow, our country is still standing.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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