Single Issue 051

SKU: ES-051 £4.45
Published 22 September 2007


Had the lights not flickered and gone off in the towns and villages of northern Syria - something to do with a power surge I was told - information about one of the most daring intelligence-led raids would never have emerged. Israeli warplanes had just destroyed a secret site north of the Euphrates that was about to welcome a few crates of smuggled nuclear-related material from Pyongyang, North Korea. The stuff of fiction... a great spy drama? No this really happened on 6 September.

The cargo had been secretly shipped to Syria and was wending its way north on a transporter to an agricultural factory. However, a Mossad agent had accompanied the vessel throughout its journey and had provided details about its route - but more importantly - its cargo. He had worked his passage as a deck hand - allegedly.

Israel jammed Syrian radar defences and F15Is destroyed the factory in a matter of moments. But what of that cargo? Its said a military unit led by Mossad intercepted the transporter convoy and hijacked the goods. There was also a story that the transporter was but a decoy allowing other vehicles to drive the crates across country to Iran. Eye Spy 51 carries the inside story of Operation Black September and what really took place.

On the subject of raids - in Eye Spy 49 we revealed how al-Qaida was planning a major strike against US military targets in Germany. A few weeks ago German intelligence and CIA officials launched a combined operation that resulted in the arrest of three members of a terror cell. The group, consisting of about 12 men, had planned to use car bombs at USAF Ramstein, Frankfurt Airport and other locations. A major report on Operation Alberich.

The Mossad has added another chapter to its legend and further enhanced its mystique. As for the CIA, its one of those successes that rarely gets mentioned... especially in the press.

Eye Spy 51 is somewhat of an espionage special, and for that I dont apologise! We have an enchanting feature on some rather surprising spies, while blowing the myth that German agents didnt ply their trade on British soil in WWII. There are also several interesting spy stories to emerge in recent months - not least the one about the European spy ring who went chasing Russias most secret air and missile plans. And the mystery of British MI6 diver Buster Crabb is all but solved... after the release by the Ministry of Defence of top secret documents. Was he spying on the Russians? And what of the headless body found near Portsmouth Harbour... was it really Crabb?

We also have Part One of a truly fascinating tradecraft feature on disguise techniques; a brilliant look at a plethora of new intelligence crests sourced by our researchers, and more details of how to obtain our new intelligence crests poster.

As for those spies and security conscious folk charged with stopping computer hackers - we have Titan Rain, Moonlight Maze and Insider Threats - frightening.

With dozens of intel snippets, the latest on several on-going case files - including the mysterious death of a Mossad agent in London, product reviews, special offers and much, much more, Eye Spy 51 a must!

Mark Birdsall - Editor



As exclusively reported several months ago in Eye Spy, members of al-Qaida planned to commemorate the anniversary of 9/11 by attacking US military facilities in Germany. Our sources correctly revealed in early July, Frankfurt Airport and other US sites, including the important Patch Barracks, headquarters for the European Command (EUCOM), were being surveilled by terrorists. In September, German security services swooped on an holiday home arresting three prominent members of an al-Qaida inspired terror cell. German federal prosecutor Monika Harms said the men - all in their twenties - and identified as Daniel S, 22, Fritz Gelowicz, 28 and Aden Y, 28, had trained at camps in Pakistan and already procured some 200 gallons of concentrated hydrogen peroxide for making explosives - the same sort of material used by the London 7/7 terrorists. This is really a good day for security in Germany, she said. Some commentators called it a wake-up call for Germany. She didnt reveal the gang had been followed for months by an undercover CIA team.

In issue 49, Eye Spy revealed that over the summer months, German officials had questioned several suspects in connection with terrorist reconnaissance of US facilities and Frankfurt Airport. It has now been confirmed that one of the three men arrested on 5 September 2007, was one of the original detainees...

The inside story of how German intelligence - with the help of a CIA team, stopped a terror attack that would have dwarfed Madrid or London.



In Part One of Disguise Techniques, Eye Spy reveals why inner confidence, understanding yourself, dress wear, deception, acting ability and being generally convincing are just as important as knowing how to use cosmetics and lie...

Frederick Forsyths The Day of the Jackal not only seduced the intelligence world with its incredible attention to detail, it actually contained a plethora of disguise techniques - including genuine methods for obtaining a new passport and identity. More importantly, it showed that to truly change your appearance, several factors must come into play.

Having correct identification, a believable background, and at least some acting ability or steely nerve are important elements that together spawn one of the more unusual spycraft techniques. Hiding behind another person is not for the faint-hearted.

Weeks before engaging in the art of manually applying or using facial disguises, trainees are taught much about themselves: how others perceive them and wider issues - some of them controversial. Operatives can find themselves working in so many diverse areas and countries that to try and create a rigid training programme is impossible....

This fascinating tradecraft feature is a must for those involved, or just interested in disguise techniques...


Chinas Spies Hack the Pentagon and Ministry of Defence

World War III Has Begun and it is a Cyber War!

A powerful headline indeed, but not one which we will apologise for... this one has come from Pentagon sources. A series of cyber attacks on the Defense Department and Defense contractors in the United States as well as the Ministry of Defense and Parliament in the UK have created significant cause for concern for computer security experts. An investigation of the attack signatures shows a significant level of sophistication. Most are highly skilled professionals said one source, who wished not to be identified. These most recent cyber attacks are using new strains of computer viruses, logical bombs and other advanced techniques that can paralyse government agencies and communications.

In this specially commissioned report, intelligence analyst and world renowned computer expert Kevin Coleman, finds out who is behind the latest attacks, why they are occurring, and what can be done to stop them.

EXTRACT: Moonlight Maze is the US Governments code name for a series of coordinated attacks on computer systems that occurred in 1999. This was a two-year long attack discovered by the Department of Defense. The attacks were traced back to a mainframe computer in Moscow, but it is unclear at this point if that is where they originated, or who was behind the incidents. A high-placed source stated this is still an open and active investigation today.

Titan Rain was the intelligence code name for another ongoing series of cyber attacks on US computer systems since 2003. Titan Rain is thought to rank among the most pervasive cyber security threats that computer networks have ever faced. At this time investigators believe that this is a coordinated attack involving about two dozen hackers.

Though the media has continued to use the Titan Rain code name, Eye Spy can confirm it has been changed, though the new name for the attacks is classified. But what of this latest attack....


Intelligence and Security Crests of the World

So popular was our feature on official crests, seals and logos of the worlds intelligence services (issue 43), weve tracked down over a 100 more to examine - most of which appear on our Intelligence Crests II Poster. And there are some very rare examples indeed....

Its never easy trying to determine just how a particular crest was formed, what it represents, or when it came into official being, unless of course the Service in question kindly explains its origin and history. Yet despite this, many features used to create a crest are universal in the heraldic world and can be deciphered.

EXTRACT: Seeking rare examples of service crests is a difficult task. Frances DGSE (General Directorate for External Security) is one of the worlds great intelligence services. It is widely known through its modern logo which features on Frances Ministry of Defence web site. However, the logo is not the official crest and Eye Spy has learned that at least two variants exist. We managed to track down an authentic description of the original DGSE crest which includes a spray of feathers (cockerel), or a single wing - a sign of obedience and serenity. Weve recreated the crest on our Intel Crests II Poster. The countrys national bird is a cockerel - though the heraldic meaning of a cocks feathers is courage and perseverance; hero; an able man in politics. This seems more in keeping with Frances history of empire and configured in a shield - represents the defender. Also, now under the investigative eyes of Eye Spy researchers, is the official crest of Frances super secret DRM - Directorate of Military Intelligence. The DRM crest houses elements or units that interact with Frances other agencies and perform missions that rarely appear in the press. Its crest is contained within a shield utilising three colours - pale blue (truth and loyalty), green (hope and joy) and red (military strength and warrior/martyr). A large owl sits atop the Earth and from the exact spot of Paris, France on the map - four lightning bolts strike out - signifying swiftness and power.

Rarer still are two original Italian service crests - SISMI (Service for Information and Military Security) and SISDe (Intelligence Democratic Security Service). The SISMI crest incorporates two world maps (the Americas in one - Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia in the other). Above these are the scales of justice, and below a lighted torch or beacon - one who is watchful in times of trouble and who will alert the people. The SISde crest is a simple circular arrangement showing an eagle - strength, bravery, alertness - flying over the countryside. We believe both these examples are still in use - though confined only to the walls of these important agencies...


Mossad Intercepts Nuclear Material in Syria

New Israeli spy satellites track nuclear cargo to front factory used for alleged uranium production

Intelligence from Mossad agents and spy satellites monitoring a suspicious cargo vessel, sparked a most daring raid deep into Syria. The ship docked at a Syrian port on 2 or 3 September, after sailing from Pyongyang, North Korea. Intelligence suggested the freighter was carrying materials and components destined for a secret Syrian nuclear research facility in the northeast of the country.

Once the crated cargo had been offloaded on to land transporters, Israeli spy satellites fixed overhead relayed real-time images of the trucks as they wended their way to an agricultural research centre on the Euphrates river. Senior Israeli ministers immediately ordered a tactical strike. On 6 September, several IAF F15is (believed to be from 69th Squadron) flew into Syria and bombed the plant.

The facts behind this most secret Mossad operation code-named BLACK SEPTEMBER...


For King and Country... and because they can

The rise of imperialism and sense of nationalism at the end of the nineteenth century increased feelings of insecurity and wariness of alien nations subverting the status quo. Opposing military powers generated fears and paranoia and instilled in citizens a call to patriotism that led to some very unlikely spies and acts of bravery. These remarkable people; writers, actors, singers, athletes, photographers and others had imagination, analytic ability, and day to day diligence that were more than useful to intelligence agencies.

Writers of thrillers gravitated to the Secret Service as surely as the mentally unstable become psychiatrists, or the impotent pornographers, wrote one-time MI6 man and media personality Malcolm Muggeridge in The Infernal Grove.

Celebrities from all walks of life have one thing in common - they travel - and because of this visas are rarely turned down. Opportunities also arise to meet important people - (dignitaries as they like to be known), see locations and generally access areas sometimes beyond the reach of authentic spooks (and definitely beyond mere mortals like you and me). What better way therefore, than to recruit people who can venture to places and do your spying for you. This is exactly what happened during decades of conflict in the 20th Century.

Many of these individuals led eventful lives and the daring-do of spying combined with an unfailing sense of patriotism led to some of the most unlikely and colourful spies. They got away with it because who would suspect a Hollywood actor, a famous sportsman etc.

EXTRACT: Somerset Maugham - Too Close For Comfort W. Somerset Maugham (right) created the modern spy fiction - but his 1928 book - Ashendon was too close to reality and based on real-life experiences. Churchill was fuming and told him its content violated the Official Secrets Act. Some stories were torn from the manuscript and hastily thrown into a coal fire!

When WWI broke out, Maugham had volunteered as an ambulance driver and then as an interpreter. He later joined the intelligence service and was sent to Russia to help support the tottering government against the Bolsheviks. The main character in Ashendon, was code-named Somerville, which was his actual non de guerre in Russia. When the fictional character in the book was asked to give his address, Somerville answered Chesterfield Street, Mayfair, London - Maughams real address!

Maughams influence on spy writers should not be underestimated. John Le Carre said: Maugham was the first person to write anything about espionage in a mood of disenchantment and prosaic reality. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Eye Spy looks at the Surprise Spies who plied a secondary trade for King and Country...


New Advance in Computer Voice Simulation Spells Trouble

Researchers at York University have warned that so advanced is the field of computerised speech, it now poses a genuine terrorist threat. David Howard, who leads a team of voice synthesis experts, built a 3D computer model of a mans larynx using medical imaging of the throat provided by Brad Story, a voice expert working at Arizona University. Howard believes that in time, computer-generated voices will be so impressive and realistic, they could be used to spread disinformation by hacking phone networks, and used to broadcast propaganda.


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