Saturday, September 7, 2013
The Summer of SIGINT
The title of this post is a rip from a new blog I have been reading, the 20 Committee, which is written by a former NSA counterintelligence guy.
He has a lot of interesting things to say about Snowden, the NSA, Wikileaks, etc. See his blog at
I am pretty sure that recent events and disclosures do not mean what the Guardian and Snowden want you to think. The question of the role of Wikileaks, which is not an innocent, activist, web site, looms larger. The question of the probable moles in the intellilgence community signaled by the 10 illegals that were found in 2010 has not been answered. (For background on the illegals, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illegals_Program).
I do think that big things are happening. Are we in the opening stages of another war, or maybe its just a reminder that the intelligence war never went away.
Between the Canadian affair, the issue of the undiscovered moles, and Snowden's work for the Russians, it would appear that our intelligence community has been thoroughly penetrated.
Unfortunately, this is not a John LeCarre novel, this is real life, and I don't think there is any reason to think that the good guys necessarily have to win.