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#1 User is offline   Liz 

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  Posted 05 November 2018 - 02:12 AM

Under Obama, The CIA Suffered A 'Catastrophic' Disaster

PJ Media
By Michael Walsh
November 4, 2018

This story, which broke on Nov. 2, got mighty little attention from the national media. I wonder why:

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In 2013, hundreds of CIA officers — many working nonstop for weeks — scrambled to contain a disaster of global proportions: a compromise of the agency’s internet-based covert communications system used to interact with its informants in dark corners around the world. Teams of CIA experts worked feverishly to take down and reconfigure the websites secretly used for these communications; others managed operations to quickly spirit assets to safety and oversaw other forms of triage.

“When this was going on, it was all that mattered,” said one former intelligence community official. The situation was “catastrophic,” said another former senior intelligence official.

Now, who was president back then?

From around 2009 to 2013, the U.S. intelligence community experienced crippling intelligence failures related to the secret internet-based communications system, a key means for remote messaging between CIA officers and their sources on the ground worldwide. The previously unreported global problem originated in Iran and spiderwebbed to other countries, and was left unrepaired — despite warnings about what was happening — until more than two dozen sources died in China in 2011 and 2012 as a result, according to 11 former intelligence and national security officials.

The disaster ensnared every corner of the national security bureaucracy — from multiple intelligence agencies, congressional intelligence committees and independent contractors to internal government watchdogs — forcing a slow-moving, complex government machine to grapple with the deadly dangers of emerging technologies.

This is simply stunning. A rollup of networks across the world -- an event that began in Iran, where the Obama administration would soon enough be negotiating its much sought-after "nuclear deal framework," and ended with numerous deaths is the kind of thing of which intelligence nightmares and national-security disasters are made. One's first instinct is to look back and see who was CIA director during that period: Leon Panetta (Feb. 2009-June 2011); Michael Morell (acting director, July-Sept. 2011); David Petraeus (Sept. 2011-Nov. 2012); Morell again (acting, Nov. 2012-March 2013); and finally John Brennan, who served out the remainder of the Obama administration.

In other words, a lot of churn during what we now know was a tumultuous time. Oddly enough, one important national-security position experienced exactly zero churn during these years, that of Homeland Security adviser. Which chair was occupied by John Brennan, until he stepped in at the CIA.

A former senior intelligence official with direct knowledge of the compromise said it had global implications for the CIA. “You start thinking twice about people, from China to Russia to Iran to North Korea,” said the former official. The CIA was worried about its network “totally unwinding worldwide.”

Yahoo News’ reporting on this global communications failure is based on conversations with eleven former U.S. intelligence and government officials directly familiar with the matter who requested anonymity to discuss sensitive operations. Multiple former intelligence officials said that the damage from the potential global compromise was serious — even catastrophic — and will persist for years.

More than just a question of a single failure, the fiasco illustrates a breakdown that was never properly addressed. The government’s inability to address the communication system’s insecurities until after sources were rolled up in China was disastrous. “We’re still dealing with the fallout,” said one former national security official. “Dozens of people around the world were killed because of this.”

News of the disaster was reported back in August, but the details were largely confined to China:

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Posted 05 November 2018 - 03:21 AM

This was NO ACCIDENT.

I have NO doubts that the administration provided access information so that the enemies he abetted while in office were able to attempt to make access into the system to find the information they wanted.

After all, someone had to get the details about Seal Team 6 and their families...
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Posted 05 November 2018 - 05:52 AM

View PostTicked@TinselTown, on 05 November 2018 - 03:21 AM, said:

This was NO ACCIDENT.

I have NO doubts that the administration provided access information so that the enemies he abetted while in office were able to attempt to make access into the system to find the information they wanted.

After all, someone had to get the details about Seal Team 6 and their families...


:exactly:
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Posted 05 November 2018 - 06:46 AM

View PostTicked@TinselTown, on 05 November 2018 - 03:21 AM, said:

This was NO ACCIDENT.

I have NO doubts that the administration provided access information so that the enemies he abetted while in office were able to attempt to make access into the system to find the information they wanted.

After all, someone had to get the details about Seal Team 6 and their families...

:exactly: X2
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Posted 05 November 2018 - 08:09 AM

Well the Awan's were sending all their data to, Pakistan, right? Multiple foreign powers gained access to Hillary's server - the one with all the classified info on it. Who was Feinstein's driver? Where has our manufacturing jobs been shipped to over the past couple of decades? Who suddenly got MIRV's during Clinton's presidency.

And not one Lefty on this site will comment on this or admit that while both parties have been complicit on selling out the American people, only the Democrats and a few fake Republicans like McStain were the ones literally selling us out.
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Posted 05 November 2018 - 08:53 AM

Started with Iran? Was this the down payment on the 1.5 Billion that left the US?
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Posted 05 November 2018 - 09:42 AM

View PostTaggart Transcontinental, on 05 November 2018 - 08:53 AM, said:

Started with Iran? Was this the down payment on the 1.5 Billion that left the US?

On pallets of cash. I am sure there could also be zero possibility any of it ended up in anyone's pockets, or bank accounts. Trump was NOT supposed to win.
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