Saturday, January 14, 2017

Unseemly Allegations

"The collection of communications intelligence and state-sponsored hacking such as the world is witnessing right now is indicative of what we must diligently protect ourselves against."
"One would be mistaken in thinking that Operation Keystone is a relic of the past, a phenomenon of the KGB and the Cold War."
"Dispatching deep-cover illegals to the West and elsewhere, has continued under the current-day SVR."
Donald Mahar, former Canadian counter-intelligence officer

"They are Russian espionage elites, among their nation's costliest and longest-term undercover agents, who will go to great lengths to spy on their target countries."
Government document filed in Federal Court, Canada

The day we discovered our parents were Russian spies : The Guardian


The program of infiltration into other nations of Russian deep-cover spies, known as "illegals" was originally a KGB operation. Since the dissolution of the USSR, the successor to the KGB, the SVR, has continued to operate the program. Just as one of the then-KGB's senior operatives has long since ascended to the presidency-in-perpetuity of the Greater Russian Federation, with the intention of making that federation even greater in scope and geography, nostalgic for the days of the Soviet Union as a world power.

Vladimir Putin perceives Russia under his aegis as equal in influence and power to that of the United States which during the Cold War shared super-power status with the Soviet Union. It is Mr. Putin's aspiration to return Russia to its former glory, the despotic head of cringing satellite countries in the firm grip of Russia's suction-grasping venality. He has invested hugely in rebuilding Russian arms to reflect the latest technological upgrades, and has seen to the launch of a different, destructive weapon, cyber espionage.

The United States is still reeling under the unfathomably-oblivious reality that secret documents were infiltrated online with the intention of undermining security in the United States and influencing the course of the presidential election. With or without their interference, there can be nothing but satisfaction for the Kremlin in the outcome of that election, with an incoming president who waxes enthusiastic over the potential of forging an intelligence and military bond with Russia, upending U.S. policy.

The Illegals who have been steeped in the protocols of insinuating themselves with the aid of identities purloined by Russian agents of North Americans who died in infancy, have spent decades in the sensitive undertaking of establishing a reliable background for themselves to be trusted as innocuous, ordinary citizens, while awaiting instructions from the Kremlin on how they must proceed in using their identities to further the prospects of their country of birth.

Timothy Vavilov, 25, left, and brother Alexander, 21, pictured in 2010. Their parents are spies who came to Canada in the 1990s and took over the identities of dead Canadians.
Elise Amendola / The Associated Press   Timothy Vavilov, 25, left, and brother Alexander, 21, pictured in 2010. Their parents are spies who came to Canada in the 1990s and took over the identities of dead Canadians.

Illegals are occasionally discovered by intelligence agencies of the Western nations into which they have inveigled themselves, and they are then deported. Some of them, so well established for so many decades they have businesses and familial dependents to leave behind. The installation of illegals represents a tactic that Russia values from the immediate postwar years to the present time.

They are trained in dead drops, radio transmissions and encoded microfilm techniques. These Russian spies in the tradition of the older Soviet spies are invaluable to Russia, conveying data meant to be secure and inviolable, to Russia, working under code names as agents of a foreign state, installed with great care and aspiration to become that vital link to human intelligence-gathering that enables Russia at times to have an upper hand in insider knowledge meant to be confined to the nation it belongs to.

When a roundup of Illegals occurs, the Kremlin denies any knowledge of those under arrest as spies. These are called baseless and unseemly allegations having nothing whatever to do with Russia; figments of the feverish imaginations of other countries in a state of delusional paranoia.

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