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FBI Ad Campaign Seeks Public Support Against Economic Espionage

Billboard from new awareness Campaign FBI photo

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

A new FBI PR campaign seems to emphasize that spies in the modern age ain’t your Coldwar Commie.

The campaign includes billboards in major cities like the one pictured here, asking the public to be vigilant against spies who may be insiders, like the two Dupont employees charged this year for divulging trade secrets to China. China wanted the recipe for Dupont’s TiO2 white pigment for coloring paint, plastic and paper.

FBI Director Mueller just made a pitch to congress to renew FISA which allows the agency to conduct electronic surveillance on foreigners without a warrant, and CNET reports that the FBI is pushing for legislation to force social networks like Facebook and Twitter, email providers and peer-to-peer networks to become “wiretap friendly”.

Now the FBI is asking the public to pitch in. Perhaps you might spend your lunch break surveilling your cubicle mate for shenanigans.

The FBI’s press release for the new campaign offers warning signs to look for in your shifty coworkers.*

  • They work odd hours without authorization.
  • Without need or authorization, they take proprietary or other information home in hard copy form and/or on thumb drives, computer disks, or e-mail.
  • They unnecessarily copy material, especially if it’s proprietary or classified.
  • They disregard company policies about installing personal software or hardware, accessing restricted websites, conducting unauthorized searches, or downloading confidential material.
  • They take short trips to foreign countries for unexplained reasons.
  • They engage in suspicious personal contacts with competitors, business partners, or other unauthorized individuals.
  • They buy things they can’t afford.
  • They are overwhelmed by life crises or career disappointments.
  • They are concerned about being investigated, leaving traps to detect searches of their home or office or looking for listening devices or cameras.

If you suspect someone in your office may be committing economic espionage, report it to your corporate security officer and to your local FBI office, or submit a tip here.


Ex-FBI Agent Who Worked Espionage Authors Spy Novel

Tom Stutler

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-FBI agent Thomas R. Stutler, a newly minted author, says he likes fiction readers to get a sense authors know what they’re  talking about.

“My goal when writing fiction is always to make sure the reader can tell the book was written by somebody who was in the game… Every sentence, every paragraph and every chapter should feel real and alive and most importantly… Possible!,” he writes on his website.

Stutler, a former Florida state’s attorney turned FBI agent, who worked espionage and counterterrorism in California and at FBI headquarter from 1995 to 2004, has authored  “The Consulate”, a spy novel about a CIA-trained FBI agent and the Chinese government’s efforts to compromise a classified project by the White House that impacts all the American people. The book is edited by author Bob Andelman, whose name appears as a co-author.

Stutler told ticklethewire.com that he self-published the book and got a distributor to arrange for downloads at Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes and Noble and iTunes. Though the book was first available in February, he said he just started marketing it the other day because of some glitches with the download.

A second book — part of the series — has just been completed, he said. But that’s not all. Someone has offered a letter of intent for the movie rights, he said.

“I love writing,” said Stutler, who has been a consultant for the Kevin J. Anderson, the best selling author of the X-Files.

Stutler lives in Tampa and has a consulting and private investigative agency.

Feds Bust Philippine Man for Selling Spy Plane on eBay

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Go on eBay and you’ll find it all: a Bottega Veneta handbag; a 1956 Chevy Bel Air van; an uncirculated Eagle quarter shrunk to the size of a dime.

But a U.S. spy plane?

Yes, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tampa said Monday that it had charged Henson Chua, 47, of the Philippines with trying to sell a U.S. spy plane known as a Raven on eBay for $13,000 to federal agents with the Homeland Security Department, Reuters news service reported. He was arrested in Los Angeles in February during a visit to the U.S.

Specifically, he was charged with smuggling and violating the Arms Export Control Act, Reuters reported. The news service did not report how he had obtained the plane.

Reuters reported that the four-pound plane, which can easily be taken apart and reassembled,  has three cameras and is used for battlefield surveillance.

Reuters reported that federal agents discovered last May that the plane was for sale.  Chua sent them the plane in pieces in separate packages in exchange for the money.

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Israel’s Netanyahu Asks Obama to Release Convicted Spy Jonathan Pollard

Jonathan Pollard/wikipedia

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard — who worked for Naval intelligence —  is back in the news again.

The Washington Post reports that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday sent a letter to President Obama asking for Pollard’s release. He was sentenced to life in prison in 1987 for spying for Israel.

The Post reported that the White House simply responded: “We have received the letter and will review it,” said Tommy Vietor, a White House spokesman.

Netanyahu read the letter at a session of parliament, the Post reported.

“Since Jonathan Pollard has now spent 25 years in prison, I believe that a new request for clemency is highly appropriate,” Netanyahu wrote. “I know that this view is also shared by former senior American officials with knowledge of the case, as well as by numerous Members of Congress.”

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Government Has Violated Spying Limits on U.S. Citizens, Documents Show


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — When it comes to listening  in on conversations or reading emails, the feds have repeatedly violated legal limits of surveillance of U.S. citizens, the Washington Post reports.

The Post reports that the conclusion comes from the release of 900 pages of documents obtained by the ACLU in a court battle. The paper reported that U.S. government agencies refused to say how many Americans’ rights were violated or intercepted under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act – or FISA.

“The documents note that although oversight teams did not find evidence of “intentional or willful attempts to violate or circumvent the law . . . certain types of compliance incidents continue to occur,” as a March 2009 report stated,” the Post reported.

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A Trade of a Different Sort: This One Won’t Help Any Teams Win the Championship

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethwire.com

Trades in sports like the NBA often garner plenty of attention. But this trade is different: spies for spies.

The New York Daily News reports that a plan is in the works to send the 10 Russian spies arrested last week home in exchange for imprisoned spies who did work for the U.S. and Britain.

The Daily News said  plan could be hatched sooner than later.

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Ex-DEA Agent Who Claimed CIA Spied on Him Gets $3 Million From U.S. in Lawsuit

burma map
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
Ex-DEA agent Richard Horn may have lost his privacy, but he’s a lot richer as a result.

The U.S. government has agreed to pay him $3 million to settle a lawsuit in Washington in which Horn alleged that the CIA and a U.S. diplomat spied on him  and illegally wiretapped his conversations while he worked at the U.S. Embassy in Burma more than ten years ago, Politico reported.

Politico reported that Horn’s lawsuit alleged that the CIA officer and the diplomant “conspired to place a listening device in a coffee table at Horn’s residence and that the pair then relayed information they obtained to Washington.”

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