The Spy Brief: Dead Drop, 20 April 2018

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It’s time for another TSB Dead Drop of interesting, provocative, thought-provoking, and sometimes even humorous intelligence and security stories from around the world which you might have missed … enjoy!

Extraordinary rendition? Wait, I thought the US IC did that – and it’s bad, very bad, a serious no-no. Apparently not for Turkey.

Some deets on GCHQ’s recent massive cyber attack on ISIS to degrade that awful terror group’s online capabilities.

Confirmed: Russian intelligence (GRU) was spying on Sergei Skripal and his daughter for at least 5 years before their attempted assassination in Salisbury.

Repeat after me: Overthrowing Gadhafi was a terrible, rotten, no-good idea for Europe and the West. (Told ya!)

What exactly is USCYBERCOM supposed to be doing – and where does NSA stop and CYBERCOM start? Well, aren’t those good questions …

ETA – once one of the world’s deadliest terrorist groups – is set to announce its formal dissolution. (Confession: I forgot they still existed at all, even on paper.)

GCHQ boss calls out Russia for “industrial scale disinformation,” says Kremlin “blurring boundaries between criminal and state activity.”

Planting deza, fake news, smearing Hillary with Russian lies – gosh, that sounds like a dry-run for 2016, wouldn’t you say, Paulie?

Turkish intelligence (MIT) global campaign to kidnap – sorry, extradite – Gülenists reaches central Africa. Mike Flynn was not available for comment.

Per above, MIT states it’s “packaged up and delivered 80 FETÖ (Fethullahist Terror Organisation) members from 18 countries,” boasts: “FETÖ are in panic in Pennsylvania.”

Israel’s vaunted intelligence agencies just celebrated their 70th birthday. What does their future look like?

Most Israeli spooks really, really dislike Bibi. Like, really-really.

Pentagon quietly explains that President Trump lied to the American public: ISIS is not yet defeated, in fact this fight is far from over. Oh.

So, um, what happens if Beijing decides to make Taiwan their Crimea? That’s a really good question …

A rare bit of detail on Australia’s emerging offensive cyber capabilities. Canberra’s investing heavily there, especially in ASD (Australia’s NSA).

Charges laid in case of Beijing spy caught in Sweden spying on the Tibetan diaspora. Nobody tell Richard Gere.

New Slovak PM says his country is not a “mafia state” despite recent murder of journalist and his fiancée. We’ll see.

More revelations about just how dirty Northern Ireland’s Dirty War really was at the peak of The Troubles.

Germany is alarmingly pro-Russian on many issues. Austria’s even worse – a brief explainer on why that is.

New head of Switzerland’s Federal Intelligence Service (NDB) is a retired army general who formerly headed Swiss military intelligence.