Re: on GRU: Did Russians Use Blog To Aid Iraq

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Posted by Sadie from ? ( on Wednesday, April 16, 2003 at 11:28AM :

In Reply to: on GRU: Did Russians Use Blog To Aid Iraq posted by Andreas from ( on Wednesday, April 16, 2003 at 2:00AM :

: It's quite a notion: Russian spooks blogging concrete advice to Iraq. It's a notion that Strafor's Matthew Baker termed "nonsense." He said, "A website is not the way to get information to the Iraqis; a phone or radio is better."

: Baker sees it, rather, as an expression of an internecine struggle among various Russian military and espionage interests wrestling over whether to align more closely with the U.S. or seek a counterweight axis with Germany and France. He said, "They're not putting it up for amusement or profit, but for reasons to do with Russian politics." He added, "It's an agit-prop campaign by those who argue that sticking close to the U.S. is wrong."

: Denisov, who is also CEO of the site's server, Moscow-based JERA Systems, scoffed at the notion that his project is an attempt to aid the Iraqis. He said, "There are other means to transfer information with less attention, faster and more clandestine." He added, given the editing process, "It would be much quicker to send encrypted e-mail. So it's kind of unbelievable that it's a conspiracy theory - it's not realistic."

xxx I think these guys are right.

: His statement doesn't address the fact that some "intel updates" predicted troop movements a day or more in advance.

xxx Yeah, well when "breaking news" about war hits us here in the States, I've heard that it's a general rule of thumb to guess that the "breaking news" is actually a couple of days old.

-- Sadie
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