Spy versus Spy?

From the Times of Israel:

IDF warns soldiers against CIA recruitment efforts

Unusual letter issued by Military Intelligence calls on all soldiers and officers to ‘remain alert and report any unusual incidents’


Here’s what is available:

Military Intelligence has issued a letter warning all soldiers and officers in the Israel Defense Forces against attempts by the American Central Intelligence Agency to recruit Israeli soldiers.

“Be alert and report any unusual incidents,” the letter urged, according to a report by Channel 2 Sunday.

In the letter, Military Intelligence described a case that took place in 2012 when Israelis who served in sensitive and confidential roles were grilled for hours when they traveled to the United States.

According to a report on the case published in the Hebrew-language daily Yedioth Ahronoth, American interrogators, presumably CIA operatives, tried to convince the Israelis to join the ranks of the spy agency.

A senior defense official told Channel 2 that “any security institution fears the transfer of information one way or the other to another security institution and this is why this was published.”

The military confirmed that the letter was issued but did not say why it has been published now.

Military Intelligence routinely warns soldiers – especially those of the Intelligence Corps – to be careful what they post on social media or discuss on non-encrypted phone lines. It is unusual, though, for a letter to be sent to all soldiers in the entire army, and even more so for a warning to be issued against recruiting attempts by the spy agency of a friendly nation.

So, in summary, the CIA tried to recruit Israeli soldiers to spy on Israel for the USA. And, judging by the report, the attempt was a bit clumsy. Of course, who is to say some attempts were not reported? Of course, who is to say some attempts were not successful?

But what if Mossad tried to recruit American soldiers to spy on the USA for Israel. Do you think any such attempt would be met by a philosophical (and metaphorical) shrug of the soldiers shoulders, and a low level internal warning letter? Of course, who is to say some attempts were not reported? Of course, who is to say some attempts were not successful?

Methinks the spooks are having a laugh, or a little entertainment. the question is: who is playing, and who is being played?

A fair affair comment?

The BBC reportsCIA director David Petraeus resigns over affair.

CIA director David Petraeus has resigned from his post, admitting he had an extra-marital affair.

In a statement, Mr Petraeus described his behaviour as “unacceptable” for the leader of the nation’s main intelligence agency.

Unnamed officials said Mr Petraeus conducted the affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.

So far, so straightforward.  Ms Broadwell was his biographer and lover. Later on the BBC report, adding some context, says this:

Mrs Broadwell is a Harvard University research associate and PhD candidate at King’s College, London.

She has a military background, graduating from the same West Point Academy as Mr Petraeus. She is married to radiographer Scott Broadwell and lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.

She spent months embedded alongside the then-general in Afghanistan while researching her 2011 book, All In: The Education of General David Petraeus. The book was widely seen as a positive account of his leadership methods.

Ahem. Someone at the Beeb was enjoying themselves. Good one!