According to a top secret cable, the CIA is worried about its agents being captured and killed in the dozens overseas. The warning notes spies have been tracked in countries such as Iran and China and turned into double agents.
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The agency’s officials have reportedly been worried about losing too many informants recruited overseas, dozens of them having been killed or captured.
The cable was sent to every CIA station and base around the world last week, according to the report from The New York Times citing officials who had seen the letter.
Officials had looked into dozens of cases of informants over the last several years killed, captured, arrested, or compromised and turned into a double agent.
The trouble, according to the report, is “mission over safety.” A speedy recruiting process, too much trust in sources, and undeserved promotions are all cited as processes that need to change.
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In one section of the memo, it is noted that often agents can be promoted for recruiting an informant, whether the informant proves a successful source or not.
“No one at the end of the day is being held responsible when things go south with an agent,” Douglas London, a former CIA operative, noted to the Times about the cable.
Other former agents, the Times noted, said the cable “demonstrated” that while losing informants in one way or another is normal, the issue now is “more urgent” than has been publicly disclosed.
The warning about the troubling numbers was at “front-line officers” and those directly involved in recruiting informants, according to those who had seen and read it.
Those familiar with the situation said the reason for the wide message is to “prod” case officers tighten security and management of informants on an individual basis.
Recommendations include making the vetting process for informants stricter and focus on evading foreign intelligence agencies to prevent the potential of double agents.
The warning notes spies have been tracked in countries such as Iran and China and turned into double agents.
It has been reported that a member of the CIA Chief’s team suffered Havana Syndrome symptoms during their trip to India.
Some US officials have interpreted the new Havana-syndrome incident as a direct message to the CIA chief that no one is safe, including the people from his entourage.
Recently, the Russian and Belarusian intelligence have officially revealed how they foiled CIA backed color revolution and an attempted military coup to topple the Belarusian government as well as the assassination of the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko himself.
It was Lukashenko who last year exposed how the World Bank forced sovereign governments to impose strict lockdowns for coronavirus aid.
Earlier, Russian counter-intelligence operation busted similar attemp in Russia where Alexei Navalny was busted collaborating with a British Mi6 agent in order to topple Russian President Vladimir Putin.