PARIS (AP) — It seems like open season on the GRU.
The Russian military agency had its inner workings exposed again Friday as determined journalists and Kremlin critics remain focused on uncovering its secrets. A new report details the alleged misbehavior and bizarre bureaucratic decisions that allowed a Russian journalist to identify people he says are GRU officers.
Journalist Sergei Kanev said he wants to call attention to problems within an organization he thinks has moved from traditional spying into unchecked violence and foreign interference. But his story portrays the agency as more sloppy than scary: one finding was that suspected GRU agents appeared to blow their own covers.
A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” is a popular reference to William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, in which Juliet seems to argue that it does not matter that Romeo is from her family’s rival house of Montague, that is, that he is named “Montague”.
A rose by any other name would smell as sweet – Wikipedia
Sayoc, 56, from Aventura, faces up to 58 years in prison
Two more suspicious packages discovered in US on Friday
Per NBC News, Trump not planning to reach out to Obama or others figures targeted in Sayoc’s bomb campaign.
“I think we’ll probably pass,” he said.
NOTABLE: Asked by @KellyO whether President Trump will reach out to former President Obama or others targeted with mail bombs, Trump simply says: “If they wanted me to, but I think we’ll probably pass”
Sayoc’s white van, with all of its elaborate political displays and anti-Democrat sentiment is exactly the type of thing people tend to pull out their smartphone and snap a picture of these days. Expect to see a lot of posts and images like this in the coming hours and days from people who snapped it before this weeks events.
OMG. My husband just called and said “Remember that picture I texted you of that crazy Trump van that delivered lunch to my office? THAT WAS THE GUY!” This is the picture he sent me of the van parked at his office on November 1, 2017. #FloridaMan@FBIpic.twitter.com/18BimNzNhi
“Novichok” Postcard: Note the three steady amber lights: this is the highest degree of the child kidnapping alert. The “Bosh” and his “Pet”, behind the “rov” – moat, marked by the flag with their mixed colors, in the neo-auburn field of the old cemetery, called the Central Europe.
Ukraine and her Intelligence Services (“Малой, The Junior, Der Jünger”) are finally kidnapped by the New Abwehr, says the Demiurge.
Note the three steady amber lights: this is the highest degree of the child kidnapping alert.
“Ukraine and her Intelligence Services (Малой, The Junior, Der Jünger) are finally kidnapped by the New Abwehr”, says the Demiurge.
Ukraine was called “Malorossiya”: a small, “junior” Russia.
Mr. Skripal called the Ukranians “the herd of sheep” in need of a Shepard. His opinions, kept warm for the upcoming book ordered by the Demiurge, were sent to the Ukranians for the review and rebuttal, and the rebuttal they did, under the wise guidance of the New Abwehr.
“Choke!” they said to Skripal. “Nova Rossiya” spells “Novi Chok!” they said. “And now you will or will not know, who really did it,” said the Chechens.
“I know everything”, said the Demiurge. “Because I arrange everything. Und ziz will promote ziz book az my bizzznezzz venture, too!”
Well, we should not assassinate Junior any further, there is a much more interesting issue and the set of questions on the horizon.
Are there any adults in this room? Or no one has any shame left, after all these shamings?Or did everything become so mixed and so intermixed that it simply does not matter much?
“Very controlling, German-Jewish way of running the people’s lives”, thought Mike Nova. “Abwehr was a very Jewish Lady, after all… With the somewhat suspicious Habsburg Jaw…”
Глава украинского МВД Арсен Аваков передал своему британскому коллеге информацию о причастности полковника российской разведки Анатолия Чепиги к событиям 2014 года на Украине. Эту версию накануне озвучил журналист Сергей Канев
Глава МВД Украины Арсен Аваков на встрече с британским коллегой Беном Уоллесом подтвердил, что Киев считает одного из подозреваемых в участии в отравлении Сергея Скрипаля причастным к бегству Януковича из страны в 2014 году. Об этом говорится в пресс-релизе МВД Украины по итогам переговоров двух стран.
If you have a player-opponent in the persona of Admiral Canaris and/or his brainchild, the New Abwehr, it changes the whole game, my friends; and we better start understanding this game, its rules, and its implications.
Horizon Q400: Be level, there are 400 Questions. Ketron Island: This is the key throne. Kedr is on.
“Puget Sound is a sound along the northwestern coast of the U.S. state of Washington, an inlet of the Pacific Ocean, and part of the Salish Sea. Wikipedia”
M.N.: No, I meant exactly the “Pu-get Sound“: The Demiurge or The Pretender says: “It sounds like you want to get Putin. Doesn’t it?”
I am not out to “get” anyone. I just want it to sound like the Truth and to be the Truth, believe it or not. It is not the badge of honor or pride, it is an obsession. Some people are like that. It is like a character trait.
Although, this is very logical line of reasoning: if Putin is the German Agent (which without any doubts he is), and if he served you, The Demiurge, as your puppet, and he tried to cover it up for you by claiming your plans, designs, and actions as his own, by pretending to be a Demiurge, and mixing them skillfully with his own, and the others, according to your new Genius Software Spying and Special Operations programs worldwide, and if it eventually served the “Deutschland Uber Alles” purposes, the Russian people will send him to Magadan, right away and without further delay, as the Greatest VRIO of All Times, to dig for the real gold and to write his vrio memories.
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Multiple investigations have been spurred after Horizon Air employee Richard “Beebo” Russell stole an airplane from Sea-Tac Airport Friday night, flew it to south Puget Sound and crashed it. Authorities say that it was not an act of terrorism; the 29-year-old man was reportedly suicidal.
“He was a faithful husband, a loving son, and a good friend,” his family said in a statement on Saturday night. “This is a complete shock to us. We are devastated by these events.”
“As the voice recordings show, Beebo’s intent was not to harm anyone. He was right in saying that there were so many people who loved him. We would like to thank the authorities who have been helpful and respectful, Alaska Air for their resources, the community, his friends and family for their incredible support and compassion, and Jesus, whose steadfast love endures.”
The FBI’s Seattle office has taken over the investigation into the incident and Russell, who worked for Horizon for 3.5 years.
“I have dozens of personnel out at the crash site right now; I had 30-40 folks out overnight interviewing co-workers and family members,” said Special Agent Jay Tabb. “This is going to take a little bit of time.”
Pierce County Sheriff’s Office says that the man — who worked as a ground service agent for Horizon — acted alone when he took the empty airplane from Sea-Tac Airport at around 8 p.m., flew it, and crashed it on Ketron Island Friday evening.
It is believed that he had no flying experience, but was somehow able to take a Horizon Air Q400, turboprop airplane and take off from Sea-Tac. The airport’s control tower was in contact with the man as he flew over Puget Sound, attempting to get him to land the plane. But recorded conversations imply that he had no intention of landing safely when he took it. The plane flew south along the coast, doing maneuvers, and was followed by two F-15 jets which attempted to escort the stolen aircraft back to Sea-Tac. The jets were scrambled out of the Portland area and created a sonic boom en route to the stolen airplane. They reached the Horizon craft within minutes of the theft. The jets followed until the crash. They did not shoot it down.
All flights were temporarily grounded at Sea-Tac Airport for a “security breach” Friday night. A ground stop was ordered through 11 p.m., according to FAA. Horizon Air released this video statementimmediately following the incident.
Brad Tildon, CEO of Alaska Airline, which operates Horizon, said Saturday that the incident is going to cause some changes at the company.
“Last night’s event is going to push us to learn what we can assure that this doesn’t happen again at Alaska Air Group or any other airline,” he said.
Richard “Beebo” Russell
The Seattle Times has identified the Horizon employee as Richard Russell of Sumner, a quiet man who was well liked by coworkers. He was married, religious, and went by the nickname of “Beebo.”
Russell had a blog as part of a college communications course where he states he was born in Key West, Florida and moved to Wasilla, Alaska when he was seven. He met his wife in Oregon in 2010; their wedding was in 2012. The couple ran a bakery on the Oregon Coast before moving to Sumner. The Bakery was featured in an article in Coos Bay’s The World newspaper.
The blog, last updated in 2017, features photos from his travels and a video about his work as a baggage handler at Sea-Tac. It also includes audio clips of interviews with fellow ground service agents, or merely just sounds of aircraft. He states that he went to work for Horizon because it allowed him to fly to Alaska and visit family.
Gary Beck, CEO of Horizon Air said questions remain as to how Russell was able to fly the plane from Sea-Tac in the first place. A Horizon twin propeller aircraft, such as the one that was stolen, is a turboprop airplane used for short trips in the Northwest, such as from Seattle to Spokane or Oregon. It seats about 76 passengers, and cruises at 414 mph. It is nearly 108 feet long with a 93 foot wingspan.
“Commercial aircraft are complex machines, they are not as easy to fly as say a Cessna 150,” Beck said. “So I don’t know how he achieved the experience that he did.”
Tildon also provided more details about Russell, and said he was vetted for security. Russell worked as a ground service agent, which does everything from de-ice airplanes to handling baggage and guiding planes on the runway. He worked for the company since February 2015. The Times reports that Russell worked on a tow team, which moves planes in and out of the runway. A tow team has two members — one that drives a tow truck, and another in the cockpit of the airplane who communicates with the tower. That person can operate the plane’s brakes.
“There was a couple different criminal background checks we run on our employees, he had a CETA badge with the Port of Seattle, so that’s another,” Tildon said. “He worked his shift yesterday, we believe he was in uniform. His job is to be around airplanes. He was tow certified. Airports have a non-secure side and a secure side; he’s meant to be on the secure side. That’s part of the fulfillment of his job responsibilities.”
Conversation with the air traffic control tower
Audio recordings from the air traffic control tower at Sea-Tac feature the conversation between the tower and the man in the airplane, referred to as “Rich.” Pilots in the tower attempted to instruct the man how to operate the airplane and use the instruments in the cockpit.
“Alright Rich, congratulations, you did that,” an air traffic controller can be heard on the recording. “Now let’s turn and land that airplane safely and not hurt anybody on the ground”
“Alright,” the man in the airplane responds. “Ah damn it, I don’t know, man. I don’t know! I don’t want to. I was hoping that was going to be it, ya know.”
“I just kind of want to do a couple maneuvers and see what it can do, before I put her down, ya know,” he says.
The man later said he felt light headed and dizzy and that he threw up a little bit. He apologized for the trouble and hoped it didn’t ruin the controller’s day. He also said that he didn’t have enough fuel. He mentions that he didn’t know how to “land it” and that he didn’t initially plan to. He does say that flying the plane was “a blast” and that he played video games before, so he had an idea of how to fly it.
“I got a lot of people that care about me,” he said on the recording. “And, uh, it’s going to disappoint them to hear that I did this. I would like to apologize to each and every one of them. Just a broken guy. Got a few screws loose, I guess. Never really knew it until now.”
At other portions of the recording the man notes he can see the Olympic Mountains and comments on how beautiful they are. The air traffic controller asks him to turn the plane around because if he goes too far, he won’t be able to keep talking with him. The man in the airplane then asks, “Hey pilot guy, can this thing do, uh, back flip thing?”
“I think I’m going to land it,” he says later. “Like, uh, in a safe kind of manner. I think I’m going to try to do a barrel roll and if that goes good, I’m just going to go nose down and call it a night.”
The man frequently said he wanted to do a barrel roll and the tower encouraged him to make a turn instead.
KIRO 7’s Gary Horcher spoke with Sea-Tac employees who described Rich as “super normal” and nice. They said he didn’t show any signs he would steal an airplane like this.
Fire crews boarded a ferry in Steilacoom shortly after the crash and sailed to the island. The fire was contained shortly after midnight.
Ketron Island, just off the shores of Steilacoom, has few residents. Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor estimated that about 12 people live on the island. He said the plane crashed in a wooded area and not near any homes.
Witnesses on the shoreline saw the airplane chase before the crash. Some report that the plane made a hard turn before crashing to the ground.
“It banked in towards the land a little bit, then out over toward the island, and then it just went down on the far side of the island and a really large cloud of smoke came up,” a woman told KIRO 7. “Shortly after that, we heard the bang from it.”
Witness Randy Foley told KIRO Radio has lived near Joint Base Lewis-McChord for nearly 50 years.
“We’re like, ‘Something is not right here,’” Foley said. “I mean, this is two F-15s escorting a commercial flight and we are like, ‘Something doesn’t seem right here.’ Of course, you always hope for the best. Then about 30 seconds later, we saw the big plume of black smoke. Something just happened.”
“It was really outside anything I’ve ever seen before,” he added.
Sharon Hawes heard a boom, but initially thought it was activity at JBLM.
“So we were sitting in the lounge chairs, watching the sunset, then we saw the plane, and the jets behind it, and my first thought was it was something at McChord, so late at night,” Hawes said. “Then we heard a third jet. Then the sunset was done, we went up to the house, they were putting things away at the pool and that’s when they heard the boom. Then my husband put it all together and turned on the news, and said ‘That was the plane.’”
“It was low enough that we could see the Alaska name, and the Alaska, ya know, face,” another witness told KIRO 7. “It was flying really low and banking really sharp, which is really unusual for a plane to be doing, and then being followed by the two jets.”
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