Classic ‘spycops’ methods applied by US immigration agents, reveals secret manual

A leaked undercover operations training manual reveals how US agencies were authorised to carry out entrapment and other illegal activities against people who immigrated to the United States. These included forming long-term sexual liaisons with targets.

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This duo helped launch Brexit but brazenly now admit to being professional liars

On Tuesday 12 June, Leave.EU financier Arron Banks and communications director Andy Wigmore were questioned for nearly five hours by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee examining fake news. But the double act ran circles around their out-of-depth interrogators. It was a masterclass in evasion, and by the end the duo simply walked out of the session. No wonder they seemed so pleased with themselves afterwards.

To avoid getting the wrong answers, it helps to ask the right questions. But the committee didn’t come anywhere near close to doing that during the questioning.

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Boris confirms London-wide surveillance system, but leaves out something very crucial

In a leaked recorded speech at a private dinner for Conservative activists on Wednesday 6 June, Britain’s foreign secretary and former mayor of London let rip about his views on Brexit. But later in the same speech, the gaffe-prone cabinet minister revealed what some may have suspected. The capital has in place a total surveillance system, linked to the Oyster card.

But what Johnson failed to mention is that the company which manages the Oyster card also has a long history of providing support to military and defence systems.

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A police federation chair fails to mention local spycop when celebrating takedown of Lush posters

Liz Groom, Cambridgeshire Police Federation chair, tweeted her approval after the Lush shop in Peterborough took down its spycops display. But Groom failed to mention in her tweets that a previous representative of the same federation was spycop (undercover police officer), Andy Coles.

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Meanwhile, the Guardian has published a statement on the spycops scandal, signmed by 74 victims:

“We are victims of what has become known as the “spycops” operation, and their legal representatives and supporters. In many of these secret undercover operations the police have admitted to violation of human rights, abuse of police powers and causing significant trauma, including inhuman and degrading treatment breaching article 3 of the European convention of human rights.

We are pressing for the current public inquiry into undercover policing to ensure that there is full disclosure of what took place, including who was targeted, by whom and how. Without this full disclosure there is no way of knowing the full extent of what happened during the dark years of this secret policing operation.

The cosmetics retailer Lush has used its facilities to help us as victims press for full disclosure and reform so that this never happens again (Lush under fire from police over ‘spy cops’ campaign, 2 June). This is not an attack on police; it serves to help all those in the police service who wish to uphold the highest standards of policing. For this we thank Lush for its support. We condemn those who have misrepresented Lush and our campaign and especially those who have sought to intimidate Lush staff. #WeStandWithLush.”

Doreen Lawrence Core participant in public inquiry
John McDonnell MP
Caroline Lucas MP
Molly Scott Cato MEP
Jenny Jones Green party, House of Lords
Natalie Bennett Former leader, Green party
Jonathan Bartley Green party co-leader
Michael Mansfield QC Core participant
Imran Khan QC
John Hendy QC
Len McCluskey General secretary, Unite union
Gail Cartmail Assistant general secretary, Unite union
Ian Hodson Bakers, Food & Allied Workers Union
Manuel Cortes General secretary, TSSA Union
Steve Hedley Assistant general secretary, RMT union
Matt Wrack General secretary, Fire Brigades Union
Ricky Tomlinson Actor and Shrewsbury picket
Mark Thomas Comedian and political satirist
Owen Jones Columnist and commentator 
‘Andrea’ Core participant
‘Alison’ Core participant
‘Jessica’ Core participant
‘Rosa’ Core participant
‘Kate’ Core participant
Carolyn Wilson Core participant
Sukhdev Reel Core participant
Stafford Scott Core participant
Suresh Grover Core participant
Helen Steel Core participant
Sheila Coleman Hillsborough Justice Campaign
Dave Smith Core participant
Roy Bentham Core participant
Lisa Teuscher Core participant
Joe Rollins Orgreave Truth & Justice Campaign
Mark Metcalf Core participant
Paul Heron Public Interest Law Unit
Jules Carey Bindmans solicitors
Russell Fraser Garden Court Chambers 
Harriet Wistrich Centre for Women’s Justice
Kate Ellis Centre for Women’s Justice
Jason Kirpatrick Core participant
Jude Lanchin Bindmans solicitors
Shamik Dutta Bhatt Murphy solicitors
Dave Nellist former MP and core participant
Lois Austin Former chair, Youth Against Racism & core participant
Hannah Sell – Socialist Party and core participant
Dave Morris McLibel defendant
Mike Schwarz Bindmans solicitors 
Eveline Lubbers Undercover Research Group
Kevin Blowe Netpol
Leigh Andrews Spied-on trade unionist
Donal O’Driscoll Core participant
Hannah Dee Core participant
Frank Smith Blacklisted construction worker
Steve Acheson Blacklisted worker
Brian Higgins Blacklisted trade unionist
Dan Gilman Blacklisted trade unionist
John Jones Blacklisted trade unionist
Aaron Bastani Co-founder, Novara Media
Ash Sarkar Senior editor, Novara Media
Liam Young Author of Rise: How Jeremy Corbyn Inspired the Young to Create a New Socialism
Maya Goodfellow Writer and researcher
Joe Batty Antiracist activist
Phil Chamberlain Co-author Blacklisted  
Sam Tarry President, Class thinktank
Prof Rory O’Neill Editor, Hazards magazine
Kim Bryan Community activist
Alec Cutler Community activist
Sian Jones Blacklist Support Group
Police Spies Out of Lives Core participant
The Monitoring Group Core participant
Defend the Right to Protest Core participant

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Despite government ‘censorship’, a far bigger story behind the Skripals poisoning is emerging

The UK government issued two censorship notices in the immediate aftermath of the poisonings of the Skripals – Russian double agent Sergei and his daughter Yulia. But these notices were not about the apparent murder attempt, but the intelligence personnel linked to the Skripals. And while the mainstream media largely co-operated with the request, independent media outlets were less willing, revealing the real reasons why the notices were issued.

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If these claims about the ‘Trump dossier’ are true, it could explain why the Skripals were targeted

Two intriguing tweets, one by by a former UK ambassador and another by a Channel 4 News journalist, relate to an aspect of the so-called ‘Trump dossier’ that might explain why Sergei and Yulia Skripal were targeted in Salisbury.

‘D Notice’?

Craig Murray, the former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan, asserted that a ‘D Notice’ was applied to the wider role of Pablo Miller. Murray attributed this claim to Channel 4 News journalist Alex Thomson:

According to the DSMA (Defence and Security Media Advisory) service, there is no ‘D Notice’ that specifically refers to the Skripals. However, all five current notices are quite vague and could easily be applied to the Skripals case.

So who is Miller?

In March 2000, The Guardian reported that a ‘senior Russian intelligence officer’ had been arrested in Moscow. Allegedly, this person was recruited by Pablo Miller, who was descibed as the “head of British intelligence in Tallinn, working under the cover of first secretary of the British embassy in Estonia”.

According to the FSB (Russian Security Service), the GRU (military intelligence) officer recruited [Russian] by Miller was Sergei Skripal. Skripal was subsequently assigned [paywall] the codename ‘Forthwith’. At the time, Miller was using the name Antonio Alvarez de Hidalgo.

A photo of Miller first surfaced in 2007.

Former MI6 agent Pablo Miller

Miller was later awarded the OBE for his service to British foreign policy.

Enter Christopher Steele

The information that Skripal disclosed to MI6 would likely have been given to Christopher Steele, who was a high-ranking MI6 agent [paywall] and head of the Russia desk, before moving to Paris.

Significantly, Miller now works with Orbis Business Intelligence, which is headed by Steele.

Former MI5 staffer Annie Machon, told Undercoverinfo that she has no inside knowledge on the Skripal’s case, but commented:

Early reporting established that Miller & Skripal remained in contact in Salisbury. If the Steele connection is true, no surprise re D Notice!

So what does this alleged Steele connection imply?

The dossier

Murray previously commented:

it seems to me even more probable that Sergei Skripal contributed to the Orbis Intelligence dossier on Trump.

This so-called ‘Trump dossier’ [pdf] – a series of briefings – was produced by Steele.

Orbis was tasked with investigating Donald Trump’s dealings with Russia by Washington-based political research company Fusion GPS. Fusion was initially commissioned by a conservative publication opposed to Trump. But after Trump won the Republican nomination, a Democrats supporter law firm took over the funding of the brief.

The dossier includes [pdf, p11-14] multiple references to the Democratic National Convention (DNC) emails that show how the DNC allegedly conspired to undermine Bernie Sanders in the leadership election.

Outstanding questions

UK investigations concluded that Russia was responsible for the poisonings, despite pleas for caution.

As to the ‘Trump dossier’, regardless of the veracity of the intelligence and allegations [pdf] made in the briefings, the tweets by Murray and Thomson point to an aspect of the Skripals story that may require further scrutiny. In particular, whether Sergei Skripal directly contributed intelligence to the dossier.

And the amswer to that could well result in wide-ranging consequences.

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Claims that Brexit campaign referenced data on millions of UK citizens via price comparison site

With the latest twist in the Cambridge Analytica (CA) saga, attention has turned to claims of irregularities involving a price comparison website. It is possible that data held by Moneysupermarket was shared for political purposes. And if this did indeed happen, it could affect nearly 25 million voters.

Collusion

It’s alleged that Leave.EU, fronted by Nigel Farage and one of the main pro-Brexit campaigns, used customer data from an insurance firm that is listed on a price comparison website.

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