(WMR) -- The
CIA used credentialed journalists to engage in counter-intelligence and counter-terrorism
operations from 2003 to 2005.
WMR has learned that two individuals working as subcontractors
to the CIA had significant links to Blackwater�s CIA-approved and
sanctioned operations in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and Iran. Both
traveled with credentials issued by United Press International (UPI), the wire
service owned by News World Communications, owned by South Korean cult leader
Reverend Sun Myung Moon.
One of the contractor fake UPI journalists obtained a
journalist visa from the Iranian Interests Section, which operates under the
Pakistan embassy in Washington, to visit Tehran in 2003 and engaged in �target
analysis and spotting� for a planned U.S. attack on Iran. The fake
journalist also maintained close liaison with Secretary of Defense Donald
Rumsfeld�s office and officers of the Israeli Defense Force. The �reporter�
also engaged in counter-intelligence/terrorism operations in the Pakistani
northwest tribal border region with Afghanistan, as well as in Iraq and
Another journalist covert agent operated in Afghanistan with
not only a UPI credential but also a UPI tri-band international cell phone,
which the individual used to run up a huge phone bill making phone
calls from Afghanistan and other locations to the United States.
One of the CIA journalist agents also swept up intelligence
on the knowledge possessed by various overseas officials about what they knew
about the 9/11 attacks. These included Taliban, Northern Alliance, and Pashtun
officials in Afghanistan, Pakistani Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) officers
and mujaheddin elements once allied to the CIA during the Afghan war with the
Soviet Union, Saudi government officials, and members of the neocon-linked
Iraqi National Congress, including its leader Ahmad Chalabi.
Both faux journalists were also in Uzbekistan in the months
following 9/11, ostensibly to cover the regional news from that country.
However, the country was also a focal point for U.S. military activities in the
region and, in 2005, Uzbek forces launched an attack against protesters in
Andijan, killing up to 1,500 people. The government claimed the protesters were
Islamic radicals but later admitted they were protesting poor economic
The CIA has long stressed that it does not use journalists
as agents. However, the use of UPI-credentialed journalists in private military
contractor covert operations puts to rest that stated policy.
Both journalists in question were veterans of the U.S.
Special Forces and had close links to the headquarters of the U.S. Army Special
Forces at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Blackwater/Xe maintains a training
facility at Moyock, North Carolina.
Over the past few days, the Associated Press has reported
that the CIA used Blackwater contract assassins in other countries and there
have been other reports that the firm used foreign mercenaries to carry out
covert operations. The AP also quoted one former high-level CIA official as
stating that the agency used Blackwater for hit teams because �you wouldn�t
want to have American fingerprints on it.�
WMR has also learned that a Blackwater security operative
infiltrated the presidential campaigns of former Democratic Senator Mike Gravel
of Alaska and Representative Ron Paul (R-TX). The operative, who was permitted
to carry loaded weapons at televised presidential debates featuring other
candidates, including Secret Service-protected candidates Barack Obama and
Hillary Clinton, as well as Senators John McCain, Joe Biden, and Chris Dodd,
Representative Dennis Kucinich, and former Governors Mitt Romney and Mike
Huckabee, also served in Iraq and had close ties with the Israeli Defense
Force. The Secret Service refused to interfere with the Blackwater employee�s
access to the presidential candidates of both parties, claiming that whom
presidential candidates chose to have as their personal security members was
their business. The Blackwater employee also was permitted to fly on
regularly-scheduled commercial flights with the loaded weapons.
The employee�s affiliations were not much of a secret as one
source reported that he had a �huge Star of David� tattooed on his chest.
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