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1. "NATO Spy 'Leaked Bombing Secrets.'" 9 Mar. 2000. [http://news.bbc.co.uk]

According to a BBC program, "Moral Combat: NATO at War," to be broadcast on 12 March 2000, a report drawn up for senior U.S. defense officials alleges that "[a] mole at NATO headquarters ... leaked secrets of the Kosovo campaign to the Yugoslav military command. Information leaked during the first two weeks of the campaign included targets to be hit and precise flight paths.... NATO spokesman Jamie Shea said there was no evidence for the allegations."

BBC defense correspondent Andrew Gilligan adds that "the mole has not been caught, but heavy hints are being dropped that it was not a leak from NATO headquarters itself, but from one of the national delegations attached to it or from a national government."

2. "NATO Rejects Spy Charges." 9 Mar. 2000. [http://news.bbc.co.uk]

Speaking in Ankara, NATO Secretary-General Robertson said there is "no knowledge and no evidence" that air-tasking orders allocating missions and targets were passed to the Serbs or otherwise compromised. See also, Colin Brown and Vesna Simonjic Peric, "NATO Denies Spy Leaked Bombing Plans to Serbia," The Independent (UK), 10 Mar. 2000; and Tim Butcher, "Serbs Had NATO Air Orders, Says Kosovo Report," Telegraph (London), 10 Mar. 2000.

3. "NATO Spy Revelations 'Staggering.'" 9 Mar. 2000. [http://news.bbc.co.uk]

"Conservatives are calling for an official inquiry into reports that NATO's bombing of Serbia during the Kosovo war was compromised by a spy at the heart of the western alliance."

[MI/Ops/90s/00s/NATOSpies]

BBC. "New 'FBI-Style' Agency Launched." 1 Apr. 2006. [http://news.bbc.co.uk]

Establishment of Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA) announced.

[UK/Postcw/00s/06]

BBC. "New Zealand Jails Israeli 'Spies.'" 15 Jul. 2004. [http://news.bbc.co.uk]

New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark has announced that she will impose "diplomatic sanctions on Israel over the activities of two alleged members of the Israeli intelligence agency, Mossad." The Israelis, Uriel Zosha Kelman and Eli Cara, "were sentenced to six months in prison for trying to obtain New Zealand passports illegally."

[Israel/00s/04; OtherCountries/New Zealand]

BBC. "No Iraq 'Manipulation' - Scarlett." 8 Dec. 2009. [http://news.bbc.co.uk]

Sir John Scarlett, the former head of MI6 and chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee when the September 2002 dossier on Iraq was produced, "has told the Iraq war inquiry there was 'no conscious intention' to manipulate information about Iraq's weapons. He denied being under pressure to 'firm up' the September 2002 dossier which contained the claim Iraq could use WMD within 45 minutes of Saddam's order. But he said it would have been 'better' to have made clear it referred to battlefield munitions not missiles."

[UK/PostCW/00s/09]

BBC. "Norway Spy Chief Kristiansen Quits in Secrecy Gaffe." 19 Jan. 2012. [http://www.bbc.co.uk]

On 18 January 2012, Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) chief "Janne Kristiansen ... handed in her resignation because she said too much during a parliamentary hearing.... In the transcript, she answers a question" from an MP "about the extent of the PST's links with Pakistan. Although she indicates that the PST does not have its own relationship with Pakistan intelligence, she says the Norwegian armed forces' intelligence agency, or E service, does."

[OtherCountries/Norway]

BBC. "Papers Ponder IRA Spy's Future." 12 May 2003. [http://news.bbc.co.uk]

[UK/PostCW/03/IRASpy]

BBC. "Respected Lecturer's Double Life." 19 Sep. 1999. [http://news.bbc.co.uk]

Report on the BBC Two series, "The Spying Game," and its naming of Hull University history lecturer Dr. Robin Pearson as a Stasi spy whose codename was Armin.

[UK/SpyCases/Fever]

BBC. "Secret Service Plans Stolen By Addicts." 13 Nov. 1999. [http://news.bbc.co.uk]

The Canadian secret service is investigating the theft of a briefcase containing "a top-secret document believed to outline intelligence operations for the coming year.... Officials have played down the threat posed to security, but the ... incident is believed to have strained relations between the Canadian secret service and its counterparts around the world."

[Canada]

BBC. "Shayler: I Know Two More Spies." 12 Sep. 1999. [http://news.bbc.co.uk]

"Renegade MI5 officer David Shayler says he knows of at least two more secret agents who have not been prosecuted by the British authorities.... He told BBC News Online: 'I know two people who haven't been mentioned yet. One was a trade union official, and one a crown servant.'"

[UK/SpyCases/99/Fever]

BBC. "Spy Plane Intelligence 'Lacking.'" 4 Aug. 2008. [http://www.bbc.co.uk]

A report by the Commons Defence Committee says that "[t]he effectiveness of unmanned aerial vehicles used by UK military in Iraq and Afghanistan is being undermined by skills shortages.... According to the report, the Army had a 48% shortfall in UAV operators at the start of 2008, while the RAF was 18% shy of the number needed to assess the intelligence value of images."

[UK/PostCW/00s/08]

BBC. "Station X 'Saved for Nation': Public Were Unaware of Bletchley Park until 1980s." 2 Jun. 1999. [http://news.bbc.co.uk]

"Bletchley Park, where the cracking of the Nazi Enigma Code helped end World War II, has reportedly been saved from developers.... Campaigners had feared that the Buckinghamshire mansion, formerly known only as Station X, was going to be sold to property developers. The 55-acre site, which currently houses a small museum and offers guided tours, has planning permission and is worth millions of pounds. But Bletchley Park Trust, which runs the park, is negotiating a deal with joint owners, government land agency Pace and British Telecom, to secure it under its control."

A later report, BBC, "Saving Bletchley for the Nation: From Code-breaking to Science Park," 2 Jun. 1999, adds that the Bletchley Park Trust "is being understandably coy over what it terms as a 'sensitive stage' in the proposed transaction, but it promises an announcement next week."

[UK/WWII/Ultra/BP]

BBC. "Swede's Secret Channel to Milosevic." 9 Mar. 2000. [http://news.bbc.co.uk]

According to a BBC documentary, "Moral Combat: NATO at War," Swedish-born "Peter Castenfelt, chairman of the London-based financial firm Archipelago Enterprises," met secretly in Belgrade during the war with Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic. "His meetings are believed to have cleared the way for Mr Milosevic's acceptance of the peace plan on 4 June [1999]. Briefed by Russian officials during a visit to the Kremlin in late May, Mr Castenfelt played what sources say was a critical role in convincing Mr Milosevic that Moscow would not come to his aid." See also Richard Norton-Taylor, "Mystery Swede with Kremlin Links Who Helped End War," The Guardian, 9 Mar. 2000, also quoting the BBC documentary.

[GenPostCW/99/Yugo]

BBC. Reporter, Allan Little. "Transcript of BBC2 Special, 'Moral Combat: NATO at War,' 12 Mar. 2000." [http://news.bbc.co.uk]

[MI/Ops/Kosovo/NATOSpies]

BBC. "War of Words Over Spy Claims." 13 May 1999. [http://news.bbc.co.uk]

Former spy Richard Tomlinson "allegedly posted the names of 116 MI6 agents on a US-based site after an earlier Swiss-based site was pulled by the service provider.... Foreign Secretary Robin Cook has accused Tomlinson of endangering the lives of people working for the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS).... Cook said Tomlinson nursed a 'deep seated and irrational grievance' against his former employers.... Tomlinson was sacked by MI6 in 1995 and jailed in December 1997 for breaking the country's Official Secrets Act. Tomlinson was released on probation after six months of his one-year sentence... Tomlinson was born in New Zealand and served MI6 in Bosnia, Russia and the Middle East."

[UK/PostCW/90s/Tomlinson]

 

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