October 30, 2007 -- NSA infiltrated by hostile intelligence agents
According to U.S. intelligence sources, there is another purge of loyal American intelligence personnel taking place at the hands of neocons who want to politicize U.S. intelligence reports.
This time the targets are the National Security Agency's (NSA) Hebrew linguists. Hebrew linguists at NSA have always been caught in a politically-sensitive vise. Because of the power of the Israel Lobby in the United States, the fact that the NSA eavesdrops on Israeli communications has always been handled gingerly. In fact, Hebrew linguists at NSA were once referred to as "Special Arabic" linguists to hide the fact they were spying on Israel.
However, Israel, like China, Russia, and North Korea, is considered a hostile intelligence threat by American counter-intelligence elements. Israel has a long history of spying against the United States, the most infamous case being the arrest of Jonathan Pollard, a Navy intelligence analyst, for espionage on behalf of Israel in 1986. Pollard's Israeli intelligence controller, code-named "Mega," and reportedly a high-level official in the Reagan administration, has never been identified.
The Pollard affair came at the same time Israeli contractors working for Mossad penetrated NSA security through two programs initiated by the Reagan administration to involve Israel in NSA-related signals intelligence activities: DINDI and PIEREX.
NSA's skepticism about Israel arises from the Israeli attack on the NSA signals intelligence ship, the USS Liberty, in 1967. It was an attack that is now considered by a majority of historians and intelligence experts to have been a deliberate attack aimed at blindsiding U.S. intelligence from war crimes being carried out by Israel in the Sinai Desert during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War.
Recent revelations about the Liberty also indicate that in 1967, Israel's ambassador to the United States, Avraham Harman, cabled to Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban that Israel had a high-ranking source close to the U.S. government, code named "Hamlet," who told the Israelis that the U.S. government was aware that the Israelis knew the Liberty was an American vessel, not an Egyptian ship as had been previously reported. Hamlet is suspected of being then-US ambassador to the UN Arthur Goldberg.
With this history, NSA has always taken a realistic view of Israel as far as intelligence is concerned. That is, until the advent of the neocons inside the intelligence community.
WMR has learned that NSA's Hebrew linguists are currently being purged if they are considered unlikely to "cook" intercepts of Israeli communications intercepts to paint Israel in a favorable light. One Hebrew linguist was recently threatened because of views opposing U.S, military intervention in Iraq and threats against Iran. The neocons and their Israeli friends are also concerned that Israel's training of terrorist groups like Turkey's Kurdish PKK and Iran's MEK will be documented in intercepts by NSA of Israeli communications.
In the past, WMR has reported on concerns by a number of NSA personnel about the outsourcing by the agency of operational duties to firms with dubious foreign links. Some of the firms that have placed operational contractors inside NSA are tied to Israel.