A bombshell new report in Foreign Policy reveals that up to 30 CIA agents and assets working in China were identified and executed by Chinese counterintelligence over a two year period after the CIA’s encrypted communications system was infiltrated.
The report is based on former and current unnamed CIA officials who were part of the program, which established a network of spies across China. The in-country spies communicated with their CIA handlers via an online system capable of being logged into from any laptop or computer.
But when starting in late 2010 Chinese authorities began to sweep up the network of spies for interrogation and eventual execution, the CIA was “shellshocked” in the words of one former official, and for eight years a joint FBI-NSA-CIA investigation has sought answers as to what went wrong in what is widely considered “one of the CIA’s worst failures in decades”.
For the first time, it appears answers have been made public. Foreign Policy asks, “How were the Chinese able to roll up the network?” and begins by answering:
Now, nearly eight years later, it appears that the agency botched the communication system it used to interact with its sources, according to five current and former intelligence officials. The CIA had imported the system from its Middle East operations, where the online environment was considerably less hazardous, and apparently underestimated China’s ability to penetrate it.From ZeroHedge: Shocking Report Details How CIA Hubris Exposed Agents In China, Resulting In 30 Executions
Obviously, this can play out as a Imperial fiasco in the Solomani Sphere. But not so obviously, it can also work in reverse: people who lived in a surveillance society all their lives, grossly underestimating those “prissy aristos and their minions.”
After all, Imperial society has lots of governments, corporations, and families going neck-deep in secretive skullduggery. Imperials have their faults, but naivety isn’t usually one of them.