2010年11月21日日曜日

SVRの二重スパイ

SVRに二重スパイがいたようだ。
 アンナ・チャップマンさんら露の対米情報工作員十人が米当局に一斉
逮捕された事件で、KGBの流れをくむロシア対外情報局(SVR)幹部が米国に
情報提供していたとロシア紙が報じ、話題になっている。
 
シェルバコフ大佐
・SVR内で民間人を装ったスパイ工作を統括する「S」部門の対米責任者
・二重スパイとして米当局に米国潜入中のスパイの情報を渡した
・一年以上前から情報提供を続けた
・今年の夏の摘発の直前に米国に逃亡
・娘が米国長期滞在者で、息子が今年転居。

露大統領府筋
・報復のため暗殺者集団を派遣

露スパイの主張
・米国での成果は、米国大統領の予定を把握できたこと。
・調査官(FBI?)により、肋骨3本と足の骨を折られた。

二重スパイは、関係者に嘘発見器による検査を実施しようとした矢先、
息子と共に米国に逃亡したらしい。

プーチン再婚説やフラトコフの部下が二重スパイとの暴露合戦だが、
次期大統領選へのネガティブ・キャンペーンらしい。
メドベージェフの国後島訪問も次期大統領選へのキャンペーンと報道
されている。
使える手はすべて使ってでも大統領のイスは欲しいらしい。

米露 工作員交換
台湾 二重スパイで逮捕


Reported Russian Spy Defection, Hunt Stirs Up Cold War Memories


---美人スパイら摘発 陰に幹部の裏切り---
2010年11月16日 朝刊
http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/article/world/news/CK2010111602000034.html

 【モスクワ=酒井和人】今年六月、美人スパイとして注目されたアンナ・チャップマンさん(28)らロシアの対米情報工作員十人が米当局に一斉逮捕された事件で、旧ソ連国家保安委員会(KGB)の流れをくむロシア対外情報局(SVR)幹部が米国に情報提供していたとロシア紙が報じ、話題になっている。
 裏切り者とされたのはSVR内で民間人を装ったスパイ工作を統括する「S」部門の対米責任者だったシェルバコフ大佐。十一日付の有力紙「コメルサント」が、二重スパイとして米当局に米国潜入中のスパイの情報を渡していたと伝えた。
 同紙によると、大佐は一年以上前から情報提供を続けていたとみられ、摘発の直前に米国に逃亡した。大統領府筋は同紙に対し、報復のため暗殺者を派遣したと話したという。
 メドベージェフ大統領は十二日、「調査の上、再発を防がなければならない」などと、報道を追認したともとれる発言をした。
 事件をめぐってはプーチン首相が「裏切り者がいる」と断言するなど当初から情報漏えいが指摘されていた。幹部の裏切りが事実なら、SVRのフラトコフ長官の責任問題に発展する可能性もある。


---Russia sends hit squad to kill renegade colonel who gave up Anna Chapman spy ring---
Wednesday 17 November 2010
By Andrew Osborn in Moscow 9:18PM GMT 11 Nov 2010
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/8127026/Russia-sends-hit-squad-to-kill-renegade-colonel-who-gave-up-Anna-Chapman-spy-ring.html

Russia has sent a hit squad to kill a renegade colonel in its own foreign intelligence service who fled to the United States this summer after exposing a sprawling Russian spy ring.

The man, named as Colonel Scherbakov, worked for Russia's SVR foreign intelligence service, a successor agency to the KGB, where he oversaw a top- secret programme to dispatch long-term sleeper agents or "illegals" to the United States.

Russian intelligence sources told the Kommersant newspaper that he was the traitor who had given the FBI the names of the ten sleeper agents who made up the ring, including glamorous spy Anna Chapman. In at least one case, he is even said to have taken part in an interrogation.

In an echo of the Cold War, a Kremlin source was quoted as saying that Colonel Scherbakov would not have long to savour his betrayal.

"We know who he is and where he is," the source said. "Have no doubt that a Mercader has been sent after him already."

Ramon Mercader was the KGB assassin who murdered exiled Bolshevik leader Leon Trotsky with an ice pick in 1940. A "Mercader" is a synonym for a hit squad.

"The fate of such an individual is unenviable," the Kremlin source continued. "He will fear revenge every day (of his life)."

The FBI went public with the names Colonel Scherbakov had given it in June just days after he himself had fled to the United States. The 10 agents he compromised were exchanged for four men convicted by Russia of being Western spies the following month in the biggest spy swap since the Cold War.

Vladimir Putin, who served as a KGB agent in East Germany in the 1980s, hinted this summer that he knew the identity of the traitor.

"This was the result of treason and traitors always end badly," the Russian prime minister said.

The reason for Colonel Scherbakov betraying his own agents was not clear but the paper said his daughter was a longtime resident of the United States and that his son had moved there earlier this year. The colonel turned down a promotion last year because he knew he would have to take a lie-detector test and feared he would give himself away, it added. Intelligence sources complained there were a number of suspicious things about the double agent that should have rang alarm bells and been investigated but were not.

Gennady Gudkov, deputy chairman of the powerful security committee in the lower house of parliament, said he had known that Colonel Scherbakov was the traitor. He called for a parliamentary inquiry into the fiasco amid calls for Mikhail Fradkov, the head of the SVR foreign intelligence service, to resign.

"The damage committed by the colonel to the state is too enormous," not to have further repercussions, Mr Gudkov told the Interfax news agency.

The view among Russia's intelligence community was that it was one of the worst setbacks it had suffered, he added.

The disclosure has stoked speculation that Russia's intelligence services may be restructured as an investigation into how a double agent could have operated at such a high level continued. "This is a big mix-up that will see heads roll and people demoted," an intelligence source told Kommersant.

The most valuable of the 10 Russian agents exposed appears to be Mikhail Vasenkov who operated under the name Juan Lazaro. Intelligence sources claimed he had been able to obtain the US President's travel agenda years in advance. US investigators had broken his leg and three ribs while interrogating him, they claimed.


---Which One of You Snitched on Anna? Russian Prez Wants Answers on Spy Ring Breakup---
By Adam Rawnsley Email Author
November 12, 2010 3:58 pm
http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/11/which-one-of-you-snitched-on-anna-russian-prez-wants-answers-on-spy-bring-breakup/

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev wants to know who outed the country’s beloved spy babe Anna Chapman and her network of sleeper agent coworkers who infiltrated the United States. Oh, and he’s looking in your direction, Mikhail Fradkov, head of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service.

Medvedev called for an investigation into how a Russian spy ring of sleeper agents hiding in the United States for years were busted by the FBI this summer. Chapman and her fellow Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) spies made headlines after it was revealed that the agents had slipped into the United States to access American policy circles and suck up to political bigwigs in search of information on American foreign policy.

Medvedev’s comments added fuel to a growing controversy over a report from Kommersant, a Kremlin-linked Russian newspaper, that the SVR dropped the ball on rooting out a treasonous employee, a mysterious “Colonel Shcherbakov,” said to have tipped off American intelligence about the network of Russian sleeper agents in the country.

“As for me, it was not the news for me, I learnt about it on that day, when it happened with all the proper features,” Medvedev said. “The proper investigation should be carried out and proper lessons should be drawn.”

Kommersant’s report claims Shcherbakov should have raised alarm bells at the SVR because he had refused a promotion which would have required him to take a polygraph test. His son is also said to have immigrated to the United States - a counterintelligence foul in Russian intelligence agencies - shortly before Shcherbakov himself skipped town and fled to America.

The idea that a Russian double agent betrayed the sleeper network isn’t necessarily a new one. When Prime Minister Vladimir Putin had a singing session with the outed spooks in July, he noted ominously, “traitors always end badly. As a rule, they end up in the gutter as drunks or drug addicts.” But the Shcherbakov name - and more importantly the blame for the SVR - are new aspects to the story.

So is the story true?

It could all just be Russian backroom cabinet politics spilling out into the newspapers. Ace intel reporter Jeff Stein quotes Kommersant’s former editor claiming that the leak might be an attempt to discredit current SVR chief Mikhail Fradkov and pave the way for Medvedev pal and Kremlin chief administrator Sergey Naryshkin to take over the intelligence agency once the president leaves office in 2012. Fradkov’s been getting an earful in Russia’s parliament ever since the story broke and is facing calls for his resignation.

Medvedev could have very easily refused to comment for the story or cited official security, so his decision to give the story legs is curious. Whether there was a mole named Shcherbakov or not in the SVR, Russia’s foreign intelligence chief might want to be very careful these days.


---プーチン・ロシア首相:久々の夫婦ツーショット 離婚うわさ打ち消し---
毎日新聞 2010年10月19日 東京朝刊
http://mainichi.jp/select/world/news/20101019ddm007030061000c.html

 【モスクワ田中洋之】ロシアのプーチン首相(58)とリュドミラ夫人(52)が久しぶりにツーショットで登場し、離婚のうわさを打ち消した。
 プーチン夫妻は16日、ロシア全土で14日から行われている国勢調査に参加。その映像が政府公式ホームページに17日公開され、テレビでも報道された。2人はモスクワ郊外の住居でソファに並んで座り、調査員の質問に答えた。プーチン氏は「結婚している」と述べ、リュドミラ夫人も「妻です」と答えた。プーチン氏については大統領退任直前の08年4月、ひそかに離婚し、新体操の五輪金メダリスト、カバエワさん(27)と再婚しようとしていると新聞で報じられた。本人は否定したが、その後も夫婦そろってメディアに登場することはほとんどなく、離婚説がささやかれていた。
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