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Russian Spies Penetrated FBI Communications in Brazen Counterintelligence Operation

Russian leader Vladimir Putin

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Russia’s unprecedented campaign to interfere in the 2016 presidential election appeared to be the primary reason why the Obama administration forced out three dozen Russian diplomats from the U.S. at the end of his term.

But something more sinister was going on.

Russian spies were using two rural East Coast estates to carry out a brazen counterintelligence operation that targeted FBI communications, Yahoo News reports, citing former U.S. officials.

Russians managed to decrypt what was believed to be secure types of communications, enabling spies to tap into surveillance used by elite FBI teams. The FBI’s ability to track spies on U.S. soil was hampered, and the bureau and CIA even stopped contacting some of their Russian assets.

The counterintelligence operation was so successful that some U.S. officials feared a Russian mole had penetrated U.S. intelligence agencies.

“It was a very broad effort to try and penetrate our most sensitive operations,” a former senior CIA official said.

Despite the discovery, President Trump continues to brag about his good relationship with Russia and has never divulged the severity of the country’s counterintelligence just before he took office.

Robert C. Bone Named Special Agent in Charge of Counterintelligence at LA Field Office

Los Angeles Field Office, via FBI.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Robert C. Bone II has been named special agent in charge of the Counterintelligence and Cyber Division of the Los Angeles Field Office, where he previously earned a Director’s Award for Excellence in Leadership.

Bone most recently served as the deputy assistant director of the Operational Technology Division at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Robert C. Bone.

Bone’s career as an FBI agent began in 2001, when he was assigned to the Chicago Field Office to handle international terrorism. He also was the coordinator of the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

In 2006, he was promoted to the Counterterrorism Division at FBI headquarters in 2006. A year later, he moved to the Inspection Division in 2007.

In 2009, Bone served as the acting assistant legal attaché to Kabul, Afghanistan, where he formed the Kidnapping Investigations Unit. In 2010, he was transferred to the Los Angeles Field Office to lead a counterintelligence squad. His work earned him a Director’s Award for Excellence in Leadership.

In 2012, Bone was promoted to assistant section chief in the Counterespionage Section at FBI headquarters. He was transferred to the Washington Field Office in 2014, serving as the assistant special agent in charge of the Investigative Services Branches.

Bone was promoted in 2016 to serve as an inspector and then chief inspector in the Inspection Division. In 2018, he became deputy assistant director of the Operational Technology Division, which develops and deploys technology for FBI operations.

Before joining the FBI, Bone was a police officer in Silverthorne, Colorado. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa.

Timothy M. Dunham Named Special Agent in Charge of Criminal Division at Washington Field Office

Washington Field Office, via FBI.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Timothy M. Dunham, a 17-year veteran of the FBI, has been named special agent in charge of the Criminal Division at the Washington Field Office.

Dunham most recently served as special agent in charge of the office’s Counterintelligence Division.

In 2002, Dunham became a special agent and was first assigned to the Chicago Field Office, working counterintelligence cases. He was promoted in 2007 to supervisory special agent in the Counterintelligence Division at FBI Headquarters.

In 2009, Dunham became program manager in the Counterterrorism Division for the FBI’s extraterritorial counterterrorism investigations.

In 2011, he became an FBI detailee to the CIA, coordinating FBI human intelligence operations overseas with U.S. Intelligence Community partners.

In 2012, Dunham joined the FBI’s Albany Field Office in New York as the supervisor of a Joint Terrorism Task Force squad, overseeing international and domestic terrorism investigations. Later that year, he became the acting assistant legal attaché in the FBI’s newly established office in Stockholm, Sweden.

In 2015, Dunham became assistant special agent in charge of the Albany Field Office’s Criminal and Administrative branches before returning to FBI headquarters in 2017 to serve as the section chief of the Leadership Development Program. In 2018, he began leading the Counterintelligence Division of the Washington Field Office.

Before joining the FBI, Dunham practiced law in Richmond, Va. He received a degree in accounting from the University of Richmond before earning Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration degrees from the College of William and Mary. He also has a master’s degree in security studies from Georgetown University.

Michael DeLeon to Head Up FBI’s Phoenix Office

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Michael DeLeon, who served in the National Clandestine Service, Counterintelligence Center as the chief of the Counterespionage Group at the Central Intelligence Agency,  has been named special agent in charge of the  FBI’s Phoenix Division.

He’ll begin the new job in late April, the FBI said.

DeLeon joined the FBI in 1999 and started in the Tampa Division’s Fort Myers Resident Agency, where he worked criminal, counterterrorism, and counterintelligence matters, according to a press release.

After September 11, 2001, he served as the Joint Terrorism Task Force coordinator for the Fort Myers Resident Agency.

His duties in the bureau have included unit chief in the Espionage Section of the Counterintelligence Division, senior supervisory resident special agent of the Greensboro Resident Agency-Charlotte Division and assistant special agent in charge in the Counterintelligence Branch of Washington Field Office.

Before joining the FBI, he worked for Delaware State Police.

 

Veteran FBI Agent, a Pennsylvania Native, Becomes Director of Office of National Counterintelligence Executive

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Agent William Evanina, who helped investigate the anthrax attacks in 2001 and the hijacking of United Airlines Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001, is moving to a new job, Citizens Voice reports.

Evanina has been appointed director of the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive, giving him a important role in the country’s security.

“The office of the national counterintelligence executive leads the entire US government in protecting America from counterintelligence threats,” Evanina said.

Evanina, a Pennsylvania native, worked 25 years in the U.S. government and 18 years for the FBI. He worked on organized crime and was a trained sniper.

“Working on violent crimes is beyond dangerous,” he said. “It showed me how violent and dangerous a country and a city could be but that there (are) a good people out there.”

Former FBI Deputy Director Sean Joyce to Fight Crime in Private Sector

Sean Joyce

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Less than a month after Sean Joyce retired as the FBI’s deputy director, he is bringing his skills as an investigator to PwC, a private firm that helps groups manage operational and cyber threats, according to PR Newswire.

“We are proud to welcome Sean Joyce to PwC and look forward to working closely with him to help our clients strategically and proactively manage external and internal threats to their organizations,” said Erik Skramstad, U.S. Advisory Forensics Leader. “Sean’s background, skills, experience and leadership make him an exceptional addition to our practice and an incredible asset to our clients.”

Joyce’s career with the FBI began in 1987. His various positions gave him experience with counterterrorism, counterintelligence and weapons of mass destruction.

NSA’s Deputy Director Skeptical About Plan to Give FBI, DEA Access to Surveillance Data

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The NSA’s deputy director has expressed skepticism about giving the FBI, DEA and other law enforcement access to the agency’s troves of data, the Guardian reports.

NSA’s top civilian, John C. Inglis, said he was unaware of a Senate bill that would allow some law enforcement to search directly through the NSA’s data.

“The FBI is a customer of mine,” Inglis said in response to a question from the Guardian. “But I don’t provide domestic intelligence for the FBI, I essentially provide foreign intelligence inside, something that might cross the seam, and give them a tip as to how to spend their precious domestic resources to prosecute terrorism, counterintelligence, things of that sort.”

“So I can imagine situations where I, on their behalf, am querying my databases, foreign intelligence databases, to inform those instruments of power. I’m not yet in a place where I understand how I might give them direct access to those databases for their authorities. That I think would be problematic.”

Inglis said he wants to look at the legislation.

Douglas Lindquest to Head Up El Paso FBI

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Douglas E. Lindquist, who recently served as section chief of the Counterintelligence Division at FBI headquarters, has been named head of the agency’s El Paso Division.

Lindquist began his career with the FBI in 1997, and was first posted at the Washington Field Office, where he investigated international terrorism and counterintelligence.

In 1998, as a member of the Rapid Deployment Team, he deployed to Nairobi and Mombasa, Kenya, as part of the KENBOM investigation, which followed the bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa, according to an FBI press release.

In 2002, he was promoted to a supervisor in the Middle East Unit of the International Terrorism Operations Section in the Counterterrorism Division.

Two years later, he joined the Springfield Division as a counterintelligence squad supervisor and program coordinator. He also supervised the Field Intelligence Group squad.

In 2009, he was off to Philly where he became assistant special agent in charge of the division’s counterterrorism and weapons of mass destruction programs and directed the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Before joining the FBI, he was an officer in the Marine Corps.