Spies, Lies and Realpolitik

Here’s the affidavit. It’s written so as not to reveal information.


  1. On or about December 20, 2020, the FBI’s attaché (“LEGAT”) in COUNTRY1 obtained a package representatives from COUNTRY1 had received in April 2020 through a mail carrier from the U.S. by an unidentified subject in an attempt to establish a covert relationship. The package contained U.S. Navy documents, a letter containing instructions, and an SD card containing specific instructions on how COUNTRY1 should respond using an encrypted communication platform, and additional documents.
  1. On May 17, 2021, the UC posing as a representative of COUNTRY iresponded and said,inpart, “We are happy to set a signal to bring you comfort and build necessary trust between us. The signal will be inside our main building from Saturday morning until Sunday evening Memorial Day weekend.”
  1. During the weekend of May 29-30, 2021, the FBI conducted an operation in the Washington, D.C. area that involved placing a signal at a location associated with COUNTRY 1 in an attempted effort to gain bona fides with “ALICE.”

I mean sure, “obtained a package” could be read as “was given”, and “conducted an operation” could be read as “asked embassy contacts to place the signal”, but on the other hand, it might have involved wiretaps, breaking into a diplomatic bag, and covert infiltration of diplomatic property.


Cross post from SolarWinds thread…


Note that this article pinpoints France as COUNTRY1

Yeah, this excerpt from one of the messages that the guy wrote doesn’t seem to leave much doubt:

Not that China and Russia don’t have cafes and wine, but that’s not exactly what they’re known for.