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    EU warned on ‘vigilance’ after Davos spy fail

    European counter-intelligence services need to “seriously raise the level of vigilance” on Russian spies, UK activist Bill Browder has said after news of a botched operation at Davos in Switzerland. “The Swiss informed me that they were aware that I was coming to Davos, they knew the Russians were furious about me being publicly critical of Russian corruption and the Swiss believed that there was a heightened risk to my security at this year’s forum as a result,” Browder told EUobserver on Tuesday (21 January). He spoke on the first day of the World Economic Forum, an elite yearly gathering at a Swiss ski resort, after being briefed by Swiss…

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    In Moscow, There’s No Longer Any Line Between Spies, Lies & Terrorists

    These days there’s no term more likely to attract the nut fringe than “false flag.” Citing it is a surefire way to rally online monomaniacs who believe that nothing in the world is as it seems to be. The belief that nefarious secret forces pull the strings behind events is for some as addictive as opioids. This is unfortunate, since false flag is a perfectly legitimate term in the espionage world, and it’s far from new. Spies have masqueraded as someone else during their secret operations for as long as there have been spies. In extreme cases, intelligence services have undertaken terrorist attacks under a false flag to smear opponents and fool…