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Raised in Palouse, WA. Graduated from Washington State University. US Army (Counterintelligence). US Secret Service (Technical Security Division) in Fantasyland-on-the-Potomac and Los Angeles. Now living in north Idaho.

Monday, January 17, 2005

Ukranian Deaths Averted by Intelligence Services

The January 17, 2005, New York Times has an article headlined, How Top Spies in Ukraine Changed the Nation's Path by C.J. Chivers.

The article recounts how the Ukranian Interior Ministry mobilized the country's security service on November 28, 2004, intending to use Soviet-style force to suppress the Ukraine citizens' peaceful demonstration against the just-concluded rigged election. However, the Ukraine intelligence services notified the demonstrators of the planned suppression. They simultaneously told the Interior Ministry to back off, that if the Interior Ministry tried to forcibly suppress the otherwise peaceful demonstration, the Ukraine military would support the demonstrators.

The article is fascinating reading for students of intelligence, security, and political science.

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