Burn after reading instructions to female ‘Russian spy’ who used British passport as cover
The woman was among 11 suspected Russian spies arrested in the US and Cypruson Monday after a 10-year surveillance operation.
A message from Moscow allegedly provided Foley with instructions for anapproaching trip to Moscow, which told her to meet a contact in Vienna toreceive a British passport.
It was said to have warned her of an earlier entry stamp and told her to use acover story that she organised ?international consultancy seminars and hadtaken an Aeroflot flight from London to Moscow earlier in the month on theinvitation of the Russian Chamber of Commerce.
It added ?Train yourself to be able to reproduce your signature when it’snecessary and signed off: ?In the passport you’ll get a memo withrecommendation. Pls, destroy the memo after reading. Be well.
It was unclear if the passport had been stolen during the previous visit orforged but a
Foreign Office spokesman said: ?We remain confident that the British passportis one of the most secure documents of its kind ? fully meeting rigorousinternational standards.
The incident recalls the use of British passports by Mossad in theassassination of Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai in January.
That led to the expulsion of the Israeli diplomat in London who ran Mossadsoperations in Britain.
The Foreign Office said: “We are aware that the indictments state thatone of the accused has travelled on a UK passport. We will be investigatingthis fully with the US. We are establishing the facts so it would be wrongto comment further at this stage.
Foley claimed she was a US citizen born in Canada, who was married to DonaldHoward Heathfield, another alleged Russian spy using a similar cover.
The pair had been living in the US for 11 years, mostly in a townhouse nearBoston, Massachusetts, and Foley told neighbours she worked in the realestate business.
The indictment said they had moved in the last month and reports said theywere now living in an apartment building on a residential street where anumber of Harvard professors and students live in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Neighbours said they appeared to be in their 40s and had two teenage sons whoheld ?very loud parties.
As early as January 23, 2001, the FBI searched a safe deposit box inCambridge, Massachusetts registered in the name of “Tracey Lee Ann Foley”and “Donald Howard Heathfield.”
Inside they copied a series of photographic negatives of Foley when she was inher 20s said to have been manufactured by a Soviet film company calledTACMA.
Their house was bugged by the FBI who said they caught them discussingsteganography, the process of hiding data in a digital image.
A computer program was used to insert the messages into pictures that werethen posted on internet sites, according to the FBI.
Foley was allegedly heard saying to her husband: “Can we attach two filescontaining messages or not? Let’s say four pictures . . . .”
The FBI broke into and searched their house on July 29 2006, copying a numberof computer discs that had deleted messages sent to their controllers atMoscow Center in Russia.
The messages were said to have included the instructions about the Britishpassport.
More recently, on March 7 2010, it is claimed the pair were heard discussingFoleys use of steganography and the schedule of her communications withMoscow Center.
According to the FBI, radiogram bursts of data sent by a radio transmitterthat sound like Morse code, showed that they claimed $64,500 income $13,940interest, $8,500 expenses, $142 for utilities and others including medical,legal and school fees.
A message from April 2006 was said to have tasked the pair with finding outabout United States policies in Central Asia, problems with United Statesmilitary policy, and “western estimation of [Russian] foreign policy”along with United States policy on the use of the internet by terrorists.
The following month they apparently responded with information about the newhead of the CIA, Michael Hayden, and the 2008 US presidential election.
The information was described as having been received in ?privateconversation with a former legislative counsel for the US Congress and amember of a faculty in economics who had contacts within Congress andpolicymakers of Washington.
On September 23 2005, Heathfield, codenamed Dv, was said to have “establishedcontact” with a former high-ranking United States Government nationalsecurity official.
On December 3, 2004, they allegedly reported Heathfield had attended a seminarwhere he made contact with a person working for a United States Governmentresearch facility working on issues of strategic planning related to nuclearweapon development.
The message added: ?Dv. had conversations with him about research programs onsmall yield high penetration nuclear warheads recently authorized by USCongress (nuclear ‘bunker-buster’ warheads).”
A report back from Moscow in 2007, was said to have agreed with the proposalto use a man codenamed ?Farmer to start building a network of students inWashington.
It added: ?your relationship with ‘Parrot’ looks very promising as a validsource of info from US power circles. To start working on him professionallywe need all available details on his background, current position, habits,contacts, opportunities, etc.
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