100 Years Ago: The Birth of the SIGINT Century, Part I

Fascinating history !!

The XX Committee

Yesterday The Wall Street Journalreported, based on high-level leaks, that the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) has been intercepting the communications of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and, moreover, this important intelligence source has been providing valuable information about that regime, but also about its enemies, namely the Islamic State, with whom Washington, DC, is presently at war, albeit not very effectively.

Although it is rare that the public gets a glimpse at how the IC actually works in this manner, none of this story surprises anybody acquainted with the real world of intelligence. Of course the Assad regime is talking a lot internally about its enemies, and some of that information may even be accurate. The U.S. is heavily dependent on signals intelligence (SIGINT) to understand what is happening in Syria because that war-torn country is something of a denied area for traditional espionage, as American case officers running…

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