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FC: CIA's "cyberwar" against Milosevic; Echelon snoo

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Date:          Mon, 24 May 1999 10:16:22 -0400
From:          Declan McCullagh <>
Subject:       FC: CIA's "cyberwar" against Milosevic; Echelon snooping

And some articles on Echelon spying (nothing especially revolutionary,
all of this is a natural extension of what we knew from the "Puzzle
Palace" published in 1983):


>From: "James Lucier" <>
>To: "Declan McCullagh" <>
>Date: Sun, 23 May 1999 16:39:34 -0400
>NEW YORK, May 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Senior intelligence officials tell Newsweek
>that last week President Clinton issued a "finding," a highly classified
>document authorizing the CIA to begin secret efforts to train Kosovar rebels
>in sabotage -- age-old tricks like cutting telephone lines and blowing up
>buildings -- and to conduct a cyberwar against Slobodan Milosevic. (Photo:
> ) According to sources
>who have read the finding, in addition to training the rebels, the CIA has
>been instructed to conduct a cyberwar against Milosevic, using government
>hackers to tap into foreign banks, and, in the words of one U.S. official,
>"diddle with Milosevic's bank accounts," Washington Correspondent Gregory
>Vistica reports in the May 31 issue of Newsweek (on newsstands Monday, May
>24). The White House declined to comment on the finding, and Newsweek does
>not have access to the entire document. But, Vistica reports, some
>intelligence officials with knowledge of its contents worry that the finding
>was put together too hastily, and that the potential consequences haven't
>been fully thought out. "If they pull it off, it will be great," says one
>government cyberwar expert. "If they screw it up, they are going to be in a
>world of trouble."

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