John Schindler
A Counterintelligence Perspective on Espionage, Terrorism, Deception and Propaganda
Created 29 Jun 2020
  • Epstein Wasn’t an Isolated Incident
    09 Jan 2022 • < 1 min read
    Former President Bill Clinton is back in the news this week as one of the Democratic notables who’s called on West Virginia’s contrarian Senator Joe Manchin, the bane of progressive Democrats, in an e...
  • The Top Ten Intelligence Stories of 2021
    31 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read
    As 2021 comes to a close, let’s look back at the ten biggest intelligence stories of the past 12 months, most of which made an appearance (or several) at Top Secret Umbra. Without further ado, since t...
  • Harvard’s Big Chinese Spy Scandal Wraps Up
    23 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read
    From any counterintelligence viewpoint, the spy services of the People’s Republic of China currently represent the biggest threat to American secrets, security, and prosperity. Last year, FBI Director...
  • Is NSA Hiding the Dark Secret About the JFK Assassination?
    17 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read
    Oliver Stone’s controversial film JFK, released 30 years ago this week to both acclaim and derision, fundamentally changed how the American public thought about the assassination of our thirty-fifth p...
  • The Kremlin Puts Its Cards on the Table with Ukraine
    10 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read
    We’ve been here before, indeed recently. In the spring, Moscow turned the heat up on Ukraine by moving some 80,000 troops to the borders of its neighbor, nearly 30 battalion tactical groups (the basic...
  • CIA: Trump Never Wanted to Win, You Know
    30 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read
    We’re not talking 2020. Trump’s desire to win that election has been amply demonstrated, principally by his year-plus of vehement denials of the validity of Joe Biden’s victory, to include embracing b...
  • The Unsolved Mystery of Iran Air Flight 655
    28 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read
    The crash of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 on January 8, 2020, which killed all 176 passengers and crew, represented the world’s deadliest airline disaster last year. The doomed Boeing 737...
  • An Update on MAGA Crazyworld and the Intelligence Community
    23 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read
    Ever since Watergate, it’s been a staple of paranoid popular culture that the U.S. Intelligence Community is a shady, nefarious outfit that’s out to subvert democracy and quite possibly kill us. This ...
  • Who Really Murdered Olof Palme?
    09 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read
    It’s one of the world’s greatest unsolved murders. The fatal shooting of Olof Palme, Sweden’s prime minister, on the night of February 28, 1986, by an unknown gunman, stunned that country, where polit...
  • The Unpleasant Truth About the Kremlin and Our 2016 Election Is Starting to Emerge
    05 Nov 2021 • 8 min read
    American political life over the past five years has been bitterly divided between two camps: those who think the election of Donald J. Trump had nothing to do with Russia versus those who think that ...
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