New U.S. “Embassies” Being Built All Over the World Are Actually Spy Centers

Manned by Spies … Not Diplomats

As part of his must-read expose of the runaway “secret” government, Tom Engelhart points out that all of the new “embassies” are really spying posts:

Just this month the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, originally a place for analysis and coordination, announced at a conference that his agency was going to expand into “humint” in a big way, filling embassies around the world with a new corps of clandestine operators who had diplomatic or other “cover.”  He was talking about fielding 1,600 “collectors” who would be “trained by the CIA and often work with the Joint Special Operations Command.”  Never, in other words, will a country have had so many “diplomats” who know absolutely nothing about diplomacy.


Now at least, it’s easier to understand why, from London to Baghdad to Islamabad, the U.S. has been building humongous embassies fortified like ancient castles and the size of imperial palaces for unparalleled staffs of “diplomats.”  These will now clearly include scads of CIA, DIA, and perhaps DCS agents, among others, under diplomatic “cover.”

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  • PrissyPatriot®

    Not to be sarcastic, but this isn’t new. Been doing this for decades! Yes, the buildings are better fortified, but the duel tools (State Dept/Spies) have always been there. That’s why embassies are a revolving door, they do their spy time and move on.

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    • mortree

      Use of symbols in URL conflict with twitter use of symbols…plus many modern URLs are just too space consuming with twitters limited line length

  • pseingalt

    The problem with this is that the officers are basically stuck in the island that is the embassy, while it is necessary to circulate amongst the community in order to gather humanint. They would be better off using US companies and eschewing diplomatic cover in order to accomplish this task.

    • mortree

      Duh – there are usually two types of spy bases in every country. Only the more public one is based in the diplomatic buildings. Have to have that to efficiently gather the easy data like local newspapers, TV, etc — as well as debriefing foreginers seeking asylum, US citizen with problems (being threatened by rebels is always of interest) or foreigners self-motivated to sell info.

      Plus actual diplomats need intelligence for negotatiion (like there is a coupein progress and this guy no longer has power) and encrypted commuincations to the US for State Departemtn and pResidnetal instructions or advice.

  • mortree

    Very naive – diplomatic missions have always been half spying for thousands of years. Without some knowledge of current conditions in foreign countries its often impossible to negotiate with trust.

    One of the most basic questions being “who is really in power?” and “are they really interested in a negotiated peace or trade agreement?” Will ther be a coupe if current powers try to negotiate peace. Those truly are spy questions and any sane country knows those questions are being invested every day.

    Reading all the local newspapers and watching all the local TV is part of teh most basic intelligence gathering. As is attending parties and local markets and gathering places listening for rumor and moods.

    TBH given the small staff size I am pretty sure even local school children knew who the CIA assets where. They really weren’t tryiing to hide. Yup all diplomatic messages are sent out in code to the US by a CIA communications officer. Scary scary. But realize the most significant thing he probably ever sent out was the existance of Libyan rebel movement (not hugely secret) and the attack on the consult.

  • mortree

    See Wikipedia article on Resident spies