Monday, March 31, 2008

Che's hands still at work

We all know that Che is dead. It seems, however, that his persona is not quite ready to leave this wolrd, and I don't mean what is already found in the laudatory passages in Cuban text books and party banners. As far as we have known, Felix Rodriquez had tracked down and had Che killed in Bolivian jungle. We also know that soon thereafter he cut off Che's hands for positive identification. The hands might have been returned to Cuba and worshiped together with the rest of his body.

What I have been told by my source in Moscow (not from among the ones that provided me with great photo recce of interesting places like the KGB in Minsk , the French Embassy, a radar, and a radio surveillance center) is that they (the Ministry of Internal Affairs) have also
pilfered a supposedly US Federal document (assuming it to be FBI or CIA) claiming that various white collar crimes committed across the USA wherein the fingerprints wherever lifted were identical to Che's.

The source asked me in an e-mail (using a disposable e-mail service) how could that be.

I say it is very simple, knowing the crowd associated with Hutch and Felix Rodriquez. Hutch is notorious for having used the hands he cut off unidentified dead vagrants for high-profile break-ins, the ones that have never become Watergate Scandals.

Has anyone been able to figure out Putin's garbled letter? Since I moderate posting here, I will not publish your messages containing unsanitized information.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Russian list of US codewords, Putin's letter

In this post, new stuff that the bot fetched:
  • Bits and pieces of a Russain classified letter
  • Russian-compiled list of US codewords, for evryone's entertainment
The mysteriously delicious garble

I forgot about the adding to the post on the Russian Sigint station on Cuba, and sent out a bot with keywords in Russian (the list that was prepared by a good friend that speaks excellent Voronezh Russian (plus Chinese, Spanish, Tagalog, Persian, Arabic, Japanese, Hebrew [always a shadow of Mossad, isn't there?], German and Norwegian, has American citizenship, was born in a Moslem country and has a perfect Nordic look - all of which make his adventures fun and a great learning experience.

Thereupon I have opened the bot GUI, copy-pasted into the string window about 50(sic!) keywords in Russian, which equivalent to CODEWORD, SIGNATURE, PUTIN, IRAN, AGREEMENT, SECRET, GOLD, DOLLAR, RUBLE, USA, USN, etc (военно-морские силы, код, подпись, связь, валюта, соглашение, секретные)

The bot was out in the wild no more than 600 milliseconds after the 1.2 second it took to reach main(?) servers, when it returned (faster than previously, in the instances of the FSB Directory, or the first results) a harvest that included several raw TXT files, two of which contained live, classified content. First file name was IRANTRANS.DOC which, at the time, I had no patience to unbutton. I have copied unto here the only paragraph containing legible Russian material:

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the text also contained the only link next to a military unit designation ("ТЭЧ 979 иап") that pointed to this photo:

the link (

characters in purple are of questionable interest ("Marantz" could be intriguing, though: a modified CD recorder?)

пл.Восстания Vosstania Sq., a St. Peterssburg subway station 1
Васильеостровская Vasilieostrovskaya, a St. Petersburg subway station 2
КДПО a KGB/FSB uniut associated with border patrol
Петрополь according to my source - a bar near station 2 frequented by the SpB University's foreign language and middle east studies students
Дрезден Dresden - Putin's foreign service assignment?
КЗакПО,Ленинакан,18П.З a border guard outpost in Armenia
ГУК undetermined acronym
комитетчиком десятого...восьмого "KGB (associate from the) 10th...8th (directorate)"
10th directorate is uncertain, thought the 8th was the crypto and communications department
МГИМО the prominent Moscow State Foreign Relations Insitute
ТЭЧ a Technical Management Unit
Истихбарат Istihbarat, the Libyan Security Agency
ОАПО ПЗКПП ...o.СРЕДНИЙ a border outpost near Srednyy (no time to look up)
СпНГРУ a GRU diplomatic/intelligence/DATT unit
Дальне-Восточный,округ 55 отряд 7 п.з a border guard unit ID in the Russian Far East
105-й a KGB, then FSB or GRU unit associated with DATT service

What is this file? What kind of text is this? A garbled crypto, innocently de-garbled by the bot?
Someone said that it is a garbled Cyrillic embedded into Polish. You can only guess. I will have more definite analysis of this material in later posts.

Russian-compiled list of US codewords

The second source's file name is FLOTKODOVO.doc, and it contains many of the codwords in ordiginal English.

After consulting with a friend who is in USN Reserves, I realized that the list is that of US Naval and Coast Guard codewords used by a US Joint Task Force (Four?) in the Caribbean-Atlantic. The Russians, or Russkies, as I like calling them critters on this blog, no offense intended ( it is my Southern charm background shinin' through), must have done a good homework of radio monitoring and put together this rather interesting compilation. Due to translation and formatting, it is non-alphabetical.

The Russian understanding of the meaning was very much off, for example, they could not know that BILLY BUD meant a situation where sexual crime was committed aboard a searchable vessel. A Russian listener associated it almost literally to a billy club ("битой" - with a baseball bat ?!) I s that how they opearate: when in doubt -fudge it?

Many of these were easy for the Russian to know/figure out/ distill out of Google, but there are things like BILLY BUD, where I provide the Russian interpretation and the real meaning used by the US:

RESISTOR сопротивление, resistance - no clue, actually: a non-cooperative boater
конденсатор, capacitor - really: a vessel with a probable cause for search
диод, diode - really: Dead in Water, drifting vessel, no way on
катушка, coild, really: suspicious
TRANSISTOR -really: passenger vessel
POWER SUPPLY - no clue, really a vessel with contraband
9-SHOT -
неизвестный p. (unknown meaning, no clue) really:port turn
неизвестный p. really US Coast Guard
OREO Russians have no clue, but it is P3 Orion
I/O no clue, but it is: INS matter
FUSE no clue, US Customs
BUMP "push", no clue, really: hail someone by a click of an non-secure radio
UTL no clue, but: unable to locate
LL no clue, land line
CAR-LEFT , no clue, - left sideband of CB, non-obvious way of communicating
SOS no clue, but, US Secreatry of State
NCIC "Mational Crime Computer System" almost right: National Crime Information Center
PCW Russian got it right, but it means more: a violation of Pemit to Carry Concealed weapons
PSTIM no clue, possession of stimulants
PDOWN no clue, possession of donwers,
UILT no clue, under influence of liquor or THC
SCARAB Russian:"designer boat", really an innocent boat running scared
CIGARETTE Russian: "designer boat", really a guilty, arrestable boat running away
POPEYE, no clue, but it is am exerienced/retired sailor/boater
BUG no clue, it is an illegal immigrant/stowaway/INS problem
RAM no clue, cargo hold
ROM no clue, radio shack, radio report
C-NOTE Russians: $100, really: 100 gallons. tons
K - Russians: 1000, almost right - 1000 tons, gallons
ANALOG -no clue, really a bulk carrier
DIGITAL - no clue, really a container ship
CYCLE - no clue, really a round trip
HIGHWAY -no clue, really a plotted course
ZIGZAG - Russians: zigzagging course. Almost there: suspicious, avoidance course
BLUE - no clue, US Coast Guard
BLACK no clue, USN
8-BALL - Russians: captured, confiscated. Not exactly: a shootable target
BEERFRAME - no clue, really a confiscation and arrests
PHONE - no clue, really a backtalking subject
CAPTOR - Russians" captive torpedo; really an ex-captain, -military, smart attitude
CAPITAL - no clue, really a captain's personal cash
XPIG -Russians, a very creative guess: an ex-policeman; really a ship's piggy bank
FLOYD no clue, Florida
GEORGE - no clue, really Georgia
SCOTT -no clue, SC
NICK -no clue, really NC
VIRGIL - no clue, really VA
DALE - no clue, really DE
MARLIN - no clue, really MD
FIL - no clue, really PA
NUGENT - no clue (funny!) really NJ
ROSIE - no clue, really: Roosevelt Roads
KAY -no clue, really Key West
MAY -Russians: Mayport Naval Base; really: Miami
MOVIE - no clue, really Hollywood, FL
ESTEE no clue, really Ft. Lauderdale (think cosmetics)
WINNIEPEG - no clue (?) West Palm Beach
CHAPPA-Q no clue (and no chance -
editor) Palm Beach (think Kennedy)
VR no clue, Vero Beach
CAPE COD - Russians went for the obvious, but is is Cape Canaveral (think Kennedy)
INDY - no clue - Daytona
MAYNOT - no clue, though it is Jacksonville Mayport NAS
COKE -no clue, really: Pensacola
TSAR - no clue, though they could try: CZAR is St. Petersburg FL
GITMO -Russians git right, it's a no brainer, Guantanamo
AT&T -no clue, it is US BATF
MOUSE - no clue, it stands for a radar report
MODEM -no clue: a secure comm channel
ROTA -US NAS Rota, Spain
PHIBRON -Russians got it right: USN amphibious Squadron
DATT -Russians correct: defense attache system
SIG -Russians went literal: "signal", whereas it is USN NAS Sigonella
AISSO - Russians Googled it: Automated Informations Systems Security officer
WIZZO -no clue: weapons systems officer
TACO - no clue, though they listened to S-3, P-3 talk- it is a tactical air combat coordinator

You never know what these bots would turn up next.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

OSNAZ (ОСНАЗ) SIGINT center in Cuba

The following photos are of the OSNAZ regiment (в/ч) 54234-В, Lourdes. More detailed shots of the installation interior and the men to follow as they (gradually) become available.

The white building in the center of the photo below is the main monitoring center. Here the enlisted servicemen manned short-wave communication. Equipment repair shack is to the left. The antenna farm is in the background. The main antenna could be rotated to fine-tune the reception.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Russians reactivating their SIGINT sites?- another secret list

I just played with the idea of sending out our spybot again, just for the heck of it. It came back with this wild and cool, NSA-grade material. Some of the bot returns is in a confusing encoding that would not paste here intact. I translated wherever I could, with the help of our good old military adviser. This center does not seem to be on the list, nor this radar site is associated with anything herebelow.

The bot reports of GRU units seem to be poised for activation, relocation or inventory.

The (!) GUDOK (ГУДОК), 215- or (в/ч) 34608 th regiment
309 ЦРПУ ОСНАЗ (the central radio transmitting center)
250 ОРТП ОСНАЗ ГСВГ г. Штендаль (the OSNAZ unit in the city of Stendahl)
GRU's БП630 and the 16th KGB directorate (управления КГБ). Some of our specialists says this is not ОсНаз, but a special СС service (специальная служба).
The following regiment numbers:

в/ч 51952 (in Nerastannoye, near Moscow, Chekhov region - Нерастанное, Московская обл., Чеховский р-н)

В/ч 61519 in Novosibirsk region, Новосибирск обл.

в/ч 61615 in Rustavi (Georgia?)Рустави (Гардабани)

в/ч 61330 Odessa, Ukraine г. Одесса, п.Акаржа/ Аккарже, and Ovidiopol (Овидиополь-2)

в/ч 61608 Tzaritzino, (Царицыно)

The data groups below is a result of the bot having converted a table to text, a la MS Windows.
The order of the data - the number of the communication center, the name of the communication center, the locale, military outpost/regiment/detachment number, the channels (ТЛГ/ЗАС/Титан)/frequencies, and activity notes.

215 GUDOK, Moscow reg., Klimovsk, 34608; 210,230,255,285,280 (training only), 220, 200, 205, 265, 260, 245;
210 SHIPUN, Petersburg reg., Gatchina, Tayvorovo, 41480; 215, 230,255
230 GRANULATZIA, Murmansk reg., Kildinstroy, 34630 215,255,210
255 JUMPER, Komi, Vorkuta, 34575; 215,210,285
285 TELEGA, Krasnoyarsk reg., Tiksi, 14145; 215, 255, 240, 220
280 NATRIT, Chukotka, Beringovsky, 51595; Channel for training, alternatively for the use by ZVEZDA
220 NAVESKA, Khabarovsk reg., Sergeyevka, 48260; 215, 240, 285
200 SPOLOKH, ex-NARCOTIC,Irkutsk reg., Oyek, 51870; 215, 220, 205, 240
205 GEOTHERMIA, Kazakhstan, Alma-Ata reg., Shengeldy, 48253 (86621); 215,200. 265
265 BEDRENNYY, Turkmenia, Ashkhabad reg., Geok-Tepe, 34639; 215,260,205
260 RAVNYY, Georgia, Gardebani, Kajory, 51868; 215, 265, 245,
245 PRIBORKA, Ukraine, Odessa, 42028; 215, 260, 210,
408 LAYBA, (ех LASTIC), Ryazan reg., Spassk-Ryazansky, 02565 Reserved for deployment during maneuvers at the range
240 GAZOMETR, Yakutia, 71300; 220-200-205
??? ARCHA., Kaluga reg., Tarus, 34080; Krug facility. Classified
270 BARCA, Cuba, Lourdes POBox 247, 54234;
??? SHATROVYY, Azerbayjan, Akstafa, ZVEZDA-controlled
??? TREZUBETZ, Moscow reg., Shchelkovo, 51428 The ZVEZDA center
??? ??? Petersburg reg., Pavlovsk, 86622 OSNAZ training untis
AVRORA (Аврора), Moscow, The УС ГРУ ГШ Center
OASIS, Kaluga, Echelon 2, KOMETA air defense-controlled

more of the related data de-tabulated, seems to indicate the current, pre-activation status of some of the above and other installations:

47 ОРПУ Irkutsk Оёк) в/ч 51870 - передан в "Звезду"
50-й ОРПУ (Тикси-1 Морская,) в/ч 14145 "Телега"
99-й ОРПУ (Якутск)
309-й ЦРПУ ОБКЗ (Климовск Школьная,50 в/г «Гривна») в/ч 34608 "Гудок" сф 51г (51-73гг в/ч 71513 )
789-й ОРПУ (Спасск-Рязанский Войкова,2 + п.Панино - полигон) в/ч 02565 "Ластик" сф 42г 811-й ОРПУ (Мурманск п.Кильдинстрой Разина,8) в/ч 34630
902-й ОРПУ (п.Беринговский) - передан в "Звезду"
-й ОРПУ (Дисдорф, ГДР) в/ч 33947 "Горка" - расформирован
-й ОРПУ в/ч 34635 "Грануляция"
-й ОРПУ (Гатчина п.Тайворово) в/ч 41480 -"Звезда"
-й ОРПУ (Одесса п.Верхний Дальник) в/ч 42028 "Приборка" - передан в СБУ Украины
-й ОРПУ (Торенс, Куба) в/ч 54234 "Тростник" - выведен в Гатчину, оперативно вх. в состав "Звезда"
-й ОРПУ "Охрана"
-й ОРПУ "Оазис"
-й ОРПУ (Воркута) "Джемпер"
-й ОРПУ (Ашхабад п.Геок-Тепе) - расформирован
-й ОРПУ (Алма-Ата п.Талгар) - передан КЗ
-й ОРПУ (ГДР) "Низина" -
-й ОРПУ (ГДР) "Марион" -
-й ОРПУ (Монголия) "Горизонт" - в состав "Звезда"
-й ОРПУ (Камрань, Вьетнам) "Восток" - принадлежал ВМФ,
-й ОРПУ (Рангун, Бирма) " " - "Звезда", расформирован
101-й уч.ОРТП ОсНаз (Павловск Обороны,1) в/ч 86622 расф 98г

and this bonus is the Russkies' record of having intercepted a radio transmissions from a B-52 returning from the Max 2007 airshow:
28.08.07., 6761 кГц ,
18:36 Tuff 01 -> Quid 82 "I'm looking contact with Quid 80"
18:40 Tuff 01 -> Quid 80 "Arsp. time 17:00z, altitude 280, frequency 264,125"
11175 кГц
18:50 Tuff 01 -> Croughton "Dep.: Moscow 13:30z, ETA: Barksdale 02:30z"

well, what do you say? I am not that impressed... because I am jaded. Putin asleep at the wheel? Would you like the bot to get his credit card numbers, or his Football briefcase combination? Does a Yankee White carry this for him? Inquiring minds want to know.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Casing out the Byelorussian secrets

The pictures of the Byelorussian KGB are here. Remember, this is the land where communism has never really died. You cans see the old embroidery-spangled flag of the Byelorussian Soviet Republic still unfurled over the City Hall/The Government Building in Minsk. These guys still think the USSR is alive and well.
By the way, note the antenna so typical of secret Soviet/Russian underground command centers.

And on Lenin Street there is a building having no number nor plaque, however festooned with an impressive suite of antennas.

This no ordinary TV antennas for the bored security guard's to watch the reruns of the stolid, tacky Communist song shows.

We were in the process of zeroing in on other features of the building, when a Byelorussian door lady scurried out onto the street and screamed at us in perfect Russian, "Movie cameras are forbidden!" We were using a tiny Canon digital gizmo with no hint of a camera.

and this is the KGB buidling. We were free to approach it and look it over from all directions, looking for any sign of good recce, but, apparently, the really interesting goodies are still inside, whereas only their classic defense-grade antennas and triangulators could be glimpsed on the turret.

Nobody ran out to arrest us. There was no sign of life, or even of a bureaucratic activity, or even of a faint scream of a political prisoner. It's just like scoping out the French Embassy in Moscow.

Next post is of the Russians in Cuba. It's a matter of organizing the photos. Sorry for the long delay.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Recce of French Embassy

The joke from a late-night show that seems to be appropriate for this post - "an ad on Ebay: French rifle, never fired, dropped once."

Most people don't think much about what the French are up to, but they are not behind the leading militaries of the world, and the same is true in the sense of their electronic warfare and intelligence.

Our man in Moscow (not the one that contributed here, nor here)- I know it sounds corny - has been lucky to gain a vantage point from where he succeeded to take a digital look at the French Embassy in Moscow. Don't ever underestimate the French.

You would have thought that this group is just a regular planar spike, but the upturned direction of the whips and the Rode & Shwarz HF dipole with an attenuator testify to its unexpected use.

this is a look from a yet different (I could only wonder) vantage point:

and these thistle whips - according to additional sources, whatever you may call these spikey finials, they have been known to radiate the most exotically encrypted traffic (some of which, unbuttoned, we will publish soon) you could pick up in this city. Note the magnetic antenna to the right of the R & S rig:

and here the gentlemen from France (remember Saturday Night Live's Coneheads? "We're from France!") have installed what might look like an average TV antenna, except - remember not to underestimate the French! - the rig and the microwave minisaucer further to the right are all aimed at the Russian Defense Ministry building.

beside being an average rooftop, they surely had to have the modest suite of satellite dishes.

and this standalone dish is accompanied by an interesting and shy Yagi-esque rig and a satcom disguised as a barstool:

as a collateral lesson from this recce exercise we have learned to appreciate the French taste for stylish rooftop radio shacks.

Next posts:
Centerfolds of KGB and other communication centers in Byelorussia, the land where communism never died
The candid shots of Russian listening outpost on Cuba, the site which has never ceased to operate.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Airport, Mooonscape and Diplograms

In this post:


We have been away, but not idle. We have met a bunch of interesting people, one of them is a former Tu-154 pilot who now flies for a discount airline. We call him Captain Alex, and he likes to take pictures in flight, from his pilot's seat. Here are some of the pictures that also serve us a breathtaking material for recce exercise.

Vnukovo Int'l Airport this winter.
The newly built, partially underground railroad spur serving the passenger terminal is visible to a knowledgeable analyst. The Russkies feel the bulge in the petrowallets, hence they feel that they can built some more megalomaniac projects to the airport.

Captain Alex took the picture and self-censored himself at that. The famous 06-24 runway is cut off below the photograph, because it serves the Government Terminal. Captain Alexey, however, was flying high and fast when he took the pictures below:

We can see the Government Terminal as the grey, black and brightly lit rectangular area towards the far (24) end of the 06-24 runway, below the T-juntion of the highways.


Novaya Zemlya, that is. A high-level official who is actually in charge of declassifying DOD materials, has released the following imagery on condition that no other details would be divulged. The material has been declassified, but still has the stuck-in-limbo FOUO (for offficial use inly) markings.
Thus a special recognaissance platform that still remains classified is capable of obtaining imagery at extreme slant angles. That means the method is equivalent to a person shooting landscape phtographs from the ground level. Here is an image inside Severnyy, a Russian outpost on the lunar landscape ravaged by catastrophic nuclear explosions. The angles are marked on satellite map for visualizing the orientation of elements in the photograph.

What are these Russkies up to nowadays? What goof-ups can they suprise us with over there?


A certain someone sent in this telegram, fully confinced that it is a Russian code-word or other type of code text.

It is sufficient to have studied comparative analysis of Slavic languages to spot Bulgarian suffixed articles ( -te, -to) at the end of the nouns. As far as we know, no other Slavic country uses Latin X to represent the "sh" sound. Our contributor is an avid ham radio operator who claims this was a RTTY message sent in an easily decodable diplomatic format. Note the year. We have some really recent material, but are being very careful with what we release.

Good luck to us all, and happy new moon month.