Monday, September 7, 2009
The Best Spy Story Of The Year
Ghost Ship "Arctic Sea"
Some of you may have been following the story of "The Arctic Sea".
The ship left Russian waters, allegedly carrying a load of timber from Finland.
While at sea, it was boarded by an assualt team of masked men who spoke English. The crew radioed that they were boarded by pirates demanding a ransom, and then the ship mysteriously dissapeared - to be found later off the coast of Africa.
Now, according to "The Telegraph UK", the rest of the story is being told.
Apparantly, a group of former Russian military officers linked to arms trafficking was secretly using the ship to deliver advanced S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Iran. As described in the article, the shipment was being tracked by the Israeli Mossad, who were the team that boarded the ship. This was a well thought out plan. If the Mossad had staged a public intervention and inspection, it would have embarrased the Russian Government and potentially caused an international incident. By covertly boarding the ship and identifying the secret cargo, it gave the Russians a chance to save face and mount a "rescue mission" on it's own.
--I think what this story tells us most, is how loosly controlled military weapons can make their way around the world.
But it's not just the Russians, remember that during the Reagan administration Col. Oliver North sold missiles to Iran also!
Link to article