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Re: FOR FAST COMMENT and EDIT- CAT 3- Tretyakov dead

Released on 2012-03-08 09:00 GMT

Email-ID 1651527
Date 2010-07-09 17:18:53
And this - from the article by Comrade J's author - would seem to confirm
Lauren's thoughts:

That autopsy has now been completed and it showed no evidence of foul
play, according to an FBI official who spoke to me off-the-record. Helen
said her husband died from massive cardiac arrest.

Lauren Goodrich wrote:

But it is a source who said they're connected... not proven, right? I am
REALLY wary to say they were connected until I see the intel.
Also, he was 53.... Russian age of death.
Sean Noonan wrote:

He died two weeks before the FBI made their arrests, and about a week
before they put undercover operations in place to make some of them.
The two are related. Whether it was because the FBI has evidence of a
Russian operation, or they were suspicious enough to 'shake the trees'
and have bungled the whole thing, we don't know.

I will make this more clear in Edit.

Rodger Baker wrote:

So what are we saying with this piece? that someone we knew was dead
is dead, it happened before these arrests. Are we trying to suggest
he was murdered? are we trying to say his death led to the arrests
(and if so, why?)? I am not sure the purpose of what this piece is
trying to say. What is the significance of teh death of an old
defector a month ago?
On Jul 9, 2010, at 9:41 AM, scott stewart wrote:

when? why didn't we publish it then?

--We were asked not to by our sources in the government.

From: [] On
Behalf Of Karen Hooper
Sent: Friday, July 09, 2010 10:36 AM
Subject: Re: FOR FAST COMMENT and EDIT- CAT 3- Tretyakov dead

On 7/9/10 10:26 AM, Sean Noonan wrote:
Tactical Team production.


Sergei Tretyakov, a former high level Russian intelligence
officer who defected to the United States, was announced dead by
Washington's WTOP Radio, July 9. Tretyakov died on June 13, days
before the arrest of 10 alleged Russian spies, fueling suspicion
that the two events are somehow connected. His wife, however, has
said he died of natural causes.


In STRATFOR's 2010>,
we raised the connection between the initiation of the
investigation of the eleven individuals accused of acting as
unregistered agents of a foreign government and a former Russian
Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) defector, Sergei Tretyakov.
Tretyakov worked publicly as a first secretary in Russia's UN
mission in New York but was in fact a Colonel in Russian's Foreign
Intelligence Service (SVR). He is known to have passed information
to the FBI from 1997 until the time he officially defected to the
US in October, 2000. According to the criminal complaints issued
June 25, surveillance of some of the individuals began in January,
2000. It is important to note that while this connection is
circumstantial - Tretyakov was in a high level position at the SVR
at the same time. This connection does not confirm that Tretyakov
indeed outed the accused individuals, but it is possible that
Tretyakov was aware of some, if not all, of the alleged Russian
agents' role in the United States and may have passed along this
information to U.S. intelligence officials. Generally, "illegals",
as these 11 agents are called, would be run out of a different
department of the SVR as Tretyakov. Just as well, seven of them
were allegedly run through SVR officers at the UN Mission, and
those officers Tretyakov would have had knowledge of.

After every well-known Russian intelligence defector except
Tretyakov was quoted in the media on the Russian spy case,
we when? why didn't we publish it then? dug further into public
records searches of Sergei Tretyakov and found that his records
state that he died June 13, 2010. Sarasota County Clerk's office
lists a death certificate filed under the name of Sergei Tretyakov
on June 25, 2010. No cause of death is immediately available from
those records. Tretyakov was 53 years old.

The first public confirmation of Tretyakov's death came through
WTOP from Tretyakov's wife, Yelena (Helen). She told reporter JJ
Green, who interviewed Sergei in the spring of 2010, that he died
of natural causes. It is very significant that there was no major
media coverage of Tretyakov's death until today, when a spy swap is being completed>
Tretyakov was a high profile defector. A book telling his story of
working for the Russian intelligence agency and defecting to the
US was published in January, 2008. He has appeared on numerous
national news shows and has spoken very candidly on Russia's
intelligence apparatus and claims that Russia is still very much a
hostile enemy of the US.

His apparent death also comes just two weeks before the FBI
arrested ten individuals accused of acting as unregistered agents
of a foreign government - in this case, Russia. The eleventh
individual, Robert Christopher Mestos, was arrested in Cyprus June
29, but he arrived in Cyprus June 17, just four days after the
apparent death of Tretyakov.

So far, we can only raise curious connections and point out that
the timing of all of this is highly interesting. Simply the fact
that it appears that Tretyakov is dead is extremely newsworthy in
itself [newsworthy perhaps, but is it significant, and why from a
Stratfor point of view outside a sitrep?]. The connections
outlined here do not prove anything, but they are important to
keep in mind as we continue our investigation into the 11 accused
non-declared agents arrested June 27 and 29.

So far there is no indication rephrase, since his wife said
natural causes. i'd say 'proof' or evidence for how he died of how
Tretyakov died. He was 53 years oldyou said that above and,
according to the book Comrade J, he did have high blood pressure,
it is perfectly feasible that he died innocently due to health
complications. However, the fact that Tretyakov was a high profile
Russian intelligence defector means that nothing can be taken for
granted in this case. Russian defectors and dissidents have a
history of turning up dead, often under very auspicious
[auspicious?] circumstances. Below is a list of previous
defectors and dissidents who have died unusual deaths abroad:
o Oleg Gordievsky claims he survived an attempted poisoning
with Thallium in London in November, 2007. He was a KGB officer in
London but spied for the UK from 1968-1985.
o Alexander Litvinenko died November 2006 from polonium 210
poisoning in the UK. He was granted asylum in the UK after he
claims that the FSB ordered him to kill a Russian oligarch. He
published a book telling his story in 2002.
o Viktor Yuschenko, a pro-western former Ukrainian president,
claims to have survived an alleged dioxin poisoning attempt while
running for president in September, 2004.
o Yuri Shchekochikhin, a member of the Russian duma, died days
before going to talk to the FBI in July, 2003. Suspected use of
polonium 210

At this point, we have no evidence that Tretyakov was
murdered getting a little repetitive, we can only provide context
within which his death occurred. It will require medical testing
and investigation to determine the nature of Tretyakov's death and
whether or not it was caused by foul play.

These claims which claims? are all made by Russian defectors, and
of course have not been confirmed by Moscow. At this point, we
cannot conclude anything similar happened to Tretyakov, especially
since his wife has said he died from natural causes. This is
completely plausible, but the chain of events is
suspicious. repetition


Sean Noonan

Tactical Analyst

Mobile: +1 512-758-5967

Strategic Forecasting, Inc.

Karen Hooper
Director of Operations
512.744.4300 ext. 4103

Sean Noonan
Tactical Analyst
Mobile: +1 512-758-5967
Strategic Forecasting, Inc.

Lauren Goodrich
Director of Analysis
Senior Eurasia Analyst
T: 512.744.4311
F: 512.744.4334