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Re: Athens and Welch killing

Released on 2012-03-03 18:00 GMT

Email-ID 373798
Date 2011-04-23 22:02:55
In a message dated 4/23/2011 12:28:27 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

Scott - Was Carlos linked to Nov 17? Thanks

On 4/23/2011 11:10 AM, wrote:

He may have been stationed there, but there was a Nov 17 task force
that operated for years running down every lead (and I mean every, I
located one of the nephews of an American associate of Carlos, who had
close ties to Nov 17 so they could pitch him, another thing that never
made it into my EERs). It included natives, native speakers, former
case officers stationed there...some very good people, among the best
I worked with. I'm sure they would have run that lead to ground. My
first case out there was trashing one of their sources who they cut
off right away. I knew a lot of what they were doing, especially when
it came to embassy employees because I could access their files
without anyone getting upset at the Agency looking at FSNs or
employees. Some of the DO officers can never admit they were wrong.
It goes to the narcissism that makes them good at what they do.

Sorry we missed you in DC. I got a really crappy cold and breathing
all over everyone and hacking on them would have made me wildly


In a message dated 4/23/2011 9:47:40 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

The source claims he was stationed in Athens w/the DO and the COS
dismissed the allegation w/out further investigation.

On 4/22/2011 8:22 PM, wrote:

In a message dated 4/17/2011 1:32:56 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, writes:


I've heard from a pretty good Agency source that Welch was set
up by an Embassy FSN.

Have you ever heard that?

Thanks much, Fred

Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T


No, and I worked with the task force chasing them. It was a sub
group under Mike Freeman...



I don't remember any direct links. There were people who were Carlos
associates who lived or to Greece, that kind of thing. The fellow
travelers of terrorism. The theory was that they all knew each other so
maybe you could follow the daisy chain, like drug cases, one would give
you another higher up. One was an American who was a Carlos associate in
France (?) who blew up a communication tower if I remember correctly.
Either he or his wife (she wasn't a US cit) were the ones of interest. I
found a relative here, who I passed off to the N17 people, who they were
going to use to contact him. I did several of those (N17, Sikhs) and once
they were comfortable with me, I'd pass them off to the "pros". The guy
was also traveling to the US for the first big World Bank radical pissing
match, but I was never able to find him in the huge gaggle and they didn't
want him picked off at port of entry by INS, not to mention they weren't
sure INS would really find him when he entered, nor were they very
enamored that INS would be able to do it gently, vice hammering the guy.

I don't remember the guy's name, but i would recognize it again if someone
ran it by me.