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RE: Albania

Released on 2012-08-09 18:00 GMT

Email-ID 886486
Date 2011-01-22 21:09:54
When I went shooting with the Albanian Secret Police in 1991, they were car=
rying Chinese copies of the Makarov (I think the Chinese called it a type 5=
9 pistol). Their ammo was old, crappy and unreliable.=20

-----Original Message-----
From: [] =
On Behalf Of Ben West
Sent: Saturday, January 22, 2011 12:29 PM
To: Analyst List
Subject: Re: Albania

Yeah, it'd be interesting to know the type of pistol used in the killings a=
nd then compare that to what the albanian police use - but i doubt the alba=
nian police use a standardized sidearm, so it'd be difficult to say anythin=
g conclusive.

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On Jan 22, 2011, at 9:42, Bayless Parsley wr=

> Is there a chance The cops were not actually the ones who killed the thre=
e? I didnt see any reports or photos indicating the riot police even had gu=
ns. And the type of pistol used to fire the rounds was listed in an article=
yesterday. I know nothing about guns so am of no use here, but would it be=
helpful to know The kind of firearm used?
> Either way, doesnt matter. All that matters is the political angle and th=
e fact that the opposition perceives the police to be culpable
> Btw artillery?!
> On 2011 Jan 22, at 08:51, Fred Burton wrote:
>>> From TrapWire contact (former CIA clandestine officer)
>> Not sure if STRATFOR's following events there -- but I chatted with some
>> contacts in Tirana and tomorrow (Sunday) protests are expected to be
>> even larger than yesterday's -- with many in the crowd bent on
>> retaliation for the police killing of three protestors. (As always,
>> rumor mills are in overdrive in the Balkans with claims being made that
>> the cops targeted these protestors for assassination. No proof yet that
>> that's the case. Having dealt with Albanian cops for three years, I can
>> assure you though they don=E2=80=99t need much pushing to draw their wea=
>> They actually fired artillery rounds onto protestors during the chaos of
>> '97). Tough times in Tirana right now.
>> Mike