The Troodos Conundrum 433



The GCHQ listening post on Mount Troodos in Cyprus is arguably the most valued asset which the UK contributes to UK/US intelligence cooperation.  The communications intercept agencies, GCHQ in the UK and NSA in the US, share all their intelligence reports (as do the CIA and MI6).  Troodos is valued enormously by the NSA.  It monitors all radio, satellite and microwave traffic across the Middle East, ranging from Egypt and Eastern Libya right through to the Caucasus.  Even almost all landline telephone communication in this region is routed through microwave links at some stage, picked up on Troodos.

Troodos is highly effective – the jewel in the crown of British intelligence.  Its capacity and efficiency, as well as its reach, is staggering.  The US do not have their own comparable facility for the Middle East.  I should state that I have actually been inside all of this facility and been fully briefed on its operations and capabilities, while I was head of the FCO Cyprus Section in the early 1990s.  This is fact, not speculation.

It is therefore very strange, to say the least, that John Kerry claims to have access to communications intercepts of Syrian military and officials organising chemical weapons attacks, which intercepts were not available to the British Joint Intelligence Committee.

On one level the explanation is simple.  The intercept evidence was provided to the USA by Mossad, according to my own well  placed source in the Washington intelligence community.  Intelligence provided by a third party is not automatically shared with the UK, and indeed Israel specifies it should not be.

But the inescapable question is this.  Mossad have nothing comparable to the Troodos operation.  The reported content of the conversations fits exactly with key tasking for Troodos, and would have tripped all the triggers.  How can Troodos have missed this if Mossad got it?  The only remote possibility is that all the conversations went on a purely landline route, on which Mossad have a physical wire tap, but that is very unlikely in a number of ways – not least nowadays the purely landline route.

Israel has repeatedly been involved in the Syrian civil war, carrying out a number of illegal bombings and missile strikes over many months.  This absolutely illegal activity by Israel- which has killed a great many civilians, including children – has brought no condemnation at all from the West.  Israel has now provided “intelligence” to the United States designed to allow the United States to join in with Israel’s bombing and missile campaign.

The answer to the Troodos Conundrum is simple.  Troodos did not pick up the intercepts because they do not exist.  Mossad fabricated them.  John Kerry’s “evidence” is the shabbiest of tricks.  More children may now be blown to pieces by massive American missile blasts.  It is nothing to do with humanitarian intervention.  It is, yet again, the USA acting at the behest of Israel.



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  • Trowbridge H. Ford

    All you have to do, you mindless moron, is to be a bit inventive, like leave this off what you google; – The Local

    And don’t overlook tipping up your fly after you take your next piss.

  • AlcAnon


    Why your google search didn’t work is because it had “-the” in it. Which told Google to omit any articles with the word “the” in them!

  • Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    OK Trowbridge. I think I understand you better now. Toodles.

  • Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    Thanks for the assist, AA. I appreciate helpful posters.

  • NR

    In the US the old MSM no longer debates whether or not chem weapons were used or who used them. From CNN to Fox the starting point for any argument now, after Kerry’s two “brilliant” speeches, is whether Congress approves a strike, followed by retired generals strolling on green-screened, giant floor-maps of possible targets. Very colourful.

    The prospect of Congress not approving strikes is presented as more horrifying than Sarin gas itself. “The credibility of the US is at stake” and “Iran will not hesitate to develop nukes”.

    One would think the credibility of the US is already at zero because of the ever changing stories. First, the fake tale was that there was no point in awaiting UN inspectors’ reports, because any trace of chem weapons would degrade and dissipate.

    Yesterday, Kerry announces proof of Sarin gas. So suddenly, a puff of smoke, a wave of the wizard’s wand and ipso-facto-chango, evidence doesn’t disappear if it suits your lie. The US is a fish flopping about out of water. How credible is that?

    A few too many people must be asking, “What’s the big deal with poison gas?” so that CNN US was moved to bring on a retired expert on such weapons, who explained, “Sarin is a particularly horrible way to die. It’s essentially insecticide and we’ve all seen what happens to roaches when we spray them; they’re doomed to a ghastly, twitching death.”

    Strange, none of the Syrian dead seemed to have expired that way.

  • Trowbridge H. Ford

    Excellent post, NR, except for the bit about a few too many people, apparenly somet Americana, not accepting this brain-washing.

    I expect by the weekend, we shall be seeing marches, demanding an attack on Syria, with all kinds of nuts, carrying posters, saying: “Uncle Sam needs you more than ever!’

    Excellent point about the gas used, though, pointing more to phosgene, which attacks the pulmonary system, rather than sarin which goes after the vital organs of the body’s electrical one.

  • jon

    take note. Saudi gave the chemical false flag event and Isreal gave the false Intel but they may get more than what they intended when the bombs fly. for me I will be happy no oil when the fields blown up means electric cars and no Isreal means no aipac then maybe Washington could follow the advice of general Washington make no friends to lead you astray and make no enemies we can mind our own business! focus on economy at home.

  • Trowbridge H. Ford

    Sorry but I don’t believe a serious word about it all, Jon.

    Prince Bandar bin Sultan has always been Washington’s lap dog, like when he tried to discredit Iran by claiming Tehran had tried and had assassinated him in Washington. The so-and-so is still quite alive, and is just helping out those in Washington who have second thoughts about risking the biggest war yet in the Middle East, what the Mossad’s baloney about all those intercepts of the actual firing of the alleged sarin-filled rockets is most eager to promote.

    Joe Biden, who got John Brennan confirmed as CIA director, and actually had him take an illegal oath of office, has been the driving force behind this attack, ever since I trashed the Bidens’ and my own claims that the Iranians had been behind John Wheeler’s murder – what they had been ultimately forced to pin on missing Andrew Robert Levene to shut his widow up about who killed her husband and why.

    The Vice President was so alarmed about the complicated plot falling apart that he got beleaguered NSA and CIA to arrange what Wheeler had stopped against the Iranians to go against the Syrians – what who make shambles of the START treaty with the Russians while socking it finally to the most independent-minded Assad.

    In making the arrangements, Joe got so worked on August lst that he had a heart attack, but was not prepared to admit it for fear of arousing suspicions of what was afoot, blaming it most clumsily on his most obidient son Beau, Delaware’s Attorney General, and playing it out until the poison gas attacks occurred, and were well on the way of being covered up as to their real cause, like in Wheeler’s murder.

    Now we shall have the big war in the Middle East which will extend even to Iran, and fix its alleged nuclear ambitions, once and for all.

  • Jon (Mod Variant)

    Heh, I should get me own avatar! I am sure folks worked out that the eagle’n’flag Jon above is not me 🙂

  • Suhayl Saadi

    ‘Jon (Mod Variant)’ has eschewed Vespas and now rides only chrome bicycles, but he rides them towards, rather away from , riots. The surely, is The Ultimate Action!

  • Jemand

    Trowbridge H. Ford

    It’s good to see you bonding so well with Ben. You have some fascinating stories about being the target of attempted assassination. Can I invite you to share more accounts of your close shaves with death?

  • Trowbridge H. Ford

    Oh sure, Jemand, I have really said too little about Ivan Romanov’s attempt to kill me in Lidingo outside of Stockholm about five years ago.

    I had gotten to know Roamanov through Leif Erlingsson, a Swedish blogger.Romanov aka Ivan von Birchan has always figured in the plot to kill Olof Palme because Birchan claimed that the CiA tried to recruit him twice to kill the Swedish stats minister but without success, and I hoped to learn more about the Cold War’s most dangerous moments from him.

    We talked on the telephone many times, and had meals together on occasion.

    I started out believing that his claims were true, and they generally were, but the more we talked, the more I thought that he was giving secret services, especially the CIA, an alibi for not being being deeply when it just achieved it through the services David Walker’s security firms. And Birchan was so anti-semitic that I began to think that he really was an informant for the Mossad.

    After I had written many articles for cods about the Stockholm tragedy and many others, Birchan said that he had found a source that was eager to publish them in two volumes, and was I interested. Of course I was, and we arranged a meeting where I would give him two floppy discs containing them.

    I was surprised when we met at the Lidingo tunnelbannen station because he was wearing a most heacy overcoat and some kind of best round his waist, and then we went to his safe house to make the transfer. I was, of course, ready to hand the discs over to him there, but agreed to to go with his suggestion since the safe house was on the way back to mine.

    Then, when we got to the safe house, he was so concerned about my getting a parking ticket near it that he started asking other parkers if they had a spare one I could use. He ultimately obtained one, and I agreed to go most reluctantly into the save house.

    (More to follow, as I do not want to risk losing what I have written.)

  • Suhayl Saadi

    Trowbridge, please leave off Jon. He retains good humour through thick and thin. Yesterday, you seemed to bite off Ben’s head for some trivial web-link thing, calling him a moron and so on. To his credit, Ben seemed to take this in a mature and relaxed way.

    As the dissidents of Eastern Europe and other places discovered (not that I am comparing Eastern Europe under Stalinism to the UK today) maintaining a sense of both humour and humility can be critical. I’m thinking of someone like Roderick Russell, whose family have been subjected to hard state harassment for many years. Mr Russell always comes across as polite, measured, rational and good humoured.

    Your post at 3:29pm, today, assumes the reader has lots of in depth knowledge about whatever intricate situation it is you are talking about. You also sometimes write in very long sentences, containing multiple clauses. All this can act as a barrier rather than facilitator. And if people are wary that you might bite their heads off if they request clarification…

  • Trowbridge H. Ford

    The safe house looked like one I had always suspected them to look like, with a most heavy door with all kinds of locks on it, a small hall, a tiny kitchen, a sitting room with hardy more than a bed in it, and a closet with all kinds of stuff in it.

    After von Birchan had finally removed his heavy coat because of the bulky vest he had around his waist, he invited me to go into the sitting room while he prepared a libation to celebrate the book deal. Of course, I was completely taken aback by what was happening, and it got me thinking most carefully about what was seemingly afoot.

    Von Birchan is a Serrbian refugee in Sweden, and is most bitter about what happened to Serbia, especially the airplane plant his father had there, and was confiscated by the Tito government. He knows almost every Serbian refugee in Sweden, and I wondered if Mijailo Mijailovic, Anna Lindh’s assassin had ever been in the safe house. In an article I had just written about the plot which assassinated her, I wrote that Mijailo was a Manchurian Candadate who was being moved around, and directed to kill her by a Mossad kidon in the NK atrium.

    Then I thought about what had happened to Alexandr Litvinenko when he started telling tales about his service in the GRU and the KGB when Palme was murdered, and threatening to blackmail all kinds of people who were involved in the Stockholm plot.

    Little wonder that I would not drink from the little glass that von Birchan handed me when he finally emerged from the kitchen, though he repeatedly urged me to do so, and that my refusal was spoiling a grand personal triumph.

    All I could think of what had happened to Litvinenko after he had lunch with Sidelnikov on Oxford Street on October 30th before his fatal attacks started. Then there was all the business about having a parking permit outside von Birchan’s safe house – what would provide an address for where I had been when I was apparently poisoned, and died a horrible death.

    Then, there was the surprising kiss that von Birchan gave me when I picked him up at the Lidingo station. Was it the kiss of death?

    In any event, he finally gave up trying to make me drink, and agreed to be taken back to the station, but not before he put my libation back in its bottle in the kitchen, and put it in vest

    (Had enough, or do you want more?)

  • Suhayl Saadi

    “Then, there was the surprising kiss that von Birchan gave me when I picked him up at the Lidingo station.” Trowbridge H. Ford, 4.25pm, today.

    “After von Birchan had finally removed his heavy coat because of the bulky vest he had around his waist, he invited me to go into the sitting room while he prepared a libation to celebrate the book deal. Of course, I was completely taken aback by what was happening, and it got me thinking most carefully about what was seemingly afoot.” Trowbridge H. Ford.

    Kind of ‘Dashiell Hammett’, very noir. Really, in style, this all sounds like something out of an espionage novel. Perhaps you prefer that style. Each to their own.

  • Trowbridge H. Ford

    As I have already shown with Jemand, and without having seen your post, Suhaly Saadi, I am polite, and answer questions if people ask..

    And I only got a bit upset with Ben when he wondered if I was on a bun aka not getting enough sex because my wife or girl friend is cheating on me.

    And when he apologized, and I accepted it, he called all my writings those of one who is either autistic, close to it, or engaging in wild fantasies. And I was apparently lying about the one related to this thread because he couldn’t it despite my efforts to help.

  • Rehmat

    On September 1, The Times of Israel reported that America’s case against Syrian regime’s using chemical weapon on civilians is based on information provided by Israeli intelligence agancies. The daily also reported that an Israeli delegation containing Netanyahu’s National Security Advisor Yaakov Amidror and a collection of Shin Bet and top army officials visited Washington and met two Israel-Firsters, vice-president Joe Biden and Obama’s senior national security advisor Susan Rice. After their meeting, Joe Biden thundered: “There is no doubt who is responsible for this heinous use of chemical weapons in Syria: The Syrian regime“. Later, John Kerry, also, joined Joe Biden to cover-up Israel’s dubious intelligence information.

  • Trowbridge H. Ford

    One can only wonder if this rabid pursuit of Islam is the beginning of the end of the American empire – like what Byzantium experienced during the seventh century while it overplayed its hand against the declining Persians while ignoring the growing power of the Arab Muslims.

    What started as a coup in Constantinople because of the demands on its Roman troops soon developed into a losing struggle the Prophet organized by stopping the inter-tribal warfare and converting it into a coherent military challenge.

    While the Byzantines did not consider these advances serious, they were, and their empire never recovered from them, though it took another 800 years to disappear.

    Is there another prophet in the wings of the Muslim world, plotting to take advantage of the growing Western waste and recklessness?

  • Suhayl Saadi

    Rehmat, of course Saudi Arabia-Israel-UAE-Sunni Jihadists and the USA/UK/France are in it together against Iran-Shia Islamists/Arab Nationalists/Russia in a struggle for regional power over this resource-rich and geostrategically crucial part of the world. And ultimately, in a struggle in the context of the rise of China. Yes, the tail wags the dog.

    But on your blog, you’ve got stuff like this:
    “Rep. Nancy Pelosi, a Crypto-Jew…”


    “French Jewish foreign minister, Laurent Fabius…”

    And one of your links is to the website of the English ex-snooker commentator.

    Now, what on earth is “a Crypto-Jew”?

    Fabius, by the way, politically is a bastard. However, I should point out that he converted to Christianity. Noam Chomsky is Jewish. So what? This blurring of anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism is typical of too many people in Muslim communities.

  • Emma

    Craig Murray is a good guy and very knowledgeable, based on (as in that article) personal experience as a diplomat.

    He does, however, miss another possible conclusion – which is that the British government did not really (for reasons that haven’t been made completely clear) want to join in the military attack on Syria with the US, so it created a sham Parliamentary debate and arranged for it to be lost. It is in my opinion no coincidence that even some government ministers did not ‘accidentally’ turn up for the vote. In addition, Cameron need not have shut down all possibility of military action just based on the vote, but he immediately did so and other senior Coalition people have inexplicably been supportive of that.

    I think the most likely scenario is that HMG know perfectly well that Assad did it, that they have damning evidence, but that they do not wish the UK to get involved beyond offering humanitarian assistance – however, they also needed to create a pretence of being ‘unable to get it through’ as political cover with the Americans.

  • Jemand

    Trowbridge, yes more please, fascinating.

    But I’m first interested in knowing how many attempts have been made on your life.

  • Trowbridge H. Ford

    I think two direct attempts, one of which I just discussed, and another one where Ivan Romanov was much more the facilitator rather than the killer – what I shall post probably tomorrow if I have the time and effort. I am still involved in unpacking stuff I shipped back from Sweden.

    Then there were two programs, one In Portugal where the spooks hoped by my repeatedly eating minutes of something like ricin which Clinton’s Chief of Staff Leon Panetta et al. hoped would look like I died from an accident or from natural causes, like a heart attack or a stroke, and then when Panetta became Obama’s DCI, he immediately had a hit squad hunting me down, one instance of which involved von Romanov, and there were apparently others before the Swedish spooks, especially Sapo’s, forced it to leave the country.

    Panetta has had it in for me after I complained about his entertaining some of America;s leading criminals, Dick Nixon, former DCI Richard Helms, and Al ‘Deep Throat’ Haig, openly in the White House to get support for Bubba’s political agenda,

  • Suhayl Saadi

    “I think the most likely scenario is that HMG know perfectly well that Assad did it, that they have damning evidence…” Emma, 8:55pm, today.

    The avoidance of joining in tactic had occurred to me too. I’m not sure about that, though. But I’m not sure precisely how you arrive at the conclusion, above, that this is “the most likely scenario”.

    Jemand, very interesting.

  • Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    “And when he apologized, and I accepted it, he called all my writings those of one who is either autistic, close to it, or engaging in wild fantasies. And I was apparently lying about the one related to this thread because he couldn’t it despite my efforts to help.”


    I was hoping this would just vanish in a puffery, but I feel I must say something. I find Trowbridge an interesting person, but there have been a number of frustrations with his style, like posting links, which I understand is not always possible to do with a body of knowledge contained in bound-book form. I am a bit challenged with technology, so when I inquire about where to find the info, even when he can provide a link, he prefers vague connections with persons and places, and I was truly attempting to understand where he’s coming from. I think I can gather information from him in the usual indirect manner, rather than engaging him directly, which frankly can be trying.

  • Jon

    Suhayl, I think a “crypto-” prefix in this context means “hidden”, so “hidden Jew”. The phrase I think taps into the suggestion that Jewish people are being smuggled into high places, so as to exert mysterious and powerful influence in world affairs.

    I think the theory that the Jewish people are highly motivated as a result of the terror of the holocaust is an interesting one, and in itself does not carry unpleasant racial connotations. Perhaps the self-image of a Biblical chosen people interacts with that narrative, too, and is another spur to accomplishment. Nevertheless, I agree that the tenor is unpleasant. From a search engine synopsis of a story on that site:

    …Frankist, also known as ‘Crypto-Jews’, are found in high places in both Christian and Muslim world – pretending to be Christians, Muslims, humanists, communists and atheists. Turkey has the highest population of ‘Crypto-Jews’ in the Muslim world.

    Whilst some people who hold these views clearly are intentionally racist, I think one problem is that, when people see Israel’s preferential treatment on the world stage, it is easy to develop highly over-simplified theories that tap into convenient narratives about evil (involving small groups of wealthy collaborators who conspire rather than compete). Those of us who would posit, as alternative explanations, the mechanisms of international finance and neoliberal capitalism’s integral drive to war, have our work rather cut out.

    Rehmat, your reflections on these thoughts would be interesting.

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