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  • Dr. Hillhouse has run Cuban rum between East and West Berlin, smuggled jewels from the Soviet Union and slipped through some of the world’s tightest borders. From Uzbekistan to Romania, she's been followed, held at gunpoint and interrogated. Foreign governments and others have pitched her for recruitment as a spy. (They failed.)

    A former professor and Fulbright fellow, Dr. Hillhouse earned her Ph.D. in political science at the University of Michigan. Her latest novel, OUTSOURCED (Forge Books) is about the turf wars between the Pentagon and the CIA and the privatization of national security.

    Dr. Hillhouse is an expert on national security outsourcing. Her controversial work has twice elicited a formal response by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence--the only times that office has ever publicly responded to the writings of a private citizen.

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December 04, 2006



This news as all of them does nothing to change somebody’s mind about Russia or its leaders. All comments do not contain any attempt for analysis but only express prejudged opinions. For rare philosophical insight go to

BTW, my version: it was a signal to Poland not to interfere in Russia / EU negotiations among the rest. Polonium is called after Poland.


A signal to Poland because Polonium is named after Poland? Dude, you've got serious problems with your tin foil hat.

Mad Dogs

RJ (may we call you RJ?), another excellent post and TRex featured it (and you) in Late Nite again over at Firedoglake.

As I emailed Jane Hamsher, more of that twould be very nice for all concerned.

One thing that struck me regardless of the sender's identity is the "message" being sent:

Your death will be accomplished without sign or signature and it will be slow, excruciatingly painful and irrevocably fatal.

Not an unimpressive message to send to his associates.


...loosey-goosey (to use a technical term)...

Hah! I've been using that tech term for years. Imagine that!

It won't be much longer before this falls off the radar, when the London newspapers get bored with it, having mined every rad and scurried down every alley...

Plenty of tinfoil hats to go around, though. And plenty of people needing them. I suppose that's the downside of instant communications and the proliferation of alternative news sites.

My, how we've grown: ABC/CBS/NBC; add 24/7 cable; add their websites and the newsblogs. And now add shorter attention spans...


R J Hillhouse

Thanks for the head's up Mad Dogs.

And sure you can call me R J.

And Naomi, I'm guessing the half-life of the story will be much shorter than that of the Polonium-210--which is actually pretty short.


I only mention the half-life of the issue because I had spent almost 45 minutes googling the ex-FSB who lives in the US. I read it in the last week but now I can't find him.

Oh, well! (No tinfoil hat telling me that it's been suppressed--it's just become buried in the back pages of google, I'm sure.)


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  • A tip of the hat to investigative journalist Tim Shorrock who inspired the name of this blog with his path-breaking 2005 article, "The Spy Who Billed Me."

    Shorrock has a dedicated web page on outsourcing in intel. It links to many of his articles which are must-reads for anyone interested in the privatization of intelligence.