Active Measures

"Активные Мероприятия | Aktivnyye Meropriyatiya: Agent-operational measures aimed at exerting useful influence on aspects of the political life of a target country which are of interest, its foreign policy, the solution of international problems, misleading the adversary, undermining and weakening his positions, the disruption of his hostile plans, and the achievement of other aims."(Mitrokhin, Vasili (2013-01-11). KGB Lexicon: The Soviet Intelligence Officers Handbook (p. 13). Taylor and Francis. Kindle Edition.)

Dissecting the Trump-Russia Dossier - a Bibliography of Sorts

Published: 2018 July 25

Michael Weiss and Catherine A. Fitzpatrick have published an annotated version of the Steele Dossier, adding various bits of information that have subsequently come to light that bear on the dossier's contents. For my own purposes (namely to make sure that I can identify and add to my own collection any articles I may have missed in the last two years) I have extracted the URLs found within their piece.

USA vs Butina

Published: 2018 July 17

I think what this speaks to is the price Kremlin pays for running intelligence operations outside the official intelligence agencies. In this case Torshin - Putin pal, OC boss, government official - runs his agent Butina in the USA. She reports to him, he reports to Kremlin, Kremlin provides feedback, and so on.

Curses, Foiled Again

Published: 2018 July 11

Below are some recent filings in the case against Paul Manafort brought in the Eastern District of Virginia, Honorable T.S. Ellis III presiding. Long story short, Paulie tried to play games in order to have his case in Washington DC District Court occur first, and his case in Virginia heard second. Why he wanted to reverse the order of the trials is unclear, but he apparently thought it was a good idea.

Documents filed in support of possible revocation of Manafort's release on bail

Published: 2018 June 13

Mr. Manafort, aided by his associate Mr. Kilimnik, attempted to obstruct justice, violating the terms of Manafort's releast to house arrest. Special Counsel Mueller is other-than-pleased. These documents are what have been filed (and unsealed) in support of the request that the judge consider putting Manafort in jail pending trial.

The Michael Cohen SAR That Didn't Disappear

Published: 2018 May 17


Messing With The Enemy - It's an Iterative Process

Published: 2018 May 15

If the first step in counter-trolling is to elicit a response, what we have here is one small mission accomplished. Brava, Ms. Jasmina. Brava.

Mifsud and Yakovenko

The Gentlemen from Malta

Published: 2017 December 20

This week saw the publication of a report by the Guardian about Kevin Ellul-Bonici,[1] a longtime associate of Nigel Farage, who has worked for Farage and the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group at the EU parliament. Ellul-Bonici achieved a degree of notoriety when, in 2014, he and three companions distributed hundreds of copies of a book at the EU parliament as part of a Russian active measure that sought to smear Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė as a one-time KGB asset. An investigation by the EU parliament at the time identified two of Ellul-Bonici's partners as a Russian, a Polish citizen born in Moscow. The fourth was never identified. [2][3] Given Nigel Farage's relationship with Kevin Ellul-Bonici, Farage's involvement in Brexit, mounting evidence of Kremlin involvement in supporting Brexit,[4] Farage's relationship with Donald Trump,[5] and all that we know now regarding Kremlin interference in the US presidential election, this 2015 EU parliament incident appears rather more interesting than it may have seemed at the time. Which brings us to the other gentleman from Malta.

American Intelligence Veterans File Amicus Brief in Lawsuit vs Trump et al

Published: 2017 December 14

La “combinación”: The view from Spain regarding Russia's successful interference in Catalonia

Published: 2017 November 25

La “combinación”, instrumento de la guerra de la información de Rusia en Cataluña / The ‘combination’: an instrument in Russia’s information war in Catalonia, by Mira Milosevich-Juaristi (@MiraMilosevich1), Senior Analyst at the Elcano Royal Institute, is one of the better treatments of the subject of Kremlin subversion targeting Western nations. The description of the blend of methods used by the Russians and their allies in the case of Catalonia provides a good introduction to the topic, but perhaps the most important point made by the author is that the Kremlin has succeeded in Catalonia - as it did in the German elections, the French elections, the US elections, the EU-Ukraine election in Netherlands, and BREXIT - regardless of the immediate outcome on the ground in each of those cases. whois records

Published: 2017 November 24

More about 'BlackMattersUS' faux BLM project exposed by Think Progress

Published: 2017 October 13

There is an interesting story out at Think Progress, regarding (yet another) faux Black Lives Matter online project. BlackMattersUS shares many of the elements of other recently-exposed and Russian-linked "BLM" projects that sought to influence the outcome of the 2016 US presidential election.


This site is an instantiation of what I practice: artisanal intelligence. The focus here is primarily (but not exclusively) on the post- or neo-Soviet active measures as practiced by the Kremlin and their allies, both on- and offline. In general, artisanal intelligence implies a good deal of hand work, an immersion in the work and mindset of the adversary, a process deliberately slowed down and limited in scope. I'm A. Weisburd (hence webradius <- an anagram), and I've been doing this sort of work versus terrorists, organized crime, and hostile intelligence services since at least 2002, applying both lessons learned on the job and in the course of getting a BSc in Information Systems and an MA in Criminology.