CIA needs to get a Mobile Phone Guru
3 July 2007 by axxxr
25 CIA agents are facing trial in Milan,Italy,All this because of their ignorance of Mobile Phone Technology.
The CIA needs to get a Q. James Bond's gadget guru surely would have warned the agency about how easy it is to track calls made via mobile phone. Now 25 of its agents are facing trial in absentia in Milan, Italy, this summer undone by their pathetic ignorance of technology. It seems that cellular data exposed their operation to carry out the "extraordinary rendition" (read: illegal abduction) of an Egyptian cleric suspected of terrorist involvement from a Milan street in 2003.
Mobile phones communicate with nearby transmission towers when making and receiving calls. As many criminals know, tower location is recorded with the billing data. The spooks apparently didn't realize this and left a trail of cellular footprints at the crime scene. When an Italian prosecutor pulled the records of phones in the area at the time, the plot became apparent. He was able to identify the agents (by alias), where they had stayed, and even calls they made to northern Virginia (where CIA headquarters is), the US consulate in Milan, a US Air Force base in Aviano, and each other. The cleric, Abu Omar, has been released. But should the operatives, likely back in the States be found guilty, they won't be able to travel anywhere Interpol operates. Maybe they can telecommute. source:wired