> On Jun 1, 2017, at 2:02 PM, Sean Donelan <s...@donelan.com> wrote: > > > There must be a perfectly logical explanation.... Yes, people in the > industry know where the choke points are. But the choke points aren't always > the most obvious places. Its kinda a weird for diplomats to show up there. > > On the other hand, I've been a fiber optic tourist. I've visited many > critical choke points in the USA and other countries, and even took selfies > :-) > > > http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/01/russia-spies-espionage-trump-239003 > > In the throes of the 2016 campaign, the FBI found itself with an escalating > problem: Russian diplomats, whose travel was supposed to be tracked by the > State Department, were going missing. > > The diplomats, widely assumed to be intelligence operatives, would eventually > turn up in odd places, often in middle-of-nowhere USA. One was found on a > beach, nowhere near where he was supposed to be. In one particularly bizarre > case, relayed by a U.S. intelligence official, another turned up wandering > around in the middle of the desert. Interestingly, both seemed to be > lingering where underground fiber-optic cables tend to run. > > According to another U.S. intelligence official, “They find these guys > driving around in circles in Kansas. It’s a pretty aggressive effort.” > > It’s a trend that has led intelligence officials to conclude that the Kremlin > is waging a quiet effort to map the United States’ telecommunications > infrastructure, perhaps preparing for an opportunity to disrupt it.
Seems it would be easier to just pay for a subscription to a service like FiberLocator or similar. They could just dial 811 as well and request the locates happen. - Jared