> 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

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