That's how we found the Russian's fiber cables:

"According to “Blind Man’s Bluff,” Bradley, in his predawn stupor, recalled 
from his youth written signs that had been posted along the Mississippi River 
to mark undersea cables. The signs, posted along the shore, were meant to 
prevent passing from hooking the cables with their anchors. With this in mind, 
Bradley reasoned that there had to be similar signs near the shallower points 
on the Sea of Okhotsk."

 -mel beckman

> On Jun 1, 2017, at 11:33 AM, Brandon Vincent <> wrote:
> DO NOT ANCHOR OR DREDGE is a pretty good indicator.
>> On Thu, Jun 1, 2017 at 11:05 AM, Jared Mauch <> wrote:
>>> On Jun 1, 2017, at 2:02 PM, Sean Donelan <> 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 
>>> :-)
>>> 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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