The online Forum of Independent Polish Journalists, Salon 24, reprinted from the paper edition of Gazeta Polska the full text of an interview with former high-ranking CIA officer Eugene Poteat.
In his interview to the Warsaw newspaper, Mr. Poteat focused on Russia's cyber terrorism - a subject that has become specifically relevant in recent days due to the beginning of the second week of continuous jamming of the Kavkaz Center by Putin's main gang of the Russian KGB (FSB).
Mr. Poteat said with regard to Russia's terrorist attack at Smolensk on April 10, 2010 against the plane of Polish President Lech Kaczynski:
"On April 6, 2010, there was a complete blackout of the building of the Polish foreign ministry. Telephones, fax machines, Internet were blocked due to problems with electricity. On the day of the disaster, foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski could not even receive an e-mail with the list of the victims of the Smolensk tragedy.
- Was the attack organized by Russian secret services?
Oh yes! Russian intelligence agencies are well aware of the role that may pose cyber attacks - for espionage both in peacetime and during a war. The Russians have developed effective methods of offensive and defensive warfare in cyberspace. Kaspersky Laboratory, a Russian company specializing in information technology, is considered one of the world best institutions in this field.
The experts at Kaspersky have recently identified and described a new computer virus called Flame. This is the largest and most complex of all the viruses, which have been developed until now.
It were the Russian cyber attacks that paralyzed the economy and political system in Estonia in 2007. It is to be recalled that the case was so serious that in order to restore the normal situation in the country, assistance from NATO experts was needed.
Russia has also made a cyber attack on Georgia. Their attack preceded by the conventional Russian-Georgian War of 2008.
Such sudden and unexpected events had to rise immediate suspicions in Poland and lead to the cancellation of President Kaczynski's visit to Russia. These attacks should be considered as a potential threat of the upcoming further hostile actions.
It should be remembered: for the West, the cyberspace is a tool of communication and freedom of speech, but Russia considers the virtual space as a weapon to attack its enemies, as well as a tool for deception, elimination of selected targets and for concealing its criminal activities".
Department of Monitoring