If you saw the videos I posted a few weeks ago with Lt. Col. Chris Simmons, who is a U.S. Army counterintelligence agent and expert on Cuban intelligence, you may have learned that Oscar Haza of "A Mano Limpia" challenged him to reveal the names of the Cuban spies that are in South Florida. He has accepted the challenge and will reveal the specific names of the spies on "A Mano Limpia" on Thursday, July 31st at 8:00 p.m.
This surprises me for a couple different reasons.
One, because this information is probably classified at some level. And two, revealing these names will no doubt compromise active investigations let alone place these alleged spy's lives at risk.
Has the U.S. Government really reduced itself to answering "challenges" made by radio talk show hosts by divulging sensitive national security information?
I doubt it.
And I think LTC Simmons knows it and the writers at babalu know it. But it's great for ratings and blog hits, isn't it?
If anyone can listen to this show and tell me what actually happens, my email address is at the bottom of the right sidebar. Thanks.
Who exactly is Lt. Col. Chris Simmons? Is he an active military officer and "counterintelligence agent" as his title suggests and as he represents himself to be to the media and internet readers? Or is he retired from the military and just one more Washington Beltway Bandit offering "expertise" to those who are willing to pay?
No matter how many times I tell them to stay away and no matter how many times they vow never to come back, the boys of babalu can't resist the writings of SFDB.
In response to this post, babalu apparently contacted Mr. Simmons and this is what he had to say...
"Naturally, I would never divulge US classified information. However, I have in my possession declassified US Government information (only some of which was publically released), previously undisclosed eyewitness accounts of espionage-associated events (also unclassified due to the sources or data provided), and information provided to me from Cuban intelligence defectors now under US control (ergo, the material is Cuban classified information). There is some public-domain information thrown in there as well. I will divulge no US classified information and the USG has no ongoing or anticipated investigations of those I identify. Not every spy's career ends with an arrest; sometimes public awareness is enough."
Well, that's good to hear. And I'm sure Mr. Simmons former, and I emphasize former, employer is happy to hear that, too.
So I guess there's still a question as to how much really new information will be "revealed" tomorrow night and whether or not the former colonel is ever going to make it clear to listeners that a "retired" goes after that title that he apparently can't let go of.