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Report #133 05/01/17

RUSSIAN ACTIVITY IN NICARAGUA
The Washington Post 9 April issue carried a lengthy article regarding Russia renewing their activities in Nicaragua. According to the article, the new Russian satellite installation in Managua is reportedly a tracking site for the Russian GPS GLONASS (a radio navigation-satellite service used by the Russian Aerospace Defence Forces). This facility in Managua is believed to be tied in to the satellite site which that is located at Laguna de Nejapa.

REACTIVATION OF OLD FAPSI STATIONS
During past months we have seen some of the old FAPSI - Federal Agency for Government Communications (formerly the Committee of Government Communications the KGB division charged with electronic monitoring and cryptography) link numbers show up on traffic sent by the station in Cuba. Thus far link designators with their old call signs are as follows: 00116 BPA; 00125 WFO and MIG; 00117 HZW; 00127 JMS; and 00139 WNY. It will be interesting to see if additional stations of the old FAPSI network also show up in the near future. MIG is the Cuba to Nicaragua link and WFO is the Nicaragua to Cuba link. Both bear the same link number.

ON THE BOOKSHELF
BODY OF SECRETS - From the cold war through the dawn of a new century.
An excerpt from the book jacket states "James Bamford first penetrated the wall of silence surrounding the NSA in 1982, with the much-talked-about bestseller 'THE PUZZLE PALACE'. In Body of Secrets, he offers shocking new details about the inner workings of the agency, gathered though unique access to thousands of internal documents and interviews with current and former officials". His descriptions of the upgraded capabilities of NSA computer applications were truly impressive and informative.

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