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Croatian Counter-intelligence Agency (POA)
Operation Storm
Go there? U.S. role in Operation Storm in Croatia
Croatian weekly Nacional came into possession of the famed POA 'presentation', which includes photo material, video recordings of meetings and audio recordings of conversations of British and American spies and their collaborator US espionage agent Christoper Looms, who was in frequent contact with Globus weekly journalist Gordan Malić.



audio files:
(Removed from Nacional server
and not available any more)

Christopher Looms But we said to him:
"We are honest men;
we are not spies"

(The Bible, Genesis 42:31)

In the centre of the POA investigation was  Christopher Looms, a member of the investigative team for the ICTY Prosecution, whom POA claimed to be delegated as a member of the British intelligence agency  MI6, covering that post to disguise his true post: spying in Croatia for  MI6.

This was the topic of discussion in the TV show “Otvoreno” on Croatian TV (HTV), numerous other media have written about this, claiming that the presentation proves that POA was wiretapping  Marija KavainIvanka Toma and  Davor Butković, journalists for Jutarnji List.

Here Nacional releases those complete sections which deal with Croatia, as another section deals with the work of British agents in BiH. Judging by the documents,  Christopher Looms did not have a mandate for his activities in Croatia, and for that reason ended up the subject of a POA investigation. Well informed sources claims that there are 11 ICTY investigative teams in Croatia, with some 40 investigators, headed by  Thomas Osorio, head of  the Office for Hague Tribunal Affairs in Zagreb. All these investigators operate in Croatia based on the Constitutional law on cooperation of Croatia and the ICTY. Judging by this controversial presentation,  Looms did not report a single one of his visits to Croatia to either the competent state bodies or  the office of the ICTY Prosecution in Zagreb.

For that reason, POA began monitoring  Christopher Looms' activities and
wiretapping his phone
, which then uncovered his ties to
Globus reporter Gordan Malić and other agents who, judging by the documents, are also operating illegally in Croatia.
“Information on the intelligence-media manipulations
aimed at discrediting the Republic of Croatia”

Through ongoing intelligence activities, POA has collected a great deal of information which suggests that activities are unfolding
POAon the Croatian media scene and in the activities of certain international organizations (ICTY) and western states (Great Britain) which have the characteristics of an intelligence-media manipulation aimed at discrediting
the Republic of Croatia. Through continued and intensive intelligence activities within the framework of legal authority (within Croatia), POA has not received intelligence suggesting of the possible whereabouts of retired General  Ante Gotovina in Croatia, and has confirmed that all initial information (including information received from foreign intelligence agencies or the ICTY) on the possible whereabouts of Gotovina are incorrect.

The focus of interest of the 'presentation' is a British  MI6 spy
Globus weekly At the end of last week, Nacional came into possession of the “Presentation on the intelligence-media manipulations aimed at discrediting the Republic of Croatia”, which includes photographic material, videotapes of meetings and audiotapes of telephone conversations between British and American spies and their collaborators in Croatia.
Globus released parts of this presentation on 4 February, claiming that the controversial document proves that POA was illegally wiretapping journalists and state officials. Due to the many years of illegal wiretapping of Croatian journalists over the past decade, as well as the recent abuses by POA agents against reporter  Helena Puljiz, this case has received first class media treatment. The Parliamentary board for internal policy and national security has met and formed a working group which began its investigation of this case and visited POA at the end of last week.
The overall operations of POA and other state bodies responsible for finding Gotovina have been followed by a series of media articles and public appearances by ICTY officials, as well as the position of individual western European government which are trying to prove the inefficiency, passiveness and obstruction of the Croatian security system in finding General Gotovina.

"Planting pumpkins with the devil"
Devil's pumpkin
boomerang effect

Photo of  Franjo Turek, former chief of the Croatian Counter-intelligence Agency (POA) was published at the front page of Globus weekly with  the "Dossier POA" article written by Gordan Malić suggesting that "Turek’s ’presentation’ was the greatest anti-Hague (anti-ICTY) operation of Croatian secret services since the death of president Franjo Tudjman".
Unfortunately, Globus does not provide English translation of its articles published on the web. But, interestingly, though both Croatian weeklies, Globus and Nacional, had same introduction for their readers, proudly announcing they  “came into possession” of the same top secret classified intelligence dossier  (political high level internal Presentation on the intelligence-media manipulations aimed at discrediting the Republic of Croatia)  - they both published just their own filtered version of famous Croatian Counter-intelligence Agency (POA) "presentation".
POA Internal Control is now investigating how both weeklies (once again) came into possession of such top secret classified intelligence "dossier". Of course, one of legal law enforcement methods is looking for their contacts, including their surveillance.
But, as usually, the journalists self-focused themselves by publishing the "dossier" will be claiming that secret services had no right to do that.
See, there is a cute Croatian proverb saying:
"Tko s vragom tikve sadi - o glavu mu se razbijaju!". Translated, it means "One who's planting pumpkins with the devil - (should be prepared to) get pumpkins crashed to (one's) own head!" . . .
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    Through analysis and checking of the information published in the media and the results of regular counter-intelligence activities, POA has obtained intelligence on the existence of a correlation between certain claims released in the Croatian printed media, the activities of confirmed members of certain western intelligence agencies (primarily Britain and the US), and the statements by ICTY prosecution officials, and the formation of an official stance and politics of the governments of certain western countries (primarily Britain and Holland).
    This correlation relates to the coincidence of activities of certain actors with political events on the international scene relating to the announced activities of the ICTY, and the repetition of this pattern several times over the past eighteen months.

    POA has confirmed that members of western intelligence agencies (US and Britain) are collecting information from certain individuals from the Croatian executive government who are given half-truths or subjective information for their own self-promotion, which the intelligence agents are then presenting as fact to their agencies or organizations.
    These western agents are then passing on this same information to other competent international institutions which deal with this issue in the territories of Croatia and BiH. In comparison to these activities, information is also being placed via certain journalists in the Croatian media. This thereby creates a synergistic effect on decision makers such that they receive virtually identical information from several agencies, which should be operating independently, i.e. compiling intelligence independently of one another, and this status is confirmed by the information in the Croatian press. All these campaigns intensify directly prior to political events important for cooperation between Croatia and the ICTY.
    As such, initial theses, commonly founded on political positions and not on realistic situations, are confirmed several times over and therefore become the foundation for defining the official positions towards Croatia, i.e. the main arguments for the thesis of Croatia’s incorrectness towards the ICTY in the Gotovina case and the foundation for international political pressure upon Croatia.
    These activities by identified members of international organizations (ICTY, SFOR) are primarily executed outside of the formal mandate, both in terms of content and territory (a portion of these individuals are not accredited to formally carry out duties related to Croatia). They are consciously and actively attempting to cover their contacts in Croatia, which confirms the intelligence nature of their activities, which is contrary to the provisions of the Vienna Convention on diplomatic and consular relations.

    An overview of the intelligence-media campaign against Croatia
    Christopher Looms and Oscar VeraThrough analysis of these parameters, POA has confirmed interesting contacts between  Christopher Looms (born 19 June 1960), a formal member of the ICTY investigative team for the prosecutor, where he was delegated as a members of the British SIS agency (MI6), and  Oscar Vera (born 25 August 1949), member of the US military intelligence service  DIA, declared as a member of the Pentagon (US Department of Justice). According to POA information, he has been in BiH since 2000 when he participated in the investigation of the murder of  Jozo Leutar, after which point he was appointed advisor to the commander of SFOR. An experienced agent who has operated for 25 years in the world’s greatest crisis points,  Gareth Lungley (born 8 January 1971), is a member of the British SIS agency and first secretary of the British Embassy in Croatia. In 2003, he was in intensive contact with the remaining intelligence agents in the region and the Slovenian intelligence agency. His name is also on the list of  MI6 agents released in 1999 on the staff intranet of the British Embassy in Croatia,  Ranko Ostojić, former Police Chief and  Gordan Malić, reporter for the weekly news magazine Globus. Within this group there are direct and indirect connects by which information and disinformation was placed and official documents of the ICTY and the Croatian state bodies (POA is in possession of a large number of data which proves the intensity and nature of the telephone contacts, as well as audio and video documentation on the personal contacts of these persons) in the Croatian media, as well as towards the ICTY and governments of western nations.
    As an ICTY investigator, Looms frequently visited Croatia (he registered his stay 26 times in accommodation facilities in Croatia), but then, even as a member of the ICTY, he did not contact the Office of the Prosecutor in Zagreb nor did he report his presence to the competent bodies in Croatia.

    Videotaped meeting 
of Oscar Vera, Karmen Kardum 
and Gordan Malić POA detected his contacts with advisor to the SFOR commander  Oscar Vera and Globus reporter
    Gordan Malić. These contact are interesting for
    security reasons as in terms of time and contact, they correspond to the official statements made by ICTY prosecution officials and the positions of individual western European states which have obviously been based on the tendentious claims compiled by individuals of the executive government of Croatia.
    The contacts between Vera and Looms with Malić occasionally coincided with  Malić’s publication of exclusive information
    in Globus
    , and their contact greatly coincide with the later negative stance expressed by the ICTY on Croatia. According to confidential information, Malić and Looms communicate via various telephone numbers (frequently including telephone booths), and they set up their personal contacts in a way such that they attempt to cover them, which suggests some form of agent relationship.

    Oscar Vera and 
Christopher Looms The contacts between Looms and Vera also suggest the coordinated activity contrary to the interests of Croatia. Through analysis of the activities of  Oscar Vera in the territory of Croatia, we confirmed that he is frequently present in Croatian territory (though he is formally a member of SFOR, authorized in the territory of BiH),
    such that from the end of 1999 to February 2004, he reported his stay in accommodation facilities in Croatia  119 times. It is interesting that Vera has shown interest for the activities of the Croatian security system in cooperation with the ICTY and that through private contacts with representatives of the Croatian executive government, he has attempted to compile confidential information. To that effect, Vera has used a large number of telephone numbers, as well as mediators in communications with individual persons.
    This is particular relates to Vera’s relations with former police chief Ranko Ostojić and mentioned Globus reporter  Gordan Malić.
    POA confirmed that Vera was in personal contact with Ostojić through whom he obtained information on the functioning of the Croatian security system, and he also compiled Ostojić’s assessments on the alleged involvement of the Office of the President and POA in protecting General Gotovina.
    Other than direct contacts with Ostojić, contacts have been recorded with Vera and  Željko Dolački (Željko Dolački is a former employee of the Office for combating organized crime, involved in media affairs.
    Mario Bertina  
leaving restaurant 'Kod zvonca' 
after the meeting with Oscar VeraDolački was involved in the criminal investigation against  Hrvoje Petrač and the so-called criminal organization, and he has been connected to former State Prosecutor  Radovan Ortynski and alleged HIS collaborator Veselin Marinov. Dolački is still a police employee and is not only professionally but also personally tied to former police chief Ostojić) and  Mario Bertino (born 6 March 1955, member of the Crime Police unit), member of the police and members of  the informal “special unit” which was founded and run by Ostojić.

    In addition to personal contacts during his meetings in Zagreb or the use of many telephone numbers, Vera also had indirect contacts with these individuals through his girlfriend  Karmen Kardum (born 5 January 1973, from Rijeka, US citizen, speaks Croatia and is a translator for SFOR), who is employed as a translator in the SFOR headquarters in Sarajevo.
    An imbecile ... but useful nevertheless   UPI Intelligence Watch

    An imbecile ... but useful nevertheless"An imbecile ...
    but useful

    By John C.K. Daly and Martin Sieff
    United Press International
    Washington, DC, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- The Croatian media are abuzz about the continued employment of a journalist reportedly outed as a MI6 (British overseas intelligence) agent and disinformation agent. Zeljko Peratovic writes for the journal Vjesnik. According to the media, Peratovic distributed -- and apparently still distributes -- disinformation on the whereabouts of Croatian Gen. Ante Gotovina to help avoid his capture. In October 2003, the U. S. government offered a reward of up to $5 million for the capture of Gotovina, who is wanted for war crimes by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. Gotovina is the tribunal's third-most-wanted fugitive, sought on charges of arranging the killing of at least 150 Serb civilians and the expulsion of 150,000 others following a Croatian government operation in 1995 to recapture territory held by rebels. According to the Croatian media, Peratovic is also tasked with discrediting former combatants and officials of the previous Tudjman regime.
    Despite being unmasked by the former head of Croatian counter-intelligence, Franjo Turek, Peratovic remains a journalist. Croatia's President Stjepan Mesic confirmed Peratovic's role in the Feral Tribune, issue no. 967, which stated that six journalists, including Gordan Malic of the Globus wire service, plus ex-police chief Ranko Ostojic and several British diplomats supplied misleading information to the Croatian public that Gotovina was in Croatia.
    Mesic's former national security aide, Zeljko Bagic, warned him MI6 spies and British intelligence had recruited a number of prominent journalists in Zagreb to plant disinformation about Gotovina in the Croatian media. Peratovic's alleged erratic behavior was said to have caused his MI6 handlers some concern; several senior MI6 officials, according to the account, wanted him dropped immediately, but a local MI6 agent insisted that he be retained, describing him as "an imbecile ... but useful nevertheless."
    Source: UPI, Washington Times
    These contacts took place through the many telephone numbers and by covering up the topic of conversation, which suggests to the unusual nature of their relations (i.e. existence of agreed agent relations).

    Ostojić’s contact with the first secretary of the British Embassy in Croatia, Lungley, is also interesting.
    Ostojić also used Lungley as a source for the same information compiled by Vera and Looms. In this described manner, the identical information stemming from one source (Ostojić, Vera) was repeated many times, and Looms then presented this information as credible, as it was compiled from several sources. Similar information was also officially submitted to the representative of the British intelligence in Croatia Lungley through his  Ambassador in Zagreb, such that the British diplomacy through a formal source (Lungley), as well as through a second intelligence officer (Looms) had received the same information.
    The impression of credibility of intelligence collected in this manner arrived from Vera’s activities in BiH, where based on his high position in SFOR he is able to disseminate information via the official bodies of the international community in BiH (SFOR, OHR, ICTY in BiH) and the US Embassy in Sarajevo (POA has reliable information that Vera also delivered information to the  US Embassy in Sarajevo), which served only as a confirmation of the information that Looms and Lungley had “independently” received from him.
    The second part of the intelligence-media operation directed at discrediting the Republic of Croatia includes the manipulations of media reports, such that the content and timing of the information placed in the Croatian media corresponds to announced international activities concerning Croatia’s cooperation with the ICTY. This was accomplished through the mentioned activities of Looms, Vera and Ostojić with Malić. Malić received “exclusive” information or copies of official documents from Croatian state bodies or the ICTY. Such access enabled the specific placement of certain content, and the timing of their release, which only further confirmed the credibility of the compiled information for international institutions (particularly the ICTY and in the countries already mentioned), and compromised the state administration in Croatia. POA is in possession of information that a portion of the information that Malić could not place in his newspaper, he passed on to Ivica Djikić of Feral Tribune, who published them there.

    Through detailed analysis, we confirmed that
    the alleged ties between these persons functioned at two levels:

      1. activities which they intentionally carried out (compiling information for the needs of foreign policy of their home countries, ICTY, and placing specific information and disinformation in the media);
      2. reactions to activities which cannot be controlled, concerning Croatia’s cooperation with the ICTY.

    The case of the arrest of Ivica Rajić
    (intentionally placed thesis in the media)

    POA has irrefutably confirmed that  the connection Ostojić - Malić - Vera - Looms functioned at the time of the arrest of Ivica Rajić at the request of the ICTY (5 April 2003), whereby we have confirmed information that during the realization of the action, Ostojić contacted both Malić and Vera.
    Ranko OstojićFollowng this action, which only confirms the political cooperation of Croatia with the ICTY, Malić published an exclusive article on the arrest of Rajiæ (Globus 644 of 1 April 2003 entitled ­ “Arrest of the suspect from Kiseljak ­ MUP hid the arrest operation of Ivica Rajić from POA director Turek, fearing sabotage), in which the thesis was presented that the police independently had to carry out the operation of arresting the person wanted by the ICTY, due to the danger of “sabotage” on the part of POA in that operation.
    This claim was later passed through the communications of representatives of the diplomatic core in Croatia and in other international organizations, and in September 2003, this was explicitly confirmed in the  non-paper that Carla Del Ponte forwarded to the diplomats of the EU states and the US accredited in Croatia as preparation of her announced arrival in Croatia. Directly after this, Malić again repeated this thesis in his writing.
    We must stress that the analysis of the telecommunications ties showed the intensive communication of Malić, Vera and Ostojić also existed directly before the release of the “non-paper” and the visit of Carla Del Ponte to Zagreb (6 October 2003).
    Release of interview with Gotovina
    (reaction to independent event)

    The joint and intentional activities are confirmed by situation that these mentioned persons did not create, but awoke with their content.
    Analysis of the communications following the release of the  interview of Nacional editor-in-chief Ivo Pukanić with Gotovina (Nacional 395 of 10 August 2003 ­ Exclusive interview  “Ante Gotovina: I recognize the Hague Tribunal” ­ note that Nacional is on newsstands in Zagreb one day prior to release date) showed that Ostojić, Malić and Vera intensively communicated concerning this event.
    A war photo. General Gotovina is in the middle.
    A war photo. General Ante Gotovina
    is in the middle.
    Croatian government crisis over extraditions to UN tribunal
    By Chris Marsden, World Socialist Web Site (Jul. 11, 2001)

    Case of Pukanić’s explanation
    of the circumstance of his interview with Gotovina

    (reaction to an independent event)

    Ivo Pukanic and   
Ante Gotovina 'somewhere' 
after the interview The second case which awoke exceptional interest of these persons was Ivo Pukanić’s writing on the circumstances of the interview with Gotovina, in which he makes claims contrary to the version which Ostojić passed on to Vera and which were also placed in the public, on the involvement of the Office of the President and POA in saving Gotovina.
    After the release of this article, we saw unusually intensive communications between Ostojić, Malić, Vera and Looms.
    All the activities and parameters included in the POA analysis suggest that this is organized and orchestrated activity which includes intelligence and media manipulations of information, aimed at realizing certain political goals towards Croatia and the region, in order to create the conditions for political pressures on Croatia.
    The schematic diagram of the communications between these actors indicates the flow of the information, as well as its final destination, which in full corroborates the real events in the Croatian media, as well as the reactions of the international politics towards Croatia.

    All these noted facts were compiled by POA
    at the level of operative evidence based on:

      1. analysis of information,
      2. statements by citizens-informants and confidential collaborators, some of whom are prepared to testify at the highest political levels,
      3. analysis of telecommunications (telephone statements) which prove the communications between the actors,
      4. audio recordings which prove the character of these ties and
      5. video recordings documenting the contacts.

    From all the above mentioned, it is evident that
    these events relating to the ICTY and Croatia
    over the past eighteen months have been unfolding
    according to a single formula:

      1. media campaign aimed at discrediting the efforts of the Croatian institutions
      2. release of confidential materials in order to compromise state institutions
      3. in statements by foreign officials they claim that General Gotovina is in Croatia, but not once has anyone given a precise location or area that he is hiding in
      4. the time of release in the media coincides with
      the statements by ICTY Chief Prosecutor  Carla Del Ponte

    This analysis has shown that all the necessary actors
    in this classic intelligence-media manipulation have been identified:

      a) agents (position) of foreign intelligence agencies in Croatia,
      b) member of foreign intelligence agencies,
      c) representatives of domestic media and
      d) disinformation and resources they originate from.