We’ve become well acquainted with intelligence lapses over the last few decades, what with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, CIA becoming aware of the Berlin Wall’s fall only when it was shown on CNN and arguably the biggest failure of all time, which happened on 11 September 2001.
The U.S. government over-compensated for that by devoting a fleetload (boatload comes nowhere near it) of resources to the Middle East and took their eyes off the African ball, which enabled the Russians and worse, the Chinese, to make serious inroads on the continent, so perhaps that may be an excuse, even if it’s really pathetic considering what follows…
For sure most of us know a story or two (if not more) about police and other law enforcement agencies bungles, ranging from humorous to serious like the Fast and Furious debacle, while stories of criminals’ ingenuity are legion. Still, how on God’s green Earth a bunch of Turkish and Ghanaian crooks could run a FAKE United States embassy in Accra, Ghana for TEN YEARS without detection is beyond me. Check out http://www.news24.com/Africa/News/state-dept-no-visas-from-fake-embassy-in-ghana-used-to-enter-us-20161206 if you don’t believe me, although even I have a hard time wrapping my mind around this story.
Look, we’ve heard of, seen and sometimes bought fake goods. We know of identity theft, software piracy and theft of corporate data, but a fake embassy operating in broad daylight in a country the United States of America has diplomatic relations with going unnoticed by Condoleezza Rice, Hillary R. Clinton and the State Department’s own Bureau of Intelligence and Research? How does that happen?
For crying out loud, was the CIA’s Ghana station chief playing African roulette (six prostitutes, one of which has AIDS- pick one and screw without a condom) and padding his/her expense account instead of finding out this kind of thing? What about the FBI’s Legal Attache at the genuine embassy? Didn’t that dude(tte) hear of criminal investigations and source development (aka recruiting snitches) among local law enforcement? What about the NSA, DIA and other agencies? Were they plugged into SETI instead of doing their jobs on the ground?
This seems like something the Onion or Duffel Blog would come up with, but it’s on a “serious” news website and the implications are utterly scary when one considers what would happen if terrorist groups did such a thing and ignorant Americans strolled in thinking it was a real embassy, to say nothing of other countries’ citizens or U.S. spec-ops soldiers on the run trying to seek sanctuary.
Oh, it would be so nice to watch spooks and diplomats explain this one to the House Committees on Foreign Affairs and Intelligence- I'll even hand out free rotten eggs and cabbage to the audience and committee members…