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    'US Spies attacked my wife's laptop'

    Frederick Forsyth: 'US spies attacked my wife's laptop'



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    Frederick Forsyth recalls flying in to Guinea-Bissau just as the army was driving in to town to avenge its leader

    By Bridget Osborne
    BBC HARDtalk


    Frederick Forsyth, bestselling author of thrillers like The Day of the Jackal and The Dogs of War, was in the West African state of Guinea-Bissau last year when the president was assassinated.
    His presence there, he now believes, led suspicious US intelligence forces to launch a cyber-attack on his wife's computer.
    As he landed at Bissau airport in the middle of the equatorial night, to research his latest novel, he found that the head of the army, General Batista Tagme Na Wai, had been killed.
    "Fortunately, I was met by a wonderful man who lived there, but in the rear view mirror on the way back to the hotel there was a glow of lights on the horizon - that was the army coming in to town to avenge their lost general," he recalled.
    Investigative urge
    Unable to sleep in his hotel room, he was reading when he heard an explosion. It turned out to be a rocket-propelled grenade ripping through the president's residence some 500 yards up the road.
    When Forsyth went out the next day to see what had happened, he heard that President Joao Bernardo Viera had staggered out of the rubble and had been chopped to death with machetes.
    "Part of you says, 'For God's sake get under the bed.' The other part says 'Strewth, I wonder what's happening?'" said Forsyth.
    The 71-year-old started out as a foreign correspondent for Reuters and the BBC before he turned to writing fiction. "The urge to investigate never leaves you," he says.

    Everything up there in the ether is intercepted, probably by the National Security Agency at Fort Meade in Maryland


    Forsyth still writes a column for the Daily Express and says he thought he had better tell them what was going on in Guinea-Bissau. He does not use computers or mobile phones but borrowed a phone and dictated 1,000 words of copy.
    "Unfortunately, the American intelligence services listened to it and wasted my wife's computer screen and totalled all her lunch dates," he claims.
    Friends in 'low places'
    Mr Forsyth has no proof for this claim.
    He suspected foul play as soon as he got back home to his farm in Berkshire and discovered that his wife's computer had ceased to function.
    He claims his suspicions were confirmed to him by his sources - the mysterious people who inform his thriller writing, whom he likes to describe as his "friends in low places".
    "Everything up there in the ether is intercepted, probably by the National Security Agency at Fort Meade in Maryland, and I think my report ended up somewhere on a desk at Fort Meade," he says.
    He thinks they assumed he might be involved in the attempted coup in Guinea-Bissau in some way because he had previous experience in the region, and had written about a fictional coup in Equatorial Guinea in The Dogs of War.
    Not only that, but he had discussed the details of such a coup in 1973 with real-life plotters and given them money in return for information. The coup never materialised as the participants were arrested before it came off.
    But Frederick Forsyth believes the security services have long memories.
    To paraphrase Oscar Wilde badly, to be involved in one West African coup attempt and for that to be found out might be considered a misfortune, but to be caught up in what appears to be a second West African coup attempt looks like carelessness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tin Foil Hat Brigade
    Mr Forsyth has no proof for this claim.
    He suspected foul play as soon as he got back home to his farm in Berkshire and discovered that his wife's computer had ceased to function.
    Thats all the proof that somebody who wears a tin foil hat needs.....



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    The 71-year-old started out as a foreign correspondent for Reuters and the BBC before he turned to writing fiction.
    Fiction indeed.

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    ' The other part says 'Strewth, I wonder what's happening?'" said Forsyth.

    WTF FF is an Aussie ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Tin Foil Hat Brigade
    Mr Forsyth has no proof for this claim.
    He suspected foul play as soon as he got back home to his farm in Berkshire and discovered that his wife's computer had ceased to function.
    Thats all the proof that somebody who wears a tin foil hat needs.....


    More likely, he's finishing a new book and wants some free publicity for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobR View Post

    More likely, he's finishing a new book and wants some free publicity for it.
    No chance. My dad's laptop died last week because the CIA zapped it and he's not writing a new book.
    I did google him to see why the CIA were so interested in destroying his data to find he had won several bridge competitions. That may seems like nothing but he beat an American in one game. Clearly a reason for the CIA to want him silenced. I expect he will be in Gitmo for waterboarding by Saturday.
    Be happy dudes. It's a lot more fun than crying.

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    hmmmmm.....wonder why I am thinking of the movie "The Ghost Writer" now?

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