Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Brig Magosi, BDF boss clashed over breach of spies’ security

The bad blood between former chief of Military intelligence Brigadier Peter Magosi and Botswana Defence Force (BDF) Commander Lieutenant General Gaolathe Galebotswe has spilled over to military intelligence agents ÔÇô Sunday Standard investigations have revealed.

Sources close to the investigations into the missing Military Intelligence spying equipment have revealed that the poisoned relationship between Lt Gen Gaolathe and Brig Magosi turned even more waspish after Brig Magosi refused to hand over some intelligence officers to his successor Col Cullen Nkete. Sunday Standard has established that at a meeting of the BDF command last year July Brig Magosi was grilled on why he had not handed over one of the MI agents to his successor, but Brig Magosi maintained that he could not do so because the new command was compromising MI agents.

In intelligence speak, compromising intelligence agents means breaking their cover and exposing them to being discovered by the agents. Brig Magosi allegedly charged that Lt Gen Gaolathe had allowed Col Nkete to compromise the security of MI agents initially deployed by Brig Magosi to infiltrate criminal syndicates.

He allegedly cited the incident of one MI operative who had managed to infiltrate drug syndicates only to have his security breached by the new MI command. The sensitive issue, which was discussed at the first formal meeting of the BDF command last year July where the missing spy equipment was brought up however was not included in the convening order of the inquiry over the missing equipment. The row over the security breach of MI agents comes at a time when the army rank and file is in a state of panic that the agency may have been infiltrated by the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

This followed information that the MI boss is married to an American envoy, Marlene Nkete whose job requirements entailed basic training in counter intelligence by the American Security Office. Marlene Nkete is the Public Private Partnership advisor at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) which has long been a front for CIA intelligence gathering, as well as a conduit for CIA funding to foreign government agencies. As part of her job requirements, Marlene Nkete also has to demonstrate “unswerving loyalty” to America, the US Security Office has revealed.

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