27 January 2013
A sends another sports card of Steve Nicgorski (at center) during 1987 game:
Below a sports card cover with Notre Dame basketball team member Steve Nicgorski
during an American University/Notre Dame game in 1986. Today, he is Stephen
John Nicgorski, reportedly the leader of the CIA bin Laden hunter team and
principal drone assassination advocate.
According to the sports-card source offering of this card was closed on Thu
Jul-14-11 00:29:04 EDT.
The printed version of the New York Observer, issue dated July 18,
2011 (published days earlier), p. 20, showed a partly-pixelated version of
this photo to hide Notre Dame's Fighting Irish name (photo below).
12 January 2013. CIA John is named Stephen John Nicgorski:
30 July 2011. The cat-fight between
and Gawker appears to be yet another screech in the Obama-CIA's continuing
campaign to loudmouth its Bin Laden kill operation of which the orchestrated
outing of CIA John is a part. That FoxNews invited Michael Scheuer, the
disgraced-and-fired ex-head of the
hunting team, to discuss the outing a member of that very same team,
indicates that every CIA sly promotional venture is a gloss on the sordid
practice of prolonging very drawn-out operations to keep funding flowing
generously, Scheuer now a paid shill to do just that.
The same practice was at work in the recently completed
Conference where the rewards of keeping terrorism media-hot was speechified
at length by the prime beneficiaries of the depthless money pit -- national
security threat mongerers and the media avidly promoting one another
by appearing to differ, the New York Times a funder of the Aspen genteel
differences of opinion amongst club members. FoxNews and Gawker
gutter-trash-for-ads differs from the CIA and NYT global affairs pretense
only in transparency of camouflage.
13 July 2011:
Two photos below from The New York Observer, Issue dated July 18,
2011, p. 20. These photos are not published in the online
School of the uniform is Notre Dame.
12 July 2011. CIA John further disclosed:
The Man in the Yellow Tie, with Clinton and Panetta, and in a college yearbook
12 July 2011. In response to an inquiry:
Washington Post today
another CIA chapter in the valorization of CIA John, supposedly in response
to the Cryptome sniffing, but most likely a sign of appreciation for our
taking the bait to promote a designated hero.
It glosses the previous AP report by slathering on more motherhood-and-apple-pie
"risk to undercover officer," and suggests that ranks of reputable publishers
will obediently play the access hand they are given or be banned for revealing
the officer's identity. Even threatened with prosecution in the
Nothing about the female star which may mean that will be a separate series
of disclosures as the re-election campaign unfolds.
A call to the CIA press office might get you a quotable sip from the spigot,
and get you placed on a watch list for possible enlistment as a favored outlet.
If unusually creatively done you will be invited to interview CIA John and,
best of all, the Diana huntress who is pissed that the guy is getting the
credit for her deftly brilliant tracking.
If unusually creative at stroking you will be invited to interview CIA John
and, best of all, the Diana huntress who is pissed that the stud is getting
the credit for her deftly brilliant tracking. If the press PR office plays
hard to get see the link to the Entertainment Industry Liasion.
And if CIA-celebrity outreach is slow to respond report as threats White
House photographer Pete Souza; AP's Adam Goldman, Matt Apuzzo and the unknown
photographer of Panetta's visit to Congress; Gawker's John Cook and the Multiple
Does who have spread the outing of Galahad online:
10 July 2011. In response to an inquiry:
Cryptome prepared the CIA-John file about 4:00PM on July 5, 2011, uploaded
it and the first download took place at 4:11PM.
Our copy of the AP story states it was updated at 1:45AM, July 5, 2011. We
don't recall exactly when we saw the AP story, but it would have been after
7AM on the 5th when we started reading online news about bin Laden (a topic
we are following to track the PR spin). Then it took a couple of hours to
look for photos of the days cited in the AP story and package a file (note
we package, do not write).
We first thought it was some other person with Panetta at the Senate hearing,
an older gent just behind Panetta. Unsure about the identification we went
back to the photos to look for the older gent. Then we spotted the tie and
noticed the unusual height of the person wearing it. Then again went back
to the photos and saw John the Tall wearing the tie in one of them as well
as lurking behind in the Senate photo. (There are two versions of the latter
photo, almost identical.)
Artful cropping by the White House to include John's arm and tie -- and height
-- provided perfect clues for dummies to go with the AP dummy-baiting.
Fortunately, White House Flickr photos are high-resolution or it would have
been difficult to see the tie clearly, and more importantly, to see John
in the background in the low-resolution photos customarily appearing in the
The public may not know that AP and others distribute high-resolution photos
to paying customers, and the low-res versions are reduced to hold down costs
of publishing. AP offers the Senate photos of Panetta and John at high-resolution
at a cost of $200 for a single day's internet use. We did not buy one. Others
are free from the White House. Nada from the CIA black hole except to very
high-paying customers and syncophants.
We assume that by now John and the bin Laden hunt team have been awarded
medals. That is likely to have taken place when Obama went to CIA on May
20, 2011, to thank the covert operators in private and the CIA employees
in public, the last heavily documented by the press.
The next CIA person to be outed on the OBL-hunt team is the woman who worked
with John, who made the actual call of a targeted lead to OBL, and, best,
AP slyly reports, a journalism graduate! What better story could there be
for a spying industry as badly in need of favorable PR for valiant and dogged
investigators as official spies.
We bet there are a slew of journalists working that clue, and being fed more
tidbits and perhaps exclusive briefings by the woman under guidance of CIA
PR wizards. If she looks like Valerie Plame we will have most winning couple.
Who will get his and her names first, TMZ or you?
To sanitize the source send names to Cryptome for washing.
9 July 2011. See also the Situation Room's live kill feed:
8 July 2011. A relevant Associated Press biographical detail about CIA John's
identifying height: "In college, he walked on to a Division I basketball
team and hustled his way into a rotation full of scholarship players."
And, a CIA official on Alec Station:
Cryptome: There is little risk to CIA John in suggesting his identity. Spies
do not appear in photos unless intentionally, albeit in usually discreet
form (every spy spinner rises from the shadows deliberately, maintaining
the allure of darkness). The White House photo where CIA John is in the
background appears staged to locate him directly behind Panetta and showing
the back of Obama's head. The White House photographer seldom shows Obama
in this manner, camera held above Obama (Pete Souza is several inches shorter)
to aim at Panetta and his prime briefer of the day. Most likely is that Obama,
or his media advisors and the CIA, directed the photo shoot and its publication
on Flickr as part of a campaign to vaunt the CIA operation and prepare its
media-perfect, tall, handsome, athletic, stolid, dogged, quiet-man dragon-slayer
for coming out of the cold for a future public role.
Moreover, Obama has emphasized publicity for the CIA and DoD for the OBL
assassination, with heavily-media covered visits to the CIA where dozens
of CIA employees were photographed and videotaped. The White House offers
of a visit on May 20, 2011 to thank CIA employees for the OBL operation.
Cryptome offers photographs of
visit and another on
April 20, 2009.
The two AP reporters who wrote the article about CIA John
the CIA beat, and will no doubt continue their OBL series in cooperation
with the CIA -- the agency carefully cultivates such beat reporters with
significant disclosures once it is shown the reports will be favorable. It
is no secret that there are a bevy of such reporters, writers, media producers,
lecturers, consultants and spy-industry friends who capitalize on their
privileged access (most pretending to be distant from their bedfellows).
6 July 2011. Cryptome responds to Shepherd Johnson's pointing to the CIA's
Station operation to find Bin Laden (housed in the
building, Tysons Corner):
CIA John was at Alec Station for many years, maybe for all its existence.
Then after Alec Station was allegedly dissolved in 2006, he probably moved
to the CTC and on to the NCTC, chasing OBL with a bevy of cohorts. There
may still be a hidden remnant of Alex Station at Gloucester (or the nearby
building) -- the CIA never fully joins with the other natsec players,
just pretends to do so, keeping its hardcore CTC going in contempt of PR-driven
John is going to get a career boost, maybe come out of undercover. That seems
to be what Panetta was doing by promoting him to Obama and then the showboating
at Congress knowing the photos would be taken and eventually leaked -- as
with the AP story filled with easy to follow clues (AP was told or knew what
was in the photos of John in the background).
A series of privileged media disclosures is how OBL's killing is going to
be promoted by the CIA for many years, with John and Alec Station cohorts
moving up the chain of perks and eventually hitting the lecture and literature
circuit, first for CIA's never-ending PR and budgetary outreach, then after
retirement for hard cash and pension supplements like the crowd of CT natsec
gangsters at the
5 July 2011
CIA John Who Hunted Osama bin Laden Photos
The man who hunted Osama bin Laden
ADAM GOLDMAN, Associated Press, MATT APUZZO, Associated Press
Updated 01:15 a.m., Tuesday, July 5, 2011 [Excerpts]
WASHINGTON (AP) After Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden, the White
House released a photo of President Barack Obama and his Cabinet inside the
Situation Room, watching the daring raid unfold.
Hidden from view, standing just outside the frame of that now-famous photograph
was a career CIA analyst. In the hunt for the world's most-wanted terrorist,
there may have been no one more important. His job for nearly a decade was
finding the al-Qaida leader.
|[Note the tie pattern of the unusually tall man behind Gates off the
photo at right. This photo is taken in a
conference room in the Situation Room complex. (As an aside, the brigadier
general running the show from a laptop, rather than a low-ranked technician
from remote console, is highly unusual, and probably indicates the high-level
security measures protecting the bin Laden operation. This is also suggested
by holding the show in a small conference room rather than the commodious
large confedrence room frequently shown in public photographs.)]
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with members of
the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama
bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House, May 1, 2011. (Official
White House Photo by Pete Souza)
[Note the unusually tall man at rear with tie pattern which matches the photo
above. This photo is taken in the large conference room of the Situation
Room complex.] President Barack Obama talks with members of the national
security team at the conclusion of one in a series of meetings discussing
the mission against Osama bin Laden, in the Situation Room of the White House,
May 1, 2011. Gen. James Cartwright, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff, is seen on the screen. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
[Continuing the AP story] The Associated Press has agreed to the CIA's request
not to publish his full name and withhold certain biographical details so
that he would not become a target for retribution. Call him John, his middle
Two days after bin Laden's death, John accompanied Panetta to Capitol Hill.
The Senate Intelligence Committee wanted a full briefing on the successful
mission. At one point in the private session, Panetta turned to the man whose
counterterrorism resume spanned four CIA directors.
[Note unusually tall man at upper left with a tie not unlike the previous.]
In this May 3, 2011 file photo, CIA Director Leon Panetta, right, leaves
after briefing members of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. Alex Brandon,
|Associated Press photo offerings. Screen shots downloaded 13 July
2011. The headline and caption for the top image have been updated from the
original at bottom.
|Associated Press photo offering of Panetta and John