FROM JOSEPH FARAH'S G2 BULLETIN
How Iraq terrorists
target Prince Harry
Iran-backed Mahdi army obtains
super-sensitive Promis software
Posted: February 24, 2007
8:30 p.m. Eastern
Editor's note: The following report is excerpted from a breaking story in Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin, the premium, online intelligence newsletter published by the founder of WND.
Prince Harry (British Army photo)LONDON – New concerns for Prince Harry's safety have emerged with MI6's discovery that the Iran-backed Mahdi army has obtained a version of the super-sensitive, U.S.-created Promis software, according to a breaking report in Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin. (external - login to view)
The software provides access to databases on specific targets. It is equipped with artificial intelligence, which can analyze tens of millions of snippets of information in seconds to create a sophisticated overall picture that can both identify and predict the actions of a target.
The software was originally sold by a renegade FBI (external - login to view) agent, Robert Hanssen. For years he had been a KGB spy inside the FBI. Before he was arrested in 2001, he had passed the FBI version of Promis to his handlers in Moscow. Hanssen is now serving a 20-year sentence for espionage in America's top security prison at Florence in Colorado.
Bill Hamilton, the creator of the software and head of the company, Inslaw, which markets it to U.S. intelligence agencies, said the acquisition by terrorists of Promis through the Soviets "is a matter of deep concern."
With the collapse of the Soviet Union, Hanssen's handlers sold a copy of Promis to Semyon Mogilevich, the head of Europe's notorious crime family, the Rising Sun, for $3 million.
In Tehran, the MI6 intelligence service has learned, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (external - login to view) ordered his programmers to create a copy of the software.
Last week it emerged it was in the hands of the radical Shia cleric, Moqtada al-Sadr, in Iraq. He heads the powerful Mahdi army fighting coalition forces.
The discovery was made by the MI6 codebreakers who had smashed al-Qaida's communications system.
On the Mahdi army website – whose encryption the codebreakers bypassed – was further proof that Promis was in its hands.
A message said: "Allah has given us the means from our friends in Iran to locate the infidel prince and bring his end at the hands of our courageous fighters."
Prince Harry has been personally updated on the threat by John Scarlett, head of MI6.
Since the announcement that Harry, 22, will go to Iraq in April, Scarlett has made a regular journey in an unmarked government saloon from his MI6 headquarters at Vauxhall Cross overlooking the Thames.
Thirty minutes later he enters Clarence House, the London palace Harry shares with his brother, William. The spymaster and Harry meet in the salon where his late mother, Diana, princess of Wales, delivered her revelation for the BBC's now notorious program, "Panorama," which marked the end of her marriage to Prince Charles.
A senior intelligence source stressed that Scarlett does not meet Harry to dissuade him from going to Iraq. "Harry has made his decision that, come what may, he is going," said a senior intelligence officer. "Scarlett's job is to make sure the prince knows everything possible. It is safe to assume Harry asks the kind of questions he put during his intel classes at Sandhurst. He will probably be the best informed soldier in Iraq on the state of play."
I think they are fools sending him in there... he endangers his whole outfit by being targetted and they will have to concentrate on guarding him instead of doing their jobs.