A retired colonel says that upon learning about the crash of Tu154M in Smolensk the Intelligence Agency did not introduce the state of high alert. According to Colonel Peter Wronski, the Russians were prepared for what happened in Smolensk.
Peter Wronski is a former officer of the communist Security Service and its successors - the Office of State Security and the Intelligence Agency. In an interview with Marek Pyza, Wronski said that on April 10, 2010, the intelligence services basically did not react to what happened in Smolensk. No high alert was put in place at any of the security agencies of the Polish state. The retired officer notes that the Americans reacted very differently in the aftermath of September 11 - then, for example, the US embassy in London was put on high alert.
Wronski also points out that in the vicinity of the Severny airport in Smolensk there were surprisingly large contingents of the Russian secret services, who immediately surrounded the crash site and prevented anybody from accessing this area.
"Damn, where did they find so many OMON [men]?” wonders the former intelligence officer. “It was unbelievable. Maybe in Moscow, when they know that Putin is about to arrive they have so many OMON squaddies at hand, but here? In this case? Saturday morning? This is Russia, and the allegedly ignored visit, the airport without equipment, a tower hardly working, and suddenly we have a downpour of special services. The Russians immediately seized the initiative and took over the control of everything."
Asked about what the Spetsnaz was doing on the crash site, Wronski says:
Why were Russian “Black Ops” Spetsnaz, Special-Forces units, at the crash site of the Polish President’s plane, on April 10, 2010, in Smolensk, Russia?
What remains unexplained to this day, is the role of the large number of Russian special services officers who appeared at the crash site almost immediately after the President’s plane disintegrated into some 60,000 pieces in the air. These dwindling questions concern not only the role of the Spetsnaz, and its Black Ops Maroon Berets units, but also the FSB, OMON (Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs anti-terrorist squads), as well as SOBR (Rus. СОБР (Специальный Отряд Быстрого Реагирования) units; these are far better trained and equipped than OMON, and their stated purpose is counter-terrorism and combatting the "subversive” anti-Putin elements within Russia. Similarly, the role of some dozen individuals who “wore white medical garbs over their business suits”, who were seen at the crash site within minutes after it happened, and who were observed by a Polish Consul, and by Marcin Wierzchowski, member of the Lech Kaczynski’s Chancellery, also remain unanswered. These concerns are amplified by the fact, that according to the information contained in the official Russian MAK Report, “the first medical rescue brigade” appeared at the crash site only at 8:58 a.m., that is, 17 minutes after the plane has disintegrated in the air. Read the analysis
"I wonder too. The Russians may try to explain this unusual presence of Spetsnaz as a protection for the president, but this is not true. There were too many of them there. This may only mean that they knew exactly what was about to happen. Spetsnaz probably had the task to quickly gather things important to the Russians, such as personal documents, official documents, but primarily all telephones and other communication devices (...). And first and foremost the black boxes. The Russians de facto stole all this evidence. As a result, we have only some copies. Just to compare, after the crash in the French Alps of the Germanwings, the Germans immediately flew to secure the flight recorders, which they unsealed and examined only at home. After Lockerbie the similar procedure was followed. But in our case? "
Another strange coincidence, according to Wronski, was the way in which the media reported this tragedy. He watched simultaneously on multiple TV sets several channels, including "Rossija1," Polish TVN 24, CNN and the BBC.
"Less than an hour after the crash, the Russians already spoke about the pilot error. I was surprised when about two minutes later the TVN 24 repeated this news. Although with a question mark, but they repeated it. Meanwhile, the BBC and CNN, I remember, were still considering various options, including a coup," said Wronski.
The SB also officer explained why he broke his silence only after 5 years after the Smolensk tragedy, and not before. “My disclosure could harm other employees,” he said. He also added that before nobody wanted to talk to him.
“I was treated as a provocateur. I had no one to talk to. Only now Marek Pyza decided to talk with me,” he said.
Originally published on June 23, 2015
Source: „W sieci,” wPolityce, KJ/Telewizjarepublika.pl/
Retired Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Senior Scientific Intelligence officer Eugene Poteat, goes on the record:
"The trip to Smolensk was expected to highlight Russia finally admitting culpability in the massacre, after long having blamed it on the Germans, an atrocity they had tried to conceal for over 70 years.
As for the reception committee, it had different ideas. Putin wasn’t looking forward to such an occasion. Into this poisonous reception brew was President Kaczynski’s well-known public criticism of Moscow and Putin, a habit that has ended the lives of others within Russia – and abroad. A few discouraging Russian requirements – that Kaczynski could not attend in any official capacity – did not halt the Poles. Kaczynski would go anyway on non-official, “personal” business. To Russians, such a distinction would be meaningless, not lessening the possible international excoriation of such an event. A problem ripe for a modern, Russian solution: a tragic, ‘natural’ accident."
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