Monday, August 15, 2016


by Sasha Uzunov
The United States’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has turned down a TEAM UZUNOV request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to release any files or materials on a leading Macedonian “Yugoslavist” believed to have worked under cover in the West as an intelligence operative for Communist Yugoslavia’s spy service known as UDBa or SDB during the 1970s and 1980s.

RONIN?(in feudal Japan) a wandering samurai who had no lord or master. Did some of these UDBa operatives defect to Washington after the collapse of Yugoslavia in 1991? And are they still active today in parts of the former Yugoslavia and its successor states?

The CIA’s response was puzzling: It can neither confirm nor deny the existence nor the non-existence of a file on the leading Macedonian “Yugoslavist.”
However, the CIA has rejected the request for the ‘existent’ or ‘non-existent’ file because it is still classified and is being used by another federal agency.
That’s odd but very interesting. In other words, reading between the lines and navigating through the deliberate obfuscation, there is a file on this person and they are still “in play” or possibly active on behalf on Serbia, which inherited the federal spy service apparatus after Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Hercegovina and Macedonia all declared their independence from Yugoslavia in 1991.

For legal reasons TEAM UZUNOV cannot name the individual until the CIA file is released.
TEAM UZUNOV has spent decades searching through the archives of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) and has uncovered a gold mine of information relating to UDBa. 


TABOO - Yugoslavism? Serbian cultural hegemony in Macedonia?
Yugoslavism, Serbian cultural hegemony and collaborating with the then Yugoslav secret police remains a very touchy subject in Macedonia. Trying to discussing it is almost impossible as both political sides in Macedonia’s political divide that is from the ethnic Macedonia side- VMRO-DPMNE and SDSM parties, even today to vary degrees indulge in Serbian cultural hegemony.
So you get a pro VMRO-DPMNE media mouthpiece and tv show talk show host Milenko Nedelkovski who attends Serbian nationalist conferences in Belgrade in which Republika Srpska in Bosnia is defended, even though Republika Srpska has nothing to do with Macedonian patriotism whilst Nedelkovski’s arch-nemesis Borjan Jovanovski who opposes Nikola Gruevski has called for Macedonia to in effect give up its independence and return to de facto Serbian / Belgradist federal rule. see link here
LUSTRATION - not illuminating ! 
A Lustration commission set up by then Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski (2006-16) began looking at informers from communist times (1944-91) but the process soon became mirred in controversy with claims that some of the documents released were fabricated and that certain individuals close to the Gruevski government were not vetted. see link here 
A TEAM UZUNOV investigation has revealed that Macedonia’s Ambassador to NATO from 2010-14 and hand picked by PM Gruevski for the job, Mr Martin Trenevski had, according to the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), been an operative for UDBa under journalistic cover in Australia from 1986-89. see link here and here.  

Another individual within Gruevski’s inner circle, Ivan “Vane” Petreski (nickname Joe), the leader of the Matica or Institute for Macedonian Emigres, was, according to ASIO documents, deported from Australia in 1981 after “overstaying his visa.” He had been arrested for assaulting two Australian Macedonians in Melbourne and also threatening to assassinate one of them. A Victoria State Police report within the ASIO files stated that Petreski was a suspected YIS (Yugoslav Intelligence Service) operative. TEAM UZUNOV broke this story last year on Facebook - see the link here 
And only recently a Macedonian news website which is pro SDSM picked up the story…link here