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Glass-Ton Investigation Case fourBorn 1949, M, from Tasmania, Australia
Ian Glass-To Investigations
March 6th 2020
Time 0900hrs, the day started quietly with Ian reclined behind his desk, Ms White typing in documentation from their previous cases, Jack at his desk completing his last case report, Mark in the Armory cleaning and servicing the agencies fire arms, Phil on assignment in Adelaide South Australia following up a case.
The office phone rang, “Glass-ton Investigations, good morning, this Ms White, how may I help you”? The call went quiet, no one answered, Ms White said again, “can I help you”? A frightened voice spoke, “can I speak with Ian Glass-ton please”?, Ms White said ”May I have your name?” The caller replied “tell Ian it is Mitty” and again the phone went quiet. Ms White press the button on the phone so as the caller could not hear the office conversation, “Ian.......” Ms White called out, “you have a lady on the phone who said her name was Mitty”, Ian looked up from his reading.... putting his papers down on the desk with a lost look on his face, he picked up the phone slowly and answered, “Hello”.... “Ian is that you!”.... “Yes” replied Ian, “it is so good to hear your voice after all this time”...... Ian answered..... “it can not be,....... you were shot dead in Germany twenty five years ago, and I attended your funeral”,.... “yes Ian.... you did”, “but how, and why”, replied Ian. “My death was faked to save my life all those years ago because I was uncovered and the German intelligence were closing in and about to capture me”..... “so where have you been for all these years”? “MI5 have been hiding me under a assumed name, but now I have been discovered alive and certain parties want me silence because of what I know”..... “what do you mean, what you know”? “I can not tell you over this unsecured line, some one may be listening, can you meet me at the location we use to meet when we were in the academy together”?
“Okay, I will be there at the usual time”, replied Ian, and the call went dead. Ian sat at his desk bewildered at the conversation he just had with a supposedly dead friend from years ago. As he sat pondering the conversation he remembered twenty five years ago Mitty gave him documents for him to read if she was ever in danger. He rose from his desk, collected his night vision goggles from his desk draw placing them into his shoulder bag and proceeded down to the basement where he stored all his very old and secret documents. He had spoken to Ms White of his destination and left the office catching the lift to the basement, as the doors opened he checked the second lift for movement then proceeded to the basement entrance, unlocking the door, he entering the basement, closed the door behind him. The door had a ventilation grill at the bottom of the door which shone light into corridor, and anyone passing by would be able to see the light, just in case he was being followed he did not turn on the lights. He removed his NVG from his bag and placed them on his head and flipped them down over his eyes. The basement had not been used for years, the dust lay thick on the top of the filing cabinets the air was heavy, Ian paused, to put his handkerchief around his face. Most of the documents had been transferred to the office server computer so there was no need to come down to the basement, but the documents he sort were not on computer for obvious reasons. He worked his way to the back of the basement storage area, starting from the top draw of the first cabinet he flicked through the files one by one, looking for the file on Mitty, code named 'Xcaliba'. After five minutes Ian remembered all 'his eyes only files' were secured in the floor safe, he walked to the area of the floor safe, removing the boxes that were placed over the safe to hide its location then twisted the combination dial and opened the safe. Drew out the file 'Xcaliba'. The file contents contained the operation to assassinate a high ranking Russian operative during the time after the cold war had supposedly ended, 'this operation was successful'. Mitty was 'Xcaliba' an Assassin assigned this operation which she successfully carried out. Ian leaned against the filing cabinet, pondering why would anyone after this length of time would want to come after 'Xcaliba'. The dossier was well hidden like herself but after Ian received the phone call from 'Xcaliba' he is not so sure. He read on, this operation was to bring the world to its knees by collapsing the share market, over loading the health systems and reducing the worlds population. A plot by the Russian Government to control the world by releasing a virus. Once the world was brought to its knees Russia would swoop in with a vaccine.
Intelligent Agencies of the Western World were alert to this top secret plan. An operation was devised to eliminate this threat by the USSR. The mastermind behind this devastating plan was a Russian born called 'Feodore Smirnova' he was marked for assassination. 'Xcaliba' was assigned to seek out and eliminate 'Feodore Smirnova' and secure all his documentation. This must be why they are hunting 'Xcaliba', another organization or country must be hatching a plan to re invent the virus and put into action the original plan to bring the world to its knees.
'Tossing around in his mind, who would benefit the most from a pandemic, his thoughts zeroed in on China, lets face it, they all ready control the world with their manufacture of Steel, Cars, Electronics, Programming, Clothing, Medical Supplies and movement into and trying to control the South China sea.
As he read the dossier he heard the locked door of the basement open and close, Ian knew no one in the office would follow him down to the basement, he packed the dossier back into its file folder and placed it quietly back into the floor safe, closing the safe and locking it. Ian, placed the boxes back over the floor safe trying not to disturbed the dust on the floor, then he worked his way to the rear exit of the basement area, The door leads to a set of stairs which leads up into the alleyway between the tall buildings. Moving quickly along the alleyway to the street in front of his office block.
Once Ian was back on the main street he pulled out his mobile and called up the cameras in the basement checking the footage, who ever entered the basement avoided the cameras, checking all angles and corners finding no sign of movement. Placing the mobile back in his inside pocket then carefully peering around the corner of the building checking the rear basement exit and the alleyway he proceeded back into the building and caught the lift to his floor. The lift doors opened and he was met by Jack, “what's happening Ian! I just noticed someone accessed the hidden cameras in the basement”?.... “Yes that was me, ...I was reading a 'my eyes only' file when the basement door was opened and closed, basement in darkness. It all went quiet after the door was opened and closed, the basement is only accessible by our agency. I immediately stored away the file back into the floor safe and headed out the rear exit and onto the street where I checked the footage”. “Why are you checking files in the basement?”, asked Jack. Ian paused.....“I will call a meeting and tell you all what I have found”.
Hour later Ian convened a meeting, Ian spoke of the recent phone call he had from his old friend Mitty 'Xcaliba'. He explained that twenty five years ago an operation was set up to eliminate the Mastermind 'Feodore Smirnova' who the driving force behind a strategy to release a virus world wide which would eventually bring the world to its knees then the USSR would step in with a vaccine. After crippling the world and triggering a world wide commercial break down, end result, millions of people would die, millions out of work, they could waltz in and control the worlds economy before alarm bells started to ring, that was twenty five years ago”.
“Mitty code name 'Xcaliba' has been in hiding under a assumed identity and been living in a small town on the East Coast of Tasmania. “Ian discuss his plan of how they can help her, reminding the Agency of their high profile and decided the best course of action would be to stay in Sydney and continue their every day lives and work just in case the person or persons searching for Mitty link her to us”. “why would they link her to us?” said Jack, “Many years ago I was an agent and worked closely with Mitty, and we became great mates”, “Oh I see” said Jack,.... “no not that way Jack”, and Ian smiled.
Glass-Ton investigation has a sleeper agent 'IRH' who takes on special assignment like uncovering and contacting Mitty if the need arises. 'IRH' has been contacted by Ian to locate and assess the situation and ascertain whether Mitty is in any danger. 'IRH' location is not known by anyone in the agency accept Ian. 'Their friendship began many years ago meeting through the Saab Web site'. His latest assignment is to assess the situation and contact Ian if he needs assistance or there is imminent danger of Mitty being uncovered. 'IRH' packed his car which is exactly the same model as Ian's Saab.
'IRH' hit the road traveling up the east coast, the day was perfect, he had the top down an enjoying the wind in his hair. He knew of other Saab owners who resided in the small towns on the East Coast of Tasmania and would have knowledge of Mitty's (Suzanne Fleming) location.
His description of Mitty, she had shoulder length dark hair going gray, blue eyes, around 159cm tall, small scare on left side of her chin, athletic build and self sufficient and very artistic. His questioning was subtle so no one would suspect he was searching for a particular person. On the third day he caught up with a chap who own a Saab 1999 9000 who lived in a sea side town two half hours drive from Launceston. During the conversation 'IRH dropped a few question about Mitty, George knew exactly who 'IRH' was talking about. George asked “why he was curious about Susanne Fleming”, 'IRH replied “her art work is well known and I was told by my friend if I located her on my sight seeing trip to buy one of her paintings of the local bay for him, he went onto say, they are suppose to be spectacular”. George accepted this explanation leaving 'IRH' relieved, he did not want to attracted attention that he was actively looking for her. They chatted on for the rest of the afternoon, 'yes of course about Saab's'. The next morning after spending a pleasant night chatting with George. He proceeded up the coast another seventy kilometers to the town where Mitty lived. After checking into the local Motel which over looked the bay he rang Mitty and asked 'if he could come for a viewing of her art work', she agreed and they met that afternoon.
Her retreat was located on the northern side of the beautiful bay. 'IRH' approached the house cautiously, observing if any one had followed or was observing his movements. As he walked up the white stone graveled path boarded by a low flowering hedge he was met by Mitty, 'perfectly described by Ian'. Mitty 'welcomed him to her home' and gestured him up the steps to a spacious veranda, which in circle the 1800s style of weather board home. The veranda had a scenic view of the entire bay. 'IRH' paused on the steps to listen, it was so peaceful. In the distance birds were chirping and noticing her puppy dog laying in the sun on the warm polished floor boards snoring. The dog had no reaction to 'IRH' presents showing her he proposed no threat. Taking her out stretched hand and gently shook, she smiled and they retired to and sat in two huge cane emperor chairs. Mitty offered 'IRH' a cool drink of her freshly made lemon ad. “So what has brought you to my hideaway”?, “'IRH' spoke of his friend who had heard about her beautiful landscape paintings of the Bay and he wanted me to call in and introduce myself and purchase one”. “I did not know I was that famous” she relied and a smiled came over here face. 'IRH' had been given a password which he would drop into the conversation... 'Petals', as he sipped his lemonade his eyes wondered to the flowers lining the garden,... he said “they are unusual petals on those flower, like figures of eight”, “Mitty continued the conversation paying attention to this comment but not over stating her reply. She said “ yes, that particular variety was given to me as a cutting from my mother twenty five years ago. (some one could be listening) Mitty felt more at ease with appearance of 'IRH'. After few more drinks Mitty said “what type of painting would your friend like”? 'IRH' explained to Mitty. Mitty relied “why don't you leave it with me and call back in couple of days and I will create a painting for him”, “that would be unbelievable, replied 'IRH'. With that remark he stood up from his seat, shook her hand and leaning forward to collected his wallet from the table but leaving a mobile on the table next to him, his eyes said the mobile is for you….shook Mitty's hand and walked back down the path to his parked car, and drove off .
Jack was investigating who entered the basement, when the door is opened a second photo is taken by security camera for insurance reasons. This photo is sent straight to the insurance company and stored for future investigation. Ms White was back tracking the phone call from Mitty to see if any one is monitoring Glass-Ton Investigations NBN connection.
Mark has been tasked with checking their security and provide any proof listen devices were aimed at the buildings windows at the time Mitty rang. When a laser scanning device is aimed at a window it leaves residue on the glass inside, this would be detected by his scanning device, all mobiles scanned for corrupt apps. Glass-Ton Investigation had upgraded their security on technology systems making them virtually hack proof. System were monitored 24 hours a day for any breaches.
On the surfaced it looked like Ian was performing his usual daily task following up cases, but beneath, he was convinced that a world power is pursuing the same line to produce a virus not yet seen in the world today.
Ian contacted Peter at AFP informing him of his business trip to Canberra and that he might like to catch up over a meal or cup of coffee, of course Ian's underlying reason was to discuss the threat pertaining to Mitty without causing too many ripples.
Flying to Canberra the next day on flight Q9825 landing 0900 hrs.
Ian disembarked his flight in Canberra collected his overnight bag and caught a taxi to his hotel in the center of Canberra City. Checking in at the hotel and proceeding to his room on the sixth floor. The lift doors opened,.. out of the corner of his eye he noticed a man of Asian appearance to his right in dark clothes pausing at his door before entering, it appeared he was waiting for Ian to enter his room. Ian acted casually as he fumbled for his key pass (he took a photo of the man ) to the door not letting on he had noticed the man. Entering his room closing the door behind him, he dropped his luggage on the stand at the end of his bed, then unzipped the bag and removed his scanning tool from the inside compartment of the suit case and scanned the room for listening devices and miniature cameras. The room at this stage was clear. (He had sent the man's photo to Peter for identification and to the agency)
Phil in South Australia had been redirected to Adelaide Airport to observe any entry of foreign tourist into Australia. They had information a group of Chinese tourist were coming via Adelaide. Whilst at the airport in Adelaide he observed a tour group of twenty men and women from China entering Australia. After asking a few questions at the airport arrivals counter, he discovered this particular group had paired off and dispersed to different locations Australia wide. Phil thought how strange, in his experience most Chinese tourist groups stayed together. A couple of the group hired a car, following them to the hire car counter standing close enough but not too close as to alert them he was listening to their conversation. (he spoke Chinese but was a little rusty) After they had left he ask a few question about the couple, 'it had been a while since he spoke or listened to Chinese dialect', confirming what he had just heard at the counter, the Avis Rep replied “they ask lots of questions concerning how far it was to drive to Melbourne plus where to board the Spirit of Tasmania in Melbourne”. Phil asked for the registration number, he thanked the man for his information, slipping him $50.00 for his trouble.
Thinking to himself, wouldn't you think they would fly straight to Melbourne rather than drive from Adelaide, maybe they like the scenery between here and Melbourne, 'very suspicious behavior'. Lower level of security at Adelaide Airport than the major airports. His further investigations unearthed they were asking a lot of questions trying to track down a particular female artist. Phil relayed this information to Ian.
Ian text 'IRH' and gave him their descriptions and registration number of the yellow Toyota Prius with SA number plates.
'IRH' had received Ian's text and was actively searching for the two suspected Chinese tourists, unfortunately in the seaside town this time of year there were there were loads of Chinese tourists. 'IRH' took up a seat in one of the most popular coffee shop so he could observe the tourist trade. His seat observed the footpath traffic as well. Everyone loves a freshly brewed coffee and sugar filled cream cake no mater what part of the world you come from. There were a great deal of Chinese tourists frequenting the coffee shops but these two would standout, their posture was different and spoke fluent English.
Back at the agency Jack had requested a copy of the photo from the Insurance company taken when the person or persons entered the basement, while he was waiting for the photo to be emailed to him another photo pop up on his screen, with a caption, 'this person was waiting outside in corridor at the Hotel before I enter my room, check his ID' regards Ian. Few minutes later Jack had both Photos side by side on his screen and when he compared them they were the same person, 'so Ian was right, they had linked him to Mitty'. He immediately text Ian with his information concerning the two photos. Meanwhile Peter had received Ian's photo of the same man and he was checking as well.
The Chinese agents assumed they would blended in and be unnoticed with the crowds of Chinese. His intensive training meant he could spot an agent at thirty paces 'so to speak'. Mitty and 'IRH' had a double band signal mobile, this technology worked by altering the mobile signal every second switching from one sim card to another, this operation of the signal prevented anyone outside their band detecting conversations or text, texting a warning to Mitty of the Chinese agents could be in town.
Her appearance had changed in twenty five years, and as far as she could remember there were no photos on file, all erased twenty five years ago to protect her new identity. Two keys figures knew of 'Xcaliba' existence. Ian is the third, but no one has any idea he has any knowledge of 'Xcaliba' except 'Xcaliba'. Her death was well planned leaving no stone upturned they thought.
Ian had alerted Peter to the recent arrival of the suspect twenty Chinese agents who entered the country the day before through Adelaide 'ADL' and information provided by Phil of their future destinations inside Australian boarders. All Points Bulletin was released to observe and report on the twenty so called tourists. Phil had supplied their photo Ids and Pass Ports numbers. Information had come back on the photo Ian had taken of the man in the corridor, he was a top Chinese operative, and there was no record of him entering Australia in the past twenty days. The AFP were now actively looking for him.
'IRH' had identified them from their passport photos sent to him by Ian, spotting the two Chinese agents in the local Coffee shop and could now closely monitoring their activities. The Chinese undercover operatives were seeking subtle information concerning the town, they wanted the location of Mitty without alerting the community, asking questions, what can they do as far as activities in the town, size of the population, was it industrial, or fishing, is there many artistic residents such as 'artist'. One resident offered up Suzanne Fleming's name as a local Artist. The resident did not disclose her address, referring them to the local Art Gallery to view her work. 'IRH' was impressed that locals protected their privacy. 'IRH' now shadowed the couple around the town.
Seven pm the agents booked into the main hotel- motel in the center town, 'Lady luck was on his side, he had booked the room next door earlier in the day so now he could listen to any conversations (he had set up surveillance devices). In the early hours under the cover of darkness he placed a GPS tracker on their vehicle. This GPS device was the latest and if the agents checked their vehicle before they drove off they would not detect the GPS.
'IRH' had relayed to Ian, the two Chinese agents were in the small town where Mitty lived asking loads of question concerning the location of Suzanne Fleming, but the locals were very private individuals and would not give away her address. If only they knew who they were protecting and why.
'ASIO' had developed software that would high light any attempt to change Ids on Intelligence servers worldwide', and with the Australian Facial recognition (view clear 1A) double check the original identities.
Peter 'AFP' had notified Ian he had issued an All Points Bulletin concerning the Chinese Agents but there is a catch, they can not be deported or questioned unless proven to be acting against Australian Boarder Protection Policies. Cross referencing by the AFP is being carried out to see if any of the twenty have been to Australia before and been refused entry. If any of the twenty were on their list of undesirable aliens, they can be arrested and deported.
All Australian small seaside towns have been alerted to the twenty with their photo Ids supplied for recognition. If any law enforcement officers are in doubt they are to be detained and flown back to the ACT for questioning.
The operation is in full swing and the twenty are gradually being rounded up. China will protest vigorously about their citizens being arrested and detained but Peter has no doubt that this twenty have records world wide and there are existing warrants out for their arrest .
Peter was on the phone to Boarder Force, the phone answered, “this is Boarder Force Head Quarters” Captain Joseph. “Commander Quinn from the AFP”, “morning Commander, how can I help you”? “I am ringing in regards to a group of twenty Chinese tourists who entered the country through Adelaide airport on the 23rd March, flight A3045 Air China,”, “just let me check our records”, the phone went quiet for five minutes, “Commander I have the flight manifest”, “were these passengers checked before entering Australia” replied Peter, “Yes of course Sir”. Unknown to Peter the Ids of these twenty had been wiped from most servers through out the world so they could move freely to locate 'Xcaliba'.
After Peter hung up the phone, his phone rang again, call from ASIO informing him of the attempt to change a server allowing the twenty Chinese agents to receive their new Ids, this is why no alarm bells rang when they entered Australia via Adelaide airport 'ADL'.
'IRH' was notified by Ian the local Police are now actively searching for the two Chinese Tourist in the Sea Side town and new information has been uncovered there were Interpol warrants out for their arrest, 'the original arrest warrants were wiped in an attempt to cover their identities'.
'IRH' was observing Mitty's residence from his vantage point, his GPS tracker on the Chinese Agents vehicle had pin pointed their location approaching Mitty's driveway, he immediately text Mitty informing her of imminent danger, Mitty was well prepared, she had been prepared for years knowing one day some one would come for her. 'Her life lived on the edge each day' 'IRH' text the police of the agents location, within minutes the local Police arrived and detained the Chinese Agents. They were flown by light plane to the Launceston where they boarded a commercial flight escorted by Federal Police to Canberra.
'IRH' had text Ian what had happened to the agents and all was contained.
Unfortunately Mitty will have to find another location to keep herself safe. There is no way to tell if the Agents had relayed her location to their superiors.
One close call averted by Glass-Ton Investigations with help of the Local Police and the AFP. Fingers crossed.
Investigation turns to how they found out Mitty was still alive.