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Hank Johnson
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Agents, friends, fellow Explorers:

Important RPEs (Remote Participation Experiments -- also known as a Role Playing Games or RPGs) will take place at Camp Navarro and Schloss Kaltenberg during the MAGNUS event codenamed 'Epiphany Night.'

Our RPE missions will take us to the past, to the future, and to another present. We will attempt to uncover unsolved mysteries about Epiphany Night -- the dramatic event that begun our XM journey many years ago... and we will explore the strange theory surrounding a new universe, codenamed 'OSIRIS,' that some believe is similar to ours in many ways.

For those who have taken part in an NIA RPE before, you know the drill. For others, know that all that is required of you is a collaborative spirit, a creative mind and a desire to adventure. No prior RPG experience needed.

Please note that this RPE will require your presence in person at Camp Navarro or Schloss Kaltenberg during the Epiphany Night event.

Sign up links are here:

Camp Navarro: https://goo.gl/forms/wFK4t5OruuBgzQEr2
Schloss Kaltenberg: https://goo.gl/forms/ig72zKoCFxmrCE1i2

Every effort will be made to accommodate all those who express interest at the session time that they request, but spaces are limited, so please keep an open mind.

Please be aware that RPEs remain a subject of active scientific investigation. They have unknown effects in both this and other dimensions. Agents engage in RPEs at their own risk, and the NIA is not responsible for any psychological, physiological or extra-dimensional repercussions.

See you soon, Agents.

Hank Johnson
Director
National Intelligence Agency
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A tragedy and a waste. When I hear news like this, I wish we could do more to explore, document and preserve incredible powerspots like this.

Treasure the moments you have with the inspiring Portals around you, Agents. Time is unforgiving. Our memories and experiences are the greatest weapons against it.

HJ
Director, NIA
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A challenge for Agents around the world, and a reward from the NIA's predictive intelligence unit...

NIA Analysts are working to uncover intel related to the upcoming #EXO5 Anomalies, including the locations of Volatile Portals and Research Nodes.

I will have access to 10 packets of Intel, and here is how you can earn them:

On Friday, Dec 1, create Fields (in the specific regions below, as well as Globally). The Faction with the greatest increase in MU over the 5 hour checkpoint I specify will gain access to the intel.

We'll be measuring total MU once at the beginning at the specific window, and once at the end. The Faction with the greater increase wins.

GLOBAL MU
Reward: 1 Intel packet.
UTC Offset: 0
Septicycle: 2017.46
Window being Measured: 16:00 (first Measurement) to 21:00 (last Measurement). Times in UTC.

AS09-KILO-08 (around Medan, Indonesia)
Reward: 1 Intel packet.
UTC Offset: +7
Septicycle: 2017.46
Window being Measured: 18:00 (first Measurement) to 23:00 (last Measurement). Times are local for this Cell.

PA01-SIERRA-08 (around Adelaide, Australia)
Reward: 1 Intel packet.
UTC Offset: +10.5
Septicycle: 2017.46
Window being Measured: 16:30 (first Measurement) to 21:30 (last Measurement). Times are local for this Cell.

PA08-ROMEO-06 (around Hamilton, New Zealand)
Reward: 1 Intel packet.
UTC Offset: +13
Septicycle: 2017.46
Window being Measured: 19:00 (first Measurement) to 24:00 (last Measurement). Times are local for this Cell.

NR02-DELTA-10 (around Kiev, Ukraine)
Reward: 1 Intel packet.
UTC Offset: +2
Septicycle: 2017.46
Window being Measured: 18:00 (first Measurement) to 23:00 (last Measurement). Times are local for this Cell.

NR02-FOXTROT-05 (around Prague, Czech Republic)
Reward: 1 Intel packet.
UTC Offset: +1
Septicycle: 2017.46
Window being Measured: 17:00 (first Measurement) to 22:00 (last Measurement). Times are local for this Cell.

AF11-SIERRA-13 (around Naples, Italy)
Reward: 1 Intel packet.
UTC Offset: +1
Septicycle: 2017.46
Window being Measured: 17:00 (first Measurement) to 22:00 (last Measurement). Times are local for this Cell.

AM01-HOTEL-07 (around Des Moines, IA, USA)
Reward: 1 Intel packet.
UTC Offset: - 6
Septicycle: 2017.46
Window being Measured: 15:00 (first Measurement) to 20:00 (last Measurement). Times are local for this Cell.

AM14-PAPA-14 (around Asuncion, Paraguay)
Reward: 1 Intel packet.
UTC Offset: - 3
Septicycle: 2017.46
Window being Measured: 18:00 (first Measurement) to 23:00 (last Measurement). Times are local for this Cell.

AM16-PAPA-15 (around Montevideo, Uruguay)
Reward: 1 Intel packet.
UTC Offset: - 3
Septicycle: 2017.46
Window being Measured: 18:00 (first Measurement) to 23:00 (last Measurement). Times are local for this Cell.

That's 10 packets of Intel, all told -- 1 for each Region identified and one for Global MU. Good luck, Agents.
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So begins life in the monkey suit.

Agents, some of my associates from the Niantic Project (as well as a few other luminaries) are headed to San Francisco.

I'm headed the other direction -- have to make a business trip to Shanghai to... renegotiate terms... on some of the NIA's dealings there.

I'll be routing through Taipei. Seeing things through the optic of every secret this cavernous old Agency has -- I'm realizing that #EXO5 is something beyond what we understood or imagined.

When Pandora's box opened at Niantic, a process began. And every process ultimately leads to something. Can't say much more or my new bosses might decide to terminate my contract early.

But I will be sharing some other important news in the coming days, so keep an ear open on that front.

See you in Taipei Agents.
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Agents.

Reading your responses to my previous post was an emotional experience.

I asked for advice, but what I got was something much more: I got a reminder of the trust and faith many have placed in me, of the care and concern that many folks have for me, and of the powerful relationship we have with the mysteries of XM.

It made the call easy.

I know there's risk. And I know there's the possibility that my wings could get clipped. But it would be a travesty for me to walk away from an opportunity where I can protect and develop every Agent's true potential.

I have chosen to accept the offer: I will be taking over as acting chief of the NIA.

I hope I don't let you or myself down.
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As some of you may have heard, when I was Houston for #EXO5 I was invited to a very interesting and equally surprising meeting with a high ranking government official in charge of matters related to Exotic Matter.

Following the untimely deaths of Ezekiel Calvin (acting head of IQTech) and Jay Phillips (acting head of the NIA) -- there's a need in DC for expertise and knowledge related to XM, the Portals, the Ingress Scanner and more...

I have been asked to take over the NIA -- and by extension all its programs connected to the private sector via its relationships with IQTech, HAZDATA and other contract holders.

I remember the shape things were in when Jay Phillips took over the NIA -- it was an unenviable position and he made the best of it. He made calls that I disagreed with -- but I understand why he made them.

I am now facing my own unenviable position. I have to give them an answer. The choice is mine to make, but I am open to your ideas and suggestions.

Hank Johnson
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I was surprised by how many of the Niantic Project members I saw at Calvin's memorial.

I had suspected most would never forgive him for what we learned during Abaddon. But I guess the flipside was that he was the one who brought us together. Made us special. Helped us discover our roles, our Archetypes and so much more.

Many of them had interesting things to say about Calvin -- and I'll cover those another time -- today I have something more important to share.

Met Devra there. It turns out one of the reasons she has been planning to go to Berlin is that she's presenting some new research at a conference there.

She began to notice some strange going-ons in her old Niantic era scanner -- one of Lynton-Wolfe's originals.

She started doing some digging and has a pretty compelling theory about how a number of things tie together: November Lima, the Scanner, the Niantic Facility, the Exogenous... all of it.

She's even convinced that the Operation: Essex hosted RPE in Boulder tomorrow night is involved somehow... (I am a bit concerned about this -- last I heard they were probing concepts like Exogenous Forces and Anti-Archetypes... things I personally have found too dangerous to explore.)

Calvin's death has Devra spooked, though. She's placed her research in trust... it is to be given to the winner of the Anomalies worldwide on Saturday as a backup -- just in case something happens to her. I suspect Farlowe will be watching over her though -- so hopefully she stays safe.

As for me, got an interesting call... I might be swinging by an old NIA facility in Houston while I'm down there for the Anomaly. Was invited to a very unusual sounding meeting. More when I see you all in Houston.

I did spot PAC at the funeral. He was keeping his distance, but I told him not to bother. It wasn't a large crowd, and no-one there bears him any particular ill will. He's pretty convinced a lot of the war in Washington traces back to Akira... I'm not so sure myself, but he said he would do some digging while he's in Japan.

Let's see what he turns up.
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It is with great sadness that I confirm the death of Zeke Calvin and Jay Phillips in an explosion at a Niantic Offsite Facility on Friday, October 27th. The source of the explosion is unclear -- if it was a bomb it is not known who delivered or planted it, if it was perhaps a projectile explosive, its source is not known. The truth will emerge. The guilty will be found.

I want to take this moment to say a few words about Zeke. The wound is fresh and I will have more to say later, at his memorial service, which is yet to be scheduled pending ongoing investigation.

I talked to Zeke several times after the murder of Ken Owens. He knew that his life was at risk. I told him to keep his head down, but Zeke was Zeke. He wasn’t one to hide. Even when he told me he was going to what turned out to be the fateful meeting, he knew that there was a good opportunity for things to go bad. He could have been killed. He might have been arrested, or set up, or something else. He went. Because his role at the head of the company -- a role he had re-assumed just a few days before -- demanded it. He died fulfilling that role.

As you know, it was Ezekiel Calvin who plucked me from obscurity as a grad student and sent me to study an mysterious historical group known as 13MAGNUS. Zeke saw things that others don’t see. It was Zeke who got me into Special Operations, knowing that if I was going to carry on my investigations, I was going to need skills and an alibi. It was Zeke who came in after my 'death' at the Afghan Anomaly and it was Zeke who truly envisioned and started what became The Niantic Project. I could go on. And, in time I will.

Let me just say that I miss him and always will, and I will hunt for those responsible.

I’d also like to say a word about Jay Phillips. He stalwartly carried out the duties of running the National Intelligence Agency when Yuen Ni abruptly jumped ship to Hulong after the disastrous 'Niantic Calamity.' It was not an easy job.
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I'm sitting awake, watching the final #13MAGNUSREAWAKENS Anomalies kick off -- manically refreshing PAC's scoreboard at http://bit.ly/13mrscore -- but can't get this mystery out of my mind:

Here in Washington, where laws are made to protect yet no one is safe, a man was found dead. In the early morning of September 9th, Ken Owen’s body was found by a passerby by a sculpture at the Kennedy Center, almost exactly where Roland Jarvis and Oliver Lynton-Wolfe had their fateful Cassandra showdown just a few years ago.

It is easy to conclude that whoever killed him was sending a message. But what did they want to say? And to whom? Ken Owens, known as the foremost master of PR spin, was hired by various agencies, companies, and universities, but most notably for none other than the NIA. The body is said to have 5 bullet holes, official documentation from the coroner has not been forthcoming.

Agents, I need your help. If you have any insight into who pulled the trigger on Ken Owen, find me in Washington D.C. and share it in person. Right now, I am only looking for the triggerman (or woman). That will lead us to the actual killer.

Here’s some of what I know:

THE VICTIM:

Ken Owen: Beltway P.R. Flack. Owen was a ‘spinmaster’ extraordinaire. If a corporation, person, nation or government agency had a sudden P.R. problem, they hired Ken Owen. His specialty was to fog the issue, get out the facts if they were good for the client, hide the facts if they were bad for the client, attack the credibility of his opponents. Ken Owen was a library of dirty information which he would use strategically to control news cycles. If he wanted to get his client out of the spin cycle, he’d drop some dirt on somebody else. He protected a lot of people and he damaged a lot of people. He made a lot of enemies. He knew where the ‘bodies were buried’, and that might have gotten him killed.

CURRENT PERSONS OF INTEREST

Avril Lorazon: Acting co-head of IQTech. The NIA and IQTech have a long and complex relationship. Calvin revolving doored to IQTech after the Niantic Calamity. Most recently, IQTech and the NIA have been struggling over ownership of NL 1331 -- not to mention the power struggle between Akira Tsukasa and Lorazon. Is it possible that one of these battles went kinetic?

Antione Smith: Deadly Operative for Hulong Transglobal (technically Strategic Explorations -- but we all know that’s a corporate shell game). I first encountered this Caribbean born operative in Africa when he was involved in the exploitation of conflict metals (this is chronicled in Thomas Greanias’ THE ALIGNMENT: INGRESS.) His partner, I believe his name was Chow was, the first person I’d known to die of XM poisoning. Smith was spotted in Washington D.C. on the night before Ken Owen was killed. D.C. is off his beat. Why was he here?

Claudia Glas: Visur covert operative. Also believed to have been in Washington D.C. at the time of the killing. Visur has been quiet. What was one of their killers doing in D.C.? Something is going on and I want to know what. Like Smith, she had opportunity, but means and motive are unknown.

Hubert Farlowe: Worked freelance security during Niantic Project. Current whereabouts unknown. He only makes this list because of an anonymous tip I received that stated, ‘It was Farlowe.’ He certainly knew Ken Owens from Niantic days, but that was a long time ago. Why Farlowe? Why now? Farlowe and Devra are known to have had a history. They have a bond… the guy considers himself her guardian angel for some reason. I tried to contact her, but she has not responded.

855: He is on the list because he is a master of the professional kill and staged assassination. It is no accident that Ken Owen’s body was found where it was. This smells like 855. And, if you remember, 855 was mind-hacked by ADA at one point. Is she tied into this somewhere? Or did somebody take out a contract on Ken Owen?

Jay Phillips: Acting head of the NIA. I save him for last because he had extreme opportunity. He worked with Owen. He hired Owen at the NIA. What could the motive have been? Why now? It should be borne in mind that Phillips ran the ‘clean up’ operation after the Niantic Project. Did he have more clean-up to do?
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Typical P. A. Chapeau. On Saturday we’re hanging out at the RPE, even clowning around before it, arm wrestling and chatting. Next thing I know, he’s accusing me, in an indirect way, of hiding things from you. Let me set the record straight.

I didn’t know Ken Owen(s) any better than PA did. Met him a couple times. He gave the impression of being a squeaky clean guy in a very oily and dirty business. He’s a spin master, and I don’t mean exercise machine. I mean a guy who bends facts for a living. I don’t have a big problem with that, we live in a world of spin. Maybe I should, but either way, it's just something I've learned to live with and understand around.

It's no secret that I have had a long relationship with Ezekiel Calvin as both a friend, boss and colleague before and after the Niantic Project and after his Recursion at Abaddon. The man has done some things I disagree with. Many disagree with. But so have I.

I never said I hadn’t spoken to him and I never reported it because it didn’t seem relevant. To the best of my knowledge, Calvin lost all memory of the events from the time that is journalistically known as the 'Sphere of Weirdness' to the Abaddon Anomaly. I’m sure he’s read up and caught up, but as far as I can tell, he returned to IQTech and was enmeshed in a battle for corporate control of IQTech with Avril Lorazon, with whom I’ve had my issues in the past, but co-exist with in the present.

All of that having been said, it didn’t surprise me when Calvin called in a moment of crisis. He had my back, even when I was dead and I have to have his back. That is how relationships work.

And Calvin has good reason to believe he’s in the crosshairs.

All of that having been said, PAC is right about most of what he said in his post.

The murder of Ken Owen(s) is ominous and the fact that his body was found at the exact place where Roland Jarvis and Oliver Lynton-Wolfe had their showdown at Kennedy Center can not be ignored.

And I agree that this was done to start something... I can't help but wonder if Owen is in the Franz Ferdinand role (I’m not talking about the Scottish Rock band, but the Crown Prince of the Habsburg Empire whose murder started World War 1). Owens might not have been of consequence in and of himself, but his death could set off a war.

So, like +H. Richard Loeb, I’m heading to Washington D.C. for the Anomaly. And sure, I’m Enlightened and he’s Resistance, but I don’t want to make an issue of it. Neither should he. We can’t let that get in the way of the fact that we’re both Truthseekers in our own way, can we?
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