"In his recently published memoirs, titled "Alex" (Otava, 2017), the former Prime minister of Finland and politician Alexander Stubb explains how he got acquainted with an American student Valeria Plame at the College of Europe in Belgium in 1995 and maintained contact with her for nine years, until summer 2003, when Plame's identity was revealed as a CIA operative."
The name "Alex" reminds me of the Alger Hiss case where he was convicted of perjury after denying involvement in Soviet espionage in 1950. Later on the Venona files shed more light on the case where the covert name "Alex" is linked to Alger Hiss. It's funny how Alexander Stubb, sometimes called "Stubido" by his critics, a former mediocre college student rose to high positions in the government. He's obviously oblivious of the case that rocked the US 67 years ago, otherwise he would not have chosen that name for his book.
"For a tantalizingly brief two-year period in the early 1990s, Alexander Vassiliev [a former KGB officer and journalist, ] was given access to Stalin-era KGB files in order to write about KGB operations. The new book shows how the Soviets went about the business of spying, its failures and successes, and, most interestingly, the names of the Americans from whom the KGB received information."
"The material in the Vassiliev notebooks corroborates the suspicion that Hiss was a longtime agent of Soviet military intelligence. That echoes the findings of Venona Project analysts, who concluded years ago that the code name "Alex" in the intercepted Soviet cables was "probably Alger Hiss.""
"Why were transport conveyances (boats/buses/planes/cars, etc.) owned by a “shell corporation” linked to former Finnish Prime Minister (and current Finance Minister) Alexander Stubb and Imatra council leader Tiina Wilén-Jäppinen used by these human smugglers?"