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Espionage Manual 37 - KGB Opportunistic Intelligence
KGB Manual for Dealing with Walk-Ins
84 pages, 8 chapters
Espionage Manual 37- KGB Opportunistic Intelligence is an e-book that
explains how the Soviet Union’s KGB intelligence agency dealt with walk-ins,
people who voluntarily visited Soviet embassies to betray their nation. As you will
see in Espionage Manual 37- KGB Opportunistic Intelligence, the Soviet
KGB reached a level of espionage professionalism and tradecraft unknown in the
West, then or now. The Soviet spymaster that wrote much of the material, which
Espionage Manual 37- KGB Opportunistic Intelligence is based on, knew his
tradecraft and relates a number of interesting incidents encountered by the KGB.
Espionage Manual 37- KGB Opportunistic Intelligence explains not only how
true walk-ins are to be managed, but also focuses upon the detection of enemy
spies, provocateurs, and phonies who tried to sell the Soviet KGB bogus
information. The information in Espionage Manual 37- KGB Opportunistic
Intelligence is just as useful today as it was when Soviet spymasters first puzzled
over what the priority of training their spies should be. The acute psychological
understanding displayed in this material is not only useful in cases of sabotage, but
also in estimating the relative sincerity and capabilities of individuals met on a daily
basis in the realm of human commerce.
“Further meetings were held with D, both in the official building and in town. He handed over a number of valuable
papers to us, signed the receipts for money paid him, and gave his hand-written agreement to collaborate with us on
a regular basis. His personal papers were also photographed. The residency continued to study D in person at
these meetings and through other channels.
In the course of this collaboration and study the following facts were established about D:
He was fond of gambling.
He had offered us his services for financial reasons, being in heavy debt because of gambling losses.
He did not sympathize with our ideas and did not disguise his dislike of us.
Being an ardent gambler, he was often in urgent need of money, and he not infrequently handed us ultimatums
that large sums should be paid him or he would cease his collaboration with us.
He was not only not intelligent but a very flighty person: repeatedly he failed to keep agreed appointments;
sometimes he turned up at meetings drunk; and on one occasion he broke off the meeting in the middle and rushed
away in a rage.
Because of D's slow-wittedness, the instability of his character, his casual attitude, and his greed he was a very
difficult agent to run, and the maintenance of contact with him. ”
Excerpt from Espionage Manual #37 - KGB Opportunistic Intelligence
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