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Esp. Manual 38 - Double Agent Ops & CIA Amateurism
US vs. Soviet Double Agent Management
103 pages, 8 chapters and 2 appendixes
Espionage Manual #38 - Double Agent Operations and CIA Amateurism is
a small e-book jam packed with instructions on the care and feeding of double
agents. It explains how to assess double agents, lead double agents,
maximize double agent utility and much more. Espionage Manual #38 -
Double Agent Operations and CIA Amateurism also explains how double
agents fit into the overall process of espionage. Throughout Espionage
Manual #38 - Double Agent Operations and CIA Amateurism, excellent
Soviet methods of double agent management and tactics are compared to
current and traditional CIA practices. Thus, in Espionage Manual #38 -
Double Agent Operations and CIA Amateurism the reader may contrast
professional espionage orchestration with the bumbling, amateurish and
incompetent grotesqueness of the American CIA.
“Double agent acquisition occurs in various ways. It may be the result of a deliberate follow-up of leads by
professionals, or it may be opportunistic as when a walk-in suddenly arrives.
The counterintelligence screening process that forms part of security programs should produce many leads. Since
the CIA has almost no counterintelligence, few leads are generated. Other opportunities to recruit double agents
may arise in the course of positive operations. Opportunistic acquisition, as of a walk-in, has the disadvantage of
being unexpected and therefore unplanned for. The professional who makes the decision to run a double agent
should execute his plan only after a great deal of thought, assessment, and evaluation.
If the candidate comes in as a volunteer, an amateurish service may feel compelled to act without sufficient time for
reflection. In this situation, the necessity of assessing the candidate conflicts also with the preservation of security,
particularly if the officer approached is in covert status. Volunteers and walk-ins are held under greater suspicion. Of
course, no one should be trusted regardless of his bona fides. The possibility of provocation is always present and
On the other hand, some of the best operations have been made possible by volunteers. The test of the
professional skill of an intelligence organization is its ability to handle situations of this type.
When a double agent candidate appears, professional judgments are needed. Those judgments are based upon
carefully collected evidence. Most evaluations of a double agent should begin with four essential questions in order
to determine certain facts relevant to the nature of the double agent candidate. The answers to those four questions
should, when combined with other data, determine: whether a potential operation exists, whether to run the
candidate, and whether the service has the capability to even manage that specific double agent candidate.”
Excerpt from Espionage Manual #38 - Double Agent Operations and CIA Amateurism
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