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Espionage Manual 9 - Soviet Spy Tradecraft
Espionage Manual 9 - Soviet Spy Tradecraft
Guidelines for Spying
© 2006
158 pages, 8 chapters and 3 appendixes
Anyone interested in spying should understand the guiding philosophy and tradecraft of
soviet spies
. Experts agree that soviet spy organizations and individual soviet spies are
the best in the world. This book,
Espionage Manual # 9 – Soviet Spy Tradecraft, discusses
in detail the
main elements of spy tradecraft including: recruitment of sources, clandestine
meetings, eluding surveillance, covert communications, and counter-intelligence. The
material provided in this book is sufficient to train an intelligent individual to be an
effective spy.
Review Table of Contents
“Both Soviet and Western intelligence services strive to learn the secret intentions, capabilities, and strategic plans of
other states, but they don't go about it in the same way. The Russians believe that such important secrets can and
should be procured directly from the classified files in offices of the government in question, and from informants among
its civil servants. When the Russians suspect that another country is trying to form a coalition directed against the Soviet
Union, they don't seek information about it in newspaper editorials, panel discussions, or historical precedents, although
all these sources may shed some light on the matter. Russian spies set out to steal the secret diplomatic
correspondence between the conspiring states or to recruit an informant on the staff of the negotiators if they don't have
one there already. When the Russians want to know the number of bombers in the air force of a potential adversary,
they get the figure, not by doing library research on the productive capability of airplane plants or assembling educated
guesses and rumors, but by asking their secret informers within the foreign air force or war ministry and by stealing the
desired information from government files.
The Americans, on the other hand, and to a certain extent the British, prefer to rely more heavily on legitimately
accessible documents. American intelligence agencies are said to monitor as many as five million words daily, the
equivalent of 50 books of average length, from foreign radio broadcasts alone. From enormous quantities of open
material like this analysts derive a lot of information about foreign countries, their economies and finance, their
industries, agriculture, and trade, their population and social trends, their educational and political systems, the structure
of their governments, their leaders' past lives and present views, etc. Drawing on that colossal warehouse of
encyclopedic data, intelligence officers write reports and compose national estimates of foreign countries for the benefit
of policy makers.
Admiral Ellis Zacharias, US Deputy Chief of Naval Intelligence in the last war, wrote that in the Navy 95% of peacetime
intelligence was procured from legitimately accessible sources, another 4% from semi-open sources, and only 1%
through secret agents.”
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