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Five Popular Espionage Techniques of the Former Soviet Union

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Five Popular Espionage Techniques of the Former Soviet Union

The art of spying has been used for centuries and is still used today.

This form of intelligence gathering is a staple of any government; and, no government perfected this art better than the former Soviet Union.

The Soviets came up with ingenious ways to steal and pass secrets from their opposing governments. The most common targets were the U.K, France, Italy and Germany.

However, as the Cold War escalated, the U.S. became another target. Below are 5 popular espionage techniques used by the former Soviet Union in its attempts to steal secrets.

Brush Passes/Dead Drops

Popular during the Cold War, these two techniques are required elements in any modern spy novel or movie. The brush pass is when an agent passes another, discreetly handing him an item.

This usually occurs in busy public areas such as train stations and public restrooms.

On the other end of the spectrum, a dead drop requires a quiet place. A dead drop is when an agent “loads” the dead drop by placing the item for later pick up by another agent.

Dead drops require quiet areas such as libraries and churches. Though these techniques take skill and planning, they can be used in a variety of locations and, if done well, can be executed completely undetected.




Live Drops

Live Drops are very similar to brush passes and dead drops. In a live drop, two agents make an exchange, but the exchange is hidden in plain sight.

This is because one of the agents is disguised as someone who commonly exchanges items with the general public.

For example, a man walks up to a hot dog vendor and purchases a hot dog. The man pays for the concession and leaves. However, the man is an agent and has just passed the hot dog vendor, his co-conspirator, a note mixed-in with his money or written on the actual bills.

Transactions such as these took place on city streets across the globe. There is nothing suspicious about someone buying food from a street vendor.

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Steganography

This technique took “hidden in plain sight” to whole new level.

Steganography was the technique of hiding a message in an obscure way so that the intended recipient could reveal the message, but the message itself could be displayed in plain sight.

A common stegangraphic technique was to hide secret messages in pictures using microdot technology. A microdot is text or an image reduced into a 1mm disc in order to communicate covertly.

These microdots could be hidden just about anywhere; such as the dots of an “i” or the periods of sentences. This method has been modernized for the cyber age.

Most recently, it has been reported that the Russian spy ring, which included Anna Chapman, developed software to insert data inside images posted on public websites.

Shortwave Radiograms

Shortwave radios have been a tool of the espionage trade for many years. Radios can transmit information encoded to be picked up by the receiver and then decoded.

This technique was used throughout World War I, World War II, and the Cold War. Like Steganography, radiograms are still being used today.

According to Popular Mechanics, “Radios can transmit bursts of data that can be picked up by another radio set to that frequency. The court documents say these encoded signals sound like Morse code transmissions, and that the [Russian] spy ring used this method to communicate with handlers in Moscow.”

In this day and age, we always seem to look at technology, and gadgets, as being better than some of the old ways. But as recent news related to modern Russian spies is released, it seems that the espionage trade has some tried and true techniques that haven’t changed much through the years.

The techniques were used by the Soviets during the Cold War many years ago, but it seems that they have remained long-lasting fixtures in Russian Espionage.

Originally published on TopSecretWriters.com

  • CIA “MILLENIUM HILTON” PROGRAM

    Barack Obama

    The U.S. President

    The White House

    1600
    Pennsylvania Avenue NW

    Washington, DC 20500

    Mike Rogers, Chairman

    U.S. House Committee on
    Intelligence

    133 Cannon House Office Building

    Washington, DC 20515

    November 15, 2012

    Dear Mr. President, Mr. Rogers,

    On June 29, 2012 I’ve
    contacted Inspector General of the Intelligence Community, Washington, DC
    20511, 703-482-130 on CIA “Millenium Hilton” top secret
    program. William Shea from the Office answered: ” I still see no proof of
    any connection to the CIA, and you have not explained how the CIA is effecting
    your life at this time. What is happening to you that you want to have
    stopped?” On June 30, 2012 same William Shea sent me e-mail:”CIA told
    me that “Filament” doesn’t exist”.

    I want to inform you, Mr. Rogers that I do exist and I am the part of
    CIA/FBI/U.S. Secret Service program which I call “Millenium Hilton”,
    New York hotel where CIA agents recruit and work with the members of this
    program, and where I was recruited on September 1, 1995 as a joint CIA and FBI
    National Security Division “project”.

    The purpose of this program is to secure CIA, FBI and U.S. Secret
    Service self-preservation. That’s why they control the White House and the U.S.
    Congress and kill politicians if needed. I was a member of this program,
    my alias was “Filament”. The job was to penetrate the White House and
    the U.S. Congress and also work a a sniper and “stay close to President
    Bill Clinton” which means his assassination. That’s why I wrote “The
    Professional” system (top political management ) for Bill Clinton..They
    paid me $900 to start and I’ve got political asylum status in USA, and they
    promised the best medical (government) insurance. Besides, I have a special CIA
    status – I could make my own decisions what to do and how to do the job. I
    refused to kill and that’s why I’m under severe CIA pressure – the Agency wants
    me back no matter what.

    In 2001 I’ve asked Senator Hillary Clinton to help me fight CIA which
    kept pressing me – I couldn’t get my family here. I’ve asked Lus Mendes,
    Hillary

    Clinton’s Immigration Dept Chief to tell her
    boss that I’ve saved Bill Clinton’s life by refusing to work for CIA. After
    that Hillary Clinton helped me.

    Later Senators Chuck
    Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand refused to look into CIA/FBI anti-American
    conspiracy and both informed me that “national security is not their
    business”.

    On July 2, 2008, Barack Obama, who was running for the U.S. President, made a statement: “We can’t rely on our
    military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set.
    We got to have a civilian national security force that just as powerful, just
    as strong, just as well-funded”. Since then he is the target of the
    “Millenium Hilton” program.

    I had a possibility to neutralize Barack Obama. On March, 20, 2010, I’ve
    received an invitation for a dinner with President Obama and Speaker of
    the House Pelosi from DCCC (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee)
    signed by Ian Sugar, Director of Development. Sugar sent to me couple of
    personal e-mails and explained that I pay $15,999 (credit card) and
    on May 13, 2010 at 6.00 PM I come to St. Regis Hotel, New York and enjoy
    a dinner with Obama. All I had to do was buy 9mm Zig Zauer, practice a
    little bit to get used to the pistol,come to St. Regis unarmed,disarm any Secret
    Service agent and complete the job. Easy, right ?

    On June 8, 2010, I got the letter from the US Office of Special Counsel
    Patrick Fitzerald: “Mr. Kryzhanovsky, You allege that CIA Director
    violated the Hatch Act through his role in the “Millennium Hilton”
    operation. We reviewed this matter, and as explained below, we are closing our
    file without further action. The Hatch Act prohibits government employees from
    engaging in political activity while on duty. Your allegation that Mr. Panetta
    is involved in a CIA-FBI conspiracy, which you call the “Millennium
    Hilton” operation, even if true, is not activity that falls within the
    prohibitions of the Hatch Act. Therefore , we are closing the above referenced
    file. Erica S. Hamrick”.

    On October 12, 2010 I had a meeting with U.S. Secret Service agents who
    informed me that I’m still on CIA program as “Filament” and I could
    work for Secret Service too. We talked about the vulnerability of Obama’s
    security – the agents got pretty nervous and blamed Rahm Emanuel for that.

    On January, 20, 2011 I talked to FBI agent Eric Perry. He said I talk
    too much and I made “high authorities, people on the very top extremely
    nervous”. He didn’t explain if it was FBI Director Robert Mueller, the
    White House Chief of Staff or somebody else.

    On August 30, 2012 I had a meeting with another Secret Service agents ,
    who asked me again if I can and if I want to kill President Obama.

    Looks like President Barack Obama is really CIA/FBI/U.S. Secret Service
    “Millenium Hilton” program next target.I ask you, Mr. Rogers, to
    investigate this case.

    Mikhail Kryzhanovsky

    a former KGB spy and CIA “Filament”

    prof777prof@yahoo.com

    914-267-5595

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    Shortwave Radiograms

    Shortwave radios have been a tool of the espionage trade for many
    years. Radios can transmit information encoded to be picked up by the
    receiver and then decoded.

    This technique was used throughout World War I, World War II, and the
    Cold War. Like Steganography, radiograms are still being used today.

    According to Popular Mechanics, “Radios can transmit bursts of data
    that can be picked up by another radio set to that frequency. The court
    documents say these encoded signals sound like Morse code transmissions,
    and that the [Russian] spy ring used this method to communicate with
    handlers in Moscow.”

    In this day and age, we always seem to look at technology, and
    gadgets, as being better than some of the old ways. But as recent news
    related to modern Russian spies is released, it seems that the espionage trade has some tried and true techniques that haven’t changed much through the years.

    The techniques were used by the Soviets during the Cold War many
    years ago, but it seems that they have remained long-lasting fixtures in
    Russian Espionage.

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