The Dezinformatsia Affair - Episode 1

We shall begin this series of inquiries, a romp actually, into this peculiar Russian export with a brief look at Russian generated disinformation in Russia itself, and its immediate neighbors. Unfortunately yes, Russia is at war with the West. But as you probably know, this war is one that is carried out with lies and deceit in front of computers, on social media and suspicious or

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From David to Goliath

In intelligence circles as well as in the popular imagination, Israel's external secret service's reputation for courage, derring-do, genius planning and resounding successes is also well deserved. The Mossad's many achievements are the stuff of legends, unfortunately stealing a bit of the thunder from the Shin Beth, Israel's internal secret service, and other special ops services.

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The чека

the KGB was indeed the direct descendant of the Cheka. The latter, an infamous Russian secret police that meted terror, torture and death upon its own citizens, dates back to the Russian civil war.

In Russia's 1917, you could choose your terror : Red Terror, White Terror... terrors abounded. Here's how it happened.

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SECRETS NOT HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT

Bletchley Park remained the incognito headquarter of Britain's code-breaking effort throughout the Second World War, as seen in the excellent movie The Imitation Game. That was a true secret installation because its real purpose was only known to a few friendly cognoscenti.

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THE MAN WITH THE PERFECT GUN

In his early novels, Ian Fleming gave James Bond a very small .25 caliber Beretta pistol, even though an experienced spook like Fleming should have known better. Then, a friend of his who happened to be an arms expert, pointed out to him that Bond's Beretta, as a self-defence and assassination weapon, was like taking a band-aid to a sucking chest wound festival.

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Why Spy?

First, let's get our facts straight. An intelligence officer is not a spy. A spy is a person who, for whatever reason, works covertly against his own country for the benefit of another country. For example, the CIA's own Robert Hanssen was an intelligence officer until he started to work for the Soviets, at which point he became a spy. Here at Super Spy Me, we tend to refer to them all as spooks.

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