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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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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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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