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Operation Gold

A tunnel and a media circus

One of the major parts of spying is intercepting and collecting communications from hostile nations. In the early 1950s, Berlin was probably the best places in Europe for the West to try to intercept communications by the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc countries. It was the largest city on the continent and communication lines from Western France to Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union were routed through Berlin. It became even more important in 1951, when the Soviets began switching their secure communications from wireless to encrypted land lines, especially all of their military traffic.

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User Input: Crossing Into Legend

No spies here. We're not spies. Spies? Not us. No way!

As a rule of thumb, the military and intelligence organizations around the world will use operational names as a method to obscure the nature of their missions for any unauthorized listeners. These names, as it turns out, also result in a significant […]

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User Input: Fictional Espionage

In the UK, they made a series of James Bond stamps, featuring the novel covers. Expect the Americans to do the same thing with the Twilight novels.

We decided to run with Spy vs. Spy Week this week specifically because there have been a few things gathering dust on the tips line that […]

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User Input: Espionage In The Real World

As an added bonus, it'll keep you dry if it rains!

If you’re ever looking for a great way to lose an afternoon, there are few ways better than to sit down and read through Wikipedia’s series of articles on Cold War Espionage. Of particular interest to me were the various sections on […]