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Old 29 October 2018, 09:05
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Yeah, that was embarrassing. I still regret not going to Tony's disguise class when I had the chance though. He probably cried when he saw that wig.

Did you miss the part about me saying "that same time frame"? I'm talking 1970's-1980's Moscow Rules time frame.
It would still be pretty embarrassing.


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In the mid-1970s, Congressional oversight of the CIA increased, and headquarters scrutiny of CIA stations increased as well. This was especially so in Moscow, where a possible leak had been discovered. As a result, years elapsed during which the Moscow station was essentially shut down. When activities resumed, the station and case officers were tightly managed from Washington, D.C. Good leads were sometimes turned away for fear of being a Soviet plot. As Hoffman wrote, “Running a spy was undertaken with the concentration and attention to detail of a moon shot.”
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As recounted by The Billion Dollar Spy, one CIA officer new to the Soviet station was amused to sometimes reach for his coat only to find it had vanished. (Later, it would mysteriously return, now likely bugged by the KGB.) His apartment was bugged and his lines were tapped. Once, he used an unsecure line to set up dinner at a restaurant with friends. While driving to the restaurant, he figured out that the cars behind him and in front of him were KGB surveillance. At some point in the drive, he and his wife got lost, so they decided to just follow the KGB to see what would happen. The KGB took him straight to the restaurant.
From: http://mentalfloss.com/article/64872/11-things-you-didnt-know-about-cia-operations-soviet-union
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Old 29 October 2018, 14:35
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I would love to see them flip the coin and do a show about our people in Moscow in that same time frame.
I'd like to see them do a show about the development of Acoustic Kitty.

It would be a comedy, of course.
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Old 30 October 2018, 08:02
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All these posts remind me of the Nelson Demille novel, Charm School ...If I remember correctly, it describes a Soviet espionage school where Soviet spies learn to act like Americans and blend into American society.

I remember the contrast of the Soviets trying to act American while still in a more strictly structured Soviet society....

If I have the right novel, that needs to be a good movie or series...... Off to work on my Netflix pitch for a 6 part series...
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Old 30 October 2018, 10:54
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Great book.
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Old 30 October 2018, 11:59
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Like the kid from Colgate who got rolled up at a wireless dead drop, had his weave stolen and cried on tv?

Hard pass. Thanks.
I remember one of my instructors from over there, when asked about it (I was going through a course when it happened), saying "I don't know if that shit was planted on him after arrest to make us look like idiots, but I sure hope it was, because we sure as shit never taught anyone to do that at the course."

I really hope the FSB put all of that (money, knife, compass, maps, wig, etc.) on him, as it looked like a bag filled with what a 20 year old who reads spy books thinks a spy should have.
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Old 30 October 2018, 12:05
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Like the kid from Colgate who got rolled up at a wireless dead drop, had his weave stolen and cried on tv?

Hard pass. Thanks.
Ok, I have to ask, what happened?
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Old 30 October 2018, 15:59
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Ok, I have to ask, what happened?
https://newrepublic.com/article/113216/ryan-fogle-cia-spy-arrested-goofy-blond-wig
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Old 30 October 2018, 17:20
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I would love to see them flip the coin and do a show about our people in Moscow in that same time frame.
Yup, Marti P and folks like her. That would be very cool
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Old 30 October 2018, 17:49
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https://newrepublic.com/article/113216/ryan-fogle-cia-spy-arrested-goofy-blond-wig
Um, wow...lol
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