The Dark Game: True Spy Stories from Invisible Ink to CIA Moles

By Paul B. Janeczko

From clothesline codes to surveillance satellites and cyber espionage, Paul B. Janeczko uncovers centuries’ worthy of precise secret agent tales in U.S. history.

Ever given that George Washington used them to aid topple the British, spies and their networks have helped and damage the US at key moments in background. during this interesting assortment, Paul B. Janeczko probes such tales as that of Elizabeth Van Lew, an aristocrat whose hatred of slavery drove her to be essentially the most profitable spies within the Civil warfare; the "Choctaw code talkers," local americans who have been instrumental in sending mystery messages in the course of global battle I; the dazzling engineering at the back of a chilly conflict tunnel into East Berlin to faucet Soviet telephones (only to be compromised by means of a Soviet mole); and plenty of extra recognized and less-known examples. colourful personalities, bold missions, the feats of the unswerving, and the wear and tear of traitors are interspersed with a glance on the technological advances that proceed to alter the principles of amassing intelligence.

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These enthusiastic about the interview got here away feeling uneasy approximately Ames. they found that numerous conferences among Ames and Chuvakhin went unreported to his supervisors, a contravention of CIA ideas. With this new little bit of info, the investigators made up our minds it was once time to accentuate their scrutiny of Ames. As they did, the facts piled up, in particular bearing on his wealth. however the actual step forward got here whilst Sandy Grimes, an skilled officer within the Soviet department of the CIA, in comparison the dates of the conferences among Ames and Chuvakhin with the dates of his huge financial institution deposits. She came upon that Ames made a lot of his money deposits correct after conferences together with his handler. subsequent they found Ames’s Swiss financial institution money owed. through October 1992 the joint unit was once convinced that Rick Ames used to be a Soviet mole. They gave him a code identify: Nightmover. The FBI all started a better research of Ames, beginning digital surveillance of his domestic and place of work. They put in a monitoring gadget on his vehicle. once they searched his workplace at Langley, they found a hundred and forty four files that weren't on the topic of his CIA assignments. In June the FBI tapped the telephones in Ames’s apartment. months later they determined to release a “trash hide” of the house. They didn’t desire a seek warrant to look his rubbish since it used to be outdoors the house and regarded reasonable video game. The plan known as for a CIA van to cruise slowly via the Ames’s residence in the dead of night of evening, whereas brokers dragged his trash can into the van and fast changed it with an analogous can. even though a few of the brokers have been nervous that Ames can have sensed that the research was once concentrating on him, the Bureau conducted its operation. It paid instant dividends after they came across a crumpled sticky observe. in accordance with an FBI “translation,” this message, which was resolute to be in Ames’s handwriting, acknowledged that Ames used to be able to meet his handler in Bogotá, Colombia, on October 1. He will be away on CIA company on September thirteen to 19, so he wouldn't manage to choose up any messages. He requested the KGB to go away a sign at North (a cellphone pole) or to go away a message on the useless drop Pipe if the assembly was once canceled. The damning facts during this word was once sufficient to permit the FBI to maneuver to the subsequent point of surveillance. while Ames and his relations left for a family members holiday on October nine, 1993, the FBI moved into the house and carried out a radical seek. As one agent stated, “The most sensible stuff we acquired was once from the harddrive of his laptop. ” All pertinent details used to be downloaded and copied to floppy disks. even though the telephones in the home were tapped for the reason that midsummer, the FBI now planted listening units through the condominium. In a number of hours, the FBI crew was once long past. With Ames’s telephones tapped and his apartment bugged, there has been little he or his kin might say or do this may get away discover via the FBI. The proof opposed to Ames grew. nonetheless, the FBI was hoping for extra and saved Ames lower than consistent actual surveillance. despite the fact that, in early 1994, the FBI acquired notice that the CIA was once sending Ames to Moscow to take part in a convention on drug trafficking.

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