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Tag: Cold War

FBI Spies on Russian Intelligence by Bugging Binders with Listening Devices

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI resorted to Cold War spy tactics to eavesdrop on Russian intelligence agents in New York City, planting listening devices into binders full of “confidential” information, according to court documents revealed this week.

The covert action came to light in court filings in the trial of Evgeny Buryakov, who is accused of posing as a Russian bank employee. Federal prosecutors said Buryakov was really working for the Russian foreign intelligence agency, SVR, CNN reports. 

According to court documents, Buryakov thought he was meeting with an energy company analyst in 2012, but he actually was communicating with an undercover FBI agent.

The agent supplied the bugged binders to Buryakov in 2013, allowing the FBI to eavesdrop on hours of conversations among Russian intelligence.

The recordings “make clear” that the men “were operating as SVR officers by receiving taskings from Moscow, gathering responsive information and sending it back to SVR headquarters,” the court documents say.

FBI Believed Science Fiction Writer Ray Bradbury Was a Pinko Boogeyman

Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI was convinced during the Cold War that some science fiction writers were bent on crippling America and creating communist sympathizers by frightening readers with futuristic stories.

MuckRock received FBI files that show the bureau was obsessed with science-fiction writer Ray Bradbury, who was accused of being a member of the Communist Party.

“The general aim of these science fiction writers is to frighten the people into a state of paralysis or psychological incompetence bordering on hysteria,” the FBI wrote.

Bradbury was pursued by informants during readings and other gatherings.

To read the full report, click here. 

FBI Trained Alaskan Residents to Become Informants to FBI in Event of Invasion

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Fearing the Soviet Union was planning to attack Alaska in the 1950s, the FBI trained Alaskan residents so become informant behind enemy lines, according to declassified documents, reports RT.com.

The initiative did not include women or native people, like the Native Americans.

At the time, the FBI feared that the Soviet would invade by plane and or drop paratroopers on more populated areas in Alaska.

The initiative to train citizens to provide intelligence was a highly classified project, code-named “Washtub.”

The FBI didn’t trust the native population .

“Eskimo, Indian and Aleut groups in the Territory should be avoided in view of their propensities to drink to excess and their fundamental indifference to constituted governments and political philosophies. It is pointed out that their prime concern is with survival and their allegiance would easily shift to any power in control,” insisted the founders of the program.

 

Restaurant at Sochi Olympics Bans FBI, CIA Agents in Anger Over Cold War

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Not everyone is welcoming of U.S. law enforcement authorities.

At the Sochi Olympics, a restaurant billboard indicated, “We do not serve FBI and CIA agents,” Ground Report writes.

Associated Press photographer Jae C. Hong spotted the wooden billboard outside an eatery in Sochi.

Another sign read, “We remember the Cold War.”

The CIA’s primary mission was the Soviet Union during the Cold War, Ground Report wrote.

British Intelligence Assisted FBI in Tracking Charlie Chaplin

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

MI5, the British intelligence agency, cooperated with J Edgar Hoover’s FBI in tracking the actor Charlie Chaplin in the 1950s for alleged communist sympathies, reports the Guardian.

Describing Chaplin as “Hollywood’s parlour Bolsheviks,” the FBI asked MI5 for cooperation in having him banned from the US. MI5 put together “extensive personal files” on the actor, files which are now being released publicly, according to the Guardian.

“Chaplin has given funds to communist front organisations … He has been involved in paternity and abortion cases,” a Washington-based MI5 liaison warned in October of 1952.

“There is a great deal of good in communism. We can use the good and segregate the bad,” Chaplin had told an American Soviet group in Los Angeles in, according to the files.

Eventually, MI5 found no evidence of Chaplin being a threat.

“We have no trace in our records of this man, nor are we satisfied that there are any reliable grounds for regarding him as a security risk,” Sir Percy Sillitoe, then head of MI5, told the chief police commissioner in South Africa, where Chaplin was planning a visit,according to the paper.

To read more click here.

FBI Arrests 10 Suspected Russian Spies

spy graphicBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Who says the Cold War is over?

The FBI said Monday that it had arrested 10 people for allegedly spying for Russia in the U.S., the Associated Press reported.

The new service said the goal was to penetrate U.S. government policy making circles.

The Associated Press reported that court papers show federal investigators intercepted a message from from Russian intelligence headquarters in Moscow to two of the defendants stating their they were to “search and develop ties in policymaking circles in US” and send intelligence reports.

One intercepted message showed the defendants focusing on turnover at the top echelon of the CIA and the 2008 presidential election.

To read more of the AP report click here.