By Jeffrey T. Richelson
This is the final word inside of historical past of twentieth-century intelligence collecting and covert task. Unrivalled in its scope and as readable as any undercover agent novel, A Century of Spies travels from tsarist Russia and the earliest days of the British mystery provider to the crises and uncertainties of today's post-Cold conflict international, providing an unsurpassed evaluation of the position of contemporary intelligence in everything of the globe. From spies and mystery brokers to the newest high-tech wizardry in signs and imagery surveillance, it offers attention-grabbing, in-depth assurance of significant operations of usa, British, Russian, Israeli, chinese language, German, and French intelligence prone, and lots more and plenty extra. all of the key components of recent intelligence task are right here. a professional whose books have obtained excessive marks from the intelligence and army groups, Jeffrey Richelson covers the an important function of undercover agent know-how from the times of Marconi and the Wright Brothers to today's miraculous array of area Age satellites, airplane, and flooring stations. He offers shiny pictures of spymasters, spies, and defectors--including Sidney Reilly, Herbert Yardley, Kim Philby, James Angleton, Markus Wolf, Reinhard Gehlen, Vitaly Yurchenko, Jonathan Pollard, and so on. Richelson paints a colourful portrait of worldwide struggle I's spies and sabateurs, and illuminates the key maneuvering that helped ensure the result of the warfare on land, at sea, and at the diplomatic entrance; he investigates the large significance of intelligence operations in either the eu and Pacific theaters in global battle II, from the paintings of Allied and Nazi brokers to the "black magic" of U.S. and British code breakers; and he provides us a whole evaluate of intelligence throughout the size of the chilly conflict, from superpower espionage and undercover agent scandals to covert motion and mystery wars. a last bankruptcy probes the still-evolving function of intelligence paintings within the new global of illness and ethnic clash, from the high-tech wonders of the Gulf battle to the excellent involvement of the French executive in business espionage. finished, authoritative, and addictively readable, A Century of Spies is stuffed with new info on quite a few subjects--from the actions of the yankee Black Chamber within the Nineteen Twenties to intelligence assortment throughout the Cuban missile trouble to Soviet intelligence and covert motion operations. it really is a vital quantity for somebody attracted to army heritage, espionage and event, and international affairs.
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In others only important words and phrases were enciphered. 24 Listening to the Russians were operators at the German radio station at Thorn. The chief had put the operators, who had long idle periods, to work eavesdropping on the enemy. 25 The basic Russian objective was first revealed, not by communications intelligence, but by acquisition of a Russian document. An order found on the body of a Russian officer who had been killed in battle on August 20, 1914, spelled out the Russian goals. 26 After a bloody battle with the German I Corps, Rennenkampf 's army was headed toward its rendezvous with Samsonov's troops.
26 Other British networks performed a variety of intelligence and intelligence-related functions. Five networks were engaged in watching aerodromes, reporting on German aircraft, and aiding downed Allied airmen to escape. 27 French Spies French spies also made their contribution to the Allied effort. The activities of agents in Belgium, Holland, and the portions of France under German control were directed by a joint British-French post at Folkestone. 28 One agent, who went by the pseudonym Carlos, was an Alsatian mobilized with the German army in 1914.
19 Train Watchers The beginning of the war threw the intelligence establishments of the major combatants into high gear. For Britain the Foreign Section, the Naval Intelligence Division, and the British Expeditionary Force all operated intelligence networks. Running agents in German-occupied France and Belgium was the responsibility of a Foreign Section network controlled by Cecil Aylmer Cameron, code-named EVELYN, from the Folkestone intelligence station in southern England. 20 22 1900-1939 The White Lady Intelligence Network, November 1918.