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Agency PageSoviet Use of Assassination and Kidnapping
Soviet Use of Assassination and Kidnapping. It has long been known that the Soviet state security service (currently the KGB) resorts to abduction and murder to combat what are considered to be actual or potential threats to the Soviet regime. These techniques, frequently designated as "executive action"** and known within the KGB as "liquid affairs" (Mokryye Dela), can be and are employed abroad as well as within the borders of the USSR. They have been used against Soviet citizens, Soviet emigres, and even foreign nationals. A list of those who have fallen victim to such action over the years would be a very long one and would include even the co-founder of the Soviet state, Leon Trotsky. Several wellknown Soviet assassination operations which have occurred since the rise of Khrushchev attest to the fact that the present leadership of the USSR still employs this method of dealing with its enemies...
Agency PageEstimating Soviet Gold Production
Estimating Soviet Gold Production, Richard Flynn. The USSR has long maintained a veil of strict, unbroken secrecy on domestic production of gold. The State Secrets Decree of 1947, amended in 1958, forbids disclosure of data on the quantity of gold produced, plan goals, production capacity of plants, and the size of gold deposits. To help ensure a reticent attitude among knowledgeable Soviet officials, the State Secrets Decree carries harsh criminal sanctions for violation of its provisions...
Agency PageThe Ultra Secret by F.W. Winterbotham. Book review by Louis W. Tordella
THE ULTRA SECRET by F.W. Winterbothamn, CBE. (Harper & Row, New York, 1914) review by Louis W. Tordella. We now have available a book purporting to reveal facts about British communications intelligence successes in World War II. Same passing references are made to U.S. work in this field. If such a revelation about Allied crvptanalytic successes in yy-'W II was inevitable, it can be debated whether a professional COMINT officer would want it made by a person who knew absolutely nothing of any technical aspects of the subject (certainly true of RAF Group Captain F. W. Winterbotham) or by one possessing at least the most elementary technical knowledge. In the first instance, a Winterbotham can reveal the fact of analytic operations against the German ENIGMA while hopelessly confusing the extent of the success and the fact that other types of machines and hand systems were also involved. A person with any technical background could never have made the word ULTRA synonymous with ENIGMA decrypts. ULTRA simply was an UK/US agreed word to designate decrypts resulting from decrypts. work against any targeted high-level system...