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April 1, 1964
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FOIAb3 Sanitized - Approved For Release : CORONET APRIL 1961. Sdcutas CPYRGHT CPYRGHT Probably the strangest detective agency in the world is DOFO by Emile C. Schurmacher The recent publicity surrounding a Washington scandal has revealed very little about the most hush-hush organization in America. Known as DOFO, the Division of Foreign Operations, this agency became in- The "tourist" was a counterespion- age agent working for DOFO, the Division of Foreign Operations, Office of Security, U.S. State Depart- ment. He was one of about 30 ex- perts who constantly check our em- bassies and the homes of U.S. diplo- Otto F. Otepka,. chief security eval- matic personnel at 94 U.S. foreign uations ofcer, was. dismissed from service posts in 86 countries through- his post for giving secret informa_ out the world. His job was to guare tion to a Senate. subcommittee. It is not the controversy between Mr. Otepka and his superior, John F. e eilly, deputy assistant secretary of state for security, that this article is concerned with, but the fantastic cloak and dagger aspects of DOFO, probably . the strangest detective agency in the world. against eavesdropping by espionage agents and spies. The U.S. military attache received the agent hospitably and conducted him to the living room. The family pet poodle was curled up napping on the floor. When they began to talk the poodle suddenly woke up, howl- ing and whining as though in pain. "Curious about our dog," the mili- OT LONG AGO the U.S. mili- tary attache remarked. "She's been Ntary attache of one of our most,-behaving like that lately. There sensitive embassies in Europe was . doesn't seem to be anything wrong visited at his home by an American physically. You'd think she actually who looked like a tourist, with a resented conversation." camera suspended from his neck and The agent suddenly began to study a leather camera bag slung over his the poodle with more than casual in- shoulder. terest. He watched as the dog ran to Instead of filters, exposure meter a corner of the room, whining and and similar accessories usually car- growling at some invisible enemy. ried by amateur. photographers, the The agent held up a warning hand. bag contained several compact and Let's try a little' experiment," he ingenious electronic detection de- said. "For the next 30 seconds vices.. neither of us will speak." Two of these were of special use- The two men lapsed into silence fulness: a small gadget somewhat So did the. dog. She relaxed. like a miniature mine detector could Half a minute went by. Then 'th locate a microphone hidden in a agent said: "I think this room i wall; and a radio frequency probe bugged." could indicate the presence of a con- At the sound of his words the cealed tiny transmitter. poodle again began to howl. "And now," the agent added wit conviction, "I'm absolutely sure of it!" He crossed the room to where the poodle stood and looked closely at the parquet floor. It showed signs of recent tampering. Methodically, he removed the squares of parquet. Under one of them, near the corner of the room, a tiny FM radio trans- mitter was cleverly concealed in the hollowed-out sub-flooring. No bigger than a lump of sugar, and wired to a battery the size of a match box, it was capable of broad- casting normal conversation as far as a block away! The military attache was staring at the ingenious device, his face a study in mixed incredulity and indigna-. tioti. "Is this why my dog has been carrying on so strangely?" "That's right," the agent ex- plained. "Whoever concealed the transmitter here doesn't expect to return to replace the battery. There- fore, to conserve the life of the bat- tery, the transmitter is only activated by the sound of voices. The sending signal is too high pitched for the. human ear to hear, but like those silent dog whistles, it's disturbing, if not painful, to your pet." But for the agent's visit, important diplomatic secrets discussed in the supposed privacy of the U.S. military attache's home would have continued to be overheard by Communist es- pionage agents stationed in a room somewhere within a block radius of the house. "The Case of the Howling Dog" is unusual in that the counterespionage agent detected the eavesdropping de vice without using his anti-eaves- dropping apparatus. "We rely heavily on scientific techniques," declared a State De- partment spokesman. "Rapidly ad- vancing technology has been a great help to us in detecting eavesdropping operations in our posts abroad-es- pecially behind the Iron Curtain. "Our Office of Security has ex- panded its technical security opera- tions to combat this threat to the privacy of our embassy offices and official residences." This expansion is shown in the State Department's appropriation for anti-eavesdropping devices. Three Sanitized - Approved For Release : CIA-R 75-00149 R000600040057-3 FOIAb3b Sanitized - Approved For Release : CIA-RDP75-00149R000600040057-3