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FOIAb3bs b3b ace 196+ n hr. onviction, "I'm absolutely sure of He crossed the room to where the boodle stood and looked closely at CPYRGHT. State APRIL Department * Sleuths Probably the strangest detective agency in the world is DOFO CPYRGHT by Emile C. Schurmacher The recent publicity surrounding ` The "tourist" was a coun eresp - a Washington scandal has revealed age agent working for DOFO, the very little about the most hush-hush Division of Foreign Operations, S. State Depart- U of Security Off . , ice organization in America. Known as rrtent. He was one of about 30 ex- DOFO, the Division of Foreign ports who constantly check our em- Operatio~ts, this agency became in- bassies and the homes of U.S. diplo- volved in recent headlines when matic personnel at 94 U.S. foreign Otto F. Otepka,, chief security oval- service posts in 86 countries through- his officer, was. dismissed from his post for -giving secret inforrna- out the world. His job was to guaru ionage es b i d lion to a Senate subcommittee, it is not the controversy between Mr Otepka and his superior, John F. Reilly, 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. .f OT LONG AGO the U.S. mili- tary attache of one of our most. sensitive embassies in Europe was visited at his home by an American who looked like a tourist, with a camera suspended from his neck and a leather camera bag slung'over his shoulder. Instead of filters, exposure meter and similar accessories usually car- held upa a warning hand. ried by amateur. photographers, the ' The agent "Let's try a little r gt," he bag contained several compact and said. "For the next 30 seconds vices. ingenious electronic detection de- 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. Half a minute went by. Then 'the like a miniature mine detector could agent said: "I think this room is locate a microphone hidden in a bu ed." wall; and a radio frequency probe At the sound of his words the could indicate the presence of a con- poodle again ain began to howl. cealed tiny transmitter. - Ariproved For Release ? CIA-RD p y ng ropp against eaves 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- tary attache remarked. "She's been behaving like that lately. There doesn't seem to be anything wrong physically. You'd think she actually resented conversation." The agent suddenly began to study the poodle with more than casual in- terest. He watched as the dog ran to a corner of the room, whining and 'A d For ele he parquet floor. It showed signs of emovcd the squares of parquet. ecent tampering. Methodically, he Jndcr one of them, near the corner f the room, a tiny FM radio trans- nitter was cleverly concealed in the ollowed-out sub-flooring. No bigger than a lump of sugar, tad wired to a battery the size of a itch box, it was capable of broad- acting normal conversation as far as block away! The military attache was staring at he ingenious device, his face a study n mixed incredulity and indigna "Is this why my dog has been arrying on so strangely?" "That's right," the agent ex- ransmitter here doesn't expect to eturn to replace the battery. There- ore, to conserve the life of the bat- :cry, the transmitter is only activated y the sound of voices. The sending ignal is too high pitched for the. human car to hear, but like those ilent dog whistles, it's disturbing, if of painful, to your pet." But for the agent's visit, important iplomatic secrets discussed in the upposed privacy of the U.S. military o be overheard by Communist es- ionage agents stationed in a room khe house. nusual in that the counterespionage gent detected the-eavesdropping de- ice without using his anti-caves- ropping apparatus. "We rely heavily on 'scientific techniques," declared a State De- partment spokesman. "Rapidly ad- lancing 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 This expansion is shown in the State Department's appropriation for . anti-eavesdropping devices. Three b75-00149R00066O4 3-1 -RDP75-00149R000600040059-1 FOIAb3b Sanitized - Approved For Release : CIA-RDP75-00149R000600040059-1