Exploring everything from tradecraft and recruitment to bureaucracy and betrayal, The Great Game contrasts fictional spies created by such authors as John Le Carr? The job had blown up in his face, but he couldn't go back: home was more hostile than abroad. More importantly, there's an extensive backstory to this Al Qaeda operation which once again is silently overlooked, so that there's no possibility of attending to its lesson. By sheer persistence, Clarridge was able to get the ball rolling. In the end you succeed through leadership, for through the development of the agent you have brought yourself into a position of dominance and trust. Third Party: Have someone you trust travel to a less restrictive environment and deliver the information via one of the above methods. Perhaps the reading list from this course would be a better place to start.
After he was confronted with photographs of his sexual dalliance with a female Soviet intelligence officer, Sergeant Lonetree was induced by the Soviet intelligence service to open the vaulted area of the U. What is written in spy novels is to catch reader's eyes but an author can't foresee the real complexity of this business which is not just a job but a web of unforeseen complexities. In the textbook case, recruitment occurs only after the potential spy has been identified as having access to the information being sought, has been assessed as vulnerable to a recruitment approach, and has been cultivated to bring him into a state of mind where he might consider a recruitment pitch without denouncing the recruiter to the authorities. A perfect companion for fans of John le Carré. The Great Game does point out that some recruitment techniques are encountered in both the real world and in fiction. Subsequently, Clarridge prevailed upon Adamski to meet with him alone over a bottle of scotch the mother's milk of spy recruitments, but more on that later , only to discover that the Adamskis had completed their tour in Istanbul and were returning to Poland in several months' time. As long as the Great Game continues, we can expect more fiction and non-fiction books about this calling.
A perfect companion for fans of John le Carr?. Engaging and insightful, The Great Game shines a fascinating light on the veiled history of intelligence. In Eric Ambler's A Coffin for Dimitrios, Karol Bulic, a Serbian employee of the Yugoslav Defense Ministry, is suborned by appealing to his self-conceit, greed, and zest for gambling. In this espionage-for-hire caper, blackmail is the tool chosen to mount the recruitment. I liked it enough to read it isn't a very long book , but not enough to keep it.
He has genuine insight into the inner workings of intelligence bureaucracy. Those are followed by Philby's autobiography, My Silent War, and Graham Greene's Human Factor. Engaging and insightful, The Great Game shines a fascinating light on the veiled history of intelligence. The Soviets could apparently insist to attractive female workers that their bodies belonged to the state and had duties as lures, not the sort of order that western countries could make to their female employees. The notes at the end of the book are extensive, as are the quotations from literature interspersed throughout the book. Excerpts Chapter One One Recruitment To be blunt, leadership is the ability to dominate and get your way.
How far back Al Qaeda goes as an organization I don't know, but surely the point at which its power, presitge and visibility on the world stage received its biggest spike before 911 was during the war in Afghanistan against the Soviet Union, when they and the Taliban fought as allies alongside U. If you are a fan of spy films and fiction, you will appreciate the countless times double agents are integral to their plots, and how often the Americans, say, would dangle rewards to recruit Soviet spies to come over to the other side. Table of Contents Introduction p. It just touches the surface of what could be discussed. Our response will occur via a secure method.
Knopf, 1980 ; and The Honorable Schoolboy New York: Alfred A. Kafka was the great novelist of the spy genre--or maybe Lewis Carroll. In addition to the traditional fee-for-service espionage recruitment, coerced or voluntary, there are some specialized versions. A hit for the avid spy-fiction reader. About the Author: Frederick P. Forgive me if I point out that there are at least three ethical questions raised by the Iran-Contra business that are far more pertinent and central: 1 why was U. The very archetype of a flabby Western liberal.
Adamski asked Clarridge for help in obtaining an abortion. Marine Corps Sergeant Clayton J. In this fascinating analysis, Frederick Hitz, former inspector general of the Central Intelligence Agency, contrasts the writings of well-known authors of spy novels—classic and popular—with real-life espionage cases. Hitz shows that even the most imaginative authors fail to capture the profound human dilemmas raised by real-life cases. But it does, and Hitz has kind words for the many operatives who do their work without becoming turncoats, alcoholics, incompetents, or raving narcissists. Somerset Maugham's Ashenden 1928 to the cold war convolutions of Graham Greene and John le Carre, Hitz concludes that in most instances truth is more surprising and peculiar than fiction.
But is there something in the nature of secret service work that obliges its practitioners to wear blinders in perpetuity? Rudyard Kipling's Kim is perhaps the most well known. Despite several attempts, it took Clarridge more than a year to reestablish contact with his target, and in the event, the telephone call came from Adamski. An American official had to assume that if the Communist official continued to accept invitations, it probably meant that he was an intelligence officer deputed to try to recruit the American. A wonderful insight into this business and a must read for all those who make a picture of second most oldest profession by reading novels and watching bond movies. In real life, the British and American intelligence services have seldom banked on coercive recruitments because such recruitments contravene Anglo-Saxon legal and cultural norms and have been found, by and large, to produce unsatisfactory results. It's probable Al Qaeda would never have grown to an organization capable of the Twin Tower attack without the seminal education of those early fighting years. A cautionary note is worth considering.