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Substrates, or catching live bait Why is it dangerous to sell secrets to someone else's intelligence?

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For spying punishment is always harsh. Only for trying to sell secret information to foreign intelligence, even in democracies, are given large prison sentences. And still, fans are not translated to make money by selling the secret entrusted to them.


The AN reviewer asked for comment on the recent spy scandals of the experienced counterintelligence officer Oleg Samoilovich POPOV.

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This spring military policeman from Alaska William Colton Millay was sentenced to 16 years of imprisonment for transferring secrets of the American army to an FBI agent under cover. The counterintelligence officer presented himself as an experienced “Russian spy”. According to the investigation, the hapless cop pecked at this bait and tried to sell the "Russian diplomat" top-secret information about the F-22 aircraft.

And the question immediately arises:

“Where does a military policeman, in fact, a simple guard, have private information about a military plane?”

Lieutenant Colonel Popov is not surprised by this:

- No wonder they say: that you are guarding, that you have. Milley served on united the base of Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska, which is the largest US base in the Arctic. There is the command of the army and the US Air Force in the Pacific. Surely he had a lot of contact among the pilots, technical staff, and possibly among the staff. Whiskey brings everyone together.

- Military policeman was an alcoholic? - again surprised columnist "AN".

“At least his defense claims that with the help of whiskey, he tried to solve his psychological problems,” the Russian counterintelligence officer opens the American newspaper. - After heavy service in Iraq and South Korea, he was allegedly morally depleted and severely angry with the army and America as a state. So I wanted to make money on treatment. And good psychoanalysts in the United States are very expensive.

“As a result, he did not receive a cent, and he even got such a huge prison term.” For what? He did not kill anyone and did not rob ...

But Oleg Samoilovich did not agree with the journalist:

- Treason and betrayal are always and everywhere considered the most serious crimes. The American military tribunal was going to sentence the traitor to 19 years, but the period was somewhat reduced due to the pre-trial agreement. Millay fully admitted his guilt.

- On what the failed agent of the Russian intelligence was pierced?

Lieutenant Colonel Popov began to translate an article from an American newspaper:

“Judging by the materials of the case, the FBI’s attention Millay drew 2011 in the summer of the year when he sent an e-mail to the Russian media with questions about the armed forces, and called the Russian embassy in the United States several times. The FBI conducted a special operation, during which the agent introduced himself as a Russian intelligence officer and made an appointment to Millau at a restaurant in Anchorage. There he talked about dissatisfaction with the US Army and offered to sell the military secrets he possessed. True, two days later Millay came to his senses and came to the authorities with a confession. He said that "Russian spies" tried to recruit him. But it was too late. This did not impress the FBI, who felt that Millay had thus tried to remove suspicion from himself.

- I heard that our confession is a mitigating circumstance. Is it true that a spy who voluntarily surrendered to the FSB may even be released from prison? - asked the columnist "AN" of the Russian counterintelligence.

“If he didn’t do any serious harm, then of course he did,” answered Oleg Samoilovich. - This rule is spelled out in the law.

"Moles" - the first victims of suspicion

In spy games like bait fishing, sometimes not only naive police, but also professional intelligence officers are caught. Recently convicted in Prague. As established by the investigation, a high-ranking employee of the Czech special services Milan Sh. offered to buy secret information to embassies Russia, Ukraine and the DPRK. Intelligence agents he offered to pass for 800 thousand. kroons, and for full-scale cooperation with foreign intelligence agencies demanded one million crowns and 25 thousand euros.But to deal with the "mole" in the Czech intelligence in foreign embassies, apparently, were afraid. Nobody was interested in his offers, except for local counterintelligence. In the course of the operational combination, the Czech special services revealed a traitor. Recently, without fanfare, he was convicted on eight years of imprisonment.

Podstavta fear in all intelligence agencies of the world. Especially suspected in the double game of the so-called "moles" - traitors in the special services of other countries. For example, few people know that the colonel of our intelligence Oleg Penkovsky three times offered their services to the CIA, and they at first shied away from him like the devil from the incense. Suspected the bases of the KGB. And only in 1961, the "intelligence" was picked up by British intelligence. She later shared valuable loot with the CIA. There he was assigned a pseudonym Hirow (Hero), and in the ICU was designated by the conditional name Yoga.

However, Penkovsky in MI-6 and the CIA had other pseudonyms, and one of them - Young (Young). Intelligence for the purpose of conspiracy often change the nicknames of agents. But often it does not save them from the sad end.

The most famous case of manic suspicion is associated with the head of counterintelligence of the CIA By James Angletonwhich in 60 – 70's of the past century simply obsessed with vigilance and suspected in a double game literally everyone.

And the most famous victim of this maniac was the Soviet defector. Yuri Nosenko. The officer of the Second Central Board of the KGB of the USSR (counterintelligence), the son of the shipbuilding minister, he voluntarily went over to the enemy and expressed a desire to cooperate with the CIA. However, Angleton, suspecting a trick, began to interrogate the defector with passion, and this nightmare lasted as much four years and eight months. Most of this time Nosenko was kept in a concrete basement, stuffed with psychotropic drugs, deprived of food and sleep, in a word, they used purely Gestapo methods. And all for what? To achieve recognition in a dishonest game. As a result, life was mutilated to him, but they did not split the alleged double agent.

By the grace of Gorbachev and Yeltsin

However, sometimes the fate of traitors are not so sad. Lt. Col. Popov told history Vladimir Potashov. There are different versions of his recruitment.

According to one - the Americans recruited him "on the woman." At an international conference in Tallinn, a scientist from the USA and Canada Institute met a pretty American student. The dispute ended in the girl’s room with a banal honey trap.

But Oleg Samoilovich claims that Potashov himself offered his services to the CIA. Vladimir worked as a translator for Harold Brown, the then US Air Force Minister during his visit to Moscow. Potashov liked him so much that the minister sent an invitation to the United States to the young scientist. Brown (by that time, the Minister of Defense of the United States) received a cordially senior researcher in the department of military-political problems of the Institute of the USA and Canada of the USSR Academy of Sciences.

What was the surprise of the head of the US military when Potashov, violating all the norms of the protocol, took Brown by the elbow and whispered in his ear: “Mr. Minister, I ask you to arrange a private meeting with a CIA officer!”

And began intense classes. They envisioned learning Medium (such an operational nickname was assigned to Potashov) methods of encrypting and decrypting messages, applying cryptography, using international postal correspondence, receiving and decrypting coded radio programs.

Medium inflicted losses on the USSR tens of billions of dollars. It was he who promptly notified the Americans about the creation of a new division in the structure of the USSR Ministry of Defense. Space Command. He informed about the reasons for the delay of the launch of the Soviet space shuttle. Issued the CIA a lot of strategic secrets. And for this he constantly asked his curators from Langley for money.

After all, he started immediately five young mistressesdemanding expensive fur coats, gold jewelery, entertainment in the high places of Moscow ...

Greed in the end and killed the fraer spy. From the office of the director of the institute, a CIA agent stole a directory of government communications, naively believing that he would break the fabulous sum for him. But the disappearance of the document, which had the “For official use” stamp, led to the beginning of a thorough investigation. As a result, the Soviet counterintelligence and went to Potashov. And then a setup played its part. On behalf of American intelligence, he was offered to sell the stolen reference book for a high reward. He was taken in the transfer of money directly in the act. Under the influence of irrefutable evidence, the traitor confessed everything.

Despite the fact that Potashov caused great damage to our country, by the highest order Mikhail Gorbachev he was not shot and sentenced only to 13 years of imprisonment. Six years later, in the 1992 year, the former senior researcher Yeltsin released under an amnesty. He immediately received a passport, an American visa and left for the ocean. Now Vladimir Potashov lives in the USA for benefits from the American government as "The person who suffered as a result of cooperation with the CIA."

When trying to recruit please contact

Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation: 101000 Moscow, st. Lubyanka, d. 1 / 3. Phone: (495) 914-43-69, Fax: (495) 975-24-70.

Reception of the Federal Security Service of Russia: 101000 Moscow, st. Kuznetsky Most, d. 22. Phone: (495) 924-31-58.

Helpline FSB of Russia: (495) 914-22-22.

Reference phone FSB of Russia (round the clock): (495) 914-43-69.

FSB Department for Moscow and Moscow Region: 101000 Moscow, B. Kiselny per., D. 13 / 15. Phones: reception (495) 224-27-86, duty (round-the-clock) (495) 925-28-19, public relations division (495) 921-19-36.

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  1. Denis
    Denis 27 May 2013 06: 52 New
    +5
    For espionage punished always severely. Only for trying to sell secret information to foreign intelligence, even in democracies, are they given long prison sentences
    This is if secretly, but if in the open, as if a gesture of goodwill, then nothing. A sad example is the traitor-general Kalugin, so that he ...

    And the Americans, I won’t be like Zadornov, I’ll say strange
    with the help of whiskey he tried to solve his psychological problems
    drank it right and then why did he have all this fun
    good psychoanalysts in the US are very expensive
    And are they trying to put pressure on us?
    clowns, and only
    1. Alexander Romanov
      Alexander Romanov 27 May 2013 07: 15 New
      +2
      Quote: Denis
      clowns, and only

      These clowns managed to get info to which in the country a maximum of 4-5 people had access, no more. I am about the disclosure of our silent in the USA, information on which was transmitted by our employee from the Foreign Intelligence Service.
      1. Ruslan67
        Ruslan67 28 May 2013 05: 24 New
        +2
        Quote: Alexander Romanov
        These clowns managed to get info to which in the country a maximum of 4-5 people had access

        Philby just created the CIA in our pattern bully Do you think they still have secrets from us? wassat
        1. Alexander Romanov
          Alexander Romanov 28 May 2013 05: 38 New
          -2
          Quote: Ruslan67
          Do you think they still have secrets from us?

          Of course there is, so far they have not established the names of the CIA officers who soaked Kennedy. although one option is George W. Bush senior wink
          1. Ruslan67
            Ruslan67 28 May 2013 05: 43 New
            +3
            Quote: Alexander Romanov
            one of George W. Bush's options wink

            Well, it’s unlikely - he’s not like that fool like that muddy drop falling from his cock tongue
            1. Alexander Romanov
              Alexander Romanov 28 May 2013 06: 04 New
              -2
              Quote: Ruslan67
              Well, it’s unlikely - he’s not like that and d and t like that muddy drop that fell from his cock

              I do not see the difference between them winked
              1. Ruslan67
                Ruslan67 28 May 2013 06: 12 New
                +2
                Quote: Alexander Romanov
                I do not see the difference between them

                Dad made a mistake once - when he didn’t put on a condom on time wassat But the son of at least twice: the first time when he did not dry on the sheet And the second when he became the presenter of the United States wassat
    2. Bykov.
      Bykov. 27 May 2013 08: 03 New
      +6
      Quote: Denis
      ... This is if secretly, but if in the open, as if a gesture of goodwill, then nothing. A sad example is the traitor-general Kalugin, to him ...

      калугин конечно цука, это без вариантов, но всё же надо отметить, что решение о передачи информации о "прослушки" в америкоском посольстве принимал не он, а тогдашнее руководство нашей страны. То есть, масштаб бл....ва, куда как больше чем эта лобковая вошь-калугин.
      1. vladimirZ
        vladimirZ 27 May 2013 14: 06 New
        +5
        In modern Russia, treason is practically not punished, and in some cases awarded, as in the case of Judas Gorbachev. Hence the numerous betrayal for the green loot of everyone and everything.
    3. valokordin
      valokordin 27 May 2013 09: 38 New
      +2
      Quote: Denis
      For espionage punished always severely. Only for trying to sell secret information to foreign intelligence, even in democracies, are they given long prison sentences
      This is if secretly, but if in the open, as if a gesture of goodwill, then nothing. A sad example is the traitor-general Kalugin, so that he ...

      And the Americans, I won’t be like Zadornov, I’ll say strange
      with the help of whiskey he tried to solve his psychological problems
      drank it right and then why did he have all this fun
      good psychoanalysts in the US are very expensive
      And are they trying to put pressure on us?
      clowns, and only

      Well, here are repressions, repressions, how many scum there is in Russia. Ex, there is no Joseph Vissarionovich and Lavrenty Pavlovich on them.
  2. treskoed
    treskoed 27 May 2013 06: 57 New
    +4
    Treason and betrayal are always and everywhere considered the most serious crimes.

    Holders of state secrets and military secrets should be banned from private meetings with foreigners and private trips abroad
    1. Alexander Romanov
      Alexander Romanov 27 May 2013 07: 18 New
      +2
      Quote: treskoed
      Holders of state secrets and military secrets should be banned from private meetings with foreigners and private trips abroad

      Whom we will forbid, so go differently, many will have access to infe of varying degrees. Poghosyan rides abroad, but the same Mechanic knows a lot
      1. treskoed
        treskoed 27 May 2013 17: 11 New
        +2
        I mean private trips, not business trips
      2. Ruslan67
        Ruslan67 28 May 2013 05: 26 New
        +2
        Quote: Alexander Romanov
        , yes the same Mechanic, knows a lot

        Yes, the mechanic knew a lot more than me on Sunday belay But somewhere for half an hour wassat Bastards am Mavrodi didn't bred me like you good drinks
        1. Alexander Romanov
          Alexander Romanov 28 May 2013 05: 40 New
          -1
          Quote: Ruslan67
          Mavrodi didn't bred me like you

          I'll tell you a secret Mechanic and Mavrodi - one face wassat
          1. Ruslan67
            Ruslan67 28 May 2013 05: 46 New
            +3
            Quote: Alexander Romanov
            Mechanic and Mavrodi - one face

            Continue the Lord? wassat Unforgettable Sunday evening, especially after the cry of Apollo in PM: Everything is gone! Mechanic two-faced anus! Urgently on Skype! wassat fool drinks
            1. Alexander Romanov
              Alexander Romanov 28 May 2013 06: 06 New
              0
              Quote: Ruslan67
              : Everything is lost ! Mechanic two-faced anus! Urgently on Skype!

              Apollo had a night of love, now he crawled to skype, maneuvering between bottles of champagne laughing
              1. Ruslan67
                Ruslan67 28 May 2013 06: 09 New
                +3
                Quote: Alexander Romanov
                crawled, maneuvering between bottles of champagne laughing

                I understand him good More champagne bottles - easier to navigate wassat
  3. Denis
    Denis 27 May 2013 06: 59 New
    +1
    Despite the fact that Potashov inflicted huge damage on our country, at the highest command of Mikhail Gorbachev he was not shot, but sentenced only to 13 years of imprisonment. Six years later, in 1992, Yeltsin already released a former senior researcher under an amnesty
    Did you feel sorry for these?
  4. Alexander Romanov
    Alexander Romanov 27 May 2013 07: 11 New
    +4
    Secrecy is a difficult thing, and where is it possible to steal one thing. The very protection of documents depends on the level of secrecy, and it’s not enough to get a stamp document (fresh). The documents themselves are nothing at all. Any documents that make up the state secret are first encrypted, then the encryption goes to the cryptographer, who sends it to the tape, receiving it and decrypting it, there will only be numbers. The key to any document is needed. Those documents that are sent by couriers are also not so simple receive and they are 99% encoded, exceptions are exemplary documents, but it is transferred from hand to hand under signature.
    In order for some kind of left guard to receive documents on Ф 22, there should be either complete assiduity or a big bribe. Now the computers are on, but in order to download the file from there, they also have access codes. Even in the CIA itself, their own employees will not be able to get info on f 22, any employee, if there is no reason to receive this or that info, will not receive it, even having the highest access code to the info.
    Either greed and self-interest of a narrow and very narrow circle with access to the base or recruitment according to ideology work, although at the worst, banal blackmail will work.
  5. basal
    basal 27 May 2013 07: 17 New
    +2
    What was the surprise of the head of the US military when Potashov, violating all the norms of the protocol, took Brown by the elbow and whispered in his ear: “Mr. Minister, I ask you to arrange a private meeting with a CIA officer!”

    How did you find out? Did Brown work for the KGB? bully
  6. Bykov.
    Bykov. 27 May 2013 07: 56 New
    +4
    ... - Where did the military policeman, who was, in fact, a simple security guard, have private data on a military aircraft? ...

    Не иначе документы продал ему другой "русский шпион".
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  9. neri73-r
    neri73-r 27 May 2013 09: 36 New
    +5
    and sentenced only to 13 years in prison. Six years later, in 1992, Yeltsin already released a former senior researcher under an amnesty.


    I hope that he left the zone with a scallop, although in life he walked with a scallop since birth!
  10. IRBIS
    IRBIS 27 May 2013 09: 51 New
    +5
    С приходом в Россию "дикого" капитализма для иностранных разведок открылся "клондайк" тех, кто не прочь сдать что-нибудь за деньги. Информация сдавалась (да и сейчас сдается) на таком уровне, что разведки даже не опускаются до вербовки простых чинов. И сдается она в таких объемах, что простым служакам и не снилось. Ситуация медленно исправляется, но лично я не уверен, что обсуждающие государственные тайны депутаты разных мастей не предоставляют копии материалов заседаний неким "кураторам".
  11. smershspy
    smershspy 27 May 2013 09: 51 New
    +5
    Lord! A narrow circle of secrets has secret access to the information, persons who have access to this information are checked so that it simply is not possible to access it - the department of personal security will organize secret monitoring of these persons! If the management is also interested, then it itself develops a person who is interested - allowing him into the circle and conducting a number of operational activities and holding him back - 16 - 25 years in prison! Honor and glory to counterintelligence!
    1. Alexander Romanov
      Alexander Romanov 27 May 2013 10: 02 New
      +2
      Quote: smershspy
      - the department of their own security organize secret monitoring of these persons

      Reading this, a reasonable question arises - who and how organized tacit control over the SVR officer and his relatives who had previously moved to the United States. This clown had access to the holy of holies and how did it end?
      And we have enough of these people, they only appear before the court, after they inflict and often severe damage. It happens that they don’t bear it at all, but simply dump them out of the country. Removing a piece of paper is not difficult and no one will search .And given our sloppiness, I can say that I will not even notice the loss of one hearty brashurka or photo. We cut the sausage on such documents, there were simply no other papers at hand laughing
      1. smershspy
        smershspy 28 May 2013 15: 42 New
        +4
        Уважаемый Александр Романов! Может тогда и резали некоторые "случайные" lol люди колбасу на секретных документах, а некоторые офицеры Родине служили! Жаль, что руководство не посадило "СЛУЧАЙНЫХ ЛЮДЕЙ" в тюрьму, которые пришли не Родине служить, а деньги загребать и криминалу "помогать"! "Служили" разгильдяи - гнать их надо!
        У меня есть живой пример человека, который служил: "По Долгу Чести и Призванию"!

        PS I can say that many failures were planned and approved by the leadership of the SVR of the FSB, the KGB, etc. Yes, of course, there is an exception to the rules in each structure!
        PS I want to note that now they no longer search - it’s as old as the world! There are other methods - ways! I have the honor!
        1. Alexander Romanov
          Alexander Romanov 28 May 2013 15: 54 New
          -3
          Quote: smershspy
          Может тогда и резали некоторые "случайные"

          Excuse me, where did you serve?
          Quote: smershspy
          Жаль, что руководство не посадило "СЛУЧАЙНЫХ ЛЮДЕЙ" в тюрьму,

          Leadership was Rear Admiral at the time, who would put him laughing for which sausage was cut wink
          Quote: smershspy
          Служили" разгильдяи - гнать их надо!

          To disperse the whole headquarters, and who will command?
          Quote: smershspy
          . I can say that many failures were planned and approved by the leadership of the SVR of the FSB, the KGB, etc.

          It’s you about the failure of our illegal intelligence agents in the USA, well, you would be more careful when cornering. As I understand it, it’s not about the secret, and especially not about the special services.
          Quote: smershspy
          PS I want to note that now they no longer search - it’s as old as the world!

          In my time, there were no other ways, and by the way, if some were searched the old fashioned way, there would be more sense in some cases.
          1. Danash I
            Danash I 28 May 2013 18: 53 New
            -4
            by the way in the subject. I personally found a papyrus in the garbage as a cadet. With such eyes I told my own. in the morning, early in the morning I had a conversation with the curator. we simply and tastefully explained to the stupid what was happening. I’m not ashamed only because then everything changed. and to whom conscience is not a friend, what is the use of conversations, conversations. Vaska listens, but eats. There is one conversation and no longer than an echo from a shot. painting in the magazine today helps, fact. as soon as sometimes (!) the pioneers crawl, with very honest eyes, I won’t take it into my mind. filter it, it’s all the same. viruses, bitter.
            1. Glover
              Glover 8 July 2013 14: 06 New
              0
              Bitterly? Have a drink! It will be easier! Do not delve into garbage dumps in search of what can be sold - you have to serve the Motherland! Well you are FUNNY! laughing
          2. agrindler
            agrindler 5 June 2013 14: 41 New
            +3
            Alexander! am Может не стоило молчать в трубочку про "некоторых", а стоило сдавать этих людей куда следовало - толку бы было больше! А так армия только пострадала от таких молчунов и приспособленцев, которые терпели адмиралов и генералов! ПОЗОР! Хватит позорить офицеров! am
          3. albanech
            albanech 10 June 2013 17: 03 New
            +2
            "Уважаемый" Александр Романов! am Я смотрю вы не служили и отношение к секретке не имеете и не знаете, что иногда наши "сдают" и своих! Разведка - это тонкая игра! Выживает только истинный профессионал! am
  12. Galinanp
    Galinanp 27 May 2013 17: 32 New
    +2
    There is no clear line between intelligence and counterintelligence. Who knows what game is played in any particular case. With obvious traitors: Penkovsky, Kalugin, Suvorov and so on. all clear. But with others, not everything is so simple. This applies to both our and the opposite side.
  13. albanech
    albanech 10 June 2013 17: 04 New
    0
    Special thanks to the author! Good article!
  14. Glover
    Glover 8 July 2013 14: 03 New
    +1
    They say a lot: blah, blah, blah ... I must say that, as the special services planned, they got it! There are few specials I watch! Yeah!
  15. albanech
    albanech 13 August 2013 17: 31 New
    0
    Quote: Glover
    They say a lot: blah, blah, blah ... I must say that, as the special services planned, they got it! There are few specials I watch! Yeah!


    I look, you are doing pretty well! One blah blah blah ...! You are funny!