The Stasi Records Agency was the first institution established worldwide to make secret police files publicly accessible. This experiment was realized because the "freedom for my file" demands made during the Peaceful Revolution were heard and respected by the political leaders.
The following year Morris joined the American army. But the couple had both been working for Soviet intelligence since 1938, running a seven-man spy ring. Lona recalls on the uncut film how this ring identified secret Nazis supporters in the United States, stole weapon parts from American arms factories, succeeded in recruiting an agent (never identified) in the Office of Strategic Services and worked with Abel for ten months in 1948. But their most valuable service for Moscow was to do with the Soviet atomic spy. Lona Cohen, then only 27, made several trips to New Mexico to collect material from someone working at Los Alamos and then brought the material to her KGB controller, Anatoly Yatskov, in New York. Yatskov said in 1991 that the material was a detailed description and drawing of the world's first atomic bomb which had just been dropped on Hiroshima. In the film interview Lona does not identify the spy at Los Alamos who gave her this priceless information.. But in the uncut KGB film, Morris Cohen talks about him at length. However in "Strange Neighbours", all these references were edited out by the Soviet co-producers. Fortunately, I could remember most of them.
On a black screen more text appears, this time in the original Literary Sinitic with a Korean translation: "The son of a traitor cannot be king," though no source is given for this quotation. Then, the audience hears the voice of Hyun Bin as Chŏngjo, speaking the first words the king is recorded in the Veritable Records as having spoken upon his accession to the throne, "I am the son of Prince Sado." We then cut to Chŏngjo doing push-ups and other exercises in the Hall of Respect for Worthies (Chonhyŏn'gak 尊賢閣) while a caption informs us it is twenty hours earlier, 3:00 a.m. He also wears a harness weighted with dirt under his voluminous court robes, while dialogue with his eunuch, the aforementioned Kap-su, establishes that the king must keep these physical strengthening measures secret. For Kim Chi-mi, the camera's lingering shots of Chŏngjo's straining, sweaty body, muscles rippling, are primarily meant to show off star Hyun Bin's post-Marines physique.19 (The Fatal Encounter was Hyun's first film after he completed the two years of military service required of all Korean men, which he chose to complete in the Republic of Korea Marine Corps, generally regarded as the "toughest" branch of the military and open to volunteers only.) But the opening scene also serves a character-building purpose. The sweat and deter-mination of the actor serve as a visual expression of Chŏngjo's dedication to reform. The remarks about the importance of concealing his preparations and the hidden weighted shirt reflect on the difficulties the king faced in acting against his opponents in attempting to building his power base. The weighted shirt serves double symbolic duty, as it also visualizes the burden of his father's death that Chŏngjo has taken on.
Australian Secret Intelligence Service is Looking Online for Prospective James Bonds. Australia's secret service is advertising online for curious workers who can keep their mouth shut. The top secret role pays up to $96,389 and job hunters can expect the grueling recruitment process to take up to a year, according to our sources. Potential intelligence officers will compete against thousands of wannabe spy applicants. But before spy school begins, they'll have to pass intensive psychological tests and be sworn to secrecy. If successful, life is unlikely to be like a James Bond film with fast cars, fast women and shaken martinis - but you may still need a tuxedo. New recruits should also have their passports in order because they could find themselves mingling with foreign powerbrokers or in Afghanistan. [Read more: White/HeraldSun/3March2014] Turkey's Government Tries to Expand Intelligence Agency Powers. The Turkish government is pushing through legislation extending the powers of the country's National Intelligence Agency, or MIT, and increasing the agency's protection from prosecution. The move has drawn widespread condemnation and concern following controversial laws extending government control over the judiciary and the Internet. The Turkish parliament is considering new legislation that will dramatically extend the powers of the MIT. The proposed legislation empowers the MIT to access data, including the bank records of any company or individual. The MIT would also be able to conduct operations against anyone deemed to be a "national security threat." The proposed law has drawn strong criticism from human rights groups and legal advocates. Istar Gozaydin, a law professor at Istanbul's Dogus University, says the legislation would effectively put the agency above the law. "Non-accountability is one the huge problems in this legislation: the MIT becomes somehow omnipotent. Under this legislation, in order to start an investigation against any personnel that claims to be in the context of the intelligence service, the prime minister has to authorize," said Gozaydin. [Read more: Jones/VoiceofAmerica/27March2014]
Did John Steinbeck Spy for the CIA? Google handed over its homepage Thursday to a short, interactive e-book honoring John Steinbeck. The author wrote several American classics, including The Grapes of Wrath, Cannery Row, Of Mice and Men, The Pearl, and Travels With Charley. Mr. Steinbeck achieved great fame within his lifetime, winning the Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize for Literature. But one of his most interesting actions only became public after his death. In 2012, the Central Intelligence Agency released documents indicating that Steinbeck had offered to spy for his country. The author planned a tour of Europe in 1952 and asked the agency if it needed anyone on the ground. At the time, America and the Soviet Union had locked horns in a global cold war. The US needed smart men and women to gain the upper hand, and Gen. Walter Smith, director of the CIA, apparently was eager to recruit the author. [Read more: Gaylord/ChristianScienceMonitor/27February2014] Hotel Watch: In the Thick of It. St. Ermin's Hotel in the heart of central London has a colorful history of espionage tales and much more. After a recent $50 million renovation, this gracious four-star retreat beckons guests with a charming mixture of Victorian grandeur, eclectic design and up-to-date furnishings and amenities. In the heart of St. James's directly across from New Scotland Yard and within walking distance of Parliament Square, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Whitehall, the Royal Parks, shopping and theaters, the hotel is only a few minutes' walk from the St. James's Park underground and Victoria mainline stations. The only London hotel closely associated with the history of espionage, St. Ermin's intriguing past sets it apart from any other. In 1940, Sir Winston Churchill invited an elite group there to establish the SOE (Special Operations Executive) which formulated intelligence operations that helped win World War II (they initially occupied an entire floor). The Caxton Bar was used regularly by SIS, MI5, MI6 and Naval Intelligence Division case officers to meet their agents. The notorious double agent Guy Burgess frequently met his Russian counterpart there to hand over top secret files. Parents travelling with children will appreciate the "Double, Double Rooms" that include two queen-sized beds, an additional sofa bed and two separate bathrooms. Young "007" fans will enjoy the hotel's "Top Secret Briefing Pack" containing codes and tips to help "Budding Bonds" develop their observational and investigative skills. The kit takes them on a London Spy Walk Challenge that ends with their very own shaken-not-stirred non-alcoholic cocktail. [Read more: Chaffee/WashingtonLife/26February2014]
How Was 'El Chapo' Guzm�n Captured? Satellite Phone Was Key. Joaqu�n "El Chapo" Guzm�n was captured thanks to a satellite phone that he used last Monday to call one of his subordinates and ask him for help to escape Culiacan where he was hiding in a tunnel. El Chapo's capture represents the biggest police successes in the last decade, and it had its beginnings in the capture of Daniel Fern�ndez Dom�nguez "El Pelacas", arrested on the 12th of February in Puebla in a joint effort between the CIA and the Mexican Attorney General's office. Dominguez, originally from Monterrey, had spoken with Guzm�n and Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada not long before his arrest. He had 20 different cell phones at the time of his capture: several of them had calls to numbers with a Sinaloa area code. Following some rapid investigation, the CIA determined that among the many numbers in the phone, were the phone numbers for Joel Enrique Sandoval Romero, "El 19", his brothers Apolonio "El 30" and Cristo Omar "El Cristo", Jes�s Andr�s Corrales Aztorga "El Bimbo" and Mario Miguel P�rez Urrea "El Pitaya". With this information, the next day the CIA and Marines entered the municipality of Reforma in Sinaloa, where Joel Sandoval was captured along with his accomplices. The operatives had formed a map of links created with phone data, license plates, restaurants and photographs that the sons of the drug dealers had uploaded to social media. The capture of Sandoval was key as one of the numbers registered in his phone, he assured the operatives, belonged to Chapo himself. The other key piece of information obtained by the DEA this last weekend was that "El Chapo" and his colleague, "El Mayo" Zambada were planning a meeting in Culiacan, although the exact place had not been determined. A number of radio conversations in Culiacan made reference to this meeting, without specifically naming the time and place. [Read more: Lopez/LatinTimes/23February2014] Inside the Army's Spectacular Hidden Treasure Room. Remember that ending scene out of Indiana Jones where the Ark of the Covenant is boxed up and wheeled through an endless government warehouse? Did you know that that place actually exists? It is located 30 minutes outside Washington, D.C., at Fort Belvoir in Virginia. The building itself is very nondescript...but behind a series of highly alarmed doors...and long, cement, camera-laden hallways...is the highly sophisticated, climate-controlled treasure room where the Army keeps its most precious artifacts. [Read more: Johnson/BuzzFeed/20February2014] Meet Mark Mueller, Chief Engineer at Defense Intelligence Agency. The Defense Intelligence Agency may not call to mind images of engineers, but they are an integral part of the agency's innovative culture. Mark Mueller, the chief engineer for the Directorate for Science and Technology's Office of Development and Engineering, talks about his involvement with the Experimental Aircraft Association as a source of personal and professional inspiration. He can remember being passionate about aviation since watching the lunar landings as a child, but followed a behind the scenes path to aviation when less than 20/20 vision kept him from a military cockpit. Mueller views AirVenture, the EAA's annual convention, as an example of impassioned creativity and a source of inspiration for DIA's objective to adopt a more innovative culture. "When we talk about changing our organizational culture to focus more on innovation, there isn't anything more inspiring than going to an event like this where the drive is purely passion," Mueller said. But Mueller doesn't advocate keeping what a person is passionate about separate from their job. Practicing what he preaches, his day job as an engineer and personal passion for aeronautics inform and cultivate each other and the same principle applies whether you're coding software, building airplanes or writing articles. [Read more: DIAPublicAffairs/21February2014] British Spy Who Duped Nazi Sympathisers into Revealing Their Secrets During WWII and Inspired John le Carr�'s Character George Smiley 'Despised Author's Portrayal of Spies'. A Second World War intelligence agent who inspired fictional spy George Smiley 'hated everything' about how author John le Carr� portrayed the secret services, it has been claimed. John Bingham, an MI5 agent, exposed Nazi sympathisers in Britain by convincing them he was a German double agent. After gaining the trust of undercover fascists, he convinced them to reveal secrets which were fed back to the intelligence services. Mr. le Carr�, whose works include The Spy Who Came In From The Cold and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, revealed in 1999 that Smiley was inspired by Bingham, who had been his boss at MI5. George Smiley features in eight of le Carr�'s novels and was played by Gary Oldman in the 2011 film adaptation of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. The true extent of Mr. Bingham's espionage was revealed just days ago when the National Archives declassified a cache of documents 25 years after his death. [Read more: Corcoran/DailyMail/4March2014] 1e1e36bf2d