Seduced by Secrets: Inside the Stasi's Spy-Tech World by Kristie Macrakis

By Kristie Macrakis

Extra attention-grabbing than fiction, Seduced by means of secrets and techniques takes the reader contained in the actual international of 1 of the simplest and feared undercover agent businesses in historical past. The e-book finds, for the 1st time, the key technical equipment and resources of the Stasi (East German Ministry for country protection) because it stole secrets and techniques from in another country and constructed contraptions at domestic, making use of common, hugely guarded ideas usually utilized by different secret agent and safeguard businesses. Seduced by way of secrets and techniques attracts on mystery records from the Stasi files, together with CIA-acquired fabric, interviews and friendships, court docket records, and weird visits to undercover agent websites, together with "breaking into" a jail, to illustrate that the Stasi overvalued the ability of secrets and techniques to unravel difficulties and created an insular undercover agent tradition extra motive on securing its energy than keeping nationwide protection. It recreates the Stasi's mystery global of expertise via biographies of brokers, defectors, and officials and via visualizing James Bond-like options and contraptions. during this hugely unique e-book, Kristie Macrakis provides a brand new measurement to our realizing of the East German Ministry for country protection through bringing the subject into the world of espionage historical past and exiting the political area.

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In the East, he was (secretly) a hero of the state, the owner of a gold medal awarded by order of Colonel-General Erich Mielke himself. By socializing with Gorbachev, showering him with largesse, and presenting the East German view of politics (which made up a large part of every meeting), the Stasi apparently convinced Gorbachev that there was nothing wrong with what he was doing. Perhaps there is nothing more chilling than to see the ease of the process by which the hesitant Hans 9:34 P1: SJT 9780521188742c01 CUNY1276/Macrakis 978 0 521 88747 2 Agent Gorbachev December 24, 2007 15 Rehder of 1957, still struggling with his conscience, was transformed into the confident Agent Gorbachev of 1959, bragging about his pirated company key.

For a brief period before the Wall went up, his wife transported undeveloped film hidden in a container – in her case a shopping bag outfitted with a secret compartment. Gorbachev was given a different container for transporting material and hiding film at home, but he preferred simply to bring the original documents over the border and bring them back to the office the next day. Given the lack of disguise in his movements, it may seem surprising that Gorbachev never came close to being caught.

7 State-sponsored and centrally organized, scientific-technical intelligence was a special feature of East Bloc intelligence. Whereas in the West, industrial espionage during the Cold War usually occurred from company to company, in the East it was directed and steered by the Ministry for State Security. With their orders coming from the Communist Party, which glorified the “scientific-technical revolution,” the Stasi was truly the party’s sword and shield, as their emblem pictures. The East aspired to not only “catch up to the West,” but to surpass it scientifically.

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