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Soviet defector's stash of spying secrets made public

Soviet Defector's Stash Of Spying Secrets Made Public
In what's being described as one of the biggest intelligence leaks in history, a trove of KGB documents detailing a network of Soviet spies leading double lives in the U.S. and Britain have been made public.

That may sound familiar to fans of FX's series "The Americans" - a show about undercover agents living in the suburbs.

The show's creators say they drew inspiration from the work of disillusioned KGB officer Vasili Mitrokhin who smuggled his handwritten notes out of Russia in 1992 before turning them over to Britain.

While the official historian for the UK's intelligence agency has written at length about Mitrokhin, this is the first time the public is getting access to the files.

They describe booby traps, weapons caches and communications hidden around NATO countries. And we also have a list of 1,000 KGB agents had operated in U.S.

To be fair, despite all the attention surrounding the document's release, a lot of the big names in that list belong to Westerners already exposed as having ties to the KGB.

Among them, Robert Lipka - an NSA employee paid $27,000 for supplying information to the Soviets in the 1960s.

Then, there's Philip Agee - he's the ex-CIA officer who turned against the agency and published a long list of American spies. According to the new documents, he used material given to him by the KGB.

We do have new details on Melita Norwood - the so-called "Grandmother spy" - who was the KGB's longest-serving British agent. According to The Guardian, the documents reveal she "passed on a lot of valuable materials for nuclear energy which she accessed by removing them from her boss's safe, photographing them and then placing them back."

Other deep cover spies were less reliable. The notorious Cambridge Five were British spies recruited while studying at Cambridge University, according to The Telegraph. The KGB worried they were constantly drunk and at risk of blowing their cover.

Then again, what's a spy without a martini in hand?

Before he died in 2004, Mitrokhin had asked for his files to be made public. After a vetting process, thousands were translated and released to researchers by the Churchill Archives at Cambridge University.

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geomag1 July 08 2014 at 7:24 AM

Is Obama on the list?

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rimit9 July 08 2014 at 11:14 AM

Now I know where Obama came from, he was a sleeper, unfortunately, he is still asleep.

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croshatch rimit9 July 08 2014 at 12:00 PM

Nice dream you're having, rimit.

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fred July 08 2014 at 6:44 AM

Somehow the libs will blame global warming/cooling/climate change or whatever latest buzzword they are using.

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somewhatamazed July 08 2014 at 11:01 AM

What!! Hold On. According to Edward Snowden and his anti-American GOP/Tea Party supporters, the United States is the only country who spies! This is horrible news.

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Trisha somewhatamazed July 08 2014 at 4:33 PM

Anti-American? They SUPPORT the Constitution that IS America while your hero is trying to be OverLord of the land. Wow, misguided missile on the loose!

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jewel July 08 2014 at 1:18 PM

obama-obama-obama-- what and the hell is wrong with you? you all who voted for him is as mush a dum a-- as he is... and look what weeee got.

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tugsboat July 08 2014 at 7:57 AM

While he was P---k and went a bit too far Tail Gunner Joe was not paranoid as the de-classified info after the breakup of the Soviet union showed that there were fully 125 opeeratives inside the US govt before and during and until the purge!

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davidmapp7 July 08 2014 at 12:29 PM

Case closed.. most likely still going on today..many Eastern Europeans/former Russian state countries,....can hire people who look like your typical 'guy next door'..speaking perfect English,Caucasian color and features,put on t-shirts and jeans or american suits,embed themselves into the USA system..and all the time being Islamic terrorists...(to a lesser degree .ie. Boston Marathon Bombers)...

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Lancer8r July 08 2014 at 6:22 AM

Hah! Just wait until all the NSA tricks come to light.

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joethightwad July 08 2014 at 8:43 AM

In the espionage trade these were known as "sleepers" who were supposed to turn into "fifth columnists" (saboteurs) in the event of hostilities. Command and control or the lack of it made them of dubious value since the more they knew of each others whereabouts, the greater the chance of compromise leading to massive arrests.

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theradiomall joethightwad July 08 2014 at 11:59 AM

Just like Ted Cruz!

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chipvpb July 08 2014 at 6:32 PM

This is what happens with open borders and just allowing anyone to come and live here. They defect and come as refugees and all the while they have another agenda. Time to stop this very dangerous practice.

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