Long-Secret KGB Manual on How to Recruit Spies Revealed

Former PJ Media editor Michael Weiss, now with The Daily Beast, has managed to get his hands on a fascinating document: the secret KGB manual on recruiting spies. Although the manual dates from the 1980s, Vladimir Putin’s clandestine services reportedly still use it.

The reason is rather obvious: the tactics and strategies propagated by the manual work.

  • Drunk by Noon ✓

    Since there really is no pool of ideological recruits for Putinism outside of Russia, the only other alternatives are bribery or coercion, especially if they have relatives still in the old country.

    • Exile1981

      Some people will sell out their country for money. Just look for up and coming politicians who are making lots of cash on the side.

      • Drunk by Noon ✓

        That would be the bribery angle.
        Here is the original source. It’s a good read.

        • Exile1981

          know anywhere to get an english translation of the manual.

          • Drunk by Noon ✓

            Russian only at this time.

            Assuming that you have no friends that speak Russian, your next best plan would be to convert to a word or text format and then attempt a machine translation.
            You could contact the author and see if HE will release HIS (undoubtedly) English language copy.
            Unless he speaks Russian, or his girlfriend does, he has to have one.

          • Exile1981

            He got it from a western intel source. So it could be a translated copy.

            I took russian 1 in college…. 30 years ago…. and I failed it. So I told the registry office I was already fluent in 2 languages english…. and canadian. They bought it till i transfered.

          • Drunk by Noon ✓

            Foreign languages are funny like that.
            If you do not use them all the time, you quickly forget them, even if you were once very proficient in them.
            Like you, my knowledge was better twenty years ago, but it was never great to begin with.
            I brute-forced it with language tapes every day on my way to and from work at UCLA.
            Then when you find yourself around a native speaker, your mid goes BLANK!
            All Russian knowledge jumps out of your head and flys away!

          • Drunk by Noon ✓

            The copy he has posted is in Russian, so he might not be interested in sharing.

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  • Ho Hum

    The following is a passage from the Michael Weiss article in the Daily Beast:

    “There were, as the manual puts it, “several thousand foreign government representatives” to draw on, plus the children of those representatives; businessmen looking to widen their portfolios in the Eastern bloc under glasnost (which would certainly include New York real estate moguls); an untold array of visiting scientists and academics, many of them affiliated with the U.S. Embassy in Moscow;”

    Note the reference to New York real estate moguls! Michael Weiss is a CNN pundit who constantly attacks Trump as he pushes the “Trump is Putin’s puppet” narrative on CNN. The purpose of this article and the sudden interest in KGB tactics is to reinforce the narrative that Trump is under the control or compromised by Russian intelligence and that he has been for decades. Weiss is not the only journalist pushing this fake narrative. I saw an interview with British hack – Luke Harding who alleges Trump fell into the Russian sphere when he married his Czechoslovakian wife Ivana.

    • Clausewitz

      Yeah cause the Czech’s loved the Russians so much. 1968.

  • Ho Hum

    Here is another quote from the Daily Beast article:

    ““In the United States, spying was always a little-understood activity that took place at the margins and in the shadows, under the rule of law. In the Soviet Union, spying was central, and was the law.”
    — CIA veteran John Sipher ”

    Yeah right! as if the CIA has never broken the law!

    • Uncommunist

      Sipher believes his lies.

  • vwVwwVwv

    Who was in Moscow while US man died in Vietnam?
    Bill Clinton.