As we all know, espionage is a very dangerous business. Real serious espionage is carried on by highly trained operatives working for clandestine
services run by national governments.
What they do is handled with the utmost care. It's done quietly and with extreme stealth. It depends on assets in place in a foreign land, people who
run the gamut from soup to nuts and whose only common denominator is that they are well placed to provide information.
Nobody hears about these activities until they are discovered by the counter intelligence services of the target nations.
That's real, serious espionage.
There is another kind of espionage that is related to covert operations carried on in the disguise of some overt activity.
In recent times this sort of activity has been in the news in relation to alleged activities carried on in Russia by operatives working for the United
States. One kind of activity involves Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) acting in Russia, ostensibly doing some innocuous activity overtly, while
being seeded with operatives working for the CIA and acting on a totally different agenda, covertly.
Russia has reacted by watching these NGOs carefully and kicking selected ones out of the country.
In addition, the CIA is alleged to have been caught red handed trying to acquire "assets" in Russia through the good offices of a young operative
wearing a Harpo Marx (?) wig. This fellow may have been deported already or may be in custody in Russia awaiting some development that will send him
home again. I haven't really followed his case.
This is low level stuff.
I think it is possible that Edward Snowdon might have a role to play along these lines.
He is already a Russian celebrity. If he winds up being let loose into Russian society, he might develop contacts that are useful to the United
States. He could wind up being a "talent spotter" who does nothing more than point the guys in the Harpo Marx wigs at potential Russian human
The Americans appear
to have been unsuccessful at that sort of thing recently, as noted above, and may be trying a whole new approach to the
problem using Snowdon.
But you will say,
"Ippy, that can't possibly be happening. Edward Snowdon is a sincere Gen Xer. He isn't bright enough to be trying to pull off something like that
and besides, Russian intelligence, the "Fuzzbuh" would interrogate him, wouldn't they? He's a nice young guy. He's not the kind of toughie who doesn't
crack. He's the kind of toughie who cracks immediately."
You would be right. Snowdon is a computer geek. He is a clown. He thinks America is run by crooks. He also thinks people who leak security information
should be shot in the unmentionables, or used to think that. He's a knucklehead. He's the kind of guy who thinks a six pack is a party. He's a
To sum it all up, he's perfect
He's a perfect insertion agent.
You will say,
"But Ippy, perfection isn't everything, you still have to fool the FSB."
Once again, you're right. And that is where the rubber hits the road in this operation. This is the beauty of it. This is why some boffin at Langley
gets the big bucks. He figured out how to fool the FSB with Snowdon.
Is there any possibility that Snowdon could have been manipulated into going AWOL by some carefully contrived fiction fed to him by professionals who
wanted to try an interesting intelligence experiment?
It's possible. If that's what happened, Snowdon will pass his interrogation, even if they use scopolamine on him, because he hasn't a clue what is
I think he is similar to James Holmes in that respect. He's the dumbest kind of dupe there is, the brainy dupe.
To cut a long story short, I think that when he is established in Russia, he will realize that Russia is run by crooks too. At some point, when
"Russian reality" sinks in, he will meet a real espionage agent or "asset" working for a NATO country and after some conversations that are very
convincing he will be "recruited" for the first time into the service of an agency he's been working for, unknown to himself, for months, if not
He will start giving information on his milieu, the freedom activists, the computer geeks, the locals with espionage potential.
Or . . . he could simply be what he purports to be, a crusader for privacy, and the United States could sincerely want him apprehended at the
earliest moment and brought to trial. That's probably it. Forget all the other stuff I wrote. It's too far fetched.
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