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Old 12-20-2015, 08:56 AM
Location: Texas
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Originally Posted by thelogannator123 View Post
I have a question, in the cold war did American spies ever really penetrate the soviet world? I know that the soviets had spies in the manhatten project and other important projects, but did we really put spies in their government facilities? Any information about spying in the Cold War would be welcome.

The best spies for America were Russians, just as the best spies for the Soviets were Americans. In both cases, they were able to provide valuable info. And the Russians were very successful at finding Americans who were willing to sell out for a buck.
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Old 12-20-2015, 11:24 AM
Location: Southeast Michigan
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Also, the USSR just had better procedures ensuring secrecy, while the cases of Aimes and Hanssen show that the US was fairly lax even at the height of Cold War and afterwards.

digital investigation by Sullivan and his IT staff found that an attempted hacking had taken place using a password cracking program installed by Hanssen, which caused a security alert and lockup. Following confirmation by the FBI CART Unit, Sullivan filed a report with Office of Professional Responsibility requesting further investigation of Hanssen's attimpted penetration of the Bureau's high-security network operated by the National Security Division. Hanssen claimed all he wanted to do was connect a color printer to his computer, but needed the password cracker to bypass the administrative password. The FBI believed his story and Hanssen was let off with a warning never to do it again.[34] However, Sullivan felt that Hanssen's story was grossly inconsistent with the evidence and refused to withdraw the security violation report. The report was first ridiculed and later ignored by the NSD Security Countermeasures Unit.
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