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Espionage - Introduction

Schcharanski at Glienicke Bridge

One key element of the Cold War was espionage, or spying. This included the traditional type use of secret agents, but also by using aircraft and satellites, listening to the other side's radio broadcasts and conversations, as well as many other methods. The key was of course information and understanding the enemy. Throughout the Cold War, each side was worried that the other side was doing something they did not know about. In this section, you will look at some of the ways in which the intelligence services tried to fill the gaps in their knowledge and the kinds of people who worked in this field.

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