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A few cautious, historical reminders as the reviews of Edward Snowden's PERMANENT RECORD are rolling in. >>>
One of the biggest, most embarrassing intelligence leaks of the past century was the defection of Vasili Mitrokhin in 1992—he was an archivist for one of the most competent, disciplined, shrewd & ruthless intelligence organizations of all time, the KGB's First Chief Directorate.
Russian intelligence can draw on decades of experience with handling defectors from hostile Western agencies—all the way from forging books to gently influencing activists, witting or unwitting, sometimes by subtly taking advantage of their physical presence in Moscow.
The gloves have come off again in covert intelligence operations in, and against, the West, and the pace has been picking up since 2014. Only a recent, deeply troubling incident (many observers are on standby for more details): wsj.com/articles/u-s-s…
So, is it possible that Snowden wrote and submitted his memoirs for publication entirely innocently and free of influence at some desk, library, or café in Moscow? — ... maybe. Will PERMANENT RECORD accurately describe his interactions with FSB over the years? — Hard to imagine.
Not even raising those questions in major reviews is not okay.
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