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Compartmentalized minds: the communist security services’ understanding of the Western espionage threat to the communist bloc during the Cold War

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posted on 07.09.2020 by Paul Maddrell
Marxism-Leninism required the counter-intelligence officers of the East German Stasi and Soviet KGB to believe in a Western espionage threat to their states which was far greater and more malevolent than was actually the case. In fact, the two counter-intelligence staffs knew that the Western states were trying to create small agent networks on their territory, tasked only with collecting intelligence. This accurate understanding enabled them to contain Western espionage during the Cold War. They ‘compartmentalized’ their knowledge of the real Western espionage threat from their belief in a much greater threat. They believed in one, but knew of another.

History

School

  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • Politics and International Studies

Published in

Intelligence and National Security

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Intelligence and National Security on 23 September 2020, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/02684527.2020.1815456.

Acceptance date

24/08/2020

Publication date

2020-09-23

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

0268-4527

eISSN

1743-9019

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Paul Maddrell. Deposit date: 5 September 2020

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