Book Review: The Spy in Moscow Station

  The world is captivated by spy thrillers, 007 movies, exciting around-the-globe chases and battles against the clock to save humanity and our way of life.

Add in popular rivalries between domestic and foreign government intelligence organizations like NSA, CIA and the KGB, and the intrigue only grows.   

But many people wonder: What really happens behind the scenes in these international 3-letter agencies? How far will governments truly go in using technology to spy? Are the capabilities (and stakes) overblown? Who were the really important players?

While most of the current details regarding 21st century intelligence battles between the USA, Russia and other countries remain classified, we do, after decades, get access to declassified details about real-life events and amazing technology used by 3-letter agencies. True, those stories are from the 1970s and 1980s (and earlier), but the details are captivating and reveal a tremendous amount about the lengths that governments will go to gain intelligence advantages as we head into the 2020s.

Put simply, there is no technology that will not be manipulated in order for governments to gain access to the data they seek from adversaries. This reality should strike fear into anyone who dares to use a computer of any kind in the middle of 2019.

The Spy in Moscow Station

But how can these realities of technology, communication and spying in the world we live in be made clear and understandable to the masses?

I think “The Spy in Moscow Station: A Counterspy’s Hunt for a Deadly Cold War Threat” by Eric Haseltine is an exceptional book that describes what really happened behind the scenes in the 1970s and 1980s at NSA, CIA and in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.  

Here’s an excerpt from the foreword by Gen. Michael V. (Read more...)

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