Skip to comments.Vladimir Putin laments Soviet Union ignoring his spy intelligence
Posted on 05/19/2010 6:06:27 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
In his most candid comments on the subject to date, the Russian prime minister said that at least part of his job as a KGB agent in East Germany involved acquiring sensitive technological and industrial secrets from the West.
But he told a meeting of the Russian Academy of Sciences that he grew increasingly frustrated as the know-how he passed back to the Soviet Union to help it make good the yawning technological gap with the West went unused.
"When I was serving in a different department (the KGB) in my past life I remember very well the moment at the end of the 1980s when our work and the work of your foreign colleagues obtained through special means was not integrated into the economy of the Soviet Union," he told the scientists and academics.
Mr Putin, who worked as a KGB spy in Dresden from 1985-1990, said he could not understand why Soviet scientists did not use the intelligence he and his colleagues were "acquiring" from the West.
"We were working really hard on this area and again and again getting what was needed but it was no use. We used to ask: 'Where is it? Where is it being used in our economy?' Nowhere. It was not possible to harness it."
Little is known about Mr Putin's time in East Germany in the 1980s except that another part of his job was to recruit spies who had access and close links to West Germany.
But his disclosure that he engaged in industrial espionage in a last ditch and fruitless attempt to breathe life into the dying Soviet economy confirms claims made by former East German officials and spies that part of his job was to appropriate Western computer technology for the USSR.
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OHHHH POOR BABYYYY LOL!
Comrade Putin should take a hint. Communism destroys inovation.
Actually, the technology that Putin was trying to steal ultimately helped bring his masters down. Towards the end of the Eighties, there were a number of youth initiatives bringing American and Soviet kids together through the internet. We would supply them with computers and training and let them and our kids have at it.
There were calls at the time that this was opening us up to new forms of espionage and in hindsight the whole premise was naive. But then came the April coup in ‘91 and the clique that ran it tried to tell the world that Gorbachev was either dead or incapacitated. All of a sudden, US messageboards were flooded by posts saying “He’s alive! Don’t believe them!” A crack had been opened in the Evil Empire.
Even after the Iran election crisis, I don’t think we’ve seen the last of the potential of the internet to change societies, especially closed ones.
The Russian leadership “Knew” what was coming down the pike. But, Russia is more powerful now than it was during Soviet times.
Did Communism Fake Its Own Death in 1991?
American Thinker ^ | January 16, 2010 | Jason McNew
In a bizarre 1984 book [New Lies for Old], ex-KGB Major Anatoliy Golitsyn predicted the liberalization of the Soviet Bloc and claimed that it would be a strategic deception. ..."
"Golitsyn's argument was that beginning in about 1960, the Soviet Union embarked on a strategy of massive long-range strategic deception which would span several decades and result in the destruction of Western capitalism and the erection of a communist world government."
"Golitsyn published his second book, The Perestroika Deception, after the Soviet Union was dissolved in 1991. This book contained further analysis of the liberalization, in addition to previously classified memoranda submitted by Golitsyn to the CIA. The two books must be read together to get a complete picture of Golitsyn's thesis."
Recall, Obama had US troops participating in this parade this year.
"'The Black Book of Communism,'; a scholarly accounting of communisms crimes, counts about 94 million murdered by the supposed champions of the common man (20 million for the Soviets alone), and some say that number is too low."
Forgetting the Evils of Communism: The amnesia bites a little deeper
By Jonah Goldberg, August 2008:
Putin was engaged in typical Spy V’s Spy stuff. Our eyes and ears were all over Dresden during the Cold War because it was the HQ for one of several Soviet armies in East Germany. We had it under very close surveillance.
And the technology that Putin was trying to steal had been supplied surreptitiously by the Reagan/Thatcher people in the form of pre-loaded computers that had software the Russians needed for their Finlandize-Europe-by-gas-pipeline project and for the missile projects needed to counter the more fantastic implications of “Star Wars”. The software was engineered to give subtly wrong answers and the pipeline(and missile programs) spent huge amounts of money going off on dead end tangents. The funniest part of the whole thing was years later the NYT blaring indignation that we had won by cheating, and it didn’t count like we should re-establish the USSR as penance.
Do you know the name of that operation? It is a very interesting story.
Is there not ONE newspaper on Earth that can report in plain language?? He didn't "appropriate" the technology, he STOLE it!!!
Whoah! I did not know that!
>>> It’s makes pooty-poot sad
>>> OHHHH POOR BABYYYY LOL!
Don’t be so clueless. He is saying he won’t make the same mistakes his predecessors made. And he is smart enough and tough enough to be taken seriously.
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