The Search for Classified Information – The Real Fight in the Cold War

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The effort to get classified information from inside the adverse camp was the main objective of both super powers involved in the Cold War. Both the USA and the USSR tried, by all means at their disposal, to be one step ahead of the opponent by knowing their capabilities and adverse plans. This paper approaches the manner in which intelligence-gathering specialized structures from both camps were involved in collecting data and intelligence to win the information battle during the Cold War

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[10] Nuclear spy ring consists of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, Harry Gold, Klaus Fuchs, David and Ruth Greenglass

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[14] Dangle - A person sent by the intelligence agency of his or her own country who approaches an intelligence agency in the hope of being recruited as a spy so as to allow a double agent operation for the purpose of intelligence collection or disinformation,

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