Speak into the brassiere, please

Before the movie “Red Sparrow,” featuring a Russian dancer-turned-spy who uses sex as a weapon, some American intelligence agents purportedly ventured out in evening dresses outfitted with microphones, tape recorders and antennas. That’s according to an early-1960s counterintelligence document posted on governmentattic.org on Dec. 3. The document includes a dark, smudged photograph of an “electrically … Read more

U.S. government broke Guantánamo lease

The U.S. government has tried to topple the Cuban government, kill its president, strangle its economy. Now add this minor indignity: The U.S. “is technically in default” of a 1901 treaty allowing a military base at Guantánamo in Cuba, a State Department official wrote in 2006. That’s because the lease says the base can only … Read more

USAID: “Spies do exist”

A woman approaches a U.S. government employee who is on business in Moscow. They talk, they drink vodka. The American tells the woman: “I suppose it’s quite obvious that this representative of a ‘decadent Western society’ would like to make love to you.” His proposition was quickly, perhaps too quickly, accepted. The American did not … Read more

Declassified documents: U.S. debriefed Cuban migrants

U.S. authorities questioned Cuban exiles in Miami in the late 1970s to collect intelligence information about the Cuban armed forces, declassified documents show. The U.S. Army project was known as Latin Emigre Exploitation Program, or LEEP, according to a 1979 document posted on governmentattic.org in September. The U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command’s Annual Historical … Read more

USAID contractor: Plan for the unexpected when working in Cuba

The Pan American Development Foundation and its partners trained 19 Cuban leaders and helped organize more than 3,000 events in less than four years, the organization reported. In a post on Sunday, I griped about the group’s lack of transparency and dozens of redacted pages that the U.S. government sent me after I filed a … Read more