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11 Things You Never Knew About Cold War Espionage

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A review of David E. Hoffman’s book “The Billion Dollar Spy” highlights 11 things you didn’t know about the Central Intelligence Agency’s operations in Moscow during the Cold War.

For example, not only were cyanide capsules real, they were occasionally used, though handlers preferred not to issue them because of psychological effects it might have on agents, and the fear that it might lead to premature use. Also, the KGB sometimes took their spygames a little too fair, to the point of comedy. In one instance, a CIA agent got lost on his way to dinner and decided to follow a KGB tail, who took him back to the restaurant he was trying to get to in the first place.

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