U.S. intelligence agencies seek to recruit Russian spies?

CNN reported on the 2nd that the Ukraine war is providing U.S. intelligence agencies with a rare opportunity to recruit Russian spies.

According to CNN, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) recently released a Russian-language video on social media containing content appealing to Russian personnel who may have information that could be helpful to the United States. The post introduces step-by-step how to use a virtual private network (VPN) or the anonymous network Tor to avoid detection by Russian intelligence authorities, and how to access the CIA in an encrypted manner on the dark web.

Earlier, CIA Director William Burns said during a speech in Britain last year, “Dissatisfaction (with the Kremlin) has created a once-in-a-generation opportunity for us,” and “we are very open.” “What Director Burns was talking about is the exchange of information,” said David McCloskey, a former CIA officer, adding, “You want someone who has some idea of the Russian leaders’ priorities, their ultimate goals.”

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) also began attempts to hire Russian informants. The FBI is using targeted social media advertising to target only phones used near the Russian Embassy in Washington.

CNN pointed out that these recent attempts show the evolution of intelligence agencies. In the past, U.S. intelligence agencies secretly conducted key missions to respond to national security threats and provide information to policymakers.

The CIA’s location was not revealed to the public until 1973, when then-Director James Schlesinger erected a sign announcing the location of its headquarters in Virginia. CNN explained, however, that today, intelligence agencies are not only active on social media platforms but are also actively using them to hire foreign spies.

“This direct method, although unusual, may be effective for Russians who have few ways to express their discontent,” said Douglas London, a former CIA officer. “Russians dissatisfied with a corrupt Kremlin have no choice but to seek outside support. “There are few other options for public expression,” he said.

CNN also added that espionage has supported and weakened the relationship between the United States and Russia for decades and remains as important a tool as it did during the Cold War.