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156420.  Wed Mar 14, 2007 7:12 am Reply with quote

AS promised

One of the most colourful figures in espionage history:

Konon Trofimovich Molody (January 17, 1922-September 9, 1970) was a Soviet intelligence officer, better known in the West as Gordon Arnold Lonsdale. He was an illegal resident spy during the Cold War and the mastermind of the Portland Spy Ring.
Lonsdale was also known The Man from Nowhere

In London, on 7 January 1961, Special Branch officers led by Detective Superintendent George Gordon Smith arrested five people, all part of the "Portland Spy Ring".
One was a Canadian businessman called Gordon Lonsdale who dealt in jukeboxes, bubble-gum and gambling machines. He often travelled to continental Europe, hosted many parties and had a number of lady friends.
Taken to Scotland Yard, Lonsdale told Smith he would not talk about anything, not even give his name or address. Western intelligence services, including MI5, CIA, and the RCMP, had to resort to extensive enquiries to find out anything about him.
However, by the time Lonsdale and his associates came to trial at the Old Bailey on 13 March 1961, no-one knew who he really was. All they could tell was, he was a Russian, had a naval background, and was not the man his papers made him out to be.
He presented himself as a Gordon Arnold Lonsdale born on 27 August 1924 in Cobalt, Ontario, Canada whose father was a miner, Emmanuel Jack Lonsdale, and his mother was Olga Elina Bousa, an immigrant from Finland.
Those Lonsdales split up in 1931 and a year later Olga took her son with her back to her native Finland. It is presumed he died round about 1943 and his papers were obtained by the Russians for use by their agents.
There is little doubt the Lonsdale born in Cobalt in 1924 was Molody's alias and NOT the Lonsdale arrested in London in 1961. The former had been circumcised, the latter was not.
According to “Proffession:Foreigner” - a book published in the USSR in Russian in the late 1980s, the spy Lonsdale, aka Konon Molody, was actually born in Bielorussia, where he learned perfect English by communicationg with some British workers at a local automobile construction plant.
The Lonsdale who was put on trial in London in 1961 was charged with spying, along with associates Harry Houghton, Ethel Gee and Peter and Helen Kroger.
Still refusing to reveal his real identity, "Gordon Lonsdale" was sentenced to 25 years in jail. While serving in Wormwood Scrubs prison he and Kroger met convicted traitor George Blake.
In 1964 he was exchanged for the British spy Greville Wynne who had been arrested by the Russians. The exchange is said to have originated by contact between the wives of the two agents. As part of the process, the Russians admitted he was a spy and gave the British his real name, Konon Molody.
Konon Molody was born in Moscow in 1922, the son of a scientist. Aged 10 he went to California to live with a maiden aunt and learn English.
Molody was back in Russia in time to serve during World War II. After the war he studied Chinese at university and trained as a spy. He also got married and had two children.
In 1954, on board a Russian grain ship, Molody set off for Canada where he used papers which passed him off as Gordon Lonsdale. The following year he was in London, taking courses at the London University School of Oriental and African Studies. He was a popular person, hosted many parties and had a number of lady friends in London and Europe.
Molody went into the business of selling and renting jukeboxes, bubble-gum and gambling machines to pubs, clubs and cafes. This often took him to continental Europe where he may even have recruited other agents and set up "dead letter boxes".
It is thought it was in 1959 Molody began receiving secrets from Harry Houghton. His continental trips also led him to meet atom spy Morris Cohen (then using the pseudonym Peter Kroger), whom he often visited in London. There is evidence that he may even have met his wife in Prague on one occasion.
In 1965, a year after Molody's return to Russia, a book called "Spy: Memoirs of Gordon Lonsdale" was published in the West, with the approval of the Russian authorities. Allegedly the autobiography of "Gordon Lonsdale", it has to be read with caution. For instance, he claims he was the Lonsdale born in Canada, when he wasn't. He also claims Peter and Helen Kroger, convicted as members of the Portland Ring, were innocent. In fact they were veteran spies Morris and Lona Cohen, as the Russians confirmed when they were exchanged in 1969.
For Molody life back in Russia was not a happy one. According to Blake he was particularly critical of the way trade and industry were handled. As a result he was given a post of minor importance and took to drinking.
Konon Molody died during a mushroom-picking expedition in October 1970. He was 48. He was buried next to another illegal resident spy, Vilyam Genrikovich Fisher (aka Rudolf Abel).

Lonsdale/Molody was known among his KGB colleagues for his derogatory remarks about the British. He abhorred two separate taps in British bathrooms and was recorded as saying: “The English wash themselves like swine.” Allegedly, when alone, he liked opening both taps in his bathroom and washing “like a human being”.
He was also in the habit of devouring a hole loaf of bread, having locked himself in his room.
“Profession: Foreigner” also mentions his irritation with the KGB bureaucracy for having to account for every penny he spent while entertaining his numerous British friends and contacts. He was finally arrested by accident: having bumped into his school friend from Bielorussia in a London pub.

Soviet Spy Ring, by Arthur Tietjen, published by Pan Books, (1961)
Spy Book The Encyclopedia of Espionage, by Norman Polmar and Thomas B. Allen, published by Greenhill Books, ISBN 1-85367-278-5 (1997)
The Mitrokhin Archive: The KGB in Europe and the West, by Christopher Andrew and Vasili Mitrokhin, published by Penguin Press History, ISBN 0-14-028487-7 (1999)
“Professiya: Inostranets”, Znamya magazine, Moscow, 1988

157207.  Fri Mar 16, 2007 2:28 pm Reply with quote

Incidentally, the late Alexander Litvinenko was NEVER a spy - as the British media (not just the tabloids) branded him!

157932.  Tue Mar 20, 2007 10:54 am Reply with quote


158431.  Wed Mar 21, 2007 1:48 pm Reply with quote

Sounds like a KGB interrogation, garrick (I know I WAS interrogated by them!). You are not on their payroll, are you?

Litvinenko was a former KGB operative, a member of an anti-organised crime unit, but never a spy!

158588.  Thu Mar 22, 2007 5:45 am Reply with quote


158872.  Thu Mar 22, 2007 11:32 am Reply with quote

I put a question about John Dee, the original 007 (literally) here: post 158121

159645.  Sat Mar 24, 2007 4:05 pm Reply with quote

This has got to be one of the funniest espionage-related things I've read. Read all about Operation Acoustic Kitty.

160276.  Tue Mar 27, 2007 5:14 am Reply with quote

First ever spies?

The Bible's Book of Numbers describes the plight of the Israelites as they approach Canaan, the land promised them by God. It shows two spies who have been sent by God to search out Canaan;


Incidents of espionage are well documented throughout history. The ancient writings of Chinese and Indian military strategists such as Sun-Tzu and Chanakya contain information on deception and subversion. Chanakya's student Chandragupta Maurya, founder of the Maurya Empire, made use of assassinations, spies and secret agents, which are described in Chanakya's Arthasastra. The ancient Egyptians had a thoroughly developed system for the acquisition of intelligence, and the Hebrews used spies as well, as in the story of Rahab. Feudal Japan often used ninja to gather intelligence. More recently, they played a significant part in Elizabethan England (see Francis Walsingham). Many modern espionage methods were well established even then.

The worl'd largest FSB/KGB station is located in London, Highgate West Hill, and is officially known as “Russian Trade Representation”

It is not common knowledge that writer Somerset Maugham was a spy.

On the outbreak of the First World War, Maugham, now aged forty, joined a Red Cross ambulance unit in France. While serving on the Western Front he met the 22 year old American, Gerald Haxton. The two men became lovers and lived together for the next thirty years. During the war Maugham was invited by Sir John Wallinger, head of Britain's Military Intelligence (MI6) in France, to act as a secret service agent. Maugham agreed and over the next few years acted as a link between MI6 in London and its agents working in Europe.

Own research plus

Molly Cule
167240.  Wed Apr 18, 2007 6:58 am Reply with quote

Any mobile phone can be turned on remotely and used as a microphone so you can listen into what that person is up to. If ordered to do so, mobile telephone operators can remotely install a piece of software on to any handset, without the owner's knowledge, which will activate the microphone even when its owner is not making a call, giving security services the perfect bugging device. "We have inadvertently started carrying our own trackable ID card in the form of the mobile phone," said Sandra Bell, head of the homeland security department at the Royal United Services Institute. This can also be done by hackers.

Frederick The Monk
167259.  Wed Apr 18, 2007 7:21 am Reply with quote

And more on how your mobile is spying on you here.

Frederick The Monk
167260.  Wed Apr 18, 2007 7:24 am Reply with quote

The US legal opinion that says using such 'Roving bugs' is legal can be found here.

It seems unclear on whether the listening device is a piece of software or hardware however.

167622.  Thu Apr 19, 2007 4:46 am Reply with quote

Colour me unconcerned. Given how often people have trouble hearing what I'm saying when I'm speaking right into my phone, I doubt the spooks will be able to pick up very much when it's stuffed into my pocket :)

Molly Cule
167690.  Thu Apr 19, 2007 6:12 am Reply with quote

we could talk about this as a covert 'false flag' operation. It is well known but I definitely was not taught it at school. Much like the Hess peace treaty incident, I know you all know it but how come we didn't learn that at school?

The Fake Invasion at Gleiwitz

In the late evening of Thursday, August 31, 1939, German covert operatives pretending to be Polish terrorists seized the Gleiwitz radio station in the German/Poland border region of Silesia. The station's music program came to an abrupt halt, followed by frantic German voices announcing that Polish formations were marching toward town. Germany was being invaded by Poland! Then, like a bad imitation of the previous year's infamous War of the Worlds broadcast, the transmission went dead for a moment of dramatic silence. Soon, the airwaves popped and crackled to life again, and this time Polish voices called for all Poles in the broadcast area to take up arms and attack Germany.
In no time, radio stations across greater Europe picked up the story. The BBC broadcast this statement: "There have been reports of an attack on a radio station in Gleiwitz, which is just across the Polish border in Silesia. The German News Agency reports that the attack came at about 8.00pm this evening when the Poles forced their way into the studio and began broadcasting a statement in Polish. Within quarter of an hour, says reports, the Poles were overpowered by German police, who opened fire on them. Several of the Poles were reported killed, but the numbers are not yet known." And thus, Hitler invented an excuse to invade Poland, which he did the next day: September 1, 1939. World War II began.

What really happened? Alfred Helmut Naujocks received the orders from Heinrich Müller, chief of the Gestapo, to put the staged terrorist attack together at the Gleiwitz station. At Naujock's disposal were what the Germans had codenamed "canned goods," which were dissenters and criminals kept alive in detention camps until the Gestapo needed a warm dead body. To add cogency to the Gleiwitz attack, Naujocks brought along one such canned good: Franciszek Honiok. Honiok, a German from the Silesian region, was a known Polish sympathizer. Before arriving at the station, the Gestapo gave him a lethal injection. Then, they dressed him up like a Polish terrorist and brought him to the front of the radio station. Naujocks later testified that the man was unconscious, but not dead yet, when he was shot full of pistol rounds. When the police and press found Honiok's body, they assumed he'd been one of the fictional Polish terrorists that attacked the station.
In all, there were 21 fake terror actions along the border that same night, many of them using "canned goods" from German prisons so there would be plenty of bodies in the morning: evidence of Polish attackers that had been shot in self defence. The next day, after a long night filled with fake terror, Hitler gave a speech to the German Army, complete with synthetic anger: "The Polish State has refused the peaceful settlement of relations which I desired, and has appealed to arms. Germans in Poland are persecuted with bloody terror and driven from their houses. A series of violations of the frontier, intolerable to a great Power, prove that Poland is no longer willing to respect the frontier of the Reich. In order to put an end to this lunacy, I have no other choice than to meet force with force from now on. The German Army will fight the battle for the honour and the vital rights of reborn Germany with hard determination. I expect that every soldier, mindful of the great traditions of eternal German soldiery, will ever remain conscious that he is a representative of the National-Socialist Greater Germany. Long live our people and our Reich!"
Had it not been for the Nuremberg trials in 1945, the real story behind the Gleiwitz attack might never have been uncovered. It was there that the operation's leader, Alfred Naujocks, spilled the beans in a written affidavit.

Molly Cule
167695.  Thu Apr 19, 2007 6:15 am Reply with quote

These are all things that can be used to make invisible ink as they turn brown when they are heated which turns them brown. You heat it by putting it on a radiator, ironing it or putting it in the oven or holding a light bulb up to the paper.
• Lemon, apple or orange juice
• Milk
• Onion juice
• Sugar solution
• Diluted honey
• Diluted cola drink
• Vinegar or wine
• Soap water

167697.  Thu Apr 19, 2007 6:16 am Reply with quote

I've never come across that story before.


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