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Spycraft, contacts still key in espionage world




Spycraft, contacts still key in espionage world
Spycraft, contacts still key in espionage world



Forwarded from: Simon Taplin 

http://www.ioltechnology.co.za/article_page.php?iArticleId=5650147 

By Peter Apps 
Independent Online
16 September 2010

London - Smartphones and e-mail might be revolutionising espionage, but 
old-style personal spycraft is as important as ever when it comes to 
protecting - or breaking - state and corporate secrets.

The rise of "state capitalist" economies that may use government 
intelligence agencies to win commercial advantage for official-linked 
companies could pose a growing threat to their Western corporate rivals, 
experts say.

China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and India either have 
or are all pushing for security agency access to encrypted BlackBerry 
smart phones, which they say they need to monitor dangerous militants.

But while the skills of electronic snooping are important, where 
information ends up can come down just as much to private deals put 
together in anonymous offices by spy chiefs, companies and powerful 
individuals.

"In somewhere like the UAE, if I was the CIA or MI6 station chief I 
might go to the head of local intelligence and ask for help in following 
or monitoring someone," said Fred Burton, a former US counterterrorism 
agent now vice president for US political risk consultancy Stratfor.

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