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Pebble Dashed

by | 24th, January 2006

‘WHERE’S the trust these days? Four MI6 spies posing as Foreign Office Officials in Russia have been caught “red-handed” collecting information. Fair enough.

The rock knows all

But did the Russians have to film them going about their undercover work and then broadcast the footage to the nation?

How dare the Russians suspect us of spying. Aren’t we all friends these days, sheltering from the threat of terrorism under a big Eurovision umbrella? As we ask, where’s the trust? Russia: nil points.

Oleg Gordievsky, a KGB officer who defected to the West, is heard by the Mail saying that the film is a sign of the Russian’s desire to “hurt Britain”, it’s an “advertisement for the KGB”.

It’s view shared by Alex Standish, editor of Jane’s Intelligence Review who says it’s “naïve” not to see the operation as a public relations exercise for Vladimir Putin’s government.

Or it might just have been a chance to inject a bit of winter cheer into the Russian people’s hearts, a kind of Rosa Klebb’s Home Videos.

A look at a still from the video suggests that the four-strong British spy squad were not all that good at their jobs – an idea supported by their capture.

The thinking is that the spies would store their information on handheld devices then, when wandering past a covert boulder on the outskirts of Moscow, flick a switch and retrieve

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