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The Dark Game: True Spy Stories
Transcript of The Dark Game: True Spy Stories
Author: Paul B. Janeczko
BY: Ashika S.
STEP 1: Outspying the British
“The group’s most significant decision came when it named George Washington as the director of the fledgling intelligence operation. So that the man who would become the ‘father of our country’ can also be considered the father of American espionage” (pg-7)
“I live in daily fear of death and destruction” (pg-9)
“remained a constant, reliable source of military intelligence for most of the war. We can only guess how the war might have gone differently without their daring secret service” (pg-17)
Invisible ink helped American and British spies to send secret, coded messages to help their own countries. The ink can be revealed using baking soda, acid, or heat from fire.
Step 2: Spies In Blue And Gray
“she talked to the men about ... what they had heard. ... She realized they possessed information that could be of value to the union army” (pg-47)
“She became a spy master, the person responsible for running a network of agents, couriers, and safe houses that were very active during the war” (pg-50)
“her mail was censored, she still managed to hide secret information in innocuous-sounding letters. She also used coloured yarn ... for sending information to rebel commanders” (pg-70)
“In enemy territory, Tubman’s regiment led about 800 slaves to freedom and destroyed an enormous cache of food, war supplies, and cotton” (pg-77)
Elizabeth Van Lew
Rose O'Neale Greenhow
Step 3: Espionage in World War 1
“At the end of the 19th century, spying was the business of gentlemen” (pg-79)
“President Woodrow Wilson kept the United states on a course of neutrality. He didn’t want the nation involved in any activities including espionage” (pg-80)
“threats from the Japanese – as well as significant German presence in Mexico” (pg-84)
The Germans blew up a train full of supplies at Black Tom Island and "The force of the explosion popped about a 100 of lady liberty's rivets and her copper skin was pelted with shrapnel" (pg-97).
The strange thing was that this "blast was about 5.0 on the Richter scale. In comparison. the collapse of the World Trade Center north tower on September 11, 2001, registered a 2.3" (pg-98/99). This was strange because the blast in WW1 was much worse but only caused 7 deaths and the WTC in 2001 caused more than 1000 deaths.
Step 4: Better spying in WW2
The Zimmermann Telegram was sent by the Germans to other Germans. Germans thought that the British were not smart enough to decode the message. They would send the same info a few times in different codes. This was helping the British decode even faster.
This telegram was sent by the Germans to a German ambassador in the US. The British intercepted it and discovered vital info about German submarine warfare plans.
Miniature Minox Camera
“There was a branch of MI6 and a counterpart in the OSS that created such items for spies. Among other thing, they created a .22 caliber pistol that was silenced and emitted no muzzle flash when fired” (pg-137)
“Nazis agreed to send him to England to spy” (pg-141)
Step 5: Cold War Spies
“To avoid ‘another Pearl Harbor’ the United States needed to begin to close the intelligence gap as quickly as possible” (pg-175)
“The lack of intelligence ‘was just appalling’ ... it was in this atmosphere of fear and uncertainty that Eisenhower gave permission ... He gave this order with reluctance’ (pg-175)
U-2 Spy Plane Flying Over Soviet Union
Moles in Our Houses
A mole in a spy organization refers to an informant who works for or is paid by an enemy intelligence agency.
A double agent is different since this agent work for two countries instead of one
the “CIA officers refused to fact the possibility that there was a traitor in their ranks” (pg-200)
“What took you so long?” (pg-226)
thanks for listening
Janeczko, Paul B. The Dark Game: True Spy Stories. Somerville,
MA: Candlewick, 2010. Print.
Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com, n.d. Web. 09 May 2015.