What Did the Stasi Do After They Arrested Agents From a Restaurant?
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In 1961 West Berlin was a hub of spies. According to one of the Stasi reports, the Western secret services controlled, trained, instructed, and remunerated their agents. Therefore, the agents of the East German Secret Service paid special attention to restaurants, hotels, and safe houses. After the training, the mission of Western agents was to infiltrate the German Democratic Republic and conduct diverse intelligence operations. The job wasn’t smooth sailing at all. The Stasi Agents, among other things, looked even in liquid containers to find the transmitters Western agents used for communication.
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Source: “East German Ministry of State Security, Brief Assessment of the Investigation Results Achieved in 1961 in Work on Crimes of Espionage,” January 1, 1962, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Office of the Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Records (BStU), ZA, MfS-HA IX, Nr. 4350, pp. 226–235. Translated by Paul Maddrell.