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When an Economic Crisis Collides With an Unprecedented Espionage Threat

Scott Stewart
VP of Tactical Analysis, Stratfor
Apr 14, 2020 | 11:00 GMT
(Blue Planet Studio/SHUTTERSTOCK)

I've seen a number of news reports discussing how the lockdowns and travel bans resulting from COVID-19 are hindering the ability of intelligence officers to do their jobs by preventing them from being able to conduct in-person source meets. The inability to conduct face-to-face source meets, and to make personal contact with recruitment targets to develop relationships with them, is a valid concern. I would like to suggest, however, that the economic crisis resulting from COVID-19 will also provide intelligence officers a golden opportunity to spot and recruit new agents....

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