Counter-intelligence - Types of Offensive Counterespionage Operations

Types of Offensive Counterespionage Operations

A subject of offensive counterintelligence starts with a loyalty to one service. In these examples:

  • Service A: Foreign Intelligence Service (FIS) or non-national group
  • Service A1: a client, supporting organization, or ally of A
  • Service B: One's own or an allied service
  • Service B1: a client, supporting organization, or ally of B
  • Service C: A third country's service, which, in this context, should be assumed to be neutral.

Double agents and defectors start out being loyal to service B, which immediately creates the potential for emotional conflict. False flag operations also have the potential for conflict, as these operations recruit people who believe they are working for service C, but they have not been told the truth: they are actually working for service A or B, depending on the nature of the operation.

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