Omnipresence of spies and informants

On the occasion of last month’s 50th anniversary of construction of the Berlin Wall the press published pieces on the omnipresence of spies and snitches for dictatorial regimes, such as that of East Germany’s, taking aim at Stasi. Its spies and informants penetrated every aspect of society, from professional groups to the bedrooms:

“Just to have an idea of the magnitude of interference, the Stasi used a network of informants in a ration of one in ninety East German citizens.”

To illustrate the pervasive nature of Stasi’s spy network, the Washington Post quoted the Cold War bureau chief of Associated Press, who doubled as a spy for U.S. intelligence…

Ah, the pervasiveness of spies and informants in dictatorial countries!


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