Soviet Espionage (1945-1950...ish)

Soviet espionage efforts in the United States- by Naeem S.

"Our Soviet espionage efforts had virtually never, or had very seldom, produced any worthwhile political or economic intelligence on the Soviet Union." -Aldrich Ames, Soviet Spy against Americans.

NKGB/ MGB: Soviet secret force involved in intelligence and counter-intelligence until renamed to MGB

Some of Soviet's top spies prominent during 1945-1950:

Implications of Soviet espionage efforts:

- McCarthyism mentality grew

- House of Un-American Activities Committee established stringent forms of identification of potential communists.

- Truman's Executive Order 9835 on 22 March 1947 tightened protections against subversive infiltration of the US Government.

- Many legislative actions to avert Communism and identify potential Soviet spies, such as McCarran Internal Security Act of 1950.

Much like how the framework of espionage was tied with suspicion and betrayal, so was the framework of the Cold War that was built around betrayal, skepticism, hostility, and ignorance. The qualities associated with the aspects of the Cold War are what makes the Cold War what it is.

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Works Cited:

"American History Documents II."American History Documents II. Web. 14 Dec. 2014. <>.

"Espionage Information." Cold War (1945–1950), the Start of the Atomic Age. Web. 17 Dec. 2014. <>.

Herken, Gregg. The Winning Weapon: The Atomic Bomb in the Cold War, 1945-1950. New York: Knopf :, 1980. Print.

"The Cold War Museum." Cold War Museum. Web. 17 Dec. 2014. <>.