Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Spycraft 101: The Moscow Rules

John Schindler tweets:
Based on Fogle debacle CIA has forgotten its own "Moscow Rules." Worked well in Cold War. 

The Moscow Rules (via wikipedia)

  • Assume nothing.
  • Murphy is right.
  • Never go against your gut; it is your operational antenna.
  • Don't look back; you are never completely alone.
  • Everyone is potentially under opposition control.
  • Go with the flow, blend in.
  • Vary your pattern and stay within your cover.
  • Any operation can be aborted. If it feels wrong, it is wrong.
  • Maintain a natural pace.
  • Lull them into a sense of complacency.
  • Build in opportunity, but use it sparingly.
  • Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. (borrowed from Muhammad Ali, aka Cassius Clay.)
  • Don't harass the opposition.
  • There is no limit to a human being's ability to rationalize the truth.
  • Pick the time and place for action.
  • Keep your options open.
  • Once is an accident. Twice is coincidence. Three times is an enemy action. (taken from Ian Fleming's novel Goldfinger)

1 comment:

  1. Hello,
    This page is about the rules of moscow.These rules are strict.The original Moscow Rules were said to have contained 40 different rules, and a debate still exists over whether they weren't recorded, or still classified.