Ágnes Hankiss

Fighting the arch-enemy

“Most of the time, CIA intelligence officers meet our citizens and choose their targets at diplomatic receptions and other such gatherings.

As a way to disguise their true purpose and the activity of their agents, after making the candidate’s acquaintance, they introduce him/her to new people at various events.

Later, these people also maintain contact with the candidate through various opportunities. Their purpose – beyond disguising the ‘real’ observers and their role – is to gather as much valuable information of the candidate as possible in order to facilitate later recruitment.” (Ministry of the Interior, Department III/I., 1976)