Friday, August 10, 2018

Five Types of Agents


Those who think they know Lee Harvey Oswald as a deranged leftist killer of the President are also fond of saying that no secret government agency would ever use a person like Oswald, a misfit loner, are in error.

Those who say that Oswald killed President Kennedy on his own, without assistance, also say he was a wife-beating loser rather than the master assassin he had to be if he did what they say he did all by himself.

Those who say that have not read Ian Fleming's attributes of a good intelligence agent, David Atlee Phillip's book "Careers in Intelligence," or Allen Dulles' "Crafts of Intelligence."

Each of these veteran spymasters lays out the personality traits needed to be a good spy or espionage agent, and Oswald fits the bill on all counts, in fact he could be the archtypical prototype - possessing all of the necessary qualities and traits mentioned by Fleming, Phillips and Dulles.

I will provide links to both Fleming's attributes and Phillips' "Careers" ASAP, who dive deeper into the details, but want to focus on Dulles for starters.

At the very first meeting of the Warren Commission Commissioner Allen Dulles brought along a copy of a book "American Assassins" by the author of "PT 109," that portrayed American assassins as deranged loners, unlike their more political European counterparts.

Instead Dulles should have passed around copies of his own book, "The Crafts of Intelligence."

In the very beginning of "Crafts of Intelligence" - that some say was ghost written by E. Howard Hunt, and possibly read by Lee Harvey Oswald, Dulles calls attention to one of the oldest books known to the world - Sun Tzu's "The Art of War," specifically on the chapter on the use of secret agents.

Dulles explained that despite the advances in technology and the use of satellite and electronic surveillance, human intelligence (HUMINTEL) was still necessary to determine motives and intentions.

Sun Tzu said there are five types of agents or spys - and when they are all working together it is a network it is called "The Divine Skein" - a u  being a fisherman's net, and the result appearing to the uninitiated as a divine act of God.

The five types of agents -

1) Local - Native - who are inhabidents of the area or theater of operations, who know the local terrain and language and can move about freely.

2) Inside - the most valued of all agents and hardest to recruit as they are situated inside the opposition government, especially its intelligence and security agencies.

3) Doubled - agents are opposition agents who are turned, or defectors.

4) Living - agents are those who get behind the enemy lines and return with valuable information.

5) Expendable - agents are those who are compromised, lost, captured or killed after completing their mission.

In his short life of twenty-some years, Lee Harvey Oswald actually served as each of those types of agents - He was considered doubled when he defected, he became a local native speaking agent inside Russia for two years, became a living agent when he returned home and reported on the situation there, was an inside agent when he got the job at the Texas School Book Depository (TSBD), and was eventually an doomed expendable agent when he was captured and killed while in police custody.

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