A troubling thought
One point Tennent Bagley makes in Spy Wars is that the Bolsheviks and the Cheka quickly became adept at counter-intelligence and sophisticated disinformation very quickly. They ran large-scale operations like the Trust that fooled their enemies-even experienced intelligence agencies in Britain and France. Bagley estimates that they ran 25-40 successful deception operations between 1917 and 1940.
Not bad for a raggedy bunch of revolutionaries.
Which makes you wonder: Could al Qaeda or another terrorist group do the same thing?
And if they could, are they doing it now?