US intelligence is expanding operations against Russia to the maximum since the cold war, told The Washington Post, citing American sources.
According to the newspaper, as for the mobilization of the secret agents of the CIA, the national security Agency (NSA) cyber-espionage, satellite systems and other exploration opportunities, which were previously used to combat terrorism and in the war zones.
One high-ranking sources in American intelligence noted that terrorism remains the main focus of American intelligence. However, according to him, the recent Directive from the White house and the office of the Director of National intelligence “promoted up” Russia on the priority list for the first time since the Soviet Union.
The reason was, said the sources, that over the past two years, the US was “caught off guard” by the Russian “aggression,” which includes the annexation of Crimea, Syria and hacker attacks.
At the same time, despite the fact that increased espionage operations against Russia is now considered “urgent priority”, the intention to return the CIA and other exploration Agency to the state in which they were during the cold war, no. According to interlocutors of the newspaper, now the CIA and other agencies spend on espionage against Russia 10% of its budget, whereas in Soviet times it took 40% or more.
Sources also said that the Russian military intelligence Service has 150 or more agents in the United States. They work not only in Washington and the headquarters of UN in new York, but in San Francisco and other big cities.
The CIA at the same time has a maximum of a few dozen agents in Russia, as well as a few dozen in Eastern Europe and the States that were formerly part of the Soviet Union. The interlocutors of the newspaper said that the number of us agents working against Russia has increased in recent years, however, they require training and are not yet sufficiently experienced and productive agents.