23 November 2006

people with shortwave radios are suspicious

I'm amused by news stories like this one, in which a suspected Russian spy was arrested in Montreal by border security. Apparently, even in 2006, possessing a shortwave radio increases your likelihood of being a spy:

Ambassador hasn't 'foggiest idea' about suspected spy

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, the Russian Security Service and the Cubans are still heavily involved in foreign espionage. The shortwave broadcasting of 'numbers' messages to espionage agents in Western countries continues - I pick them up all the time. A few years back I saw a news article where a Florida couple was arrested after it was discovered they were spying for the Cuban government - they had been using a shortwave radio to receive instructions from their handlers!

Anonymous said...

Oh, here's a link to the shortwave radio espionage story: http://cicentre.com/Documents/DOC_Alvarez_Case.html

Anonymous said...

Dept. of Justice Press release on the Alvarez spy case: http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls/PressReleases/070227-02.html