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Cryptonym: REDCAP

Definition:
REDCAP was a program of operational exploitation of Soviet personnel. Included within its objectives was inducement of Soviets to defect from their official posts, or to extract information from them in the course of attempting to convince them to defect.
Status:
Documented
Sources:

http://www.globalsecurity.org/intell/ops/ussr-redcap.htm

"REDCAP (1951-1965) was the planned collection of information on Soviet personnel stationed abroad for the purpose of operational exploitation, including defector inducement."

104-10310-10192: MEMORANDUM:OPERATIONS AGAINST SOVIET TARGETS

DDP Richard Bissell, 9/2/58: "Operations designed to monitor the activities of Soviet official personnel and installations." Closely aligned was the CE (counter-espionage) program "to negate the activities of RIS representatives and agents stationed in countries under the jurisdiction of the operating divisions."

Philip Agee, Inside the Company: CIA Diary, p. 60 of 572.

"A machine-listing system of all Soviet nationals who travel abroad; scientists, technicians, military advisors and commercial officers as well as diplomats. Intelligence officers, of course, use all of these types of cover."

Contributors:
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