Tactic: Hide a forgery

``I think the West should be very careful when receiving documents that are not originals. That is the first suspicious signal,'' says Ladislav Bittman in an interview. He is a specialist who honed his expertise in forgery as deputy chief of the Czechoslovak Disinforma-tion Department before his defection to the West in 1968. The Soviets and Czechs, he says, ``have hundreds of genuine Western documents. Most forgeries today are actually rewritten original American documents. [The forgers take] a document speaking about something totally different, and they use some parts of the document and insert only three or four new paragraphs that are really incriminating.

``It's much easier because the whole format is preserved and looks genuine. The language is very important. American governmental language is very special to bureaucrats.''

Besides forgeries ``there is a great variety of tactics'' in ``active measures,'' Bittman continues. The Soviet phrase ``active measures'' encompasses the gamut of attempts to influence opinion in foreign countries. It includes both overt and covert propaganda.

``The Soviets have a great advantage over the West (which of course uses the same tactics), a highly centralized system makes it possible to coordinate and orchestrate these measures, to use both the official propaganda channels, agents, organizations; semiofficial channels, agents, organizations; and the secret channels, agents, organizations. In the West the [United States Information Agency], CIA, American press, and hundreds of business organizations involved in international relations,'' all speaking with different voices, make the US much less effective in influencing other countries.

You've read  of  free articles. Subscribe to continue.
QR Code to Tactic: Hide a forgery
Read this article in
QR Code to Subscription page
Start your subscription today