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Berlin Tunnel, April 21, 1956Download nowEnlargeShow similar images

Title: Berlin Tunnel, April 21, 1956

Description: Inside the Berlin Tunnel (AKA: Operation Gold; Operation Stopwatch, 1955-1956), which had been secretly dug by the U.S. CIA (Central Intelligence) and British MI6 (SIS; British Intelligence), to tap into the Soviet military phone lines in Berlin and record all information. CIA Director Allen Dulles (Allen Welsh Dulles; April 7, 1893-January 29, 1969) had been earlier alerted by Reinhard Gehlen (April 3, 1902-June 8, 1979), who directed West German Intelligence, to the location of a crucial telephone junction six feet underground where three cables came together on the border of the U.S. sector of West Berlin and could be used to connect to Soviet phone lines. A tunnel was built in the U.S. sector, with the help of British Intelligence, and where wiretaps were extensively placed, all Soviet conversations monitored and recorded. The Soviets were told of the tunnel by British turncoat and KGB double agent George Blake (George Behar; November 11, 1922- ), but reportedly did nothing about it, not wanting to "discover" the tunnel and thus bring suspicion on their mole, Blake. When Blake was transferred from the area, the Soviets suddenly "discovered" the tunnel on April 21, 1956, exposing its operations to the press to embarrass Western intelligence agencies. The tunnel's monitoring operations had by then been shut down.

Category: Intelligence

Keywords: Berlin Tunnel, Reinhard Gehlen, Allen Dulles, CIA, Central Intelligence Agency, British Intelligence, MI5, Soviet Intelligence, Soviet military, monitoring, wiretaps, covert operations, George Blake, West Berlin, West Germany, West German Intelligence, telephone cables, Operation Gold, Operation Stopwatch, double agents, turncoats, traitors, spies, spying, spymasters, espionage, moles

Orientation: Landscape

Dimensions: 1650 x 1419 (2.34 MPixels) (1.16)

Print Size: 14.0 x 12.0 cm; 5.5 x 4.7 inches

File Size: 6.73 MB (7,061,582 Bytes)

Resolution: 300 x 300 dpi

Color Depth: 16.7 million (24 BitsPerPixel)

Compression: None

Image Number: 0000004486

Source: Jay Robert Nash Collection


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