Special Operations: Forgotten Buried Spyware

Back in August 2019 American archeologists excavating the site of a suspected ancient Roman villa near the modern city of Cologne came across a surprising artifact of more modern vintage; a Cold War era Soviet radio buried near a nuclear research center and a former American military base. The R-394KM radio was in a hermetically sealed metal container.

 
Red Dawn....

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Joshua Slocum

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Back in August 2019 American archeologists excavating the site of a suspected ancient Roman villa near the modern city of Cologne came across a surprising artifact of more modern vintage; a Cold War era Soviet radio buried near a nuclear research center and a former American military base. The R-394KM radio was in a hermetically sealed metal container.

some years back the local builders in kidlington Oxfordshire found a concealed transmitter in a cottage, one that had been thoroughly searched by our F.O. chappies
oops
 
some years back the local builders in kidlington Oxfordshire found a concealed transmitter in a cottage, one that had been thoroughly searched by our F.O. chappies
oops
If the FO was doing the searching then its no surprise nothing was found!
 

Yokel

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I wonder if it was intended for use by Spetsnaz?

How many of these things are still out there? Given the level of interest foreign intelligence services are taking in the UK are modern ones being hidden by agents of unfriendly nations?

Makes you think.

Security is not a dirty word.
 

FORMER_FYRDMAN

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Slime

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I wonder if it was intended for use by Spetsnaz?

How many of these things are still out there? Given the level of interest foreign intelligence services are taking in the UK are modern ones being hidden by agents of unfriendly nations?

Makes you think.

Security is not a dirty word.
There will still be lots of old kit all over mainland Europe (including the UK). If the kit was well sealed and well hidden there would be no need to remove it, plus removing it would increase the chances of the kit being found.

Much of the stuff hidden in plain sight will have run out of useful life and naturally not been replaced with newer stuff.

I suspect that things have moved on quite a lot from the pre positioned gear from the ‘50s-‘90s and that with the freedom of movement in Europe there is quite a lot of newer stuff in the UK.

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Things have moved on from the days where a family in Speech house or Coleford always kept a Landy and trailer well maintained, and always kept their fuel oil tank in the garden topped up.

The UK is awash with visitors from Eastern Europe, who can now easily bring their own transport :)
 
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