Friday 16th of April 2021

In 1945, a Group of Soviet School Children Presented a US Ambassador With a Carved US Seal as a Gesture of Friendship. It Hung in His Office For Seven Years Before Discovering it Contained a Listening Device.

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>The Thing, also known as the Great Seal bug, was one of the first covert listening devices (or "bugs") to use passive techniques to transmit an audio signal. It was concealed inside a gift given by the Soviet Union to W. Averell Harriman, the United States Ambassador to the Soviet Union, on August 4, 1945. Because it was passive, needing electromagnetic energy from an outside source to become energized and activate, it is considered a predecessor of radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology. >The device, embedded in a carved wooden plaque of the Great Seal of the United States, was used by the Soviets to spy on the US. On August 4, 1945, several weeks before the end of World War II, a delegation from the Young Pioneer organization of the Soviet Union presented the bugged carving to Ambassador Harriman, as a "gesture of friendship" to the Soviet Union's war ally. It hung in the ambassador's Moscow residential study for seven years, until it was exposed in 1952 during the tenure of Ambassador George F. Kennan. >The existence of the bug was discovered accidentally in 1951 by a British radio operator at the British embassy who overheard American conversations on an open radio Soviet air force radio traffic channel ]Wikipedia]((listening_device)).

"Beware of Soviets bearing gifts.
But what were the kids listening for?


What You Really Think

Especially considering it was a group of school children.

]]() 'Soviet officials have privately conceded that microwaves have been beamed at the American Embassy in Moscow, but they justified the possibly harmful activity as necessary to jam American listening devices on the roof of the building. Congressional and Administration sources said today that, after having denied for some 15 years that there had been such microwave emissions, Soviet officials recently conceded their existence. Soviet diplomats here have discussed the purpose of the microwaves with American reporters and Administration officials. The American officials said they accepted the Soviet contention that the microwaves were aimed at the embassy to disable the sophisticated monitoring equipment and not to bug the embassy or to harm American personnel. The listening devices on the embassy roof in Moscow are secret and hardly any Americans in the city know of them. There have been reports that they were able to eavesdrop on Soviet officials riding in limousines, and they presumably monitor Soviet frequencies. Earlier news reports from Moscow noted speculation that the microwave emissions, which produce lowlevel electromagnetic radiation of the kind found near radar stations or even radio and television transmitters, were either for recharging listening devices or for picking up conversations from within the embassy.'.

If it was the reverse, American kids presenting a bugged carved seal to a Soviet ambassador, I bet it wouldn't be met with praise here, but with condemnation.

Spy museum *sounds* like something fun, but enevitably gets you on a "list.".

There are some excellent speeches on their YouTube channel. Worth the look.

That's one of several copies. There's another at the National Cryptologic Museum just outside Fort Meade in Maryland. oh, and the opening for the microphone is in the beak. Inside the device is about the size of a long pencil.

Neet beak ?

Pins in cigars, can you say some more? I googled but didn't find anything.

Conducting meetings in a sauna is the most Finnish thing Ive ever heard.

>Churchill put pins on his cigars). What does this mean?

Pins on his cigars? What kind of pin?

No way! Very interesting.

I thought theremin was a typo for a second there.

I love my theremin, but I havent touched it in years!

I'd love to be a fly on a wall for the *private* discussions between leaders on stuff like this. "Oh, you fuckers got us so good on that one. We got you back, though. You'll find out in a few years.".

One of my favorite things about the history of spying is that whenever we look back on espionage, it's *never* as covert as we think. For example, during the Cold War, it's likely that the vast majority if not *all* of the active agents the US had in Eastern Europe, Cuba, and other places were known and monitored.

Is it ethical to be a spy? You are technically a very serious criminal in the nation you're spying in.

The things thats interesting to me is that both side knew up to that point that both sides were spying on each Luther through planes in their airspace. The reason why nobody spoke up until the U-2 incident was because nobody wanted to admit that the enemy could get above their airspace.

Here I go spying again.

Dude the craziest part is this was back in '45 imagine the shit they must have now a days we will never know but I don't doubt they got some crazy futuristic shit going on today.

NSO group and other Israeli companies have monetized the technology behind their government's flame software they targeted the Iranian nuclear program with. It allows anyone they are willing to sell it to to surreptitiously take over your phone and computer, seeing everything you do, cameras, microphones when they are not supposed to be on, stuff like that. They also hacked whatsapp and are being sued for it. They sell this tech to repressive regimes in places like Honduras where they've used it to target union activists, environmentalists, reformers, the good guys. Cover you camera on your laptop at the least if you are paranoid.

The equipment people used for spying during WW2 and the Cold War is *enormous*. The art of concealing that stuff was so difficult. Nowadays, off-the-shelf hardware could be made into spying devices that would have been the envy of the world in even the '90s. The bleeding edge could be absolutely insane...

No need for spying, everyone willingly gives out their info.

The chinese just send hookers over here. Works.

And by "hack" you mean the cia asks google access which they gladly grant.

DUH DUN DUN!!!

Yeah thats good and all but lets not forget that in Nineteen ninety eight when the undertaker threw mankind off hiell in a cell, and plummeted sixteen feet through an announcer's table.

I actually thought I was in for some crazy story and while it is technically that, my hope has been ruined.

Sir, this is a Wendy's.

It's true, the legal system is always shafting people, but luckily you can always reach out for Knight Rider, a shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a man who does not exist. Michael Knight, a young loner on a crusade to champion the cause of the innocent, the helpless, the powerless in a world of criminals who operate above the law.

He was a cop, and good at his job. Until he committed the ultimate sin and testified against other cops gone bad, cops who tried to kill him but got the woman he loved instead. Framed for murder, now he prowls the badlands. An outlaw hunting outlaws. A bounty hunter a renegade.

It was unthinkable technology back then.

It was 1945. Radios were huge and would have needed a battery which was also huge. Few people would have considered that possible. Remember the transistor wasn't invented until 1947, and even then it was a curiosity in a lab with electrodes jammed into a semiconductor. Practical small transistors were a decade or two away at this time.

They did! Such items were routinely examined and scanned for radio activity. What made this device remarkable was that it was much smaller than typical transmitters of the era - microelectronics were in their infancy - and only emitted radio signals when intentionally energized by an external source - while passive, it couldn't be detected by RF scanning, which is what they typically used to hunt for listening devices. It also operated at a frequency above what the Department of State and FBI equipment was typically capable of, further complicating discovery.

As far as I'm aware nobody was in the habit of bothering to check if the Soviets were telling the truth back then. An awful lot of their lies simply became history.

It didn't have a battery. It had an antenna inside that was picking up energy from a specific frequency radio wave. It had a microphone. It was operated remotely from outside the street (spies, agents). The energy picked up from the radio wave was enough to operate the listening device. There was a documentary or a wiki page or something about it, that's the only reason I know about it.

Some would almost say that modern phones require by far more energy than a listening device.

My unlocked moto g power can last nearly 2 weeks. i bought one for 150 bucks and i'm never using anything else ever again lol. probably gonna get a second one because seriously nothing has beaten this phone in my experience.

Also you: watches YouTube videos while pooping at work for at least an hour every day.

Me and my zenfone 7 pro where 80% charge sometimes lasts 2 days but 100% would definitely be enough to consistently do so.

I remember when I had to charge my 1999 Nokia once per week, max.

Announcer: they did not.

They may not have known that specific Denise was there but people entering the residence (where it was) were handed cards saying the entire house and garden were bugged.

The soviets copied the office.

Happy cake day... Enjoy it. Disregard the tracking bug in it. It may tingle as is it implants.

Pretty sure Trump was the thing that the Russians were trying to get into the office.

What do you think of this opera for his birthday?

Kind of an indictment of the nominee field when half the country think the Russian spy is the best candidate.

3 investigations and the people pushing them all said the Trump Russia story was bullshit. Stop spreading misinformation.

I hardly believe he was a spy for russia, but he divided america, which makes putins job easier.

Biden hasnt been in office that long yet... Pretty sure he needs his diaper changed though.

Putin famously gave Trump a soccer ball. There was something very strange about it. Either it had deeper meaning or there was some sort of listening device or it was a weapon it was just odd and I got a feeling about it.

No, it was super low tech (one reason why it took so long to be discovered). The general idea is that you send a known signal to it, it simply bounces the signal back however the bounced back signal also contains the voices of whoever is talking in the room. Because you know the signal that you sent it, you subtract the signal and then you get the people's voices. Source: I know the guy that studied it for the US government at the time.

I highly doubt the kids thought it up.

"The Thing consisted of a tiny capacitive membrane connected to a small quarter-wavelength antenna; it had no power supply or active electronic components. The device, a passive cavity resonator, became active only when a radio signal of the correct frequency was sent to the device from an external transmitter. ".

As a tip, don't make judgement about how true is something when you clearly know nothing about it. You are not "being skeptical", that's not what skepticism or critical thinking stand for. ]It literally takes 30 seconds to find out that it's true on Wikipedia.]((listening_device)) The listening device was extremely low tech (and at the same time very smartly designed), that's why it wasn't discovered when the item was inspected. To have a wireless listening device such as this with the technology of the time, it would require a power source and a much larger radio device. Since none of those things were present, it was deemed impossible that the seal had nothing suspicious inside.

Theremin.

And more (listening_device).

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