Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Between a rock and the KGB

MI6 has been incompetent in its technology design, agent training, or both. Imagine having your spies walking up to a fake "rock" to upload and download information from the storage device inside, rather than transmitting from a nearby park bench…

Left near a tree on a nondescript street on the outskirts of Moscow, the fake rock at the centre of the most embarrassing espionage scandal between Britain and Russia since the end of the cold war looks innocuous enough.

Light brown, 30 centimetres wide, and hollowed out to allow a waterproof box to fit snugly inside, the rock yesterday took on Gibraltar-sized proportions as Russia accused Britain of using it as a covert transmitter to pass messages to agents.

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