History Main / ConvenientlyUnverifiableCoverStory

16th Nov '16 3:49:51 AM bwburke94
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** This was further verified by the book written based on the files and notes given by the KGB defector Aleksandr Vasily Mitrokhin (which was subsequently condensed into a two-part volume, The Mitrokhin Archive). From Mitrokhin's notes, it is clear that that a specific section of the [[UsefulNotes/MoscowCentre KGB, the First Chief Directorate's Department S (Illegals Division)]] was tasked with building cover stories for infiltrating agents to establish themselves - [[TheInfiltration and therefore spy, or sabotage, effectively for the Soviet Union]] - much like how it was shown (albeit in a dramatized form) in the movie ''Film/{{Salt}}''. The notes indicate that the stories were so well fabricated that there may be many sleeper agents ''still active in the world today.'' [[ParanoiaFuel Not exactly a comforting thought,]] [[UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin considering recent events.]]

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** This was further verified by the book written based on the files and notes given by the KGB defector Aleksandr Vasily Mitrokhin (which was subsequently condensed into a two-part volume, The Mitrokhin Archive). From Mitrokhin's notes, it is clear that that a specific section of the [[UsefulNotes/MoscowCentre KGB, the First Chief Directorate's Department S (Illegals Division)]] was tasked with building cover stories for infiltrating agents to establish themselves - [[TheInfiltration and therefore spy, or sabotage, effectively for the Soviet Union]] - much like how it was shown (albeit in a dramatized form) in the movie ''Film/{{Salt}}''. The notes indicate that the stories were so well fabricated that there may be many sleeper agents ''still active in the world today.'' [[ParanoiaFuel Not exactly a comforting thought,]] [[UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin considering recent events.thought.]]



* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Francisco_Earthquake San Francisco Earthquake of 1906]] was used by numerous Chinese immigrants to get into the USA despite the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_Exclusion_Act_(United_States) Chinese Exclusion Act].] And not only by Chinese.

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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Francisco_Earthquake San Francisco Earthquake of 1906]] was used by numerous Chinese immigrants to get into the USA despite the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_Exclusion_Act_(United_States) Chinese Exclusion Act].] Act]]. And not only by Chinese.
28th Aug '16 11:06:20 AM Morgenthaler
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* A related, somewhat ironic inversion: many Belorussians conscripted by the [[NazisWithGnarlyWeapons German occupation]] after 1941 were captured in the West by the Allies (they were notoriously unreliable even in the SS), but since the United States did not practically recognize 'Belorussian' as a distinct ethnic group (as opposed to 'French', 'German', 'Russian', etc.) they were typically classified 'Polish' for convenience, due to cultural similarities. This became a problem when some learned the Polish government-in-exile would have them imprisoned as liabilities or rebels against the pre-war government of Polish-annexed West Belarus.

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* A related, somewhat ironic inversion: many Belorussians conscripted by the [[NazisWithGnarlyWeapons [[UsefulNotes/NazisWithGnarlyWeapons German occupation]] after 1941 were captured in the West by the Allies (they were notoriously unreliable even in the SS), but since the United States did not practically recognize 'Belorussian' as a distinct ethnic group (as opposed to 'French', 'German', 'Russian', etc.) they were typically classified 'Polish' for convenience, due to cultural similarities. This became a problem when some learned the Polish government-in-exile would have them imprisoned as liabilities or rebels against the pre-war government of Polish-annexed West Belarus.
11th Aug '16 2:02:55 AM PaulA
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* In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Brothers in Arms]]'', Elli Quinn spots the bad guy partly because his cover identity is from a planet wrecked by a tectonic disaster. Indeed, it's implied that only amateurs use that planet for a cover identity any longer, as every professional intelligence agency in the Nexus considers 'survivor of Frost IV' an automatic red flag requiring double-checking.

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* In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Brothers in Arms]]'', ''Literature/BrothersInArms'', Elli Quinn spots the bad guy partly because his cover identity is from a planet wrecked by a tectonic disaster. Indeed, it's implied that only amateurs use that planet for a cover identity any longer, as every professional intelligence agency in the Nexus considers 'survivor of Frost IV' an automatic red flag requiring double-checking.
30th Jul '16 1:41:08 AM konekootome
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* In order to explain why he wanted to get close to Naruto and his StrongFamilyResemblance in ''[[FanFic/BlackkatsReverse Reverse]]'', Kurama says that Naruto's mother Kushina was his half-sister. Which no can deny nor verify since Kushina's home village Uzu was destroyed and Kushina was tip-lipped about her family when alive.

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* In order to explain why he wanted to get close to Naruto and his StrongFamilyResemblance in ''[[FanFic/BlackkatsReverse Reverse]]'', Kurama says that Naruto's mother Kushina was his half-sister. Which no one can deny nor verify since Kushina's home village Uzu was destroyed and Kushina was tip-lipped about her family when alive.
30th Jul '16 1:40:29 AM konekootome
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* In order to explain why he wanted to get close to Naruto and his StrongFamilyResemblance in ''[[FanFic/BlackkatsReverse Reverse]]'', Kurama says that Naruto's mother Kushina was his half-sister. Which no can deny nor verify since Kushina's home village Uzu was destroyed and Kushina was tip-lipped about her family when alive.
18th Jul '16 11:28:00 AM TechPriest90
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** This was further verified by the book written based on the files and notes given by the KGB defector Aleksandr Vasily Mitrokhin (which was subsequently condensed into a two-part volume, The Mitrokhin Archive). From Mitrokhin's notes, it is clear that that a specific section of the [[UsefulNotes/MoscowCentre KGB, the First Chief Directorate's Department S (Illegals Division)]] was tasked with building cover stories for infiltrating agents to establish themselves - [[TheInfiltration and therefore spy, or sabotage, effectively for the Soviet Union]] - much like how it was shown (albeit in a dramatized form) in the movie ''Film/{{Salt}}''. The notes indicate that the stories were so well fabricated that there may be many sleeper agents ''still active in the world today.'' [[ParanoiaFuel Not exactly a comforting thought,]] [[UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin considering recent events.]]
14th Jul '16 5:47:08 PM WillKeaton
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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Francisco_Earthquake San Francisco Earthquake of 1906]] was used by numerous Chinese immigrants to get into the USA despite the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_Exclusion_Act_(United_States) Chinese Exclusion Act]]. And not only by Chinese.

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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Francisco_Earthquake San Francisco Earthquake of 1906]] was used by numerous Chinese immigrants to get into the USA despite the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_Exclusion_Act_(United_States) Chinese Exclusion Act]]. Act].] And not only by Chinese.
29th Jun '16 12:21:28 PM triscion
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** The twist is that it wasn't a complete lie either. Their village ''had'' been overrun by titans [[spoiler: they just neglected to say that this happened ''outside'' the walls, not in.]]

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** The twist is that it wasn't a complete lie either. Their village ''had'' been overrun by titans [[spoiler: they just neglected to say that this happened ''outside'' the walls, Walls, not in.]]
29th Jun '16 12:19:50 PM triscion
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** The twist is that it wasn't a complete lie either. Their village ''had'' been overrun by titans [[spoiler: they just neglected to say that this happened ''outside'' the walls, not in.]]
6th Jun '16 4:17:10 AM Doug86
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* In Literature/JamesBond novel ''Literature/{{Moonraker}}'', Hugo Drax is really a Nazi officer who adopted the identity of one of the countless British servicemen missing in action in the aftermath a large battle in UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo. The identity he assumes was that of an orphan with no close friends.

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* In Literature/JamesBond novel ''Literature/{{Moonraker}}'', Hugo Drax is really a Nazi officer who adopted the identity of one of the countless British servicemen missing in action in the aftermath a large battle in UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. The identity he assumes was that of an orphan with no close friends.



* In Jutland during WorldWarII there were seven villages with the same name, so the Danish resistance would use them for false papers, knowing the Germans would seldom be bothered checking through the files of seven different village records.

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* In Jutland during WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII there were seven villages with the same name, so the Danish resistance would use them for false papers, knowing the Germans would seldom be bothered checking through the files of seven different village records.
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