The secret’s out: Tony D’Souza on espionage and human weakness

‘The KGB knew how to exploit human weakness.’

'The KGB knew how to exploit human weakness, but do we know our own weaknesses?' | Photo: by Craig Whitehead on Unsplash

How do you recruit a spy? According to the former Soviet security service, the KGB, the best way is to appeal to their human weaknesses. It used the acronym MICE: M for money, I for Ideology, C for Compromise, and E for Ego. It turns out to be a very useful index of human weakness.

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