Cold War Espionage Trivia

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With Russian flexing its muscles, China expanding its reach and fears of conflict in Korea the world looks all too much like it did in the 1950s and 1960s. To understand how similar, yet how different things might appear take this test that offers a blast from the past on Cold War espionage and conflict.

Brush up on your Cold War history with questions like:

Which Cold War leader was quoted as saying “If surviving assassination attempts were an Olympic event, I would win the gold metal?”
A) U.S. President Gerald Ford

B) French President Charles De Gaulle

C) Cuban President Fidel Castro

D) Libyan Prime Minister Muammar Mohammed Abu Minyar Gaddafi

If you think the Cold War is irrelevant in 2016, think again. Russia is making headlines now more than ever. The country has been accused of meddling in the US election.

ClearanceJobs’ Ed Ledford writes “It was a surprising Judy-Bloom moment for GOP nominee Donald Trump: “Russia, if you’re listening [they probably are], I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.” Trump was referring to the lost State Department emails of DNC nominee Hillary Clinton. Former CIA Director Leon Panetta didn’t see the humor in it. Panetta told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that Trump was “in fact, asking the Russians to engage in American politics.” Perhaps. Perhaps just another moment of indiscretion.”

And if current events aren’t enough to get you interested in Soviet era, earlier this summer the CIA also announced it would be releasing the details of previously undisclosed Cold War actions.

“CIA consistently reviews both specific documents and compiled volumes in a timely manner, and in 2015 it agreed to acknowledge four covert actions that will be documented in future volumes,” the Advisory Committee on Historical Diplomatic Documentation stated in a report.

Military actions in Syria have only complicated US/Russia relations. While the Cold War seems long over, the relationship between Russia and the United States is certainly strained. A power play may be in the works, if the US decides to take on a bigger role in Syria.

Peter Suciu is a freelance writer who covers business technology and cyber security. He currently lives in Michigan and can be reached at petersuciu@gmail.com.

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