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  • November, 1958

    East German Ministry of State Security, 'New Methods of Operation of Western Secret Services'

    Assessment by the Stasi of changes to operations made by the main Western secret services in response to Khrushchev's November 1958 diplomatic note to the United States, Britain, and France demanding an end to the occupation of West Berlin.

  • November 29, 1961

    Report on Visit of Luis Carlos Prestes, Chairman of the National Leadership of the Brazilian Communist Party

    Summary of Prestes' visit to Berlin and the GDR.

  • January 09, 1962

    East German Ministry of State Security, 'Brief Assessment of the Investigation Results Achieved in 1961 in Work on Crimes of Espionage'

    Assessment by the Stasi of the espionage of the main Western secret services in East Germany based on its investigation of cases of spying in 1961.

  • December 02, 1964

    Stasi Report on Meetings with the KGB, 30 November-1 December 1964

    Meetings between KGB Chairman Semichastny and East German Minister for State Security Mielke. Topics of discussion include Lyndon B. Johnson's recent election in the United States, Khrushchev's ouster from the Kremlin, Sino-Soviet relation, and Khrushchev's son-in-law Alexei Adzhubei.

  • November 01, 1965

    Letter from DRV Minister of Public Security Tran Quoc Hoan to GDR Minister of State Security Erich Mielke

    Tran Quoc Hoan writes requesting further technical assistance and training from the Stasi.

  • December 06, 1965

    Letter from the Committee for State Security of the Council of Ministers of the USSR on Aid to the Ministry for State Security of the DRV

    Letter describing technical assistance given to the Ministry for State Security of the DRV, including surveillance equipment.

  • December 14, 1965

    Memorandum of a Meeting of Minister Erich Mielke with Nguyen Minh Tien on 13 December 1965

    The East German Minister of State Security, Erich Mielke, meets with the head of North Vietnam’s Technical Operations Sector, Nguyen Minh Tien. Tien requests the transfer of expertise from East Germany in a number of different areas, including covert photography, remote surveillance (e.g. “bugging”) and counterfeiting.

  • February 10, 1966

    Note on a Meeting of Minister Erich Mielke with Nguyen Minh Tien on 1 February 1966

    Notes from a 1966 meeting between Erich Mielke, Nguyen Minh Tien, and several other East German officials. Tien summarizes the results of recent East German/North Vietnam collaboration, including laying the groundwork for the establishment of a Technical Operations Department in North Vietnam and makes several requests, including assistance with training of cadres. Mielke expresses East Germany’s intent to help North Vietnam, indicates that East Germany will buy advanced technology for North Vietnam, and proposes sending OTS (Operational-Technical Sector) and other specialists to Vietnam to learn more about the conflict.

  • October 05, 1966

    Note on a Meeting between Senior Staff of the Ministry for State Security of the DRV and the Ministry for State Security of the GDR

    East German Minister Erich Mielke and North Vietnamese Minister Tran Quoc-Hoan are the two main speakers. Hoan requests two additional comrades be trained by East Germany in indexing, information on concealment techniques, a small number of infrared binoculars, and “gamma encryption” technology. Mielke states that the technical equipment will be purchased from capitalist countries since they are not available in East Germany.

  • January 07, 1967

    Letter from DRV Minister of Public Security Tran Quoc Hoan to GDR Minister of State Security Erich Mielke

    Hoan writes regarding a delegation from the Ministry of State Security of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam to be trained in radio technology.

  • July 19, 1968

    Technical Operations Sector, Deliveries to the Ministry of State Security of the DRV

    Inventory documenting the shipment of dictation machines, tape recorders, and other devices from East Germany to Haiphong in North Vietnam.

  • September 18, 1969

    Report about a Meeting with the General Director of the Iraqi Directorate for Security, Lieutenant General al-Ani

    Iraq's General Director of Security al-Ani seeks a solution to deal with the United States, West Germany, Israel, and other imperialist and reactionary states have launched active diversionary activities against the new Iraqi regime. The solution that he reaches is to contact the socialist countries for help, beginning with East Germany. Al-Ani meets with the East Germans and they are not opposed to cooperation between the two states.

  • October 08, 1969

    Proposal for the Reception of the Minister of Interior of the Republic of Iraq by Comrade Colonel General Mielke

    Report on a meeting with Iraqi Minister of the Interior Saleh Mahdi el Ammash. Ammash requested assistance for the Iraqi intelligence agency, including training of Iraqi officers in Germany, surveillance technology, and instructional material. Colonel General Mielke provides options for a reserved response. Also included in an appendix is a biography of General Ammash and information about Iraq's current domestic policy.

  • November 13, 1969

    Stasi Note on Meeting with KGB Officials, 13 November 1969

    Meeting between KGB First Deputy S. K. Zvigun (Tsvigun) and East German Minister for State Security Mielke. They discuss anti-Soviet "ideological subversion" on the part of the United States and other enemies, as well as Soviet dissidents such as Alexander Solzhenitsyn and Andrei Sakharov.

  • September 23, 1970

    Stasi Report on West German Government’s Attitude to Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty

    This GDR intelligence report, based on information from SPD officials in Bonn, describes the concern of Brandt Government officials about the continued operation of RFE and RL in Germany, and claims that some officials would conditionally welcome Soviet bloc pressure on this issue.

  • 1971

    Excerpts from the Perspective Plan of the Ministry of State Security (MfS) for the Years 1971-1975

    List of policing objectives for the Vietnamese Ministry of State Security--including fighting capitalist ideology, the reconstruction of infrastructure destroyed in the Vietnam War, and the prevention and reduction of crime. Also outlines larger issues requiring interagency cooperation, including work management (comprising mandatory ID cards and the registration of all printers, pharmacists, etc.), education, and curbing “social calamities” (including prostitution, narcotics, and juvenile delinquency).

  • December 06, 1971

    Agreement for Support of the Security Services of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam

    This document includes plans for future negotiations with North Vietnam and support in the form of equipment, expertise, and direct assistance. It also discusses problems associated with the counterfeiting of the newly introduced South Vietnamese ID cards.

  • December 06, 1973

    Agreement on Cooperation between the Stasi and the KGB, 6 December 1973

    1973 agreement between the Stasi and the KGB outlining their cooperative efforts to fight "ideological subversion" and uncover "the hostile plans of the enemy." Both secret services would also exchange information gathered by their espionage activities and provide mutual support in infiltrating agents. Of particular mutual interest was espionage against the Federal Republic of Germany and West Berlin. To this end, the KGB was permitted to recruit East German citizens, and the MfS would secure their ongoing contacts.

  • February 13, 1976

    Soviet Bloc Intelligence Services Take Joint Countermeasures against Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty

    This GDR document is a German translation of the draft Action Program of Countermeasures against RFE and RL which was discussed at a multilateral meeting of Bloc intelligence services (minus Romania) in Prague in February 1976. The Prague meeting was suggested by the Czechoslovak interior ministry but dominated by the Soviet Union. Oleg Kalugin, then in charge of KGB counterintelligence, gave the opening speech (no copy of which could be located). Some of the measures listed in the Action Program, such as disinformation, were implemented. Others, such as a public tribunal to condemn the Radios, were never pursued.

  • October 21, 1976

    Chairman of the Central Information Group to the Deputy Minister

    Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland expelled all embassy workers from DPRK, accusing them of smuggling weapons, alcohol and cigarettes.The Chairman of the Central Information Group (Zentrale Auswertungs- und Informationsgruppe) of the GDR requests the Deputy Minister check all Korean embassy workers, including diplomats and their relative, and to keep them under careful surveillance.