Agent of Influence


Anagent of influenceis an agent of some stature who uses his or her position toinfluencepublic opinion or decision making to produce results beneficial to the country whose intelligence service operates the agent.Agents of influence are often the most difficult agents to detect, as there is seldom material evidence that connects them with a foreign power,but they can be among the most effective means of influencing foreign opinion and actions as they hold considerable credibility among the target audience.Most commonly they serve the interests of a foreign power in one of three ways: either as a controlled agent directly recruited and controlled by a foreign power; as a “trusted contact” that consciously collaborates to advance foreign interests but is not directly recruited or controlled by a foreign power; or as a “useful idiot” that is completely unaware of how their actions further the interests of…

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