Seegram initially suggested to TRACER that they get together to
discuss their respective countries interest in a trade pact with .
They had lunch, and when it went well, Seegram suggested they get
together again. Over the course of several more meetings, they became
quite friendly. TRACER was guarded when discussing
and his work at the embassy, but that was to be expected. Seegram
was concerned that TRACER might be an intelligence agent himself,
developing Seegram for recruitment. Likewise, there was a possibility
that TRACER might have been a double agent the was dangling.
But these were always potential concerns, and as Seegram and
TRACER spent more time togetherprimarily lunches and dinners at
local restaurantsSeegram became increasingly convinced TRACER
was neither an intel officer nor a double agent. Much of this was based
on intuition, which is not considered a reliable guide in intelligence.
But especially in the early stages of a recruitment, there often isnt
much else to go on.
The cables went into less and less detail as the development of
TRACER went on. Presumably, Seegram started to ask more and more
questions about policy and what went on at the embassy, and
TRACER responded. In a textbook case, TRACER would eventually
cross a line where he was revealing things he should not have been.
Seegram would continue to gently guide him down this path. Eventually
a formal recruitment would take place.
However it did progress, a cable in December said that TDTRACER
had been formally recruited. Subsequent cables ticked off the C/ Os
standard work at this point. Seegram moved their relationship into a
fully clandestine mode, moving all meetings to secure locations. He
trained TDTRACER in the fundamentals of tradecraft, including . A form of payment was set up, by the case officer.
The operational cables now began to be interspersed with intelligence
reports. There were three or four of them on economic
policy, none spectacularly interesting but one or two containing information
that seemed like it would have been of interest to analysts
working on .
Seegram and TRACER had had five or six meetings since his recruitment,
over the course , when the cable traffic written
by Seegram suddenly stopped. Seegrams last cable detailed a fairly
ordinary meeting at which . Then came McCelvoys
cable, dated two weeks later, in which he reported that TDTRACER
was still missing and that the station was losing confidence in the case
officer with the pseudonym "Seegram."
I went back to the file cabinet to see if there was another TDTRACER
folder. Sometimes folders were misfiled, so I looked all through the
cabinets, but there was nothing else there.
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