Cold War Foreign influence financing

The UK’s foreign intelligence service believed that Michael Foot, a British Labour party politician, was a paid information of the Soviet Union. 

He was not considered to be a spy or conscious agent. Instead, he was used for disinformation purposes in return for the equivalent of £37,000 in today’s money. The disbursements to Foot were made in cash, in £10 notes slipped into his pocket. 

Analysis: Cases of financing of foreign influence activity are relatively rare; more common are cases of espionage financing, in which the individuals steal classified information or carry out specific acts on behalf of the foreign government. In this case, this type of information operation, and the financing of it, falls into the realm of foreign influence activity. 

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