Undercover Agent and Informant Manual

A little light reading. Say thank you to the State of New York and Academia.edu, who made the linked download possible. (You don’t need to sign in or sign up to download, but if you’re worried about it you should still use Tor/VPN/standard tradecraft.)

In order to defend against a tactic, you need to understand how the tactic is done. Pay special attention to Rule #9 of informant handling, because it’s a list of “signs of duplicity” they look for when handling an informant. I’m sure you can figure out which items would be helpful for you and which would not.

The same things they look for in an informant are the things you should be using to pick out who already is one, or who is most susceptible to being flipped. Look for people who have “beef” with others; that will be an avenue they use to drive wedges. Look for people who are easily flattered—often when opening a conversation, agents will compliment their subject and attempt to break the ice or get the subject to let their guard down. Think through the members of your group: if approached, how cooperative/confrontational would they be?

Look for disparities: Does the subject work at a low paying job but have a nice house, cars, etc.? Do they claim to have a master’s degree but speak like they’re fresh out of the trailer park? Do they claim to have military experience their skills don’t back up? Do they claim to be from somewhere but can’t answer questions about the area?

The document above is for New York State, but it was written by someone with 25 years of undercover with federal agencies. Take, read, apply what you need.

And don’t forget Rule #1: Don’t play stupid games with stupid people…or smart people pretending to be stupid.


Author: Kit Perez

Kit Perez is a liberty activist, longtime writer, and intelligence analyst specializing in deception detection and HUMINT. She is prior Air Force, holds a degree with honors in Counterintelligence and has a Master's in Intelligence. She writes at PatrickHenrySociety.com.

7 thoughts on “Undercover Agent and Informant Manual”

  1. LOL. Can’t download the doc/pdf without registering to sign-in. “Please identify yourself in full do get a copy of this manual about how to keep things secret.” ROFL

  2. “You don’t need to sign in or sign up to download”
    FALSE Statement

    How bout you download it and Post it.

  3. For the record, when you visit the page there’s a link at the bottom that says “Read Paper.” You can read it right there without signing up.

  4. they must have taken away the read paper link as there is no way to see it without now signing up there. Luckily the media fire and reddit links work without signing up for anything.

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