The Influence Of The United States During The Cold War

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After WWII tension between the East and West would intensify following the defeat of Hitler’s Germany as a new struggle for political influence would begin between the US and U.S.S.R. US concerns over Soviet plans for expansion and global influence, along with Russia’s attitude towards the West had raised concerns over any peaceful co-existence that the US may have envisioned. Similar to US concerns, Russian kremlin Joseph Stalin had also viewed the Western world as a threat to the long term goals of communist Russia. The initial creation of government agencies such as the CIA, MI5/6, and KGB were formed with the purpose of through secrecy meddle in international affairs with the goal of infiltrating, influencing, or interfere in events that …show more content…
From the 1940’s till the end of the Cold War efforts by these nations would increase as each nation had engaged in a number of espionage attempts to acquire military intel, secrets, and plans, along with valuable national data and information. Most spy efforts attempted were not limited to one particular method used but included just about anything that was viewed effective. It can be seen that political manipulation, infiltration of spies, space and aerial surveillance were some of the notable efforts attempted during the Cold War. The initial reason for the increased funding of spy operations can be attributed to fears of nuclear warfare and national superiority drawn mainly from the global anxiety which had existed after …show more content…
Before Fuchs had been in the US he would have a tenure in Britain under the GRU but his greatest contributions would come from his time in the US. The significance of Fuchs’ passing of US atomic secrets to the Soviets was that it enabled the Soviets to properly make an atomic bomb and further understand nuclear technology. The FBI and US personnel’s were not aware of Soviet infiltration within US facilities until much later when suspicion and clear evidence had shown that there were spies passing intel. After being questioned over suspicion of a being a Soviet spy, hinted by the Verona project to the GCHQ, Fuchs would deny claims in 1949, but later would confess in 1950 to being a Soviet spy. In 1950 Fuchs would be formally trialed in Britain, in a trial that had lasted little more than an hour, Fuchs had been sentenced to 14 years for espionage and the sharing of “classified government information with the enemy”. Fuchs’ contributions to the Soviets’ desires of creating nuclear technology were substantial, as not only can he be credited for their first atomic bomb, but his intel passed to the Soviets can also be accredited to the first ever hydrogen-bomb RSD-37 tested by the Soviets in

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