By the 1970s the gap between Soviet and Western technology had increased to the point that Soviet technology was a significant step behind the Americans. In order to redress the balance, the KGB was charged with obtaining any and all information relating to Western technology.
According to the files given to the French secret service by Colonel Vladimir Vetrov, a KGB Directorate T defector, by the early 1980s the KGB had 100 Line X officers based at 10 Western embassies, utilizing a network of 100 informants.
Line X EditBased abroad, Line X is the foreign arm of Directorate S,
Currently the only credited staff belonging to Line X is Oleg Burov;
|Oleg Burov||Head of Line X at the Rezidentura. Son of the Russian Minister for Railways.|
Based out of the Rezidentura, Line X is portrayed on The Americans as a vital part of the Soviet foreign intelligence network. Oleg is shown to be receiving a great number of valuable scientific and technological intelligence from America.
Some of the intelligence received by Line X;
- A data dump from ARPANET (proto-internet, at the time used only by academic and military institutions)
- Plans for Nuclear X Laser Anti-Ballistic Missile Ray
- Propeller blueprints
- The ECHO program
- Samples of radar-masking paint