The United States' Central Intelligence Agency has appealed to Russians to turn on their country and become spies.
The secretive security agency took to Instagram to post a message in Russian last night.
The eight-photo long post gives details of how to contact the CIA using the dark web browser TOR, or how to connect via a VPN because Russia could track them down if they speak to the CIA in an unsecured way.
The English part of the post reads: “CIA is providing Russian-language instructions on how those who feel compelled by the Russian Government's unjust war can securely contact us.
“Our global mission demands that individuals be able to reach CIA securely from anywhere.”
And the Russia section reads: “Safe ways of establishing virtual contact with the CIA.
“We urge you to take all appropriate measures to protect yourself."
The call for defectors comes a few days after Russia lost 400 men in one day earlier this week.
It was claimed that Russian officers were said to be in disarray after Vladimir Putin had taken direct control of the military campaign in Ukraine after he allegedly lost patience with top brass.
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An EU source said that Putin had "now taken day-to-day control of the conflict."
And with Putin at the helm, the CIA has now given direct instructions to the Russian people.
The Instagram post added: "Your safety is above all – before contacting us, please take the following precautions.
“Do not use your home or business computer to contact us.
“It is recommended to use a computer and internet connection that is not associated with your identity.
“Make sure you are using an updated browser version, and use private browsing mode."
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The instruction concluded: “When you have completed all of the following instructions, delete your search history in your browser.
“The preferred method of making contact is using the TOR network or a trusted VPN for increased security.
“Without it, any sites you visit may be tracked by intelligence agencies or third parties.
“The content of our websites is encrypted, but without the use of TOR or VPN, your online activities can be monitored by third parties.”
The post then gives the TOR site address, which can only be accessed with a special dark web browser.
Speaking to the Washington Post, Dan Hoffman, a retired intelligence officer who served as the CIA’s top official in Moscow, said: “You want to be really careful with Russians who are seeking to provide information. The FSB in particular will be watching for people.”
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