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Tracker
The team were able to track Danny because he was carrying a tracking device. These devices are able to pinpoint their location with the aid of satellite navigation.
 
The Global Positioning System is a group of 27 satellites encircling the earth. They were originally launched by the American military as a navigation system, but before long the system was opened up for everyone’s use.
 
At any point on earth the receiver will always be able to communicate with at least four satellites. It needs these four satellites to help it judge its position. The receiver calculates the distance between it and each of the satellites, then it’s able to pinpoint a position where all those distances meet at one point. By a process of elimination, that must be the location of the receiver.
 
In a standard GPS receiver that you might buy in a shop the location information would be displayed on the receiver. In a tracking device the receiver transmits the data to a third party computer which is where location can be pinpointed with the aid of maps. As well as being used to keep track of a spook, these devices can be fitted to vehicles or other goods, so that if they are stolen, they can be located quickly and easily.  

Creating a Legend
In spying terms a cover is a used to conceal a spy’s true identity. It can be as simple as just the use of a fake name. A legend is the term for a very sophisticated cover. It is basically means creating an entire false life, including past events.   
 
Maxi had an incredibly complicated legend. She’d stolen the identity of a baby that had been born in Surrey in the late 70s. That birth certificate had been used to get her a passport, and she arrived in the country and started at a boarding school in 1990.
 
A spy has to completely live their legend. They must be sure not to carry anything that would point to their true identity. A well-prepared legend not only provides the documents that he needs to pass himself off as his new identity, but also the paperwork you might expect to be generated by any ordinary person’s life. They must have the ticket stubs, receipts, certificates, letters, postcards etc which would feature in any person’s life.
 
The slightest error in a legend can be the thing that gives a spy away.

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