Why you find Rolling Stones-labeled audio cassettes in the Stasi archives
Telephones in the GDR had as standard an extra wire that was not connected. Stasi officers disguised as telephone workers could connect this wire, and the telephone would transmit everything said in the room to the Stasi central even if the phone was cradled. The audio would be taped on standard audio cassettes, written down, and the tapes were re-used. As there was a shortage of cassettes (domestic production never kept up with demands), the Stasi stole every cassette they could find in postal parcels from the west, so in the Stasi archive one can find cassettes on which for instance Rolling Stones albums were originally recorded, but which now contain wiretapped conversations of random citizens.
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