By Tenent H. Bagley
During this rapid-paced publication, a former CIA leader of Soviet bloc counter-intelligence breaks open the mysterious case of KGB officer Yuri Nosenko's 1964 defection to the USA. nonetheless a hugely arguable bankruptcy within the background of chilly warfare espionage, the Nosenko affair has encouraged debate for greater than 40 years: used to be Nosenko a bona fide defector with the genuine information regarding Lee Harvey Oswald's remain in Soviet Russia, or used to be he a KGB loyalist, engaged in a fancy online game of deception?
As manager of CIA operations opposed to the KGB on the time, Tennent H. Bagley at once dealt with Nosenko’s case. This insider wisdom, mixed with info gleaned from dozens of interviews with former KGB adversaries, locations Bagley in a uniquely authoritative place. He publications the reader step-by-step during the advanced operations surrounding the Nosenko affair and shatters the cozy model of occasions the CIA has offered to the general public. Bagley unveils not just the KGB’s historical past of cruel and bloody betrayals but additionally the life of undiscovered traitors within the American camp. Shining new mild at the CIA-KGB secret agent wars, he invitations deeper puzzling over the historical past of espionage and its implications for the intelligence neighborhood this day.
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But such operations require careful attention to detail—a deception exposed is like a boomerang—and as we perceived in Vienna, the KGB’s execution could be less sophisticated than its plan. Among the false agents they strewed in our path in Vienna, like Feoktistov mentioned above, was Olga, a half-Russian interpreter from Austria whom we duly recruited to spy on the Soviet military command where she worked. After a number of meetings which netted us mediocre tidbits about the Soviet city command in the Bellaria building on Vienna’s Ring, Olga told us she was being avidly pursued by a young Soviet ofﬁcer named Sasha, and she rather liked him, too.
It was a climate made for adventurers, black marketers, information peddlers and fabricators, soldiers without an army, refugees from the East without prospects of going further, and former intelligence operatives with a cunning sense of what the increasingly hostile occupiers would want to know about each other. More promisingly, the city offered extraordinary access to Soviet ofﬁcials, the only potential human sources of the critical military-political intelligence the White House was desperately demanding of us in CIA.
There in 1950 came the next turn along my career path, in the form of a poke in the back as I hustled along the corridor to the cafeteria for a late luncheon sandwich. I turned to see the red hair and smiling face of John Dimmer, a friend from student days in Switzerland. Neither of us knew that the other had signed on. ’’ he said. ’’ With all the authority of his three months’ seniority this veteran added another bit of advice. ‘‘You should join us in Vienna. Small station. ’’ This sounded good to me, having already had a taste of Vienna.
Spy Wars: Moles, Mysteries, and Deadly Games by Tenent H. Bagley