By David E. Hoffman
A Washington Post extraordinary ebook of the Year
It used to be the peak of the chilly battle, and a deadly time to be stationed within the Soviet Union. One night, whereas the executive of the CIA’s Moscow station used to be filling his fuel tank, a stranger approached and dropped a word into the auto. the executive, suspicious of a KGB catch, neglected the overture. however the guy had made up his brain. His makes an attempt to set up touch with the CIA will be rebuffed 4 instances ahead of he thrust upon them an envelope whose contents may stun U.S. intelligence. within the years that undefined, that guy, Adolf Tolkachev, turned the most priceless spies ever for the U.S. yet those actions posed a big own hazard to Tolkachev and his American handlers. that they had clandestine conferences in parks and on highway corners, and used secret agent cameras, props, and personal codes, eluding the ubiquitous KGB in its personal backyard—until a stunning betrayal placed all of them at risk.
Drawing on formerly categorised CIA files and on interviews with firsthand contributors, The Billion buck Spy is an excellent feat of reporting and a riveting real tale of intrigue within the ultimate years of the chilly War.
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She shouted. one of many KGB males acknowledged, “Please retain your voice down. ” Peterson saved repeating the embassy mobile quantity. ultimately, they acquired the radio receiver off the bra and located the neck loop. even if, they by no means came upon the small instant earpiece. Peterson used to be taken to KGB headquarters, the Lubyanka, and interrogated. She had a sinking feeling after they introduced out the asphalt chew, got rid of the 4 reverse-threaded screws, took off the lid to the hidden hollow space, and emptied it in entrance of her, a technician pulling out each one merchandise because the interrogator watched. there has been a message for Ogorodnik imprinted in tiny letters on 35 mm movie, touch lenses and fluid, rolls of tightly wound rubles, and emerald jewellery. whilst the large black fountain pen used to be pulled out, the executive interrogator sharply steered the technician to place it down and never contact it. His tone urged that he used to be conscious of the cyanide pill the CIA had given to Ogorodnik. in reality, Peterson knew this pen hid a digital camera, now not the cyanide pill, yet she discovered in a short time, via the interrogator’s demeanour, that Ogorodnik were stuck. She used to be published later that evening, the standard strategy in espionage arrests. The embassy’s consular affairs officer got here to get her. His eyes have been huge with disbelief; he proposal she were a bureaucrat, no longer a case officer at the streets. The consular affairs officer drove her to the embassy, and Peterson went instantly to the Moscow station, realizing that presently she will be declared personality non grata within the Soviet Union. Over the following couple of hours, way past middle of the night, sitting in the midst of the station, she mentioned the occasions, occasionally with profanity, as her colleagues listened, and certainly one of them took notes for a cable again to headquarters. The cable was once despatched out at 3:30 a. m. Moscow time. unhappy, exhausted, and unsure approximately how Ogorodnik were came across, Peterson had little sleep ahead of she flew out of Moscow tomorrow, Saturday, July sixteen. At headquarters, it was once a crushing blow. Ogorodnik used to be a prized agent, the 1st to teach the Angleton years had eventually been left at the back of. He have been misplaced, and nobody knew why. James Olson, a case officer, recalled the scene at headquarters quickly after notice reached the Soviet table. “The whole USSR table, from the bottom clerk to the crusty outdated leader, have been all crying,” Olson remembered. “It used to be simply because we misplaced TRIGON. We knew TRIGON was once long past. ”10 Peterson later realized that Ogorodnik have been arrested at his house. He was once stripped to his undies. realizing the KGB will be desirous to examine each element of his paintings with the CIA, he provided to write down a confession. They passed him his pen, and he bit down at the barrel with the cyanide tablet within. He died immediate, sooner than the KGB may well examine from now on. eleven three a guy known as SPHERE at the lengthy journey domestic, Marti Peterson struggled with the unanswered questions. She didn’t comprehend why the case had fallen aside. Her surveillance detection run have been lengthy and thorough, and he or she had noticeable no indicators of the KGB, but they have been mendacity in wait on the bridge.