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Spy Wars: Moles, Mysteries, and Deadly Games Paperback – May 27, 2008
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Tennent "Pete" Bagley, the author of the present book, was the first CIA case officer to handle Nosenko and in the early and mid-Sixties he participated in intense interrogations and investigations of the supposed defector. And forty years later, Bagley remains convinced that Nosenko was a fraud, even though the official position of the CIA for many years has been that the man was a genuine defector. If what Bagley states in "Spy Wars" about Nosenko's claims is true, then the only reasonable conclusion would seem to be that Nosenko was indeed a liar (and a not particularly good liar) but, as Bagley points out, the CIA (and many other organizations) is willing to deceive itself when the alternative is painful or embarrassing (and if Nosenko was indeed accepted to be a false defector, that conclusion would be very painful and embarrassing for the CIA which has publically embraced the former Soviet officer).Read more ›
Nosenko was a plant. The incriminating information that he revealed came before he was sequestered in Virginia. Mr. Bagley claims that the CIA Soviet Bloc (SB) branch had a legal go-ahead from high officials in the administration, the Atty. Gen. for example,to keep Nosenko under wraps. The rehabilitation of Nosenko had more to do with covering up ineptitude than any evidence that would clear up questions about Nosenko's validity. In Legacy of Ashes the author points out that many spies, traitors and moles were revealed by Nosenko. Mr. Bagely refutes this. Who were they, the exposed? Surely now someone can come forward with these names. Nosenko is an adventurer who got to play on the big stage. His efforts to convice the CIA that the communist (Oswald) that shot JFK was not working for, with or had any connection with the chief organ of the Soviet communist party whatsoever.
The House Committee on Assasinations was convinced that Nosenko was lying. This is not to say that there was any connection to the murder but it is safe to say that the Soviets truly wanted the US to believe that there was none.Read more ›
mystery-filled spy case, deals with a timely question: how and why
intelligence and counterintelligence information can be suppressed and
distorted to serve political or other agendas, to the detriment of the
national interest. It serves as a warning to decision makers of the
pitfalls of wishful thinking and self protection.
The book uses the case of the Soviet KGB defector Yuri Nosenko to unveil
a fascinating, hidden world of Soviet deception. In this still
unresolved affair the CIA finally decided that Nosenko was a genuine
defector and served the interests of the United States. This position,
finally adopted by the Agency's "cool heads." used false information
that is exposed in this book. Bagley gives solid reasons to think the
position is wrong and that the KGB sent Nosenko to CIA as a provocateur.
Most important, he reveals for the first time what lay behind this KGB
deception game: moles in CIA and even more dangerous, Soviet breaking of
American secret ciphers--never uncovered to this day..
The Nosenko case developed into a gigantic and sometimes rather dirty
fight within the CIA. In the end the "cool heads" prevailed. William
Colby, after becoming CIA Director, fired the counterintelligence staff
chief James Angleton and closed the debate. But did it really end? After
the Cold War Bagley went out on his own and turned up new evidence from
KGB veterans, and his carefully researched and utterly convincing book
is likely to reopen the issue.
This is an important historical document which will be widely read and
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I only write reviews if I REALLY like the product, or dislike it a lot. This book falls in the latter category. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
Excellent first half or 2/3rds. But the author seems to have an axe to grind, so the last 1/3 seemed to go over the same points again and again. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jeff Simmons
Politics and espionage don't mix well. Must read for students of the Cold War.Published 13 months ago by LouisAZ
Having just finished the excellent SpyMaster by the same author, I went back to read this 2007 book. Read morePublished on January 17, 2014 by Drew David
For the first 2/3 of the book, I thought I was reading an objective account of CIA handling a Soviet defector. Read more
It was a piece that made me realize how complicated the Russian spy game tactics were. It was actually lengthier than I thought it would be necessary. Read morePublished on August 12, 2013 by funzure
Little new...seems like little knew. Hard to remember anything memorable about this book. Given Mr. Bagley's history, one might have expected more interesting reading.Published on July 15, 2013 by Charles Truwit
I am new to the world of Kindle and I love the devise! I sincerely hope however that I chose one of just a few books that the publisher decided did not require proof reading before... Read morePublished on December 19, 2012 by William P Search On
An interesting take on a famous counterintelligence operation. The author demonstrates a strong case that the reputed KGB defector was at best a fraud, and more likely a double... Read morePublished on May 21, 2012 by Stephen