This book shows that evil takes many a form, even in our secular age. Mixing generalities about the craft of dis/information with few facts and plenty of fiction, Disinformation: The Secret Strategy to Destroy the West is, upon some fact checking, a class-act of disinformation, regarding the role of the Romanian secret service since 1963, and respectively libelous, regarding its final chapter when the character of Larry Watts, a long term American scholar and public servant, is attacked.
A few Google searches will help you clear away the fog of Disinformation behind which stand Messrs. Pacepa & Rychlak. Following is the summary of my fact checking:
For the most years of the Cold War, Socialist Romania had been one of the best friends, if not the best, the US/West had had among the Soviet Bloc countries;
The KGB and other Soviet Bloc secret services considered and treated Romania as a threat on the same level as the US, even though she was formally a socialist sister country;
Pacepa admitted publicly that for the most time he had been employed by the Romanian secret service, he was receiving orders from the top echelon in KGB;
Pacepa climbed through the ranks of the Romanian Securitate at a time when the personnel at his level was torturing prisoners of conscience (religious, political, etc.);
After his 'defection' to the West, (first in West Germany, then the US), Pacepa was received with suspicion by the West Germans and the US intelligence communities;
In mid-eighties, halfway into Ceausescu's paranoia years, Pacepa was re-purposed by the hawkish wing in the 2nd Reagan Administration, moment in which he has started a long record of disinformation;
After the fall of the Iron Curtain, Romania started again on the path of becoming a reliable partner of the West (NATO, the US, and the European Union) in a part of the world fraught with uncertainties. In this long and arduous process, culminating with Romanian's acceptance in NATO (2002) and the European Union (2007), Mr. Larry Watts has assisted several Romanian administrations, on behalf of IREX, with the alignment process regarding ethnic minorities, intelligence services and military conversion.
After 1989, the liberal democrat Romania has sided with the US in all its international initiatives, and Romanian brave soldiers still serve along with our uniformed men and women in Afghanistan.
I leave the readers to connect the dots while reminding a sound guiding principle, cui prodest.
Tarnishing the reputation of a long term and reliable ally, and of a fellow American should come as no surprise from Pacepa, once a mercenary of evil who's never recanted for his activity as employee of a Stalinist state repressive apparatus (read, torturer).
However, I wonder what role professor Rychlak has been playing in this Disinformation, for an academic ought to have tried to contact his fellow academic Larry Watts, lest the whole thing becomes what it really is in its final chapter, a libelous attack.
When I read Umberto Eco's The Prague Cemetery, I had thought that its main character, Simone Simonini has been relegated to the fictional past, for in this day and age of quasi-instantaneous fact-checking, our world cannot for long accommodate Simonini-like characters. Yet, Pacepa is nothing less than Simonini, a mercenary who's alive and kicking in some DC leafy suburb, on the dime of the US Gov't and unsuspecting readership. Readers beware!