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Ben Macintyre on his new espionage book The Spy and the Traitor
The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War
Look Inside. Sep 18, Minutes Buy. Aug 06, ISBN Sep 18, ISBN Sep 18, Minutes. Their obsession ultimately doomed Gordievsky: the CIA officer assigned to identify him was none other than Aldrich Ames, the man who would become infamous for secretly spying for the Soviets. Macintyre has also written and presented BBC documentaries of his work.
Now out in paperback, Mr. The Soviet spy service was in his heart and in his blood. His father worked for the intelligence service all his life, and wore his KGB uniform every day, including weekends. The Gordievskys lived amid the spy fraternity in a designated apartment block, ate special food reserved for officers, and spent their free time socializing with other spy families. Macintyre writes in the beginning of the book. The author notes that the KGB — the Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnnosti, or Committee for State Security — was the most complex and far-reaching intelligence agency ever created. The KGB had the role of both foreign and domestic intelligence gathering, as well as internal security enforcement and state police.
On May 16, , Oleg Gordievsky, the K.
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O leg Gordievsky was the most significant British agent of the cold war. For 11 years, he spied for MI6. That he managed to deceive his KGB colleagues during this time was remarkable. Even more astounding was that in summer — after Gordievsky was hastily recalled from London to Moscow by his suspicious bosses — British intelligence officers helped him to escape. It was the only time that the spooks managed to exfiltrate a penetration agent from the USSR, outwitting their Russian adversaries. It went some way towards exorcising the Cambridge spies, who a generation earlier had travelled in the opposite direction. Gordievsky has told the story of his own improbable survival in a gripping memoir, Next Stop Execution.