By Pete Earley
Spymaster, defector, double agent-the notable real tale of the fellow who ran Russia's post-Cold conflict secret agent application in the US.
In 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed, the chilly battle ended, and a brand new global order all started. We idea every little thing had replaced. yet something by no means replaced: the spies.
From 1997 to 2000, a guy often called "Comrade J" was once the highest-ranking operative within the SVR-the successor service provider to the KGB-in the U.S.. He directed all Russian undercover agent motion in long island urban, and in my view oversaw each covert operation opposed to the USA and its allies within the United international locations. He recruited spies, planted brokers, penetrated protection, manipulated intelligence, and stimulated American coverage, all lower than the direct management of Boris Yeltsin after which Vladimir Putin. He was once a legend within the SVR, the guy who stored the secrets and techniques.
Then in 2000, he defected-and it grew to become out he had another mystery. For the former years, he had additionally been a double agent for the FBI: "By some distance crucial Russian secret agent that our part has had in decades." He hasn't ever granted a public interview. The FBI and CIA have refused to reply to all media questions on him. He has remained in hiding. He hasn't ever printed his secrets and techniques . . .
Comrade J, written by way of the bestselling writer of Family of Spies and The sizzling House, is his tale, an instantaneous account of what he did within the U.S. when we all assumed the spying used to be over, and of what Putin and Russia proceed to do this day. The revelations are attractive. it's also the tale of starting to be up in a relations of brokers relationship again to the revolution; of ways Russia molded him into one in every of its such a lot high-flying operatives; of the daily perils of residing a double, then triple, existence; and at last of the way his starting to be disquiet with the corruption and objectives of the "new Russia" led him to take the main perilous step of all.
Many spies have instructed their tales. None has the marvelous immediacy, relevance, and cautionary warnings of Comrade J.