Traitors among Us: Inside the Spy Catcher's World

Traitors among Us: Inside the Spy Catcher's World

Traitors among Us: Inside the Spy Catcher's World

Traitors among Us: Inside the Spy Catcher's World

Synopsis

Herrington and his agents were a powerful force pitted against the KGB and the Stasi throughout the Cold War. Their ingenious operations cracked the infamous case of Sergeant First Class Clyde Conrad, who for 16 years betrayed details of US war plans.

Excerpt

This is a story of teamwork and cooperation between counterintelligence agents of the United States Army, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is also the hitherto untold story of how, even as the curtain descended on the long, Cold War, American counterspies collaborated closely with German, Swedish, Austrian, and Italian security officials to unmask traitors among us who were selling top secret plans for the defense of Europe. These cases were run by my organization, the United States Army Foreign Counterintelligense Activity. the spies we ultimately netted had sold thousands of our most highly classified documents to the Soviet Union and her Warsaw Pact surrogates from 1972 to 1988. Taken together, the haul of secrets was so voluminous, so sensitive, and so strategically advantageous to Moscow that, had war broken out in Central Europe, America and her nato allies would have been forced to choose between capitulation or the desperate use of nuclear weapons on German soil.

Although this recounting of the closing engagements of the Silent War is true, it is not complete. Missing from these pages are certain dimensions of the cases described that must remain classified. Some secrets must still be kept. the secrets omitted from this account are relatively few, and their absence does not preclude an accurate, meaningful telling of the story. in some few instances, for varying reasons, I have changed the names of the players.

One motivation for writing this account of the espionage wars was to salute the dedicated counterintelligence special agents who toiled tirelessly for their country in an underappreciated specialty known for yielding more criticism than kudos. the process of selecting cases and dramatis personae to showcase was not easy. For every special agent mentioned or featured in this account, there are hundreds of others whose achievements merit equal recognition. Unfortunately, the realities of the publishing business preclude a full account of their great work. I regret that I could not honor them all.

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