Spy Vs. Spy: Stalking Soviet Spies in America

Ronald Kessler, Author Gale Cengage $19.95 (308p) ISBN 978-0-684-18945-1
To his surprise, Washington Post reporter Kessler was allowed to interview FBI counterintelligence agents and observe them at work. (``I later found out that the approval to give me so much access had all been a mistake.'') His absorbing report focuses on the members of one FBI counterspy team called CI3 and their highly successful operations. Kessler also interviewed several convicted American spies, providing ``the inside story from the traitor's point of view.'' In another piece of good luck, he was able to spend five days with one of the most successful spies in history on his home ground of Czechoslovakia: Karl Koecher, who operated inside the CIA for 20 years, was arrested by the FBI in 1984 and released two years later in a prisoner-exchange for Soviet dissident Anatoly Shcharansky. There is sensational material here, including Koecher's account of spouse-swapping parties attended by CIA employees, but most impressive are the author's revelations of FBI counterintelligence methods. Photos. (June)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1988
Release date: 01/01/1988
Mass Market Paperbound - 370 pages - 978-0-671-67967-5
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