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Author Tate, Tim, author.

Title Agent Sniper : the Cold War superagent and the ruthless head of the CIA / Tim Tate.

Publication Info. New York : St. Martin's Press, 2021.


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 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction  New Shelf  92 Goleniewski,M TAT    DUE 09-30-22
 GDL Montrose Library Non-Fiction    92 Goleniewski,M TAT    Available
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Edition First U.S. edition.
Description xvi, 398 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Note "Originally published in Great Britain under the title The spy who was left out in the cold by Bantam Press"--Title page verso.
Summary "Michal Goleniewski, cover name Sniper, was one of the most important spies of the early Cold War. For two and a half years at the end of the 1950s, as a Lt. Colonel at the top of Poland's espionage service, he smuggled more than 5,000 top-secret Soviet bloc intelligence and military documents, as well as 160 rolls of microfilm, out from behind the Iron Curtain. In January 1961, he abandoned his wife and children and made a dramatic defection across divided Berlin with his East German mistress to the safety of American territory. There, he exposed more than 1600 Soviet bloc agents operating undercover in the West-more than any single spy in history. The CIA called Goleniewski "one of the West's most valuable counterintelligence sources," but in late 1963, he was abandoned by the US government because of a split in the agency over questions about his mental stability and his trustworthiness. Goleniewski bears some of the blame for his troubled legacy. He made baseless assertions about his record, notably that he was the first to expose Kim Philby. He also bizarrely claimed to be Tsarevich Aleksei Romanoff, heir to the Russian Throne who had miraculously survived the 1918 massacre of his family. For more than fifty years, American and British intelligence services have sought to erase Goleniewski from the history of Cold War espionage. The vast bulk of his once-substantial CIA and MI5 files remain closed. Only fragments of his material crop up in the de-classified dossiers on the KGB spies he exposed or the memoirs of CIA officers who dealt with him."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Prelude: 4 January 1961 -- Introduction -- 'Sniper' -- The Intelligence Gap -- 'Dear Mr Director' -- London -- Stockholm -- Tel Aviv -- Munich -- Washington -- Warsaw -- Berlin -- Flight -- Reverberations -- Oldenburg -- 'Betrayal of the Homeland' -- LAMBDA 1 -- Felfe -- Glory Days -- Monster -- HR 5507 -- Downfall -- Exposed -- Dirty Tricks -- Romanoff -- Support -- Wilderness -- TELETECHNIK -- Mole Hunts -- Double Eagle -- Who Really Was Michał Goleniewski?
Subject Goleniewski, Michal, 1922-1993.
Spies -- Poland -- History -- 20th century.
Spies -- Poland -- Biography.
Defectors -- United States.
Poland. Urząd Bezpieczeństwa -- History.
Soviet Union. Komitet gosudarstvennoĭ bezopasnosti -- History.
United States. Central Intelligence Agency -- History -- 20th century.
United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation -- History -- 20th century.
Great Britain. MI5 -- History -- 20th century.
Cold War.
Added Title Spy who was left out in the cold
ISBN 9781250274663 hardcover
1250274664 hardcover

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