Spying in America: Espionage from the Revolutionary War to by Michael J. Sulick

By Michael J. Sulick

Can you retain a secret?

Maybe you could, however the usa executive can't. because the start of the rustic, countries huge and small, from Russia and China to Ghana and Ecuador, have stolen the main valuable secrets and techniques of the us.

Written through Michael Sulick, former director of CIA's clandestine carrier, Spying in the USA presents a heritage of greater than thirty espionage circumstances contained in the usa. those instances contain american citizens who spied opposed to their nation, spies from either the Union and Confederacy throughout the Civil struggle, and international brokers who ran operations on American soil. the various tales are favourite, reminiscent of these of Benedict Arnold and Julius Rosenberg, whereas others, notwithstanding much less renowned, are both attention-grabbing.

From the yankee Revolution, in the course of the Civil conflict and international Wars, to the atomic age of the big apple venture, Sulick info the lives of these who've betrayed America's secrets and techniques. In every one case he specializes in the motivations that drove those contributors to undercover agent, their entry and the secrets and techniques they betrayed, their tradecraft or thoughts for concealing their espionage, their publicity and punishment, and the wear and tear they finally inflicted on America's nationwide defense.

Spying in America serves because the ideal creation to the early historical past of espionage in the US. Sulick's specific event as a senior intelligence officer is clear as he skillfully publications the reader via those situations of intrigue, deftly illustrating the evolution of yankee understanding approximately espionage and the fitful improvement of yankee counterespionage best as much as the chilly War.

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For years in the mid-1980s, the CIA would suffer a string of serious operational compromises as it lost valuable agents in the Soviet Union. The organization refused to believe that one of its own, the elite of American intelligence and front line of defense in the Cold War, 27 The Revolutionary War would commit espionage for the Soviet Union until the head of the Soviet counterintelligence branch, Aldrich Ames, was unmasked as a KGB spy. Less than a decade later, the Federal Bureau of Investigation would suffer the same fate when one of its own, Special Agent Robert Hanssen, turned out to be a longtime Soviet mole.

On the other hand, Bancroft provided the Crown with significant inside information about French covert aid to the colonies. 7 As the war progressed, the Continental Congress grew increasingly eager to sign a treaty with France and sent Franklin himself to Paris to 31 The Revolutionary War head the American mission accompanied by Arthur Lee, an irascible Virginian who was both a physician and lawyer. 8 To stir up French public opinion against Britain, Franklin released forged documents that supposedly proved the British were paying Native Americans for the scalps of Americans murdered in the colonies.

Bancroft’s frequent travel to London, his quick release after his alleged arrest, his leaks of information about ship movements, and Lee’s purported evidence about his meetings with British officials were all alarm bells that Franklin ignored. ”18 Franklin has also been accused of practicing shoddy security himself, leaving his most sensitive papers lying around for all to see. ”19 Was Franklin so easily duped? His shrewd diplomacy with the French makes it difficult to believe that he had grown senile.

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