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NCJ Number: 156029 Find in a Library
Title: FBI-KGB War: A Special Agent's Story
Author(s): R J Lamphere; T Shachtman
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 350
Sponsoring Agency: Mercer University Press
Macon, GA 31210
Publication Number: ISBN 0-86554-477-8
Sale Source: Mercer University Press
6316 Peake Road
Macon, GA 31210
United States of America
Type: Historical Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Based on the author's (Robert J. Lamphere) work with the FBI, this book traces the history of the FBI's efforts to identify Russian KGB agents in the United States following World War II.
Abstract: Although the FBI knew that KGB networks were active in the United States following World War II, based on their deeds, their names had not been identified. This book tells the story of how those names became known to the FBI and how the persons were called to account. Following World War II, FBI Special Agent Robert J. Lamphere had the task of uncovering the extensive American networks of the KGB. He used a large file of secret Russian messages intercepted during the war. This book details how those messages were finally decoded to lead to such persons as Judith Coplon, Klaus Fuchs, Harry Gold, and Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. Lamphere reveals, for example, how the FBI first learned of the Rosenbergs' network, even before the FBI knew their names. He tells why the KGB, not the FBI, wanted the Rosenbergs dead; why Judith Coplon is still under indictment; how Burgess, Maclean, and Philby were exposed as spies and Philby's true role in compromising the FBI's case; and how Fuchs finally identified Harry Gold to Lamphere and not the British, who had him under arrest. Lamphere concludes that the KGB won the war against the FBI, since the FBI almost always learned of Soviet operations after they had been underway for some time and after significant damage to the United States had already occurred. Chapter notes and a subject index
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Espionage; Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); KGB; National security; Subversive activities
Note: New edition with a post-Cold War afterword.
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