Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Putin and resurrection of the KGB


     This 11/22/17 “Spy Agency Happenings!” is all about the rebuilding of Putin’s KGB spy agency. It delves into Vladimir Putin’s childhood as a street-fighter living in a crowded housing development in the Soviet Union and his dreams to become a spy. His biography posted on a Kremlin website quoted him as saying, "Even before I finished high school, I wanted to work in intelligence. At first, I decided I wanted to be a sailor, but then I wanted to do intelligence again." As a teen, Putin even attended a public reception at the office of the KGB Directorate to ask how he could become a spy.

     This 11/22/17 “Spy Agency Happenings!” discusses other KGB spies not as dedicated as Putin. These KGB spooks defected from the agency and turned up in Britain and the U.S. with copious amounts of sensitive intelligence to share.

     This issue purports that Putin and his FSB reinstated the use of Cold War “Active Measures” against America and the West…the same disinformation schemes the KGB used during the Cold War. In the 60’s, KGB agents spread a rumor that the U.S. assassinated Martin Luther King, Jr. In the 80’s, they spread gossip that American intelligence had “created” the AIDS virus, at Fort Detrick, Maryland. KGB agents infiltrated and supported progressive movements inside the U.S. and leftist parties and insurgencies throughout Latin and South America.

     Meanwhile, the CIA desperately worked to stop them. Conservative republicans and liberal democrats alike supported the CIA’s efforts to overthrow regimes in Iran, Cuba, Haiti, Brazil, Chile, and Panama. With the blessings of our beltway politicians, the CIA used bribery, propaganda and violence to sway elections away from KGB- backed politicians in Italy, Guatemala, Indonesia, South Vietnam, and Nicaragua.

     Simultaneously, the KGB created fear, suspicion and mistrust among Americans as it continued its successful dominion over our neighbor’s social and governmental structures. When the Soviet Union collapsed in the early nineties, the CIA asked Russia to abandon these “Active Measures” and Russia promised to do so. But when Sergey Tretyakov, the station chief for Russian intelligence in New York, defected, in 2000, he revealed that Moscow’s “Active Measures” had never subsided. “Nothing has changed,” he wrote, in 2008. “Russia is doing everything it can today to embarrass the U.S.” This Russian hegemony has resurfaced under Putin.

Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and writes the "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean and Florida Keys" spy thriller series.      

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