CIA Fooled by Massive Cold War Double-Agent Failure

The CIA was fooled by scores of double agents pretending to be working for the agency but secretly loyal to communist spy agencies during the Cold War and beyond, according to a former CIA analyst, operations officer, and historian.

The large-scale deception included nearly 100 fake CIA recruits in East Germany, Cuba, as well as the Soviet Union (and later Russia) who supplied false intelligence that was passed on to senior U.S. policymakers for decades.

  • Jay Currie

    If ever you want a sense of the strangeness of Cold War spying read Mailer’s Harlow Ghost. Long but brilliant. It’s a novel but far more real than many nonfictional accounts.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Culturally, we just aren’t even good at spying.
    We never wanted to do it in the first place, and we don’t really like it.

  • Very good article. Makes you wonder about Obama’s approach to “opening up” with Cuba — it means that Cuban intelligence doesn’t have to run as many “illegals” now that they have diplomatic cover. And the video at the end of the article is especially damning of Obama — he got caught spying on Germany, an ally!

  • luna

    This suggests the existence of a fifth column inside today’s intelligence agency as well.

    • canminuteman

      That would explain a lot.

  • Jim Horne

    What will they have to say about Obama’s cosy relationship with the MB?

    “There’s no question we got a hell of a job ahead of us,” Admiral Lyons said. “With the Muslim Brotherhood penetration in every one of our national security agencies, including all our intelligence agencies,” he proclaimed.

    HUGE Announcement About Obama & Muslim Brotherhood (VIDEO)

  • Hard Little Machine

    Good thing the US locked up Jon Pollard effectively for life, I guess, while Markus Wolf and others were given light sentences and are now heralded by some as heroes. In fact there was one American military NCO posted to NATO who sat in the middle of all the most highly sensitive nuclear battle planning communications who gave it all to the Soviets. And recruited other agents. And made a million dollars doing it. And got the same sentence as Pollard.