By Patrick Pesnot
Heroes to a few, traitors to others, spies and intelligence officials proceed to fascinate and enthrall us with their skills to function secretly within the shadows. With those mini-biographies of twenty brokers of varied nationalities (including participants of the DGSE, KGB, CIA, MI6 and Mossad), Patrick Pesnot and 'Mr X' deliver the reader as shut as attainable into the area of espionage, although a landscape of intelligence history.
Among the simplest identified of those brokers, the reader will locate Aldrich Ames, an American accused of spying for the KGB; Eli Cohen, the Israeli secret agent most sensible recognized for his espionage paintings in Syria and Klaus Fuchs, the German-born British agent who helped the USSR to fabricate its atomic bomb in 1949.
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This was naturally a very difficult situation. This meant that question shad to be asked, but very very carefully. However, one day, the scholar subtly admitted that members of his team had actually been approached by the Soviets. This nuance is very important: he did not say that they had been betrayed, but that they had been approached, which is very different. For his part, Fuchs was unaware that other researchers had been in contact with Soviet services. indd 38 07/09/2016 10:21 The Red Fox 39 not a spy.
Indd 38 07/09/2016 10:21 The Red Fox 39 not a spy. We now know that there was another prestigious Soviet collaborator in Los Alamos. He was an American physicist and a scholar of great reputation, but despite being identified, was never arrested in order to guard his secrecy. Naturally, the building of the bomb was not just an extraordinary secret, but a particularly volatile one, which the Americans were quick to realise. However, when they realised that they had been spied on throughout the entire development process of the first bomb, it was too late: Moscow had already received all the material it needed in order to catch up with its nuclear research.
According to one of the former heads of the DST,23 this was the moment when the service entered the modern era of counterintelligence-espionage, which shows the importance of this otherwise virtually unknown case. In all intelligence agencies there are traditionally two types of agents operating on foreign soil. One the one hand, there are those who have an alias that provides them with protection; a diplomatic status, for example. These spies work in an embassy or international organisation that affords them automatic protection, with expulsion being the worst that could happen to them if their true identity was revealed .