By Naveed Jamali

The attention-grabbing tale of a tender American beginner who helped the FBI bust a Russian secret agent in New York—sold in ten international locations and in a big deal to twentieth Century Fox.

For 3 nerve-wracking years, Naveed Jamali spied on the United States for the Russians, buying and selling thumb drives of delicate technical info for envelopes of money, promoting out his personal loved kingdom throughout noisy eating place tables and in quiet parking plenty. Or so the Russians believed. in truth, this younger American civilian used to be a covert double agent operating with the FBI. The chilly conflict wasn’t rather over. It had simply long gone high-tech.

How to seize a Russian Spy is the special tale of ways one younger man’s post-college experience grew to become a real-life US counter-intelligence coup. He had no past counter-espionage adventure. every thing he knew approximately undercover paintings, he’d discovered from Miami Vice and Magnum P.I. reruns and films like Ronin, undercover agent Game, and whatever with Bond or Bourne within the identify. And but, hoping to realize event to develop into a military intelligence officer, he confident the FBI and the Russians they can belief him. With attraction, crafty, and an incredible load of naiveté, he matched wits with a veteran Russian military-intelligence officer who was once recruiting spies on American soil, out-maneuvering the Russian undercover agent and his secret-hungry superiors. alongside the best way, Jamali and his FBI handlers solid a unprecedented mild on espionage actions on the Russian venture to the United international locations in long island and earned a fantastic US win within the escalating hostilities among Moscow and Washington.

Now, Jamali finds the entire attractive tale in the back of his double-agent adventure—from coded signs on Craigslist to the Russian spy’s propensity for Hooters’ Buffalo wings. Cinematic, news-breaking, and wildly unique, How to trap a Russian Spy is an armchair undercover agent delusion delivered to existence. movie rights bought to twentieth Century Fox for director Marc Webb (The impressive Spider-Man, 500 Days of Summer).

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She laughed and said nothing. Nice socks? I thought. I’d better think of something smarter for this girl. I vowed to find even more reasons to hang out at Peter’s dorm. A week after the sock flirt, I saw Ava sitting in her dorm room with the door open. I stuck my head in and said hi. As we exchanged bland pleasantries, I noticed a book in her bookcase, Thomas Pynchon’s novel The Crying of Lot 49. The story involves a California housewife, Oedipa Maas, whose rich ex-lover dies, leaving her as coexecutor of his estate.

I just didn’t want anything spooking him. “We’re right up here,” I said, relieved to be in silence again. Getting my hands on the cockpit manuals wasn’t nearly as difficult as I’d expected. All it took was a ride to Long Island and a couple of well-crafted lies. Ted and Terry drove me to the office of a major defense contractor and sent me inside alone. I told the friendly clerk I was a researcher with a small tech company preparing a digital database system, and I needed some test documents. The only question was what I wanted.

Mr. Jamali,” the older agent began. They know my name, my father thought. They know my name! “A short while ago,” the agent continued, “this man came to your office. ” The question came just like that, plain and direct, without any buildup or icebreaking pleasantries. The agents didn’t detail the extent of what they knew or how they knew it. But their approach strongly suggested that my father might as well answer, since they already know everything. My father knew so little, he didn’t even know what everything might entail.

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