By Edward Lucas
From the seize of Sidney Reilly, the 'Ace of Spies', through Lenin's Bolsheviks in 1925, to the deportation from america of Anna Chapman, the 'Redhead lower than the Bed', in 2010, Kremlin and Western spymasters have battled for supremacy for almost a century. In Deception Edward Lucas uncovers the genuine tale of Chapman and her colleagues in Britain and the US, unveiling their clandestine missions and the spy-hunt that ended in their downfall. It unearths unknown triumphs and mess ups of Western intelligence within the chilly conflict, supplying the historical past to the hot global of business and political espionage. to inform the tale of post-Soviet espionage, Lucas attracts on specific interviews with Russia's best NATO undercover agent, Herman Simm, and unveils the terrible remedy of a Moscow legal professional who dared to problem the ruling legal syndicate there. as soon as the hazard from Moscow used to be overseas communism; now it comes from the siloviki, Russia's ruthless 'men of power'.
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I have also seen how Russia systematically tries to undermine their sovereignty and subvert their security. The tales of the spy wars there include torture and treachery, deep deceptions and cynical double-dealing. They feature tragedy and triumph, brilliance and bungling, heroism, sacrifice, betrayal – and deception. The first episode comes in the months after the Russian revolution of 1917, when outside governments, chiefly Britain, France and the United States, believed that they could snuff out the communist experiment before it took root and spread to other countries.
Simm was an exception because he was caught. So too were Ms Chapman and the spies in America. But their story reveals the long-term efforts Russia makes and the vulnerabilities it exploits. How many other ‘illegals’ are living unnoticed in Britain, Europe or America? And how many agents have they recruited? Raising the alarm over this is a central aim of this book. The West has largely let down its guard. The CIA’s counter-espionage officers and their counter-intelligence colleaguesh at the FBI still devote time and money to catching Russian spies.
For a brief while, the collapse of communism looked set to doom the whole business. Now that the Soviet Union was gone, and with it the danger of the Cold War turning hot, what was left to spy on? But the champagne corks that spooks popped in Britain and America in August 1991 were as premature as the gloom in the Lubyanka as the statue of Felix Dzerzhinsky, Lenin’s secret-police chief, was hauled away by a crane to the cheers of exuberant Muscovites. MI6, the CIA and their partner services rejigged their budgets and turned to new targets: rogue arms dealers, terrorists, gangsters and cyber-criminals.
Deception: Spies, Lies and How Russia Dupes the West by Edward Lucas