New book details life of Russian double agent

01/30/08 Mitch E. Perry
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Although the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the U.S. ended in the early 90s, the two counties continue to spy on each other.

From 1995 to 2000, a man known as “Comrade J" was the highest-ranking U.S. operative of the SVR- the successor agency to the KGB. He directed all Russian spy activity in New York City, and personally oversaw all covert operations against the U.S. and its allies in the U.N.

Then he defected in 2000 and revealed that he had been a double agent for the FBI.

This true story is documented in the new book, Comrade J: The Untold Secrets of Russia’s Master Spy in America After the End of the Cold War. WMNF spoke with author Pete Earley yesterday and asked why the agent, Sergay Trechikoff, defected.

We’ll hear the second part of this interview tomorrow night on the WMNF Evening News.

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