Ruse: Undercover with FBI Counterintelligence

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For nearly ten years beginning in 1993, Robert Eringer lived a clandestine life of intrigue, conducting a spectrum of covert operations for the FBI’s foreign counterintelligence division. His primary assignment: to lure American traitor Edward Lee Howard to capture. About to be arrested by the FBI for spying for Moscow, CIA officer Howard defected to the Soviet Union in 1985. But then he wanted to tell his story to the world. Utilizing cover as a book publishing consultant, the author gained Howard’s trust as his...
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Overview

For nearly ten years beginning in 1993, Robert Eringer lived a clandestine life of intrigue, conducting a spectrum of covert operations for the FBI’s foreign counterintelligence division. His primary assignment: to lure American traitor Edward Lee Howard to capture. About to be arrested by the FBI for spying for Moscow, CIA officer Howard defected to the Soviet Union in 1985. But then he wanted to tell his story to the world. Utilizing cover as a book publishing consultant, the author gained Howard’s trust as his editor and confidant. As Eringer’s skillfully orchestrated ruse progressed, he pierced not only Howard’s inner circle of KGB cronies—including the KGB’s former chairman, making him an unwitting intelligence asset—but also Howard’s Cuban intelligence contact network in Havana. Only at the eleventh hour did a highly politicized Justice Department order Howard’s “extraordinary rendition” scrapped; he died mysteriously under ominous circumstances in Moscow in 2002. Nonetheless, the secrets Eringer gathered shed light on such sensitive espionage cases as the treachery of senior CIA turncoat Aldrich Ames and FBI traitor Robert Hanssen. In addition to his counter-espionage docket, Eringer undertook assignments for the FBI’s criminal division, including a ruse he devised to hasten the extradition from France of notorious convicted murderer Ira Einhorn. Ruse tells the unknown side of a significant piece of U.S. intelligence history, an unvarnished insider’s view of the FBI between the end of the Cold War and the events of 9/11.
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“…fast-paced, absorbing, and a must-read for anyone with an interest in espionage.”

“Like juicy tales you hear from someone sitting at a seedy bar on a lazy afternoon…Its plot as intriguing as a James Bond movie and its style as straightforward as journalism.”

"In Ruse, a self-described 'maverick freelancer' who worked nearly a decade for FBI counterintelligence has spun an irreverent and timely tale of international intrigue and deception. Robert Eringer's adventuresinclude his unsuccessful attempt to lure CIA defector Edward Lee Howard out of Moscow to face American justice. Instead, he encounters a dysfunctional federal bureaucracy that fails to act before Howard dies--or was killed--in Vladimir Putin's Russia. It's a story that Eringer suggests holds some intelligence lessons for September 11, 2001."

"Ruse encompasses both the unique mind-set of intelligence officers and their lexicon. Eringer's true-life account offers first-hand insights into their communication, thought process, and terminology. Truly an insider's book!"

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597971898
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/31/2008
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Eringer has had a wide-ranging career as a private intelligence consultant, undercover operative, journalist, novelist, editor, and literary agent. Before going undercover for the FBI, he was an investigative reporter, once infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan. Since parting with the Bureau, Eringer has created and directed an intelligence service for Prince Albert II of Monaco. He divides his time among London, Monte Carlo, Washington, D.C., and Santa Barbara. His website is www.roberteringer.com.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Hoodwinking Howard
Death in Moscow     3
Writer, Editor     7
... Publisher, Spy     14
Prince of Ruse     19
The Cheese Family     31
Spook Writer     36
Nyet-Nyuks     46
Good to Go     52
London Interlude     66
Hiccup     68
Swiss Sojourn     71
Washington Cryptic     78
A Lame Plan     82
Spy City     86
A Most Extraordinary Un-Rendition     90
Doing Moscow With Ed and the Boys     95
I Spy     109
Conning the Cubans
Cuban Interest     121
Hanging in Havana     125
Cuban Conversion     139
Cuban Conversion II     144
The Dinner Party     148
Cloak and Corkscrew     152
The Bedmates     158
Get Smart     164
Cuban Coversion III     167
Bamboozling Bellzebub
Rusing the Devil     175
Cantor Dust, or "You Bring the Croissants"     179
Fragments of Illusion     186
Operation Beelzebub     190
The Insect GetsSprayed     196
Deja Vu All Over Again     202
Make Some Arrests     205
No Risk, No Gain     208
Epilogue: "Blackmail, Vodka, and Threat to Kill"     210
About the Author     215
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