When thinking of New Mexico, few Americans think spy-vs.-spy intrigue, but in fact, to many international intelligence operatives, the state's name is nearly synonymous with espionage, and Santa Fe is a sacred site. The KGB's single greatest intelligence and counterintelligence coups, and the planning of the organization's most infamous assassination, all took place within one mile of Bishop Lamy's statue in front of Saint Francis Cathedral in central Santa Fe.
In this fascinating guide, former CIA agent E. B. Held uses declassified documents from both the CIA and KGB, as well as secondary sources, to trace some of the most notorious spying events in United States history. His work guides modern visitors through the history of such events as the plot to assassinate Leon Trotsky, Ted Hall's delivery of technical details of the atom bomb to the KGB, and the controversial allegations regarding Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Dr. Wen Ho Lee's contacts with China.
Held provides background material as well as modern site locations to allow Cold War enthusiasts the opportunity to explore in a whole new way the settings for these historical events.
|Publisher:||University of New Mexico Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.36(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.35(d)|
About the Author
E. B. Held is a retired CIA clandestine operations officer. From 2002 to 2009, he was Chief of Counterintelligence at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque. He currently serves as Director of Intelligence and Counterintelligence at the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C.
Table of Contents
Author's Note ix
Introduction: Ethics and Espionage xvii
Chronology of Atomic Espionage at Los Alamos xxv
1 Center Stage: New Mexico's Place in Modern Espionage 1
2 Planning the Assassination of Trotsky: Santa Fe, 1940 5
3 The Cold War Begins: Albuquerque, May 6, 1945 13
Photo Gallery 21
4 The Cold War Begins: Santa Fe, June 2, 1945 39
5 The Cold War Begins: Albuquerque, June 3, 1945 45
6 The First Act Ends: Albuquerque, August 5, 1945 51
7 The First Act Ends: Santa Fe, September 19, 1945 55
8 Some Guilty, Some Not: KGB Atomic Spies in New Mexico 57
9 The Last Act Begins: Santa Fe, September 21, 1985 67
10 Here We Go Again?: Santa Fe, 1999 75
Conclusion: Past as Prologue 83
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This is a fascinating book, revealing how Americans and others spied for the Soviet Union to sell our most secret nuclear technology to the enemy. A must-read!
Fascinating account of events one would not have suspected in USA which leaves one to wonder what else is there the public doesn’t know. It’s also reveals background information the soviet spies Rosenberg’s obtained from Verona text.