By Tim Weiner
With surprising revelations that made headlines in papers around the kingdom, Pulitzer-Prize-winner Tim Weiner will get on the fact in the back of the CIA and uncovers right here why approximately each CIA Director has left the company in worse form than whilst he came across it; and the way those profound mess ups jeopardize our nationwide safety.
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In Munich, his task used to be to recruit brokers to collect intelligence for the us from in the back of the iron curtain. virtually each significant nationality from the Soviet Union and jap Europe had at the least one self-important émigré workforce looking aid from the CIA in Munich and Frankfurt. a number of the males Tanner vetted as strength spies have been japanese Europeans who had sided with Germany opposed to Russia. They incorporated “people with fascist backgrounds attempting to retailer their careers by means of turning into precious to the Americans,” Tanner stated, and he used to be cautious of them. The non-Russians “hated the Russians violently,” Tanner stated, “and they have been instantly on our aspect. ” Others who had ﬂed the outlying republics of the Soviet Union exaggerated their strength and inﬂuence. “These émigré teams, their major target was once to persuade the U. S. govt in their significance, and their skill to aid the U. S. govt, so they could get help in a single shape or another,” he acknowledged. missing instructions from Washington, Tanner wrote his personal: to obtain the CIA’s aid, the émigré teams needed to be based on local soil, no longer in a Munich coffeehouse. they'd to have touch with antiSoviet teams of their domestic nation. they need to now not be compromised by means of shut collaboration with the Nazis. In December 1948, after an extended and cautious evaluation, Tanner believed he had chanced on a band of Ukrainians who deserved the CIA’s backing. the crowd known as itself the superb Council for the Liberation of the Ukraine. Its participants in Munich served as political representatives of the ﬁghters again domestic. The best Council, Tanner suggested to headquarters, was once morally and politically sound. forty four T I M W E I N E R Tanner spent the spring and summer time of 1949 getting ready to inﬁltrate his Ukrainians at the back of the iron curtain. the boys had pop out of the Carpathian Mountains as couriers months prior to, sporting messages from the Ukrainian underground written on skinny sheets of paper folded into wads and sewn jointly. those scraps have been obvious as symptoms of a stalwart resistance move that may offer intelligence on occasions in Ukraine and caution of a Soviet assault on Western Europe. Hopes have been even larger at headquarters. The CIA believed that “the life of this move may have pertaining to the process an open conﬂict among the U.S. and the USSR. ” Tanner employed a daredevil Hungarian air staff who had hijacked a Hungarian advertisement airliner and ﬂown it to Munich a couple of months previous. common Wyman, the CIA’s special-operations leader, officially authorized the venture on July 26. Tanner supervised their education in Morse code and weaponry, making plans to drop of them again into their place of origin in order that the CIA may possibly speak with the partisans. however the CIA had nobody in Munich with event in parachuting brokers in the back of enemy traces. Tanner ﬁnally chanced on anyone. “A Serbo-American colleague who had parachuted into Yugoslavia in global struggle taught my men tips on how to leap and land. And it was once loopy! how are you going to do a backward somersault on influence with a carbine strapped on your aspect?