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By Christopher Andrew

The Sword and the Shield relies on probably the most striking intelligence coups of contemporary occasions: a mystery archive of top-level KGB records smuggled out of the Soviet Union which the FBI has defined, after shut exam, because the "most entire and vast intelligence ever acquired from any source." Its presence within the West represents a catastrophic hemorrhage of the KGB’s secrets and techniques and divulges for the 1st time the complete volume of its world wide network.Vasili Mitrokhin, a mystery dissident who labored within the KGB archive, smuggled out copies of its so much hugely categorized records on a daily basis for twelve years. In 1992, a U.S. best friend succeeded in exfiltrating the KGB officer and his complete archive out of Moscow. The archive covers the complete interval from the Bolshevik Revolution to the Eighties and contains revelations pertaining to virtually each nation on this planet. however the KGB's major objective, in fact, was once the United States.Though there's top-secret fabric on virtually each state on the earth, the U.S. is on the best of the record. in addition to containing many desirable revelations, this can be a significant contribution to the key background of the 20 th century.Among the subjects and revelations explored are: The KGB’s covert operations within the usa and during the West, a few of which stay risky at the present time. KGB records on Oswald and the JFK assassination that Boris Yeltsin potentially has no purpose of unveiling President Clinton. The KGB’s makes an attempt to discredit civil rights chief within the Sixties, together with its infiltration of the internal circle of a key chief. The KGB’s use of radio intercept posts in manhattan and Washington, D.C., within the Seventies to intercept high-level U.S. govt communications. The KGB’s makes an attempt to thieve technological secrets and techniques from significant U.S. aerospace and know-how enterprises. KGB covert operations opposed to former President Ronald Reagan, which all started 5 years ahead of he turned president. KGB spies who effectively posed as U.S. voters below a sequence of inventive disguises, together with a number of who attained entry to the higher echelons of recent York society.

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