Monday, June 20, 2016

CNN: Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies" starts with one of the first female case officers, in Moscow

Sunday night, CNN premiered a new series “Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies”  with the help of the Spy Museum in Washington DC.

The first episode was the story of “Martha D. Peterson” , one of the CIA’s first female case officers.

 Martha decided to work for the CIA after being widowed on Oct. 19, 1972.  Her narrative involved working with a communist defector from Colombia and then going to Moscow to do “drops” for an uncover mole named Trigon.  She describes life in Moscow in the 1970s under total control of the KGB.  Eventually, Trigon would be caught and would bite on a pen with cyanide to commit suicide.  She would then be arrested in July 1977 at a bridge, interrogated, but then deported and allowed to return to the US. But her work was instrumental with negotiation especially during the Ford administration.

It's interesting how advanced “real world” spy technology had become by the 1970s, but we’re used to it in Bond films.  Pens become cameras, for photographing troves of telegrams.

Wikipedia attribution link for Moscow picture by Texmon under CCSA 3.0.

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