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Katkov Mugshot2 SmallerI finally figured it out! I know how the FBI lured Mr. Katkov to the apartment where he was arrested. I know from what I’ve read in the literature and what my FBI case officers have told me that no intelligence officer – not GRU, KGB or CIA, et al – would ever be caught with classified documents on their person. Dead-drops are used for that, so this was a piece of the puzzle that has never made sense to me.

Katkov did not go to one of his other asset’s apartments to receive a classified document as reported in the press and in another book written by the FBI’s other controlled asset. (See Rich Man Poor Man.)

I reviewed audio tape 17-6, a conversation with my FBI case officer, Jim, on 12/18/87, where I asked him about the FBI’s other asset.  Jim said that there was something “special” about him and he was not a guy off the street. With all do respects to the Tinkerbell, the guy who wrote that other book about  Katkov, there was nothing special about him and he was a guy off the streets just like me.

Jim had to have been speaking about “Paul”. Tinkerbell mentions Paul in his book as the contact who was supplying him with confidential information to pass to Katkov. This has to be how the Bureau lured Mr. Katkov to Tinkerbell’s apartment: not to pick up a classified document, but to meet Paul. Apparently Mr. Kaktov was hot to meet Tinkerbell’s secret asset. So when katkov entered Tinkerbell’s apartment and was given a secret report, the FBI swooped in and caught Katkov “red-handed.” Makes perfect sense.

Here is where Katkov was arrested:

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MK_July_1984This is a photo (on the right) I took from my kitchen window of Mikhial Katkov entering my apartment. The date was July 13, 1984.

This mugshot (see below) taken of Mr. Katkov on December 17, 1987, came into my possession today, February 15, 2014.

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Seeing this photo twenty-seven years later makes me quite sad. Glad I wasn’t there to see it.

How did I come into possession of this mugshot? Because I’m still a damn good spy.

Does his face look puffy to anyone, like he put up a fight when the FBI arrested him? Mikhail was former Spetsnarz (Red Army special forces) so he must have been a pretty tough guy. I can imagine him throwing FBI agents out the window before finally being subdued.

 

 

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In October, 2013, I entered ROOFMAN: A True Story of Cold War Espionage, in Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards. I should have known better. I used to subscribe to WD, and in each issue they would give a short readers a chance to expand upon an idea they issued in the previous issue. I found that I never much cared for the editors’ choices and found what I believed to be better writing further on down the list.

They announced the winners on December 31, 2013. Needless to say, ROOFMAN, according to those who live their lives and set their clocks according to Central Time, did not even come close. And I was convinced I was going to win the whole shebang! (Not in Peoria!)

I received a short summary of the one and only judge to view my work today:

Entry Title: ROOFMAN: A True Story of Cold War Espionage

Author: John Pansini

Judge Number: 30

Entry Category: Nonfiction

 

 

Books are evaluated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 meaning “needs improvement” and 5 meaning “outstanding”. “0” indicates not applicable. This scale is strictly to provide a point of reference, it is not a cumulative score and does not reflect ranking.

 

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Structure and Organization: 4

 

Grammar: 4

 

Production Quality and Cover Design: 3

 

Plot (if applicable): 3

 

Character Development (if applicable): 3

    

 

Judges Commentary*:

  In the book, “Roofman: A True Story of Cold War Espionage,” author John Pansini takes readers on a remarkable journey. It hardly seems possible that a “regular Joe” could become an intelligence asset so casually, and yet it happened! Wow! Pansini’s story of working with the FBI and maintaining a seemingly double life with his Russian contacts offers some wonderful insight into what was going on in the United States, right before our very eyes, during the Cold War. It’s a wonder the author was able to stay quiet so long. It was also very interesting to watch the author evolve as he grew more comfortable with his role as informant. I appreciated the links to the audio he recorded. The one place the book stumbles for me is in the length. The author should consider if every conversation and every meeting needs to be included. Question whether some stories could be removed or shortened without harming the integrity of the overall story. It was also difficult at times to keep all of the characters straight, perhaps removing some of the minor players and/or adding a list of characters would help readers. If there are newspaper clippings about the incidents, I’d love to see those included as well.

And my reply to Judge #30 is as follows:

“I think Judge #30 Self-Published Ebook awards does not know what he/she is talking about. All I’ll say is I’m damn proud of ROOFMAN.
I should have known better than to trust anything as cutting edge as ROOFMAN  to a staid publication like Writer’s Digest. I wasted $75. Glad I’m not a subscriber.
John Pansini”
Early on a promised myself that I would enter on this blog all reviews, The Good, The Bad and (even shit like the above) Warm Milk. WD is published out of Cincinnati, Ohio. My best advice to them is to never leave the Midwest.
John Pansini
(One Pissed Off Roofer!)


The more Ihas-nsa-leaker-edward-j-snowden-given-classified-data-to-china learn about this guy the less I care what happens to him. He’s no hero. Is he a traitor? I don’t know. Has he hurt the U.S.? Yes.

has-nsa-leaker-edward-j-snowden-given-classified-data-to-chinaMy thoughts on the matter: at this point I don’t know enough about the particulars of the case to offer an opinion.  One thing I do know, however; the damage is already done, so I hope Mr. Snowden finds asylum in another country. He seems to be well on his way. Click on this link for the latest:   http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/11/us/snowden-facing-charges-leaves-hong-kong-hotel.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 .

China Dragon  The answer to that question is Roofman the Spy’s audio page. ROOFMAN is being pirated big time in China.

I remember that back when there was a Soviet Union, their industrial espionage     involved  both cyber-espionage and recruiting agents (see Clifford Stoll’s Cuckoo’ Egg). I suspect the Chinese might be doing the same thing and using ROOFMAN as a textbook on how NOT to run an American asset.

It seems that ROOFMAN is also being pirated in Sayreville, N.J. – go figure.  I doubt if they’re enemies of the State, however.

Here’s the email I sent to the Department of Homeland Security on 2/19/13. Judge for yourself.

To Homeland Security:

My name is John Pansini, and I live at 1313 E. San Miguel #2, Colorado Springs, CO 80909.

From 12/83 to 12/87, I was a controlled asset of the FBI. They used me against an undercover Soviet intelligence officer (GRU) named Mikhail Katkov. I published an ebook about my experiences in 2011. (Seehttp://roofmanthespy.com/ ; )
The book, ROOFMAN: A True Story of Cold War Espionage, contains 63 minutes of embedded audio in 32 separate mp3 files. In the pdf version, the audio files are embedded. A reader need only click on a link to hear the file; everything is internal to the ebook.
The ebook comes in two other formats: mobi for Kindles and epub for other e-readers such as B&N’s Nook. Because of the primitive capabilities of some e-readers, the 32 mp3 files cannot be embedded into the e-book. Instead, to hear the audio readers must click on a link in the text which then takes them to an external website (seehttp://roofmanpansini.com/ ) then click on a link on that site to hear the audio.
I noticed something very strange in regards to the number of visits in 2012 to the audio website, RoofmanPansini.com. It is for this reason that I am bringing the matter to your attention. My ebook in the mobi and epub formats is being pirated in China; and since the book deals with industrial espionage as carried out by the Soviet Union in the 1980s, I suspect this piracy is being carried out by the Chinese government. The book details counterespionage as practiced by the FBI, industrial espionage as practiced by the U.S.S.R., and how Americans are recruited by hostile intelligence services. Useful information to anyone looking to steal our secrets.
Here are the statistics that first drew my attention to the matter. They can be easily verified by my ISP: http://www.1and1.com/ :

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1) 22,690 hits to RoofmanPansini.com (the audio site that only needs to be accessed by a Kindle or a Nook) came from China. That’s 93.89% of all hits to the site. In contrast, there were only 966 hits to this site from the United States (4%) and 144 hits from Russia (0.6%).
2) 22,364 hits (92.54%) came from one city: Beijing.
3) RoofmanTheSpy.com, my main website where most of my ebook sales are generated, had only 1,123 hits from the PRC (24.87%) in 2012. This compares with 2,131 hits from the U.S. (47.2%) and 200 hits from Russia (4.43%).
4) Again, Beijing had most of those hits: 561 (12.43%).
5) For January 2013, the last month I had Site Analytics Plus which generated the statistics for 2012, of 2,697 hits to the audio site that month, 84.3% (2,030) came from China, and 2,007 came from Beijing. Only 324 came from the U.S., and 14 from Russia. February 2013 should also generate over 2K hits for the month, so they’re not slowing down.
6) I also have a blog that can also be a source of hits to the audio site. In 2012, there were 0 hits to this blog from China.(See https://roofmanthespy.wordpress.com/ )
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Given the PRC’s proclivity for cyber espionage, I think they’re using ROOFMAN as a textbook for conducting industrial espionage in the U.S. I’m willing to cooperate (with DHS in) anyway I can.
Thank you,
John Pansini

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