Posts Tagged ‘espionage in libraries’

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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On the audio in this chapter I refer  to true American patriots: that would be the members on the senate committee. I also say, “Not that asshole.” That would be the guy in the photo to the left.

Talking with my FBI case officer, Jim Knapp, about the Iran/Contra Hearings, he gave me insights into how things work when people testify before congressional committees. As it turned out, Agent Knapp was correct: North was convicted but got off on a technicality. His testimony before the senate committee was ruled inadmissible on appeal.

More than at any other time I lived through the Katkov Affair I felt like a tiny part of history. And I will be ever grateful to Agent Knapp for sharing this information with me.

This excerpt comes from Chapter 15:

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… there was an ad in the New York Times. I answered it, and one day an undercover GRU officer, Mikhail Katkov, phoned me and invited me to lunch. He said he wanted to discuss a business arrangement of mutual benefit with me.

His words sounded familiar, like I come across the exact same phrase once before. It didn’t take me long to find out where.

Excerpt from Chapter One:

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Ascent/Descent of Man

Ascent/Descent of a Man

This excerpt comes from the   prologue of my book. It describes the primitive equipment used in online searching before the internet.

It also describes how one man evolved from a hairy ape to a respected librarian, and then devolved back into a hairy ape who climbed roofs and banged nails for a living.

I’m re-posting this because I love the above image. It says so much about who I really am. I’m not that crazy about bananas, though.

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I was working as a reference librarian in Columbia University’s engineering library. Who knew that that place would be such a hotbed of intrigue.

And who knew my working there would make the Soviets so uncomfortable.

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 This event, taken from Chapter 14, occurred in 1987. Me and the FBI came to the conclusion that I was being passed off to a new GRU officer. I was working at Columbia University’s engineering library at the time — a real hotbed of intrigue. (I’m not kidding.) This is what happened, and this is what I told me FBI case officer, Jim Knapp, on the phone:

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 This post shows a major conflict between me and my FBI case officer, Mike Berns, in particular and, by extension, the entire Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Bureau wants a list I have in my possession, but I don’t want to give it to them. Mike uses all the power of his agency to try to “convince” — read that “intimidate” — me  turning over to the FBI a list of innocent Americans. (more…)