Posts Tagged ‘Russian Espionage’

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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We have been writing each other since the mid-90s. I actually feel sympathy for him because I know from experience how someone can get entrapped by Soviet/Russian intelligence.   He’s not the first, nor will he be the last, American intelligence officer to be recruited by a hostile intelligence service.

My latest communication from him is letter dated February 8, 2012. It is in reply to a letter I sent him in  January, 2012. I hadn’t written him in a few years, but I wanted him to know I published ROOFMAN as an ebook. If he had a way to read it, I would send him a free copy.

Here is his letter:

Here is a transcript of his letter:

Dear Roofman,

I was happy to get your (post) card and the news that you’ve got IT published.

The BoP (Bureau of Prisons) so far isn’t into the digital age far enough for me to be able to get it, but progress is underway and who knows what the future may hold? (Most BoP prisoners have access to a form of email now, though I have been barred for no apparent reason. Bernie Madoff has it though.)

Hope your reviewers are happy and asking for more!



P.S. I like your Darwinian T shirt (So do I)

A link to my website where my first letter to Mr. Ames and his reply can be found. Click on the page “Interesting Stuff” and then on “Letter to a Spy” for my letter to him. Click on “Re: From a Spy” for his reply to me.

I will be sending Mr. Ames another letter soon, enclosing business cards along with a reminder to let me know when BoP finally goes digital.  I do hope his incarceration goes well. Like I said, I really feel for the poor guy.

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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:


 “There’s something that isn’t quite clear to me,” FBI Agent Dan Parrish asked me on December 12, 1983. “He says he’s Russian, works at the UN. You call us. Why?”

A deep breath before letting loose my theory: “For many reasons, beginning with computer networks. It’s true that all the information I have access to is unclassified and publicly available, but–”

“You mean there’s nothing to stop him from sitting down at his own terminal and doing it himself?” my other FBI questioner, David Neahle asked.

“I’m not sure. Some databases may not be open to Soviets. Regardless, unclassified technical information can still be of interest to the Soviets. My services as an information specialist can save them a great deal of time and effort tracking down certain documents. And even if Katkov’s not a spy, the information he requests is obviously on behalf of his government. Knowing what he is requesting gives us clues to the Soviet State of the Art, so in a sense, we’ll be spying on them.” I paused to let that filter through the shit-for-brains that floated around in their hard as porcelain skulls. “Finally, I suspect that this may be part of a much larger effort: to use Americans like me to infiltrate our nation’s computer networks.[1] You guys probably know better than me” — a bit of diplomacy on my part because I didn’t think these guys knew a damn thing — “that there are plenty of classified databases out there. Wouldn’t the Russians just love to have someone who could plug into them?”

Everything old is new again; nothing changes; same old same old — pick any cliche you like. They all fit in this case. What I was involved in over a quarter century ago is still going on today.


 The FBI released surveillance tapes of the 2010 Russian spy ring. Too bad the tapes have no audio. Damn FBI wants to keep everything quiet.

Here’s the link to the FBI website:

Anya Chapman, Russian spy.

If I’d met her, I might’ve turned over every damn state secret I could get my hands on! Guess that’s why they call these women femme fatales.