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Betrayal in Berlin: Cold War Espionage

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Steve Vogel’s new book examines “the tunnel” that led to the tapping of Soviet lines during the tensest moments of the twilight struggle. Although a highly-placed mole in British intelligence alerted the KGB to what was about to happen, that intelligence presented a Hobbesian choice to the Kremlin.

The taut story draws on interviews with the mole, key figures in the CIA Berlin’s station and the Army Corps of Engineers, and the men who helped the Russian agent escape from a British prison.

Here’s my interview with the author for the Washington Independent Review of Books.

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