Oleg Gordievsky

 

Gordievsky, Oleg. "... but I say he's the best man." Telegraph (London), 9 May 2004.

Reacting to some of the negative commentary garnered by John Scarlett's appointment to head MI6, Gordievsky states "I know John to be a man of the highest personal integrity. He was my case officer when I was [a] secret agent working for MI6 inside the KGB. He was outstandingly good at his job: careful and precise, he never jeopardised my safety -- but he always tried to ensure that I provided the information that would be of most use.... [T]he last three years he has spent as Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) have given him a unique insight into the intelligence network ... now co-operating across the globe to thwart al-Qaeda."

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Gordievsky, Oleg. "The KGB After the Coup." Intelligence and National Security 8, no. 3 (Jul. 1993): 68-71.

Gordievsky, Oleg. "The KGB Archives." Intelligence and National Security 6, no. 1 (Jan. 1991): 7-14.

Some odds and ends about the KGB's "extremely methodical" handling of documents and files.

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Gordievsky, Oleg. "New Memoirs from Moscow." Intelligence and National Security 11, no. 3 (Jul. 1996): 586-592.

Gordievsky, Oleg. Next Stop Execution: The Autobiography of Oleg Gordievsky. London: Macmillan, 1995.

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Gordievsky, Oleg. "What Makes the Double Agent Tick." telegraph.co.uk, 25 Feb. 2001.

The former KGB officer suggests that the "most important component" in Hanssen's "survival as a spy ... was his decision never to meet anyone from the KGB face to face.... Hanssen's caution ensured that he never attracted any attention from the FBI's molehunters.... [H]is survival in a position where the usual life-span is measured in months rather than years is a testament to his toughness."

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Gordievsky, Oleg. "The Woman Who Kept My Secret." telegraph.co.uk, 5 May 2002.

The former KGB officer offers praise for Eliza Manningham-Buller's being named to head MI5 -- "the best news for the service in a decade.... [W]hat will make Eliza such a good head of MI5 isn't that she has a smooth and agreeable exterior; the secret of her success will be that she has been an exceptional operational officer."

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