043 KGB Secret Agent Jack Barsky, Spying In America During The Cold War (Part One)

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I have a treat for you guys today! On today’s show, we have former KGB Agent Jack Barsky. This is part one of a two-part episode; part two will air on December 5, 2021.
Jack was a KGB agent who was embedded in the United States as a spy for the Soviet Union during the height of the cold war. Jack was illegally inserted and assimilated into the United States carrying out covert missions as a KGB agent while keeping his cover as a bicycle delivery boy, college student, and eventually computer programmer for a large corporation. He also juggled two families complete with a wife and children in the United States, and East Germany.

Jack is now a public speaker, author of “My Secret Life and Tangled Allegiances As A KGB Spy In America”, a devoted family man and American citizen. He has been featured on many news shows including 60 Minutes and was the technical advisor for the hit T.V. series, The Americans.
In today’s episode you will learn:

· Jack explains the quote, “Caution is a spy’s best friend, paranoia is his enemy.” and how this applies to everyday life.

· How his childhood growing up in war-torn East Germany helped him later in his life as a spy for the KGB.

· How a bright college kid on track to becoming a college professor wound up being a spy for the KGB.

· How Jack Barsky kept his job and training with the KGB a secret from friends and family, including his mother.

· What special spy training and equipment Jack was given, or not given before he illegally entered the United States as a spy for the KGB.

All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.
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