A NOTE FROM BENJAMIN WEISER
I first met Colonel Kuklinski under high security in 1992 in a hotel suite in Reston, Virginia. As I entered the room, he was standing in the corner by a window, a cigarette dangling from his mouth, his face enveloped in smoke. As I approached, he greeted me with sparkling blue eyes and a broad smile.
That day I learned how Kuklinski, cooperating with the CIA for almost a decade, had turned over tens of thousands of classified Soviet and Warsaw Pact documents, including the Soviet war plans for Europe. His material was "the touchstone, the basic standard," one American official told me. But I wanted to know why he had taken the risk of crossing the line.
Over the last decade, I have interviewed Kuklinski hundreds of times, exploring his life and his motivations. I also gained access to the CIA's internal files on the case, and interviewed CIA officers who were involved in the operation, as well as Polish generals whom Kuklinski betrayed.
I had always seen Kuklinski's case as a reminder of how hard it was for Communist-era officers who were inspired by Western values to live patriotic lives. But today, when the need for human intelligence has never seemed greater, his story resonates even more.
Pub date: 04/06/05
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