Writings by CIA defector Edward Lee Howard published
December 7, 2009 3 Comments
By IAN ALLEN | intelNews.org |
An extensive article on spy tradecraft, written by CIA case officer Edward Lee Howard, after he defected to the Soviet Union in 1985, has been published for the first time. Howard, the only intelligence agent known to have been trained by both the CIA and the Soviet KGB, joined the CIA in 1980, but began collaborating with the KGB in 1983, after the CIA fired him for repeatedly failing to pass a polygraph test. After he was exposed by Vitaly Yurchenko, a KGB officer who allegedly defected to the US in Rome, Italy, Howard employed his CIA training to evade FBI counterintelligence agents and escape to Russia, where he lived until his death in 2002. In the early 1990s, the FBI tried to lure Howard to capture, using, among others, Bureau counterintelligence agent Robert Eringer. Eringer befriended Howard and, as part of the luring operation, commissioned the former CIA agent to write a book entitled Spy’s Guide to Central Europe. After Howard’s death, his unfinished book remained in Eringer’s possession. The former FBI agent has now decided to publish Howard’s writings, in several parts, on his blog. In the first part, posted last Saturday, the CIA defector examines basic spy tradecraft for a spy on the move. Among interesting tidbits, he writes that “[t]he KGB in Moscow sometimes mobilizes 200 persons on one suspected CIA officer”. In the second part, posted today, Howard states that “an orange peel tossed on the path” near an informant’s residence was the KGB’s favorite stationary signal for secretly requesting a face-to-face meeting.