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The Spy in Moscow Station

The Spy in Moscow Station

A Counterspy's Hunt for a Deadly Cold War Threat

Eric Haseltine

Thomas Dunne Books


The thrilling, true story of the race to find a leak in the United States Embassy in Moscow—before more American assets are rounded up and killed.

Foreword by Gen. Michael V. Hayden (Retd.), Former Director of NSA & CIA

In the late 1970s, the National Security Agency still did not officially exist—those in the know referred to it dryly as the No Such Agency. So why, when NSA engineer Charles Gandy filed for a visa to visit Moscow, did the Russian Foreign Ministry assert with confidence that he was a spy?

Outsmarting honey traps and encroaching deep enough into enemy territory to perform complicated technical investigations, Gandy accomplished his mission in Russia, but discovered more than State and CIA wanted him to know.

Eric Haseltine's The Spy in Moscow Station tells of a time when—much like today—Russian spycraft had proven itself far beyond the best technology the U.S. had to offer. The perils of American arrogance mixed with bureaucratic infighting left the country unspeakably vulnerable to ultra-sophisticated Russian electronic surveillance and espionage.

This is the true story of unorthodox, underdog intelligence officers who fought an uphill battle against their own government to prove that the KGB had pulled off the most devastating penetration of U.S. national security in history. If you think "The Americans" isn't riveting enough, you'll love this toe-curling nonfiction thriller.

1. Our Spies Are Dying

CIA Station, U.S. Embassy, Moscow, March 1978

Gus Hathaway sat in his cramped, windowless office on the seventh floor of the chancery building at 21 Tchaikovsky, gazing at some documents on...

Praise for The Spy in Moscow Station

“In the cat and mouse, twists and turns and tradecraft of modern technical espionage and counter-espionage (and now the field of Cyber and Information Warfare), Eric Haseltine’s book once again reminds us of the high stakes and brilliant personalities involved in the relentless and often life and death struggles around intelligence and national security. The lessons of this book are to be neither naive nor complacent, especially against a determined and capable adversary.”
—Admiral William O. Studeman, U.S. Navy (Retired), former Director NSA, Deputy Director of Central Intelligence and CIA

“A thrilling narrative from a context of advanced technology and secrecy. The story is quite entertaining and the lessons are utterly enduring.”
—Admiral Eric T. Olson, U.S. Navy (Retired), former Commander, United States Special Operations Command

“Real life spy-vs-spy page turner whose lessons are important today.”
—Bruce Schneier, internationally renowned security technologist and bestselling author of Click Here to Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World

"All the power and intrigue of a cinematic thriller...An immersive, dramatic, and historically edifying work." —Kirkus


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Eric Haseltine

ERIC HASELTINE was Director of Research at the NSA and Associate Director of National Intelligence in charge of Science and Technology for the U.S. Intelligence community. Before joining the NSA, he was Executive Vice President of Disney Imagineering. A PhD neuroscientist, he has given several popular TED talks on the future of science and is an inventor with over 70 patents and pending patents. Haseltine's books include Brain Safari, Long Fuse, Big Bang, and The Spy in Moscow Station. He lives in California with his wife, Dr. Chris Gilbert.

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