SPY COUNTERSPY DUSKO POPOV PDF

Reviewed by David A. Popov, described by the author as, "above all, a showman," 3 was born into a well-to-do Serbian family in and seemed destined to enjoy a lucrative and luxurious career as a lawyer. However, his penchant for speaking his mind, paired with his hatred of Nazism, resulted in a temporary stay in Frei burg prison courtesy of the Gestapo, followed by expulsion to Switzerland. Returning to his law practice in Dubrovnik in , his subsequent life was dramatically changed by a telegram from his closest friend and fellow member of the elite, Johnny Jebsen, who informed Popov that he had decided to join the Abwehr, German military intelligence, which he considered the best alternative available for him at the time. Love for his friend prompted Popov to help Johnny and thereby German intelligence- with an operational tasking, but his fondness for democracy prompted him to simultaneously inform British foreign intelligence, M 16, which encouraged Dusko to play along with German intelligence, feeding them information the British service provided.

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Reviewed by David A. Popov, described by the author as, "above all, a showman," 3 was born into a well-to-do Serbian family in and seemed destined to enjoy a lucrative and luxurious career as a lawyer.

However, his penchant for speaking his mind, paired with his hatred of Nazism, resulted in a temporary stay in Frei burg prison courtesy of the Gestapo, followed by expulsion to Switzerland.

Returning to his law practice in Dubrovnik in , his subsequent life was dramatically changed by a telegram from his closest friend and fellow member of the elite, Johnny Jebsen, who informed Popov that he had decided to join the Abwehr, German military intelligence, which he considered the best alternative available for him at the time.

Love for his friend prompted Popov to help Johnny and thereby German intelligence- with an operational tasking, but his fondness for democracy prompted him to simultaneously inform British foreign intelligence, M 16, which encouraged Dusko to play along with German intelligence, feeding them information the British service provided. As an Abwehr agent, Popov was assigned to Lisbon, Portugal, a key neutral allied with the British since Stewart Menzies- better-known as "C"- also sought information on his opposite number, Abwehr Director Adm.

Wilhelm Canaris. By the end of , Popov had flown to England and met his M 15 handler, Col. He also had a memorable, if disturbing, private meeting with Menzies, who provided a brutally frank assessment of his new agent, telling Popov, "You have too many devices on your banner.

Intent upon helping their Pacific ally and themselves as well, the Germans tasked Popov with getting the answers to a host of questions on US defensive measures, including a page-long list on Pearl Harbor defenses alone.

They conveyed the questionnaire to Popov using the latest technique in espionage, the microdot. The change of venue for Popov prompted FBI demands to control him while in the United States, to which the British only warily agreed; as Popov soon learned, the Bureau wanted him to help catch German spies, not conduct espionage while in the country. Dusko arrived in New York in August and set about answering the questions he had memorized, sharing the information with the Bureau.

He thus acquainted US officials with the high-level German and Japanese interest in Pearl Harbor four months before the "Day of Infamy" attack; however, no warning of this interest was ever passed to the US military.

Of the eight formal investigations of the Pearl Harbor attack, not one mentions either Popov or the questionnaire. When the captain of the ship on which Popov was traveling on 7 December announced the Pearl Harbor attack, Popov felt proud- but only until he heard the tragic results, wondering how such a disaster could have occurred when he had already provided the critical defense information.

With his relationship with the FBI worsening, he was recalled to London, where he continued to feed false information to the Germans, including in two famous deception operations- misleading the Germans into believing a planned Allied landing in southern Europe was to take place in Greece and Sardinia and that the Western Front would be opened well north of Normandy. Such acts helped earn him the Order of the British Empire.

After the liberation of France, he went to Paris to establish a new British intelligence network. After the war ended, he lived there and prospered and eventually acquired British citizenship. It is worth noting, however, that most biographers are enamored of their subjects, and Loftis is no exception in that regard. The volume reflects the wide use of primary source materials, in various foreign languages, as well as standard US sources. Although Loftis does his best as a lawyer and accomplished writer to explain the tangled web of intrigue that characterizes the life and operations of TRICYCI.

E, portions of the narrative are challenging to follow, such as the British laundering of German funds to support their intelligence operations. Besides providing details of German and British intelligence activities during the war, Loftis also provides important, albeit disturbing, information about J.

Edgar Hoover and the FBI, their general missteps in the unfamiliar larger world of intelligence, and their particularly misguided assessment of Popov and his motives.

Bureau champions will find little to cheer about in these pages. He is a frequent contributor of book reviews. Nothing in any of the articles should be construed as asserting or implying US government endorsement of their factual statements and interpretations.

Articles by non-US government employees are copyrighted.

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DuĊĦan Popov

Records from as early as describe them as the most affluent family there. In November , Austria-Hungary disintegrated into a number of smaller states, and its Balkan possessions were incorporated into the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes renamed Yugoslavia in The newly established, Serb-led state was plagued by political infighting among its various constitutive ethnic groups, particularly Serbs and Croats , but also Hungarians and ethnic Germans. The young Popov and his family enjoyed a luxurious lifestyle and were far removed from the political turmoil in the country.

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