Red Spies in the UN

Title:                  Red Spies in the UN

Author:                Pierre J. Huss

Huss, Pierre J. (1965) and George Carpozi. Red Spies in the UN. New York: Coward-McCann


Date Updated:  September 21, 2016

Who’s that slipping back of the podium with a tape recorder? That’s agent 0-000-0. Oh, one of yours? Yes, I think so. I thought he was one of ours. There’s skulduggery afoot in the antiseptic corridors of that magnificent glass box overlooking Manhattan’s East River. This book is designed to act as a warning to those idealistic people who believe in the inviolable ethical code of “international civil servants” of UN personnel. The operative villain in these pieces is Russia. The authors, two Hearst newspapermen trace the cases down to the last subway ride and hint that America would be better off if the UN were far, far away, say Geneva, Switzerland. You will meet Judith Coplon, a brilliant young American whose questionable activities resulted in an espionage charge that has lasted (a “hot potato” case) through four adminstrations; Fred Timsford, American engineer whose photographic memory helped him to become a key counter-spy; and you will find yourself involved in plots that make Ian Fleming look like a slacker i.e. a master plan to blow up our eastern seaboard. The FBI comes off brilliantly as they shadow, trace and thwart these extremely ingenious activities. Exciting reading.

Reviewed by Paul W. Blackstock and Frank L. Schaf[1]

Newspapermen Huss and Corpazi provide accounts of instances of Soviet, and Soviet-influenced attempts to obtain official American secret documents and information while being safe from prosecution if discovered because of United Nations diplomatic immunity status.

[1] Blackstock, Paul W. (1978) and Frank L. Schaf, Jr. Intelligence, Espionage, Counterespionage, And Covert Operations: A Guide to Information Sources. Detroit: Gale Research Co., p. 150


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