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Washington History Seminar
February 1, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
David E. Hoffman (Washington Post) on The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal
From 1979 until 1985, the CIA ran an immensely productive spy in the heart of the Soviet military-industrial complex in Moscow. Author David E. Hoffman will describe this singularly-important operation, based on declassified CIA cables and his new book, The Billion Dollar Spy, and argue that despite the many achievements of technology in espionage, human sources are still vital.
David E. Hoffman is a contributing editor at the Washington Post. He was previously foreign editor, bureau chief in Jerusalem and Moscow, and White House correspondent. He is the author of The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Beytrayal (2015), The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy (2009) which won the Pulitzer Prize, and The Oligarchs: Wealth and Power in the New Russia (2002).