By Bill Powell
Vyacheslav Baranov had simply been published from a jail camp in Siberia while he walked into Newsweek bureau leader invoice Powell's place of work in Moscow in the summertime of 1998. A former colonel within the GRU, the Soviet Union's once-feared army intelligence organization, Baranov had additionally been one of many highest-ranking spies at the CIA's payroll whilst he used to be arrested six years prior. Baranov used to be confident he have been betrayed, and the query that obsessed him -- and that may thrust Powell into the spying online game -- was once, by way of whom?
Treason starts at the day Baranov walked into Powell's place of work, unannounced, announcing he had a narrative Powell may locate attention-grabbing. Powell was once skeptical of Baranov's story of spying for the CIA and being mishandled by means of the business enterprise, yet he was once intrigued and agreed to work out Baranov back. Over the process numerous weeks, then months, because it grew to become transparent to him that Baranov used to be credible, Powell learned that he may need a unprecedented information tale. Little did he be aware of that his conferences with Baranov could placed him in the course of a top-secret mole hunt.
The CIA had assumed that Baranov was once certainly one of greater than a dozen Soviet double brokers who have been betrayed by means of Aldrich Ames, a former counterintelligence officer within the agency's directorate of operations, who himself were arrested through the FBI for spying for Moscow. Baranov had one other thought approximately who had betrayed him, and during Powell -- his in basic terms technique of speaking with the U.S. executive -- he controlled to cross the most important details to the FBI that confident its mole hunters that he used to be right.
A tale of intrigue and furtive conferences with mystery brokers in Moscow, manhattan, Crete, Moldova, and Bangladesh, Treason recounts how Baranov used to be first recruited to undercover agent for the GRU, after which by means of the CIA to undercover agent for the USA. It describes the murky and hazardous global of spies and counterspies -- a global during which it's by no means transparent whom you could belief -- in addition to the lonely lifetime of a double agent. it's also an eye-opening account of ways the U.S. handles -- and infrequently mishandles -- its double brokers. And it's a brilliant firsthand account of what can take place whilst the worlds of journalism and espionage collide.