The Cold War was the first war in history to be won exclusively by spies. After the arrest of KJB Colonel Oleg Penkovsky (the Russian Guy Fawkes), the Pentagon realized that nuclear war with the Soviet Union would indeed be suicide. Even the deadly attack on the Chernobyl nuclear power plant was the work of saboteurs and spies.
From that time onward, the Cold War became a covert war of spies, sabotage, assassinations, suicides, etc., etc. Uniquely, women as well as men played a deadly role in the decades long conflict between the superpowers.
Only the Judgment Day will reveal the names of all the behind the scenes combatants, so only the names of the main protagonists can be revealed at this time.
Patriotic Russians were at a great disadvantage in the Cold War because they were all HONEST MEN and would not use despicable spies.
They did have scouts, which are a legitimate part of any army.
The GRU was the intelligence department of the Russian Ministry of Defense.
Dmitry Ustinov was the Russian Minister of Defense. His death by poisoning in 1984 led to a coup d'état, that enabled Mikhail Gorbachov to seize the reins of power in the Soviet Union.
The main competition for the GRU came from the KGB, which was the Russian branch of the British Secret Service. Even when faced with annihilation by the madmen in the Pentagon, the Russians never used their foreign embassies as spying stations.
The KGB versus the GRU.
The KGB was the "enemy within" and the main competition for the GRU.
They were the equivalent of the British MI6 and the Pentagon's CIA.
The kGB played a pivotal role in the fall of the Soviet Union.
The main spying stations for the British Empire and the Pentagon were the British and U.S. embassies. Britannia rules the spying world because Downing Street is named after a spy.
Both embassies doubled as spying stations.
After the "Guy Fawkes" Penkowsky debacle, there was a lull in spying until the Presidency of Jimmy Carter in 1977.
Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford were HONEST MEN and they were totally opposed to spying. As a result, President Nixon was forced to resign in 1974, and President Ford was almost replaced by Nelson Rockefeller in 1975.
Concurrently with the Cold War, there was another war raging in Northern Ireland instigated by Sir Maurice Oldfield. Oldfield was a "practicing Catholic" and his ancestors burned the bones of Saint John Wycliffe.
Oldfield was largely responsible for the "Troubles" in Northern Ireland in which thousands of people were maimed and killed. In 1975, he appointed Margaret Thatcher leader of the Conservative Party, which led to her appointment as prime minister in 1979. This latter days Boudica was a veritable Russophobe.
Sir Maurice Oldfield was MI6 director from 1973 to 1981.
Oldfield chose Margaret "Iron Lady" Thatcher for the position of prime minister.
Her top assignments were to intensify spying on the Soviets and Northern Ireland, and prevent Argentina from acquiring an atomic bomb.
Oldfield was stationed in Washington City during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He convinced President Kennedy that Oleg "Guy Fawkes" Penkowsky could be relied upon to disable the Soviet Doomsday Device. As spymaster, he recruited Margaret Thatcher for the position of prime minister:
In this period Sir Maurice established what proved to be a mutually worthwhile relationship with Mrs Thatcher, then the recently elected leader of the Conservative Party. She was anxious to have some briefings on the various problems of the day touching on intelligence and security. An intermediary paved the way for such talks, which were welcomed as much by Oldfield as Mrs Thatcher. The Prime Minister, Callaghan, gave his approval and from then on the Conservative leader and Sir Maurice became firm friends. (Deacon, "C" A Biography of Sir Maurice Oldfield, p. 187).
Upon his "retirement" in 1978, Thatcher offered Oldfield the position of Coordinator of Security and Intelligence in Northern Ireland. As spymaster for Northern Ireland, he arranged the 1979 assassination of Lord Mountbatten and the Narrow Water ambush in which his IRA ambushed and killed 18 British soldiers. In that position, Oldfied made many powerful enemies and he was sent to "Saint Peter" in 1981.
Incredible as it may appear, Brazil feared a nuclear armed Argentina. From the Falkland Islands, the British monitored the progress of the Argentinean Bomb and were determined to defuse it.
In 1978, Sir Maurice Oldfield (a fluent medieval Latin speaker) chose British Secret Service agent Karol Wojtyla for Pope. This move was not unprecedented because Emperor Constantine was British.
1978 was the year of the 3 Popes.
2 Popes were given the Cup of Borgia and MI6 Karol Wojtyla was "elected" Pope.
It was the most expensive Papal election in history.
In Poland, KGB Wojciech Jaruzelski became dictator.
MI6 provided the expertise for the bugging of the conclave that "elected" Karol Wojtyla. The money for his electionthe most expensive in the 1600-year history of the Papacycame from the United States taxpayers. The Pope's top assignment was to destabilize the Warsaw Pact.
One of the main reasons why the Russians stayed in Eastern Europe was uranium. Uranium mines were located in East Germany and Czechoslovakia. Without their own nuclear weapons, the free world would have been turned into a parking lot by the Pentagon.
Aristocratic "Communist" Wojciech Jaruzelski ruled Poland from 1981 until the Fall of the Berlin Wall.
Oleg Gordievsky engineered the rise of Mikhail Gorbachev
In 1982, Oleg Gordievsky was assigned to the Soviet embassy in London as the KGB resident-designate. While working at the embassy, he spied on his own country, and even turned in Britons who were friendly towards the Soviets and afraid that Reagan would trigger Armageddon.
Oleg Gordievsky was a KGB colonel stationed in London who was instrumental in the rise of Mikhail Gorbachev
A most dangerous spy, he gave MI6 the names of Britons who feared that Thatcher and Reagan would trigger Armageddon.
Many of them were arrested and some were suicided. One of the names he gave to MI6 was Michael Bettaney, who was arrested and given a 23-year prison sentence for violating the Official Secrets Act.
Gordievsky arranged for the visit of Mikhail Gorbachev to London in December 1984. Gorbachev posed with Britain's Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at the prime minister's official country residence at Chequers, north of London. While in London, Gorbachev visited the grave of fellow Secret Service agent Karl Marx.
KGB Gordievsky arranged for the visit of Mikhail Gorbachev to London in Dec. 1984.
The purpose of the visit was to be out of the country when defense minister Dmitry Ustinov was given the poison cup.
The KGB's timing was perfect. Just as Mikhail and Raisa are having a tête-à-tête with Thatcher, his main obstacle to the leadership of the Soviet Union died suddenly:
Sad news reached me while I was in LondonUstinov had died. I interrupted my stay and returned to Moscow. Ustinov's death was a grave loss, particularly painful in those troubled times. The leadership of the country was in a deplorable state. Problems arose even with the weekly Politburo meetings. Quite often Konstantin Ustinovich was unable to attend scheduled meetingsand I would be instructed to take the chair. (Gorbachev, Memoirs, p. 162).
Gorbachev was indeed grieving over the death of Ustinov, particularly when it opened the door to the top position in the Soviet Union. After thanking Thatcher for the timely demise of Ustinov, he raced back to Moscow. Konstantin Chernenko was also given the poison cup and he passed away on March 11, 1985.
Within 3 years, 3 Soviet leaders: Leonid Brezhnev, Yuri Andropov, and Konstantin Chernenko were given the poison cup!!
Only 3 hours after Chernenko's death, Mikhail Gorbachev was "elected" General Secretary of the Communist Party.
Fellow KGB spy and Georgian Eduard Shevardnadze became foreign minister.
Immediately, Gorbachev launched his program of glasnost (openness) and perostroika (restructuring).
The average age of his predecessors in the Politburo was 70 and Gorbachev was only 54. He traveled about the country with his wife Raisa and Russians were astonished that a Soviet leader would involve his wife in politics.
In foreign policy, he relied on Eduard Shevardnadze to coordinate the Fall of the Soviet Union with Reagan and Thatcher.
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher visited President Reagan at the White House on July 17, 1987.
Her visit was to brief him for the upcoming Gorbachev visit.
The last British ruler of the coloniesKing George IIIdecried the very idea of "petticoats in politics."
If general Jackson had been there he would have called Reagan a "traitor" and challenged him to a duel!!
Reagan was probably incoherent because of all the Howard Hughes radioactive dust he sniffed in Hollywood. in 1989, he had brain surgery to remove a "cancerous" tumor.
Oleg Gordievsky visited President Reagan on July 21, 1987. He was also preparing the way for the Gorbachev visit.
Gorbachev visited the White House on Dec. 8, 1987, to discuss the "peaceful" dissolution of the Soviet Union.
The Cold War was indeed and equal opportunity war as female spies also played a pivotal role in the conflict.
Femme fatale Nancy Reagan was the wife/boss of the President.
She was the U.S. counterpart to Britain's "Iron Lady."
She frequently consulted her horoscope to determine the propitious time for her husband to launch a thermonuclear attack on the Soviet Union.
Nancy persuaded her husband to postpone his brain surgery until he left the White House in January 1989.
In May 1985, Gordievsky was ordered to return to Moscow from Britain. Gordievsky suspected that the KGB knew that he was a spy, so, after a daring "escape" arranged by MI6, he arrived back in Britain in July:
Next day we caught a local plane to Oslo. There a Norwegian officer led us through back corridors at the airport to put us on a British Airways flight for London. At Heathrow, Special Branch officers slipped us off the aircraft, avoided Customs, and took us straight to the car park of a hotel, where a high-powered reception committee had gathered to greet me. Among them was the head of British intelligence's Soviet section; another was one of the directors of the security service, John Deverell, a man of exceptional intelligence and charm, who became a staunch friend and ally. Everyone was euphoric at scoring such a victory over the KGB: champagne flowed, and the atmosphere was one of celebration. (Gordievsky, Next Stop Execution, p. 346).
Victory over the British KGB....Gordievsky was a rat and a traitor to his country but he did have a twisted sense of humor.