Not sure where to do this on ATS but decided to tell you a few short stories about a part of my life. I am thinking of writing a book but then I would
be identified and probably by an ATS reader..... so no book....for now anyway... Actually there is a book already out about me. My boss wrote the book
and all hell broke out. It went all the way to Congress.....TWICE. What made me mad was his book was about some field work that he was involved with
BUT he made it look as if he did those missions when actually it was me and others. This will be another story for another time.
If you think I am making this stuff up well...OK. Then just sit back and enjoy the story.
So here it is.....summer 1985 and still in training with my handler. Spending most of weekends in some hotel in Munich going through a series a
polygraphs. Sometimes I thought I spent more time in hotel rooms with strangers than with my family. I receive a phone call from my handler, Carl, and
I was instructed to meet him at our favorite place. Our favorite place meant to meet at Wendy's, across the street from the Munich Hauptbahnhof.
Sounds simple? In the movies there is always that theme about protecting the identity of your undercover agents but in reality most know who the
others are....We are reused over and over again.....It is not like there is back up or someone ready to step right in and take your place, the
governments do not really care if you are identified UNLESS you are politically "tied" or a diplomat, etc.... Normal field agent is just a chess peice
and nothing more. You could be sitting in a restaurant eating with your family and then someone walks by and takes your picture, or sends you a drink,
winks at you, etc....made me uneasy ...... all the time.
You see you want to use public transportation when traveling. Lets say I want to go from Frankfurt to Munich? Well buying a direct ticket there and
you will not be very long in the spy business. Normal travel by ICE ..... maybe three hours, the way a spy does it..... takes all day. Numerous
tickets bought in numerous directions getting off at many stops, walking to into commercial stores and use unknown rear entrances etc.... taking
taxi's, Ubahn's and trains. Once you spot a tail you break it off, no meeting, now you concentrate on getting rid of your tail. If you could not shake
the tail off you called in Jack Rabbit support and met other officers waiting at various locations to assist.
Back in the 80's we had sunglasses and normal glasses where you could see directly behind you and the sides as well without turning your head. Today
you can buy these glasses on the internet.... cheap....
anyway back to the story...... I can see Carl sitting at a table alone drinking a beverage. He had a black briefcase next to his chair. I sat down and
was told to order myself a meal. I came back and started to eat when a large man sat down at our table and started speaking with Carl. The guy was
well dressed and he sounded like he was from the northern part of U.S. Carl introduces me to this man with my mouth full of food and then they go back
talking to one another about family and friends. Both Carl and his friend stand up and kiss one another on each cheek and then the guy reaches down
and takes Carl's briefcase. Well there I am with a mouth full of food, slobbering at the mouth trying to tell Carl that the guy took his briefcase and
Carl told me the briefcase was for him.
When Carl and this man got up and hugged, this guy slipped a key to Carl. A key to a train station locker which had a briefcase inside it for Carl.
And what about the briefcase that Carl had? It had one million dollars inside....... cash.
The man that Carl met was a KGB agent, actually a double agent who also worked with us and who was now one of my contacts. This was the enemy, face to
face in a relaxed and non threatening attitude. I found out later this guy had been briefed on me by Carl and was able to validate the information
provided because there was a police record of my arrest inside East Germany (before the wall came down) but that is another story.... in my next story
which I will call......how I made contact with the Stasi by sneaking into East Germany.
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