One of the coauthors of the book in question, Oleg Gordievsky, was a high level official in the KGB who defected to the UK. There have been a lot of books by such defectors with many of them not panning out in terms of credibility over the long term, e.g. the book by "atom spy master" Sudoplatov who claimed that everybody from Bohr to Oppenheimer was a Soviet agent. He seems to have been out to make some money in the post-Soviet era with sensationalist charges.
No, we are not talking about somebody claiming alien abductions. Among other things, the Andrew-Gordievsky book was the first to identify the "fifth man" among the Cambridge spy crowd (led by Kim Philby). The fourth man was the queen's art adviser, Anthony Blount. The fifth man was John Cairncross, brother of the economist Alec Cairncross. This has since come to be more or less universally accepted as fact. Barkley Rosser On Tue, 07 Jul 1998 07:37:39 -0700 Tom Lehman <uswa12 at lorainccc.edu> wrote:
> Dear Mr. Rosser and Max,
> Did you now that 2.3 million Americans claim they have been abducted by
> space aliens. Have you seen any stats on the percentage of Russians or
> other Slavish persons who claim to have been abducted by space aliens.
> I think I'll email Joe Bob Briggs and see what he knows about this; is
> slavophobia a learned or inherited behavior?
> In the pursuit of science,
> Thomas Lehman
> Rosser Jr, John Barkley wrote:
> > The origin of the claim that White was a KGB agent is
> > in the book on the KGB by Andrew and Gordievsky, one of the
> > most accurate such volumes. Skidelsky also confirmed the
> > likelihood of this to me privately. He has been spending a
> > lot of time in Russia talking to various bigwigs recently.
> > White's role was apparently mostly one of being an
> > informant on high-level policy. Certainly his positions at
> > Bretton Woods and elsewhere strongly supported US
> > capitalist interests. Skidelsky noted, however, that at
> > Bretton Woods he supported a higher quota for the USSR.
> > Barkley Rosser
> > On Thu, 2 Jul 1998 16:54:04 -0400 Max Sawicky
> > <sawicky at epinet.org> wrote:
> > > > Harry Dexter White of the US (curiously enough a Soviet
> > > > agent).
> > >
> > > Has this been documented?
> > >
> > > MBS
> > >
> > >
> > --
> > Rosser Jr, John Barkley
> > rosserjb at jmu.edu
-- Rosser Jr, John Barkley rosserjb at jmu.edu