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5 The Soviet spy appears benign by comparison. He typically entered a target country not to blow anything up, but to gather intelligence. Yet his purpose was not kindly. “The activity of the intelligence service is aggressive and offensive,” wrote an early instructor, Alexander Orlov. ” Often the goal was short-term and limited: to affect that nation’s policy on one or another issue, or to find ways to counter its operations in one or another arena. But always the underlying premise was long-term and unlimited, bound to the Marxist-Leninist project of subverting the nation entirely, preparing it for a forced or voluntary incorporation into a widening circle of Communist states, so that ultimately the world would run under a central control and within a single economy.
Like those who came after him, Krivitsky was in fear of his life and was anxious that whatever he said should be given the greatest confidentiality. Also like an unfortunate few, he died under mysterious circumstances. Krivitsky defected in France in 1937, where he cooperated with the Sûreté, but all of the files generated by this exchange have been lost. S. Department of State, testified in front of the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC), both in open and closed sessions, and submitted to an interview by the FBI.
GK Grand Terrace, CA April 1, 2004 PART I THE KILLING MACHINE: LIES, TORTURE AND EXECUTION (June 1899–October 1937) 1 NEW SONGS OF FREEDOM After he broke with Soviet intelligence, Krivitsky gave French and, later, American authorities his basic data: Samuel Ginsberg, born June 28, 1899, in Podwoloczyska, Poland. The French authorities took down the particulars, but had no way to check them, since Krivitsky did not carry a birth certificate, only a Soviet passport and false papers made out for a Czech merchant named Schoenborn.
A Death in Washington: Walter G. Krivitsky and the Stalin Terror by Gary Kern