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Watch January 27 Event

"The Billion Dollar Spy:

Adolf Tolkachev"

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

12:00 noon Eastern Time

What is a good spy worth? In the case of this one, an estimate by the US Air Force specialist who used the intelligence gained from this one source to terminate or direct research, “somewhere in the neighborhood of $2 billion…” That was before the source, Adolf Tolkachev, delivered another 179 rolls of film with thousands of pages of Soviet documents.

Spy stories, real spy stories, are never simple, and they frequently have tragic endings. They are also often hampered by internal governmental controls that make the operation more difficult for the operations personnel. Fighting through these obstacles is often as difficult as running the operation itself.  

Meet one man who made this fight and helped America gain clear advantages in the future of air warfare and the author who brought the operation to light many years later:  

Burton Gerber
, a legendary CIA officer and senior leader and Moscow Chief during much of the operation.

David E. Hoffman,
 Washington Post journalist and Pulitzer Prize winning author.

William D. “Bill” Murray
, a retired senior operations officer of the CIA and co-founder of the Council on Intelligence Issues, will moderate this discussion.

John Gannon, CII's Chairman, will introduce the participants.  

Please join us for this free online presentation that will bring you deeply into one of the most successful and important U.S. espionage operations of the late 20th century.


We also welcome your assistance to enable CII
 continue to offer presentations on important intelligence topics of public interest and to support our efforts to help intelligence officers who need legal assistance in connection with their good faith service to the Nation. Please consider making your tax-deductible contribution to CII now:

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2021-2022.  Among the topics being considered for possible panels, lectures, or other discussion are: 

  • Security clearance challenges, including reform, navigating security processes, and protecing personal and national security interests.

  • Personal liability risks facing intelligence officers, what insurance does and doesn't cover, and how to protect yourself.

In addition, CII is considering several historical events with current relevance or interest:

  • Lessons Learned: A look at significant investigations with legal, operational, analytic, or policy ramifications, such as Iran-Contra or challenges in the Afghan war against the Soviet Union.

  • A selected at successful U.S. agents, the risks they faced, and the benefits to the United States.

  • Working with foreign partners: Challenges, risks, and benefits. 

CII welcomes comments and suggestions. If you have ideas about future topics or speakers, or if you want to volunteer your services as a speaker or otherwise at a CII event, please Contact Us.



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