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On the finish of her press assertion, she used to be requested if she had any regrets approximately her profession as a Soviet agent. “No,” she answered, then went again inside of her residence. In one other interview she declared, “I may do every little thing back. ”7 one other former Soviet undercover agent pointed out within the Mitrokhin Archive who made front-page information in Britain used to be ex-Detective Sergeant John Symonds. Like Norwood, Symonds gave a few interviews. Symonds confessed to being, as Mitrokhin’s notes exhibit, most likely the 1st British “Romeo secret agent” recruited through the KGB. He acknowledged that he had admitted as a lot nearly 20 years previous to MI5 and Scotland backyard yet were disbelieved. notwithstanding Mitrokhin’s notes supply no records of the variety of girls seduced by means of Symonds in the course of his profession as a KGB unlawful, Symonds claims that there have been “hundreds” of them. in the beginning the KGB made up our minds that his sexual method was once poor and, to his pride, despatched “two super appealing women” to behave as his teachers. Symonds’s recollection of his next occupation as a Romeo secret agent is very rosier than prompt via his KGB file:I simply had a pleasant existence. I’d say subscribe to the KGB, see the realm – top quality. I went worldwide on those jobs and that i had a marvellous time. I stayed within the top resorts, I visited the entire most sensible shores. I’ve had entry to appealing girls, limitless meals, champagne, caviar, no matter what you love, and that i had a superb time. That was once my KGB adventure. “The merely humans I hurt,” Symonds now claims, “was the Metropolitan Police. ”8 some of the girls he seduced on KGB directions might no doubt disagree. Media response to Mitrokhin’s revelations was once as parochial in such a lot different nations because it used to be in Britain. the general public attraction of the Russian brokers pointed out via Mitrokhin is apparently just like that of Olympic medal-winners. In espionage as in athletics, lots of the world’s media have an interest at the start within the exploits in their personal nationals. The human-interest tales which aroused such a lot curiosity within the usa have been most likely the KGB “active measures” designed to discredit the long-serving Director of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover, and the nice civil rights chief Martin Luther King. The KGB used to be one of the first to unfold tales that Hoover was once a predatory gay. King, whom the KGB feared could stay away from the race battle it was hoping will be ignited by way of the lengthy scorching summers which begun in 1965, used to be most likely the single American to be the objective of either KGB and FBI lively measures. the subject within the Mitrokhin Archive (published within the united states because the Sword and the protect) which attracted such a lot realization in Congress involved KGB arrangements for sabotage operations opposed to American objectives in the course of the chilly struggle. On October 26, 1999, I gave televised testimony on those arrangements to a packed listening to of the home of Representatives Armed providers Committee. Mitrokhin’s fabric identifies the approximate destinations of many of the mystery websites within the usa chosen for KGB hands and radio caches to be used in sabotage operations.