Retired Special Agent Barbara Verica served in the FBI for 30 years. Barbara worked counter-intelligence matters for the first 15 years of her career and investigated economic crimes for the last fifteen. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, she is interviewed about the two years she worked undercover in Manhattan gathering intelligence and the evidence needed to prove that her neighbor, a diplomat for an unidentified foreign country, was selling secrets to the former Soviet Union. She actually befriended the wife of the diplomat and Barbara talks about how difficult it was, at times, to maintain her cover while betraying her “friend.” This case reminds me of the FX TV show The Americans, about two KGB spies posing as a married American couple living next door to a FBI counter-intelligence agent.
Retired Supervisory Special Agent John Whiteside served 30 years with the FBI. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he reviews his investigation of the longest open espionage case every brought before the U.S. courts. Thirty-two years after former NSA employee (and NSA spy) Robert Lipka sold vital military secrets to the KGB, John was able to gather the evidence that finally exposed the betrayal. For his outstanding work on this espionage case, in March of 1997, John received from Director of the CIA George Tenet the National Intelligence Certificate of Distinction. During the interview, John also talks about his assignment to a small satellite FBI office in rural Mississippi in the early 1970’s. John has authored two books, Fool’s Mate and Cypress Shade, which provide further details about his career with the Bureau. Keep Reading →