Cold War Radio The Dangerous History of American Broadcasting in Europe, 1950-1989

ISBN-10: 0786441380
ISBN-13: 9780786441389
Edition: 2009
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Description: During the Cold War, the Munich-based radio stations Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty provided clandestine broadcasts to thousands of individuals living behind the Iron Curtain. As American-sponsored radio stations, Radio Free Europe and Radio  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 3/13/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

During the Cold War, the Munich-based radio stations Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty provided clandestine broadcasts to thousands of individuals living behind the Iron Curtain. As American-sponsored radio stations, Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty were two critical elements in the CIA's early covert activities directed against the communist regimes in Eastern Europe. While the importance of these stations in the Cold War cannot be denied, accurate information on the stations' history and years of operation can be hard to come by. Most early corporate and government records either no longer exist or cannot be located, and most persons who were responsible for the stations' initial development have long since died, leaving only fragmentary documentation of the stations' critical formative years.This book, written by a former Director of Security at Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty, describes the dangerous Cold War world of the Munich stations, focusing on the security and intelligence problems which plagued the stations between 1950 and 1989. After an initial chapter providing a succinct history of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty, later chapters focus on particular moments in the stations' history, including the murder of Radio Free Europe scriptwriter Georgi Markov, the February 1981 bombing of the stations by "Carlos The Jackal," and the subversive activities of Oleg Tumanov and other KGB agents who infiltrated the stations. Several appendices provide copies of security reports and other documents which have never appeared in print, along with an overall summary of the hostile intelligence activities directed against the stations and their émigré personnel during 45 years of operation in Munich.

Abbreviations and Acronyms
Preface
Intelligence Underpinnings of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty
The 1950s: When the Cold War Was Hot
Piccadilly versus the Tramp: The Murder of Georgi Markov
Carlos the Jackal and the Bombing of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Revenge of the Chief Architect: Ceausescu's War Against Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Code Name Iago: The Murder Attempts on Emil Georgeseu
Aggression in the Ether: Oleg Tumanov and Other KGB Agents
Alpha, Waves, and Hornets
East German Intelligence Report on Carlos
Action Plan in Noel Bernard's Case, Code Name the Jackal
Detailed Plan Used to Bomb RFE/RL
Letter from Carlos to Johannes Weinrich
Stasi Report on "Separat"
Letter from Johannes Weinrich to Carlos
West German Annual Report Excerpts
1992 SRI Report to RFE/RL
1985 Romanian Ether Report
1976 Joint Action Plan Against RFE/RL
Selected Summary of Threats, Intimidations, Contacts, Intelligence Cases and Notes
Chapter Notes
Bibliography
Index

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