"I Was": The Oleg Penkovsky Story and the Important of Human Intelligence in Cold War Crises
Henriksen, Christoffer J.
Ducksworth-Lawton, Selika M.
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Looking at the debriefing transcripts from double-agent Col. Oleg Penkovsky reveals a wealth of information. This information proved useful in two Cold War crises: the Berlin Crisis of 1961 and the Cuban Missile Crisis. While technology provides insight into what one's opponents are doing, it lacks the distinctly human factor necessary for a full assessment of a given situation. Looking at the case of Oleg Penkovsky, we see what might drive one to defect, the importance of human intelligence, and its effects on Cold War crises.
Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962