CIA agent Paul Stombaugh, after a surveillance detection run lasting several hours, had walked to the meeting site with two plastic bags containing more miniature cameras for Tolkachev, books and music tapes he had requested, a list of intelligence requirements and a note thanking him for the information provided at the last meeting, suggesting again replacing his document sign-out card "as we did in 1980"(1). A meeting at the CIA in May by some of the principal recipients of Tolkachev's 'products' concluded that it could save them up to five years of research time. At the second meeting that month, he was passed a Pentax 35mm and a clamp to hold it steady. By night, their private feelings were vastly different. The note repeated the man's request to contact U.S. officials but also stated he understood the CIA's worry about provocation, but was unsure how to proceed, saying he had "no knowledge of secret matters".
He had once socialized with workers at his laboratory, he told the CIA, but now, “possibly because of age, all these friendly conversations started to tire me and I have practically ceased such activities.” Above Tolkachev’s kitchen door was a crawl space where he stored his camping tent, sleeping bags, and building materials—as well as his spy equipment from the CIA.
This possibility was never seriously entertained until the Aldrich Ames disaster. From the beginning of his serious handling as an asset, the CIA planned to extract him and his family at an indeterminate point in the future, though it wished to delay it as long as possible to take advantage of Tolkachev's access. He wrote that his wife's mother had been executed in 1938 but did not say why; her father had been in a forced labour camp for some years until he was freed in 1955. The April meeting saw the issue of exfiltration raised again. Adolf Tolkachev dio cuenta de que se ponga en contacto con la CIA ha sido extremadamente difícil en su posición. He suggested he be issued with a 35mm camera instead and took documents home to photograph.
Tolkachev was arrested in 1985, interrogated, and tried by a military tribunal for treason. Tolkachev told the CIA he had never even considered selling secrets to, say, China. 1 0 obj He asked if the CIA could fake him a new document signing out card, because all documents signed out of his institution's library were recorded on the card. The information therein convinced most of Tolkachev's legitimacy; he had sent intelligence on Soviet aircraft radar reconnaissance and guidance systems, performance evaluations of several of these systems and the status of work on aircraft weapon systems currently under development.
He also emphasised his desperation by that point, that this would be the last time he would try to contact the Americans. One of the largest was the kulak operation, referring to the more prosperous farmers who had been forced off their land during Stalin’s disastrous forced collectivization of agriculture, with more than 1.8 million of them sent to prison camps.
He asked for more music cassettes for his son with accompanying lyrics, and various drawing materials for technical drawing. He tried to cover himself by giving the KGB the names of all Soviets he knew to be working for the CIA (who could potentially know he was a double agent), including Tolkachev. He passed Rolph 16 pages of handwritten notes but no photographs. But by the late 1960s, Tolkachev grew disenchanted with the system around him.
Now his conscience was calling him again and would take him well beyond the closed world where he had thrived and been recognized as a brilliant physicist. He went on to say he did not feel he had been adequately compensated for the work he had completed thus far, or his "lonely efforts" breaking down "the wall of distrust. After finishing his work, he usually stowed his camera and clamp in the crawl space above the kitchen door, where they would be well-hidden. They had even arranged a staged arrest for a Tolkachev double a short distance from the meet site, to keep the CIA in the dark about when he had been compromised. Possible leaks of information on a Soviet fighter's target recognition system had been identified; this included intelligence that Tolkachev had recently passed to the CIA, so he was positive that he would be identified as the source any moment.
When the Soviet authorities ordered Phazotron to redesign the radar for the MiG-25, Tolkachev had a dawning realization. Please let me know if you find mistakes. (CIA officials believe the informant was Edward Lee Howard, a one-time CIA trainee who had been fired after failing a series of polygraph tests. In 1980's December meeting he responded positively to the idea of the short range communications system and also raised the subject of his remuneration. He had been at a market in town when a man had approached him, having singled him out by the U.S. plates on his car. He concluded saying "I cannot think about exfiltration since I would never leave my family."(1).
The letter said that Tolkachev's position would be indefensible in the event of an investigation, that to satisfy the CIA's intelligence requests he had checked out many classified documents outside the scope of his own work, and had to get written permission to acquire any documents from other Soviet agencies. Howard, who defected to the Soviet Union after Tolkachev’s arrest. Tolkachev asked to be notified of these plans as they were formed, and what he would be required to do to support them. Hathaway's wife drove by the bus stop at the appointed time and saw the man there, holding two pieces of plywood, with a number on each. Immediately afterwards Tolkachev started taking his poison pill everywhere with him, thinking he would likely be arrested at work.
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A transmission from CIA's Moscow station to headquarters commented on his relentlessness, saying "this is indeed a driven man who is determined to produce, by whatever means he deems necessary, right up to the end, even if that end is his death. Meanwhile, Solzhenitsyn’s exposé of the Soviet prison camps, The Gulag Archipelago, was being readied for publication in the West. The Soviet news agency Tass announced on October 22, 1986 that he had been executed.
Mindful of Tolkachev's enthusiasm to keep production despite the security restrictions, CIA headquarters decided to issue him with their latest miniature camera, one which was much more versatile than the previous ones he had used. One day in 1981, Tolkachev was careless. He suggested "losing" his building pass and giving it to his case officer, but instead was told to take a photographs of it and give a physical description, so OTS could try to copy it.
He often found inspiration at home or sitting alone in the early evening in the Lenin Library. He was forced into a KGB van before he had time to see 'Tolkachev's 'arrest'. Fortunately soon after this meeting the new security measures were relaxed due to the inconvenience it placed on the majority of the workforce, so Tolkachev could take documents out of the building again. The note he gave them suggested a secure method of identification.