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Re: [CT] contradictory quotes about tretyakov autopsy

Released on 2012-03-08 09:00 GMT

Email-ID 1168958
Date 2010-07-09 18:39:28
This July 26 date might be for public release--rather than the FBI and
Yelena's view of it. We really don't know.
We are waiting for a recording of the 911 call. There a number of ways to
kill people that don't show up in an autopsy.

And while Tretyakov wasn't in WITSEC, the FBI (and CIA presumably) are
going to be afraid of being publicly held partly responsible for his
death, if it was foulplay.

All that said, a suspicious death would trigger what happened over the
last few weeks, even if they now know it was natural causes.

Colby Martin wrote:

Below are the two contradictory quotes

>From Pete Early blog:
Helen asked those of us who were his friends to not immediately reveal
his death until an autopsy could be performed under the supervision of
the FBI. She was concerned that Sergei's former colleagues in Russia's
SVR, which replaced the KGB as Russia's foreign intelligence service,
might attempt to use his unexpected death for propaganda purposes.
That autopsy has now been completed and it showed no evidence of foul
play, according to an FBI official who spoke to me off-the-record.

>From article: Former top Russian spy Sergei Tretyakov dies at 53
The medical examiner's office in Sarasota County, Fla., is conducting an
autopsy on Tretyakov. A woman who answered the phone at the office said
it would be completed sometime after July 26.

-------- Original Message --------

Subject: Author of Comrade J on Tretyakov's death
Date: Fri, 09 Jul 2010 10:11:42 -0500
From: Sean Noonan
Reply-To: Analyst List
To: Analyst List , The OS List
, Tactical

Sergei Tretyakov, Comrade J, has died.
Published by Pete on July 9, 2010 in Books and Personal.
I am sorry to announce that my good friend, Sergei Tretyakov, the
subject of my book, Comrade J: The Untold Secrets of Russia's Master Spy
in America After the End of the Cold War, died unexpectedly on June 13th
in his home with his wife, Helen.
Sergei was 53.
Helen asked those of us who were his friends to not immediately reveal
his death until an autopsy could be performed under the supervision of
the FBI. She was concerned that Sergei's former colleagues in Russia's
SVR, which replaced the KGB as Russia's foreign intelligence service,
might attempt to use his unexpected death for propaganda purposes.
That autopsy has now been completed and it showed no evidence of foul
play, according to an FBI official who spoke to me off-the-record. Helen
said her husband died from massive cardiac arrest.
In keeping with Russian Orthodox religious traditions, a private funeral
was held on the third day after his death. On the ninth day, more than
200 people attended a private celebration of his life. The guests
included close friends, neighbors and persons who had worked with him in
the United States.
Sergei was called "the most important spy for the U.S. since the
collapse of the Soviet Union" by an FBI official in my book.
Unfortunately, because much of what he said is still being used by U. S.
counter-intelligence officers, it will be years before the true extent
of his contribution can be made public - if ever.
Sergei Olegovich Tretyakov was born Oct. 5, 1956 in Moscow and rose
quickly through the ranks to become the second-in-command of the KGB in
New York City between 1995 to 2000. As such, he oversaw all Russian spy
operations against the US and its allies in New York City and within the
United Nations.
When he defected on Oct. 11, 2000, with Helen and their daughter,
Ksenia, the U.S. government took the family into hiding and during the
next five years, they lived largely "off the grid." It wasn't until
Comrade J was published and Sergei went on a book tour that his work
both as a high-ranking KGB/SVR officer and U.S. operative was made
public. It is thought that he spent at least three years working as a
U.S. agent while he was still an SVR colonel in New York.
Sergei, Helen and their daughter became U.S. citizens after they
defected and although some federal officials feared for their safety,
Sergei lived openly under his own name without protection - although
when he traveled overseas, he always had an FBI escort. Sergei was
convinced that his U.S. citizenship protected him from the SVR, even
though he continued to publicly criticize his former colleagues,
especially President Vladimir Putin.
The recent arrests of eleven Russian "illegals" on June 28th by the FBI
thrust Sergei's name into the news once again. The fact that he was in
charge of all covert operations in New York City when several of the
illegals entered the country suggested that he was aware of their
operations and quickly led to speculation that he had tipped-off the FBI
about the ring.
However, on Thursday, a informed source told me that Sergei was not
involved in the case. Sergei told U.S. officials when he was debriefed
about Russian "illegal" operations, but he did not know the individuals
who later were arrested, my source said.
I became close friends with Sergei and Helen while working on my book
about their life and his career. They insisted that I stay with them in
their home and during our weeks together, I witnessed first-hand how
much he and Helen loved each other, their devotion to their daughter,
and love for their new homeland. I also was delighted to discover that
Helen was a gourmet cook!
Sergei dispelled many of the Hollywood stereotypes of a Russian agent.
He was well-educated, fluent in three languages, quick-witted,
personable and able to laugh at his own mistakes when he didn't
understand an American tradition or slang.
He proved to be a tireless worker when I interviewed him. He would speak
for ten hours straight, often pacing back-and-forth, in the family room
of his house as we discussed his career. He had a fabulous memory that
he had sharpened as a KGB/SVR officer and he refused to speculate or
exaggerate when he discussed KGB/SVR operations. He knew his enemies in
Russia would use the slightest mistake to attack his credibility so he
was scrupulous in what he said and the charges that he made.
Having written bestselling books about two American traitors, including
John Walker Jr., and his Family of Spies,and Aldrich Ames, the CIA
turncoat, I was struck at how different Sergei was from U.S. traitors.
Walker and Ames were motivated by greed and money. Sergei did not need
money. Upon his return to Russia from New York, he was due to be
promoted to the rank of general, which would have guaranteed him a cushy
retirement. He had assets in Moscow worth more than two million U.S.
dollars - money that was stripped from him after he defected.
It was clear to me early on that he did not swtich sides for financial
gain, but rather because he had lost faith in Russian leaders and he
wanted a better life for his young daughter. He liked to say that he did
not betray his homeland. Rather he and other ordinary citizens in Russia
had been betrayed by Presidents Boris Yeltsin and Putin after the Soviet
Union collapsed.
Neither Walker or Ames ever wanted to become Russian citizens, but
Sergei and his family relished their U.S. citizenship. Sergei often told
me that Americans were naive because they took freedoms for granted and
did not understand how unique our lives here are compared to life in an
oppressive nation, such as Russia whose leaders often silence their
critics, especially those in the media, with a bullet.
One reason why I believe Sergei did not know about the 11 Russians who
were arrested as illegals is because he did not hold back during our
interviews in identifying persons whom he claimed were Russian spies.
Among the individuals identified in my book were a former member of the
Canadian Parliament, a top-ranking verification expert at the
International Atomic Energy Agency, and a former U.N. official who
Sergei helped place in the Oil For Food Program. That UN official
diverted a half billion US dollars of UN humanitarian relief to Moscow
under both the Yeltsin and Putin administrations and was rewarded by
Putin for the thefts. Sergei was disgusted by that thievery and said so.
In our interviews, he talked repeatedly about how Yeltsin had failed the
Russian people by becoming a drunken stumble-bum who allowed Oligarchs
to engorge themselves by stealing government property. He had similar
harsh criticisms for Putin, whom Sergei described as an insignificant
KGB officer who later as president surrounded himself with thugs. Their
primary goal has been to enrich themselves, he charged.
Sergei asked me to write his story at the suggestion of a director in
the British intelligence service. They were having dinner when my name
was mentioned because the director had read my book about Aldrich Ames
and had admired it. Sergei waived his rights to any advance money from
the publisher and received less than $10,000 from the book's sales even
though it was a New York Times bestseller. Money was not his motive in
telling his story.
Instead, he hoped to sound a wake-up call about Russia. He was fond of
saying that the Cold War never ended. Before the collapse of the Soviet
Union, the KGB had a list of three main adversaries: (1.) The United
States (2.) NATO and (3.) China. After the KGB was disbanded and the
SVR was formed, Sergei said a new edict came down announcing that the
SVR had three main targets: (1.) The United States (2.) NATO and (3.)
"What changed?" he asked, laughing.
Those of us who were his friends will miss his sense of humor, his
knowledge about Russia and KGB/SVR spy-craft, and his almost child-like
love for his new country.
I was honored to write his life story and to call him my friend.
I will miss not hearing his voice when I call.

Sean Noonan
Tactical Analyst
Mobile: +1 512-758-5967
Strategic Forecasting, Inc.

Sean Noonan
Tactical Analyst
Mobile: +1 512-758-5967
Strategic Forecasting, Inc.