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Re: [CT] [OS] US/RUSSIA/CT- Former top Russian spy Sergei Tretyakovdies at 53

Released on 2012-03-08 09:00 GMT

Email-ID 1552099
Date 2010-07-09 20:07:06
Earley's blog first posted at 0400 Central
He also twatted about it about that time.

WTOP article was posted approximately 0850 Central
JJ Green first twatted about at approximately 0900 central

Sean Noonan wrote:

yes, that was included in the analysis.

Anya Alfano wrote:

Note in this post, Earley says J didn't know about the 10 recently
arrested spies, per an unidentified source. In bold below --

On 7/9/2010 1:52 PM, Sean Noonan wrote:

This was Earley's first blog post, that I sent out earlier.
Sometime today. I'm not sure if you mean 'what' was the blog or
'when' was the blog. Seeing if Kevin can help track down the time
it was posted.

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
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
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
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
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.) China.
"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.

Fred Burton wrote:

The wife dissed Early and gave JJ the exclusive.

What was Earlys first blog on CJ's death?


From: Sean Noonan
Date: Fri, 09 Jul 2010 12:36:42 -0500
ReplyTo: CT AOR
Subject: Re: [CT] [OS] US/RUSSIA/CT- Former top Russian spy Sergei
Tretyakov dies at 53
Othere people getting in on the suspicions. See see bolded
Spy Swap Suspicions? Death of Russian Turncoat Raises Eyebrows

Sergei Tretyakov, a Russian spy who defected to the United States
in 2000, has died, Washington, D.C. radio station WTOP is
reporting. The timing of the announcement is viewed suspiciously
by some, given the spy swap that occurred between the U.S. and
Russia today and the fact that Tretyakov apparently died last
month. His wife, Helen, reportedly asked that his death not be
announced until an autopsy was completed. No foul play was
reported in the autopsy, according to WTOP......

...In recent weeks, it has been revealed that the FBI has been
following the 10 Russian spies who were deported today for the
last 10 years.

Sean Noonan wrote:

More details, others speculating about links to 10 Russian
Former top Russian spy Sergei Tretyakov dies at 53
By BRETT ZONGKER (AP) - 28 minutes ago

WASHINGTON - A former top Russian spy who defected to the U.S.
after running espionage operations from the United Nations,
Sergei Tretyakov, has died in Florida, his wife and a friend
said Friday. He was 53.

News of his death last month came the same day the United States
and Russia completed their largest swap of spies since the Cold

Tretyakov, who defected in 2000 and later claimed his agents
helped the Russian government steal nearly $500 million from the
U.N.'s oil-for-food program in Iraq, died June 13. He was 53,
according to a Social Security death record.

WTOP Radio in Washington first reported his death Friday. His
widow, Helen Tretyakov, told the station he died of natural

She asked friends not to make the death public until the cause
was determined, according to author Pete Earley, who wrote a
2008 book about Tretyakov. Earley wrote Friday on his blog that
Tretyakov died of a heart attack at home and an autopsy showed
no sign of foul play.

The medical examiner's office in Sarasota County, Fla., said the
autopsy report was pending. A woman who answered the phone at
the office said it would be completed after July 26.

"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," Earley wrote. "Unfortunately, because much of what he
said is still being used by U.S. counterintelligence officers,
it will be years before the true extent of his contribution can
be made public - if ever."

A private funeral was held three days after Tretyakov's death,
in keeping with Russian Orthodox tradition, and more than 200
people attended a service in the days after, Earley wrote.

Tretyakov was born Oct. 5, 1956, in Moscow. He joined the KGB
and rose quickly to become the second-in-command of its U.N.
office in New York between 1995 and 2000.

His defection in 2000 was very significant, said Peter Earnest,
director of the International Spy Museum in Washington, who
spent more than 30 years in the CIA.

Russia's spies in the United States would have come under
Tretyakov's purview, Earnest said.

For up to a decade following his defection, the FBI kept watch
over 10 Russian agents as they tried to blend into American
suburbia. They were arrested last week and swapped Friday in
Vienna for four people convicted in Russia of spying for the
U.S. and Britain.

"That does bring into mind the question: Is that the sort of
information he might have shared with the U.S. authorities?"
Earnest said.
Tretyakov defected to the United States with his wife and

In a 2008 interview promoting Earley's book, Tretyakov said his
agents helped the Russian government skim hundreds of millions
of dollars from the oil-for-food program before the fall of
Saddam Hussein in 2003. He told The Associated Press he oversaw
an operation that helped Hussein's regime manipulate the price
of oil sold under the program, and Russia skimmed profits.

Tretyakov called his defection "the major failure of Russian
intelligence in the United States" and warned that Russia,
despite the end of the Cold War, harbored bad intentions toward
the U.S.

Tretyakov said he found it immoral to continue helping the
Russian government.

"I don't see any light at the end of the tunnel. I'm not very
emotional. I'm not a Boy Scout," Tretyakov said. "And finally in
my life, when I defected, I did something good in my life.
Because I want to help United States."

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

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

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

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

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