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   Books / eBook : Operation Valuable Fiend by Albert Lulushi
Operation Valuable Fiend by Albert Lulushi

Language: English | Format: epub | Size: 2.79 MB |

Based on previously classified documents, the true account of a top.

In 1949, a newly minted branch of the CIA (the precursor of today's National Clandestine Service) hatched an elaborate plan to roll back the Iron Curtain: coordinate with the British Secret Intelligence Service to foment popular rebellion and detach Albania from Moscow's orbit. The operation resulted in dismal failure and was shut down by 1954.

In Operation Valuable Fiend, Albert Lulushi gives the first full accounting of this CIA action, based on hundreds of declassified documents, memoirs, and recollections of key participants, including Albanian exiles recruited for missions and their Communist opponents. Up until now, the story of the operation has been obfuscated and even distorted. Some blamed the Soviet mole Kim Philby for sabotaging it; the communists credited the prowess of their secret police; and CIA memoirs were heavily sanitized. Lulushi lists a range of factors that led to the failure, from inexperienced CIA case officers outsmarted in spy.

This book also shows how this operation served as the proving ground for techniques used in later CIA Cold War paramilitary actions-involving some of the same agency operatives-including the coup d'états in Iran and Guatemala and the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.

"Lulushi has told a fascinating story well and made excellent use of untapped archival resources." -David Robarge, chief historian, CIA

"In Operation Valuable Fiend, Albert Lulushi has told a fascinating story well and made excellent use of untapped archival resources."
-David Robarge, Chief Historian, Central Intelligence Agency
"[For the operation's dismal failure, h]istorians have blamed Soviet mole Kim Philby, who worked in British intelligence and knew of the operation, but Lulushi disagrees. His lively, detailed account of Hoxha's viciously efficient intelligence service, the exiles' terrible security, and CIA naïveté make a convincing case."-Publishers Weekly
"[Lulushi's] is the most complete account to date and well worth close attention." -Studies in Intelligence
"An important and well."
-Ambassador Frank G. Wisner, former ambassador to four countries, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and Under Secretary of State for International Security Affairs
"In Operation Valuable Fiend, Albert Lulushi has done a splendid job in updating our knowledge of the clandestine activities that CIA and its partners conducted in Albania in the late 1940s and early 1950s."
-Nicholas C. Pano, Professor Emeritus of History, Western Illinois University

About the Author

Albert Lulushi was born in Albania and experienced firsthand the oppression of Europe's harshest Stalinist regime before fleeing to the West in 1990. He moved to the United States in 1991 and built a successful career as an information technology entrepreneur working with US government agencies and Fortune 500 companies. He has assisted US government officials at the highest levels in establishing and conducting relations between the United States, Albania, and Kosovo since the fall of Communism.  



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