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Operation valuable fiend : the cia's first paramilitary strike against the iron curtain

Author: Albert Lulushi
Publisher: New York : Skyhorse Publishing, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Based on previously classified documents, the true account of a top-secret Cold War operation: the CIA's failed attempt to spark rebellion in Albania. 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Albert Lulushi
ISBN: 9781628723946 1628723947
OCLC Number: 1048877707
Notes: Title from resource description page (Recorded Books, viewed August 13, 2018).
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Intro; Title Page; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; List of Maps and Documents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; List of Acronyms; List of Cryptonyms and Pseudonyms; Note on the Pronunciation of Albanian Names; Prologue; 1 The Office of Policy Coordination; 2 Albania between 1912 and 1949; 3 Genesis of Operation Fiend; 4 The National Committee for Free Albania; 5 Philby in Washington; 6 First Infiltrations of 1949; 7 Reevaluation of Project Fiend; 8 Labor Services Company 4000; 9 Odyssey of the First CIA Paramilitary Team; 10 Philby's Exit; 11 Propaganda and Psychological and Economic Warfare. 12 Adverse Developments in the Infiltration Program13 A Bucket of Diamonds and Rubies; 14 A Rich Harvest of Bitter Fruit; 15 King Zog Overstays His Time in Egypt; 16 Planning the Fondest Dream; 17 The American Backers Are Obliged to Withdraw; 18 Lessons and Legacy of Project Fiend; Epilogue; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
Responsibility: Albert Lulushi.

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Based on previously classified documents, the true account of a top-secret Cold War operation: the CIA's failed attempt to spark rebellion in Albania. 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 documents a range of factors that led to the failure, from inexperienced CIA case officers outsmarted in spy-versus-spy games by their ruthless Stalinist opponents; to rivalries between branches of the CIA and between the agency and friendly intelligence services; and conflicts among anti-Communist factions that included Albania's colorful exiled leader, King Zog. 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'etats 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.

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