Operaties achter het IJzeren Gordijn
Author: Cees Wiebes
Released: 1 September 2016
Although it is common knowledge that during the
Cold War, the Dutch
intelligence agencies BID
closely cooperated with the American CIA,
it is little known that these services also carried out extremely secret
clandestine operations behind the
in Norway and even in The Hague (Netherlands).
Based on recently released secret archives, historian and former intelligence
analist Cees Wiebes, gives us a revealing insight in the ultra secret
operations behind the Iron Curtain, most of which had disastrous consequences,
caused by double-cross, betrayal and, what the writer describes as, American amateurism.
The book is written in Dutch and is called Samen met de CIA, Operaties
achter het IJzeren Gordijn (Together with the CIA, Operations behind the
Iron Curtain). More than 300 pages stuffed with details about secret
operations that read like a novel, due to Wiebes' pleasant writing style.
The book shows how people, mainly foreigners, were recruted by the
agencies and were trained in the use of weapons,
code and ciphers
and in carrying out covert operations,
in countries like
Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania. It also shows how amateurism eventually
cost the lives of many operatives. The Dutch role in these
activities was never uncovered, as most of the operatives thought they were
working for the CIA. Interestingly, these activities were carried out by
the Dutch Foreign Intelligence Agency (BID)
outside the view of the Dutch Cabinet.
In Operation Tom, Cees Wiebes writes about a complex double agent
operation in Norway with a prominent role for a Dutch nuclear
scientist. This operation lasted for no less ten years, which is unique.
He also shows that high ranking members of the Dutch Communist Party (CPN),
actively cooperated with Russian intelligence services, such as
the KGB and the
The book not only shows how failures cost the lives of many operatives behind
the Iron Curtain, it also reveals details of bugging operations that were
carried out in the Netherlands against the Russian and Chinese Embassies.
And it shows how the CIA used
covert listening devices (bugs)
that were developed secretly by a
under the covert name
Although much of the EASY CHAIR story was published in the article
Operation Easy Chair in the Dutch online
magazine De Correspondent in September 2015 ,
the book gives a much more detailed account of the events and the people involved. It describes, for example, in great detail how the Russian
Embassy in The Hague was bugged by modifying newly ordered furniture.
In contrast with the author's previous books, this one does not contain
footnotes or illustrations. Footnotes were omitted because the sheer number of
them would make the book unreadable. But for those who want to check
the sources, they will eventually be submitted to an open archive.
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