Reston, VA, March 06, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- Christopher Lynch was one of the long-term unemployed in Kalamazoo, Michigan, when he saw a small want ad for a job with the FBI. Months later, he started in the mailroom at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.; 30 years later, he left the CIA as a senior counterintelligence officer. The years that passed between these two posts make up the story told in The C.I. Desk: Counterintelligence As Seen From My Cubicle. Lynch spent these years on the job absorbing and observing the arcane culture of counterintelligence as practiced by the U.S. and its adversaries.
Lynch’s work at the FBI focused especially on a KGB officer handled in the field as an “in place” penetration of Soviet intelligence. As the years went by, FBI agents and coworkers frequently tapped him as a knowledgeable resource on KGB operations, practices, and personnel, and he was assigned projects that valued his “fresh looks” at FBI CI targeting. Eventually, Lynch came to be supervised by Robert P. Hanssen, whose spying exposed the KGB officer’s cooperation with the United States, leading to the latter’s imprisonment in the Soviet gulag. When Lynch made his move to the CIA, his specialties eventually included analysis of CIA operational tradecraft and detecting hostile control for cases that spanned the globe. He worked on operations involving defectors, double agents, and traitors, and was a part of several closed door “special projects” in counterintelligence and counterespionage.
The C.I. Desk: FBI and CIA Counterintelligence As Seen From My Cubicle is a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes at the FBI and the CIA, showing the routine, the thrilling, and the sometimes funny or tragic human side of the work of FBI agents, CIA officers, and the unsung people on Headquarters desks. Author Christopher Lynch, a graduate of Michigan State University, retired after thirty years of service and now lives near Washington, D.C., where he “enjoys traveling, rediscovering old friends, and chipping away at a sleep deficit accumulated over thirty years.”
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The C.I. Desk:
FBI and CIA Counterintelligence As Seen From My Cubicle
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-160844-739-8 433 pages $22.95 US
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