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Enemies
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Enemies
How America's Foes Steal Our Vital Secrets--and How We Let It Happen
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It's the great untold story of the war on terror.
Taking advantage of gaping holes in America's defenses, terrorist organizations and enemy nations like Communist China, North Korea, Russia, and Cuba—not to mention some so-called friends—are infiltrating the U.S. government to steal our most vital secrets and use them against us. And most astonishing of all, our leaders are letting it happen.
In the explosive new book Enemies, acclaimed investigative reporter Bill Gertz uncovers the truth about this grave threat to our national security and America's harrowing failures to address the danger. Gertz's unrivaled access to the U.S. intelligence and defense communities allows him to tell the whole shocking story, based on previously unpublished classified documents and dozens of exclusive interviews with senior government and intelligence officials. He takes us deep inside the dark world of intelligence and counterintelligence—a world filled with lies and betrayal, spies sleeping with enemy spies, and moles burrowing within the FBI, the CIA, the Pentagon, and even the White House.
Enemies stunningly reveals:
• The untold story of one of the most damaging enemy spy penetrations in U.S. history—and how the FBI bungled the investigation
• How Communist China's intelligence and influence operations may have reached the highest levels of the U.S. government
• Why Russia has as many spies in America today as it did at the height of the Cold War
• How al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups use official identification, uniforms, and vehicles to infiltrate secure areas and carry out attacks
• How some thirty-five terrorist groups are targeting the United States through espionage
• A startling account of the many enemy spies the U.S. has let get away
• How a Cuban mole operated high up in the Pentagon for sixteen years
• The gross ineptness that led U.S. officials to hound an innocent man while the real mole operated right under their noses
• Why aggressive counterintelligence represents the only real defense against terrorists and enemy spies—and why the U.S. intelligence bureaucracy resists it
Delivering the kind of shocking new information that led Washington Monthly magazine to declare him "legendary among national security reporters," Bill Gertz opens our eyes as never before to deadly threats and counterintelligence failures that place every American at risk.
America's enemies, including terrorist organizations, are stealing our most vital secrets to use against us—and the U.S. government makes it shockingly easy for them to do so. Filled with headline-making revelations from acclaimed reporter Bill Gertz, Enemies reveals the frightening untold story of the War on Terror.
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It's the great untold story of the war on terror.
Taking advantage of gaping holes in America's defenses, terrorist organizations and enemy nations like Communist China, North Korea, Russia, and Cuba—not to mention some so-called friends—are infiltrating the U.S. government to steal our most vital secrets and use them against us. And most astonishing of all, our leaders are letting it happen.
In the explosive new book Enemies, acclaimed investigative reporter Bill Gertz uncovers the truth about this grave threat to our national security and America's harrowing failures to address the danger. Gertz's unrivaled access to the U.S. intelligence and defense communities allows him to tell the whole shocking story, based on previously unpublished classified documents and dozens of exclusive interviews with senior government and intelligence officials. He takes us deep inside the dark world of intelligence and counterintelligence—a world filled with lies and betrayal, spies sleeping with enemy spies, and moles burrowing within the FBI, the CIA, the Pentagon, and even the White House.
Enemies stunningly reveals:
• The untold story of one of the most damaging enemy spy penetrations in U.S. history—and how the FBI bungled the investigation
• How Communist China's intelligence and influence operations may have reached the highest levels of the U.S. government
• Why Russia has as many spies in America today as it did at the height of the Cold War
• How al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups use official identification, uniforms, and vehicles to infiltrate secure areas and carry out attacks
• How some thirty-five terrorist groups are targeting the United States through espionage
• A startling account of the many enemy spies the U.S. has let get away
• How a Cuban mole operated high up in the Pentagon for sixteen years
• The gross ineptness that led U.S. officials to hound an innocent man while the real mole operated right under their noses
• Why aggressive counterintelligence represents the only real defense against terrorists and enemy spies—and why the U.S. intelligence bureaucracy resists it
Delivering the kind of shocking new information that led Washington Monthly magazine to declare him "legendary among national security reporters," Bill Gertz opens our eyes as never before to deadly threats and counterintelligence failures that place every American at risk.
America's enemies, including terrorist organizations, are stealing our most vital secrets to use against us—and the U.S. government makes it shockingly easy for them to do so. Filled with headline-making revelations from acclaimed reporter Bill Gertz, Enemies reveals the frightening untold story of the War on Terror.
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  • Chapter 1 PARLOR MAID

    She's been a Communist since the day she was born. Her bona fides are impeccable. I gradually converted her--she's now a rock-ribbed Republican.

    --FBI agent James J. Smith, introducing Chinese triple agent Katrina Leung to FBI China hands in 1993

    On July 5, 2000, a brand-new, $120 million Boeing 767 jetliner flew from the Boeing corporation's airfield in Everett, Washington, to San Antonio International Airport. The Chinese military had purchased the jetliner for the leader of Communist China, Jiang Zemin. China Aviation Supplies Import and Export Corporation, which is run by the Chinese Communist state, purchased the aircraft for China United Airlines, which has been identified in declassified U.S. intelligence reports as a commercial entity operated by the People's Liberation Army. Once in San Antonio, the aircraft underwent a $15 million customization to outfit the plane with all the luxuries of a Middle Eastern sheik, including a special vibrating bed to help Jiang sleep.

    On August 10, 2000, the modification work complete, the Boeing took off for Beijing's military airfield. Within weeks, Chinese security officials had found some twenty-seven sophisticated electronic eavesdropping devices in the aircraft.

    How had the bugs gotten there, when the entire customization had been under the strictest, twenty-four-hour supervision by some twenty-five Chinese military intelligence officials? It turned out that clandestine operatives from the CIA and the National Security Agency (NSA) had covertly placed the devices in the plane in hopes of gathering intelligence from Jiang prior to a future summit meeting. (To this day, the details of the bugging remain secret.)

    For the United States, there was a more pressing question: How had the Chinese uncovered the bugs so quickly? U.S. counterintelligence launched an investigation to find out. That probe led ultimately to the Los Angeles-based FBI counterspy James J. "J. J." Smith and his prized agent, Los Angeles businesswoman Katrina Leung--code name "Parlor Maid." A former FBI official, William Cleveland, would come under scrutiny as well.

    The investigation turned up a revelation that would prove highly embarrassing to the FBI: Both of these officials, two of the Bureau's most senior counterintelligence officers, had had illicit, long-term sexual relationships with Leung. Contrary to the bed-hopping image of spies popularized in James Bond films, having intimate relations with a paid FBI informant violates one of the cardinal principles of the spy business, not to mention Bureau rules.

    But to focus only on the soap opera element of the Katrina Leung story is to characterize the episode as something only vaguely resembling a spy case. And a spy case it is, without a doubt--a terribly damaging one at that.

    The real story of Parlor Maid has never been told. The main reason the full account has not emerged is that the FBI and federal prosecutors mishandled the investigation from the beginning.

    A small group of FBI officials did their best to keep the inside story from coming out. Rather than rage against the flagrant counterintelligence failures demonstrated in the Leung case, these officials focused on protecting the FBI's already-battered reputation from further damage. Later, prosecutors made poor tactical decisions that undermined the court case against Leung almost before it could begin.

    Ultimately, prosecutors had to settle for a plea deal with Leung. The deal, reached on December 16, 2005, spared Leung from serving jail time or having to admit anything about passing illegally copied classified information to Communist China.

    After the plea...

About the Author-
  • Bill Gertz is the defense and national security reporter for the Washington Times and the author of the New York Times bestsellers Treachery, Breakdown, and Betrayal. He is also an analyst for Fox News and has been interviewed on many television and radio programs, including This Week, John McLaughlin's One on One, Hannity & Colmes, The O'Reilly Factor, and The Rush Limbaugh Show. He has lectured at the FBI Academy and the National Defense University. Gertz lives with his family near Washington, D.C.

Reviews-
  • Rush Limbaugh "A blockbuster book . . . Just astounding."
  • Washington Monthly "Gertz is legendary among national security reporters for the quality of his sources. . . . He is the envy of his competitors."
  • Washington Post "The hottest reporter in town . . . [Gertz] breaks dozens of stories every year, and he's read carefully by people who follow national security issues, not to mention the military attachés around town."
  • G. Gordon Liddy "If you're a fan of horror stories, read this. It will scare the hell out of you."
  • Weekly Standard "Bill Gertz remains a national asset."
  • Sean Hannity "Explosive . . . A methodical, well-thought-out, easy-to-read book . . . that will shock the average American."
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