In this edition of CRAFT, Kevin Riehle tells us about his decades-long career in counterintelligence, a former supervisor who turned out to be a Russian mole, which country received the most Soviet defectors and more.
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By Soobin Kim
Kevin P. Riehle worked in counterintelligence for over 30 years, identifying threats and ways to counter them for the FBI, Department of Defense and even the Mormon Church. An expert in foreign intelligence services, especially of Russia and the former Eastern bloc, he’s also written extensively on Soviet defectors and Russian intelligence.
Kevin retired from government service two years ago and is now an Associate Professor at the University of Mississippi, Center for Intelligence and Security Studies. He talked to me from London, where he was researching his fourth book at the National Archives.
In this edition of CRAFT, he tells us about his decades-long career in counterintelligence, a former supervisor who turned out to be a Russian mole, which country received the most Soviet defectors and more.
Here’s an edited version of our conversation.
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