This week, The Washington Times and the New York Post are reporting on the recent cancellation of Tennent “Pete” H. Bagley’s scheduled appearances at the International Spy Museum and the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington, DC.
Bagley, a former CIA officer, is the author of Spy Wars: Moles, Mysteries and Deadly Games, (Yale University Press, May 2007) a new book in which he breaks open the mysterious case of KGB officer Yuri Nosenko’s defection to the United States in 1963.
The Washington Times says, “Intelligence sources said a network of current and former CIA officers opposed to Mr. Bagley’s views was behind the cancellation. . . .Mr. Bagley said in an interview that he believes his talk at the CIA was canceled because agency officials objected to his views on Mr. Nosenko. ‘It’s the Nosenko case,’ he said. ‘I give very powerful, convincing reasons to believe that Nosenko was a plant.’ The suspicions were confirmed by post-Cold War discussions with former KGB officers, he said. . . .A CIA spokesman said Mr. Bagley’s talk was not canceled due to his message but because of questions regarding prepublication review of the book. ‘Intelligence officers are routinely exposed to a range of views on complex topics — that’s a key part of the job,’ the spokesman said.”
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The New York Post article says, “For months, Tennent Bagley had been scheduled to speak yesterday at Washington’s International Spy Museum about his new book, ‘Spy Wars: Moles, Mysteries, and Deadly Games,’ which argues Nosenko was a KGB plant. But on Sunday, museum executive director Peter Earnest phoned his fellow ex-Company man Bagley to cancel the talk. Bagley told a group of cloak-and-dagger types at the Yale Club he was disinvited ‘because the old spies that run the place back the official CIA position that Nosenko . . . was legit, not a provocateur. . .’ “