Jack Barsky: A KGB Sleeper Agent’s Undercover Life

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This is a podcast episode titled, Jack Barsky: A KGB Sleeper Agent’s Undercover Life. The summary for this episode is: <p>Jack Barsky—born Albrecht Dittrich—was a sleeper agent for the KGB, operating in the United States from 1978 to 1988. He was exposed after the Cold War, after which he became a resource for US counterintelligence agencies who allowed him to remain in the United States. What was life like as a sleeper agent? How did Jack employ persuasion and influence to gather intel for the KGB? What ultimately led him to part ways with the Soviet Union? Jack shares his fascinating life story with me in this episode of Negotiations Ninja. Do NOT miss it.</p><h2>Outline of This Episode</h2><ul><li>[1:47] The life of sleeper agent Jack Barsky</li><li>[4:46] How Jack was persuaded to become a sleeper agent</li><li>[6:55] The training Jack received from the KGB</li><li>[10:33] The process of assimilation&nbsp;</li><li>[14:53] Jack’s first mission in the US</li><li>[16:55] The one time Jack thought he had been discovered</li><li>[23:19] How Jack ended up cooperating with the FBI</li><li>[27:43] Switching loyalty from the Soviets to the United States</li><li>[31:21] Jack Barsky’s take on Vladimir Putin</li><li>[36:34] How to learn more about Jack Barsky</li></ul><h2>Resources &amp; People Mentioned</h2><ul><li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zbigniew_Brzezinski" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Zbigniew Brzezinski</a></li></ul><h2>Connect with Jack Barsky</h2><ul><li>Jack Barsky’s&nbsp;<a href="https://jackbarsky.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">website</a></li><li>Jack’s book:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Deep-Undercover-Tangled-Allegiances-America/dp/1496416821" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Deep Undercover</a></li><li><a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-agent/id1587714169" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">The Agent Podcast</a></li></ul><h2>Connect With Mark</h2><ul><li>Follow Negotiations Ninja on Twitter:&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/NegotiationPod" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">@NegotiationPod</a></li><li>Connect with Mark&nbsp;<a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/markraffan/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">on LinkedIn</a></li><li>Follow Negotiations Ninja&nbsp;<a href="https://www.linkedin.com/company/negotiations-ninja-podcast" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">on LinkedIn</a></li><li>Connect on Instagram:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.instagram.com/negotiationpod/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">@NegotiationPod</a>&nbsp;</li></ul><p><a href="https://plinkhq.com/i/1300435924" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Subscribe to Negotiations Ninja</strong></a></p>

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Jack Barsky—born Albrecht Dittrich—was a sleeper agent for the KGB, operating in the United States from 1978 to 1988. He was exposed after the Cold War, after which he became a resource for US counterintelligence agencies who allowed him to remain in the United States. What was life like as a sleeper agent? How did Jack employ persuasion and influence to gather intel for the KGB? What ultimately led him to part ways with the Soviet Union? Jack shares his fascinating life story with me in this episode of Negotiations Ninja. Do NOT miss it.