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Cryptonym: AECLUSTER

Definition:
Vladimir Sakharov, a Soviet diplomat that later served the CIA as a defector in place.
Status:
Documented
Sources:

104-10172-10264: MFR CIA DEFECTOR WATCH LIST FOR THE SECRET SERVICE, https://www.archives.gov/files/research/jfk/releases/104-10172-10264.pdf

The document is a less redacted version of a prior release that features (https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=16292&relPageId=2) a list of compiled defectors the Secret Service was given by the CIA for surveillance operations during the visit of Russian Premier Leonid Brezhnev in the 1970s. Various Agency departments including the Domestic Contacts Service, Counterintelligence Staff, and the Psychiatric Staff recommended selected defectors for inclusion. It states that AECLUSTER was a defector named Sakharov.

"K.G.B. DEFECTOR GUNDAREV IT'S COLD COMING OUT", NY Times Magazine, 1989, https://www.nytimes.com/1989/09/17/magazine/kgb-defector-gundarev-it-s-cold-coming-out.html

This media article refers to "Vladimir N. Sakharov, a former Soviet diplomat in the Middle East who had been co-opted by the K.G.B, risked his life to work as an agent in place for the C.I.A. before he defected in 1971." This would match the description of the aforementioned defector Sakharov, and it would match the time period of his time in the United States.

Contributors:
Carmine Savastano

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