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To: Zhang Fei

He knew the risks. We traded an asset more important than FGP. Why didn’t he destroy the aircraft? When time came for him to perform he failed.


23 posted on 06/09/2012 12:36:42 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
Why didn’t he destroy the aircraft?

Huh? The aircraft was shot out from underneath him. The pieces landed in what is now Azerbaijan.

Am I missing something in your post?

5.56mm

25 posted on 06/09/2012 12:46:28 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
We traded an asset more important than FGP.

An entry in Wikipedia notes that the Vilyam Fisher, the nom de guerre of the KGB agent operating as an illegal (i.e. without diplomatic cover, and thus immunity) who was traded for Powers, was a nonentity that the Soviets nonetheless accepted in exchange for Powers, pretty much for the same reason that we did the trade - for employee morale:

It suited the KGB, for the sake of its own reputation, to portray "Abel's" nine years of being an undetected agent in the U.S., as a triumph by a dedicated NKVD member. The myth of the master spy Rudolf Abel replaced the reality of Fisher's illegal residency. The party hierarchy was well aware that Fisher had achieved nothing of real significance. During his eight years as an illegal resident he appears not to have recruited, or even identified, a single potential agent.

31 posted on 06/09/2012 1:50:15 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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