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Title Operation Valuable Fiend : the CIA's first paramilitary strike against the Iron Curtain / Albert Lulushi.
Author Lulushi, Albert.
Publication New York : Arcade Publishing, 2014.
Description 1 online resource (xxiii, 326 pages) : map
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Summary "In 1949, a newly minted branch of the CIA (the precursor of today's national clandestine service), flush with money and burning with determination to roll back the Iron Curtain, embarked on the first paramilitary operation in the history of the agency. They hatched an elaborate plan, coordinated with the British Secret Intelligence Service, to foment popular rebellion and detach Albania, the weakest of the Soviet satellites in Europe, from Moscow's orbit. The operation resulted in dismal failure and was shut down by 1954. In Operation Valuable Fiend, Albert Lulushi gives the first full accounting of this CIA action, based on hundreds of declassified documents, memoirs, and recollections of key participants, including Albanian exiles recruited for missions and their Communist opponents. Up till now, the story of the operation has been obfuscated and even distorted. Some blamed the Soviet mole Kim Philby for sabotaging it; the communists credited the prowess of their secret police; and CIA memoirs were heavily sanitized. Lulushi documents a range of factors that led to the failure, from inexperienced CIA case officers outsmarted in spy-vs-spy games by their ruthless Stalinist opponents; to rivalries between branches of the CIA and between the agency and friendly intelligence services; and conflicts among anti-Communist factions that included Albania's colorful exiled leader, King Zog. The book also shows how this operation served as the proving ground for techniques used in later CIA Cold War paramilitary actions-involving some of the same agency operatives-including the coup d'e;tats in Iran and Guatemala and the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Acronyms -- Cryptonyms and Pseudonyms -- Note on the Pronunciation of Albanian Names -- Prologue -- The Office of Policy Coordination -- Albania between 1912 and 1949 -- Genesis of Operation Fiend -- The National Committee for Free Albania -- Philby in Washington -- First Infiltrations of 1949 -- Reevaluation of Project Fiend -- Labor Services Company 4000 -- Odyssey of the First CIA Paramilitary Team -- Philby's Exit -- Propaganda and Psychological and Economic Warfare -- Adverse Developments in the Infiltration Program -- A Bucket of Diamonds and Rubies -- A Rich Harvest of Bitter Fruit -- King Zog Overstays His Time in Egypt -- Planning the Fondest Dream -- The American Backers Are Obliged to Withdraw -- Lessons and Legacy of Project Fiend -- Epilogue.
Note Description based on print version record.
Subject Operation Valuable/Fiend, Albania, 1949-1954.
Albania -- Politics and government -- 1944-1990.
Anti-communist movements -- Albania -- History -- 20th century.
Espionage, American -- Albania -- History -- 20th century.
Espionage, British -- Albania -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Albania.
Albania -- Foreign relations -- United States.
United States. Central Intelligence Agency -- History -- 20th century.
Great Britain. MI6 -- History -- 20th century.
Paramilitary forces -- Albania -- History -- 20th century.
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century.
HISTORY / Europe / Eastern.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Intelligence.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / International.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General.
Genre Electronic books.
Addl. Author OverDrive, Inc.
Related To Print version: Lulushi, Albert. Operation Valuable Fiend 9781628723229 (DLC) 2014004159 (OCoLC)876900674
ISBN 9781628723946 (electronic bk.)
1628723947 (electronic bk.)

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