February 22, 2010

Deep secrets: Former cold war agent gagged by the CIA

Interesting story regarding the Cold War "Uber" secret recovery of a Soviet Golf submarine in the Pacific.

Story: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article7034913.ece

"David Sharp recalls every detail of the 1974 mission known as Project Azorian, one of the most ambitious, expensive and politically volatile clandestine operations launched by the CIA.

As one of the CIA’s agents in charge of recovering a sunken Soviet submarine and its cargo of nuclear-tipped missiles, Sharp spent 63 days at sea on what he described last week as a “marvellous engineering effort and a marvellous security effort to keep it under wraps”. "

As an interesting side note, after reading Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage a few years back,  I remembered reading as a kid an illustrated science encyclopedia about Howard Hughes mining manganese nodules from the ocean floor.  Blind Man's Bluff is a great book an definitely on my recommended reading list.

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