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'The Farewell Dossier'

From: Frank Warren <frank-warren.nul>
Date: Wed, 04 Feb 2004 06:09:23 -0800
Fwd Date: Wed, 04 Feb 2004 09:13:11 -0500
Subject: 'The Farewell Dossier' 

I thought this article pertinent to the List as an example of
'disinformation strategies' the CIA uses to achieve their goals.


Source: Taipei Times


Feb 04, 2004

'The Farewell Dossier':

how a CIA plot helped win the Cold War Under normal ircumstances,
success has a thousand fathers and failure is an orphan; in the
world of intelligence gathering, nothing could be further from
the truth

By William Safire
Wednesday, Feb 04, 2004,Page 9

Intelligence shortcomings, as we see, have a thousand fathers;
secret intelligence triumphs are orphans. Here is the unremarked
story of "the Farewell dossier": how a CIA campaign of computer
sabotage resulting in a huge explosion in Siberia -- all
engineered by a mild-mannered economist named Gus Weiss --
 helped us win the Cold War.

Weiss worked down the hall from me in the Nixon administration.
In early 1974, he wrote a report on Soviet advances in
technology through purchasing and copying that led the
beleaguered president -- detente notwithstanding -- to place
restrictions on the export of computers and software to the

Seven years later, we learned how the KGB responded. I was
writing a series of hardline columns denouncing the financial
backing being given Moscow by Germany and Britain for a major
natural gas pipeline from Siberia to Europe. That project would
give control of European energy supplies to the Communists, as
well as generate US$8 billion a year to support Soviet computer
and satellite research.

Then French president Francois Mitterrand also opposed the gas
pipeline. He took then US president Ronald Reagan aside at a
conference in Ottawa on July 19, 1981, to reveal that France had
recruited a key KGB officer in Moscow Center.

Colonel Vladimir Vetrov provided what French intelligence called
the Farewell dossier. It contained documents from the KGB
Technology Directorate showing how the Soviets were
systematically stealing -- or secretly buying through third
parties -- the radar, machine tools and semiconductors to keep
the Russians nearly competitive with US military-industrial
strength through the 1970s. In effect, the US was in an arms
race with itself.

Reagan passed this on to William Casey, his director of central
intelligence, now remembered only for the Iran-contra fiasco.
Casey called in Weiss, then working with Thomas Reed on the
staff of the National Security Council. After studying the list
of hundreds of Soviet agents and purchasers (including one
cosmonaut) assigned to this penetration in the US and Japan,
Weiss counseled against deportation.

Instead, according to Reed -- a former Air Force secretary whose
fascinating Cold War book, At the Abyss, will be published by
Random House next month -- Weiss said: "Why not help the Soviets
with their shopping? Now that we know what they want, we can
help them get it."

The catch: computer chips would be designed to pass Soviet
quality tests and then to fail in operation.

In our complex disinformation scheme, deliberately flawed
designs for stealth technology and space defense sent Russian
scientists down paths that wasted time and money.

The technology topping the Soviets' wish list was for computer
control systems to automate the operation of the new trans-
Siberian gas pipeline. When we turned down their overt purchase
order, the KGB sent a covert agent into a Canadian company to
steal the software; tipped off by Farewell, we added what geeks
call a "Trojan Horse" to the pirated product.

"The pipeline software that was to run the pumps, turbines and
valves was programmed to go haywire," writes Reed, "to reset
pump speeds and valve settings to produce pressures far beyond
those acceptable to the pipeline joints and welds. The result
was the most monumental non-nuclear explosion and fire ever seen
from space."

Our NORAD monitors feared a nuclear detonation, but satellites
that would have picked up its electromagnetic pulse were silent.
That mystified many in the White House, but "Gus Weiss came down
the hall to tell his fellow NSC staffers not to worry. It took
him another 20 years to tell me why."

Farewell stayed secret because the blast in June 1982, estimated
at three kilotons, took place in the Siberian wilderness, with
no casualties known. Nor was the red-faced KGB about to complain
publicly about being tricked by bogus technology. But all the
software it had stolen for years was suddenly suspect, which
stopped or delayed the work of thousands of worried Russian
technicians and scientists.

Vetrov was caught and executed in 1983. A year later, Casey
ordered the KGB collection network rolled up, closing the
Farewell dossier. Weiss died from a fall a few months ago. Now
is a time to remember that sometimes our spooks get it right in
a big way.

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