The Spy Who Was Left Behind: Russia, The United States, And The True Story Of The Betrayal And Assassination Of A Cia Agent

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The shocking true story of international intrigue —“a highly detailed, engrossing work” (Kirkus Reviews)—involving the 1993 murder of CIA officer Freddie Woodruff by KGB agents and the extensive cover-up that followed in Washington and in Moscow. “In a post-truth era, we need a lot more fearless writers like Michael Pullara” (Robert Baer, author of See No Evil).

On August 8, 1993, a single bullet to the head killed Freddie Woodruff, the Central Intelligence Agency’s station chief in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. Within hours, police had a suspect—a vodka-soaked village bumpkin named Anzor Sharmaidze. A tidy explanation quickly followed: It was a tragic accident. US diplomats hailed Georgia’s swift work, and both countries breathed a sigh of relief.

Yet the bullet that killed Woodruff was never found and key witnesses have since retracted their testimony, saying they were beaten and forced to identify Sharmaidze. But if he didn’t do it, who did? Those who don’t buy the official explanation think the answer lies in the spy games that played out on Russia’s frontier following the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union. Woodruff was an early actor in a dangerous drama. American spies were moving into newborn nations previously dominated by Soviet intelligence. Russia’s security apparatus, resentful and demoralized, was in turmoil, its nominal loyalty to a pro-Western course set by President Boris Yeltsin, shredded by hardline spooks and generals who viewed the Americans as a menace.

At the time when Woodruff was stationed there, Georgia was a den of intrigue. It had a big Russian military base and was awash with former and not-so-former Soviet agents. Shortly before Woodruff was shot, veteran CIA officer Aldrich Ames—who would soon be unmasked as a KGB mole—visited him on agency business. In short order, Woodruff would be dead and Ames, in prison for life. Buckle up, because The Spy Who Was Left Behind reveals the full-throttle, little-known thrilling tale.


  • 001 TheSpyWhoWasLeftBehind Open

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  • 002 TheSpyWhoWasLeftBehind Chapter1 DeathOnALonelyRoad

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  • 003 TheSpyWhoWasLeftBehind Chapter2 DoTheyThinkWe'reIdiots

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  • 004 TheSpyWhoWasLeftBehind Chapter3 TheTestimonyOfTwoSpiesAndAHousewife

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  • 005 TheSpyWhoWasLeftBehind Chapter4 AnObscureHint

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  • 006 TheSpyWhoWasLeftBehind Chapter5 MrAmericanLawyer

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  • 007 TheSpyWhoWasLeftBehind Chapter6 HometownOfASpy

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  • 008 TheSpyWhoWasLeftBehind Chapter7 TheThiefInLaw

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  • 009 TheSpyWhoWasLeftBehind Chapter8 TheAmericansKnewEverything

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  • 010 TheSpyWhoWasLeftBehind Chapter9 AVisitToTheProsecutorGeneral

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  • 011 TheSpyWhoWasLeftBehind Chapter10 NoOneInterviewsMarina

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  • 012 TheSpyWhoWasLeftBehind Chapter11 AGeorgianEducation

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  • 013 TheSpyWhoWasLeftBehind Chapter12 YouNeedToGetThatFile

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  • 014 TheSpyWhoWasLeftBehind Chapter13 ALetterFromTheAmericanAmbassador

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  • 015 TheSpyWhoWasLeftBehind Chapter14 TheSearchForTheRealKiller

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  • 016 TheSpyWhoWasLeftBehind Chapter15 TheyBeatMe

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  • 017 TheSpyWhoWasLeftBehind Chapter16 OfficialInterrogations

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  • 018 TheSpyWhoWasLeftBehind Chapter17 AReporter'sQuestions

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  • 019 TheSpyWhoWasLeftBehind Chapter18 ConfessionsOfAnOldSoldier

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  • 020 TheSpyWhoWasLeftBehind Epilogue TheSpyWhoWasLeftBehind

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