Defector: Igor Gouzenko and the Start of the Cold War
Wednesday, 20 January; 6:30 pm
“Certain death lay ahead if the least hint of my intended desertion got about.”—Igor Gouzenko
In September 1945, a cipher clerk named Igor Gouzenko walked out of the Soviet Embassy in Ottawa, Canada with secret papers and a plan. His smuggled documents suggested highly placed Soviet spies, such as British nuclear scientist Alan Nunn May, were stealing atomic secrets for the Soviets. For Western intelligence, Gouzenko’s defection, and the layered information he shared, ushered in a new era of cooperation against a common foe. Join Amy Knight, the first to explore recently de-classified records of the Gouzenko case in Canada, Britain, and the United States, to hear her ground-breaking findings. Author of How the Cold War Began: The Gouzenko Affair and the Hunt for Soviet Spies, Knight is a wellknown specialist on Soviet/Russian intelligence. Guests will also have a chance to see artifacts on loan from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service related to the case including Gouzenko’s 8mm revolver.
Co-sponsored by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and the Embassy of Canada in celebration of the 25th anniversary of CSIS and in recognition of the collaborative and enduring security relationship between the United States and Canada.
Tickets: $12.50 per person • Members of The Spy Ring® (Join Today!): $10 per person
Added by Hawkes on January 13, 2010