Thursday, November 18, 2010
Formerly a member of the KGB’s Second Chief Directorate (SCD) Sergei Papushin moved to New York and, after a run-in with the police in New Jersey over drunkenness, was approached in December 1989 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to supply information. He did so, disclosing that he had heard in Moscow that the KGB had penetrated the Central Intelligence Agency, probably through the embassy. Most of Papushin’s material was of interest to the British, who had been his section’s particular target, but he did identify a hitherto anonymous CIA source, code-named PROLOGUE, as an SCD colleague, Aleksandr Zhomov. As anticipated, Zhomov had been a dangle, controlled from the outset by the KGB.