Espionage Top Hat

Knocked Off Moscow discloses the capture of a master spy

By all accounts, Donald F. was a first-class spy. For nearly 30 years, the well-placed Soviet diplomat was said to have fed precious secrets about his nation's defense to the U.S., making him one of the intelligence community's most valued assets. He used all the tricks: cipher pads, invisible ink, dead- letter drops in Moscow's Gorky Park, coded advertisements in the New York Times. Never short on chutzpah, he even transmitted radio messages to the U.S. embassy in Moscow from a passing trolley bus. Though Soviet agents reportedly suspected his disloyalty for years, he repeatedly managed to wriggle out of trouble....

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!