”Nobody and nothing could possibly change my mind or lead me off the chosen path. . . . I was additionally convinced that I am not alone traveling the road, that the nation desires freedom from the shackles of Communism imposed from the outside.”
Ryszard Kukliński — Letter to CIA case Officer (September 1981)
“Tn Kuklinski’s view, NATO—forced to use tactical atomic weapons to counter Warsaw Pact superiority in conventional forces—would turn most of Poland and part of Czechoslovakia into a nuclear no-man’s land.”
The Vilification and Vindication of Colonel Kuklinski
February 11 2018 — Ceremonies have been held in several Polish cities to mark the anniversary of the death of Ryszard Kukliński, a Polish Army colonel who worked for the CIA during the Cold War. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today
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In November 2016, President Andrzej Duda posthumously promoted Ryszard Kuklinski to the rank of Brigadier General.
Ryszard Jerzy Kukliński (June 13, 1930 – February 11, 2004) was a Polish colonel and Cold War spy for NATO. He passed top-secret Warsaw Pact documents to the CIA between 1972 and 1981.
The former United States National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzeziński described him as “the first Polish officer in NATO.” [WIKIPEDIA]
Over the years, he provided the Americans with information about strategic Soviet and Warsaw Pact plans, including plans for an attack on NATO countries.
He also passed to the CIA documents about the Polish government’s secret plans to impose martial law in the country in 1981. Kuklinski died in 2004 in Tampa, Florida, in the United States.
Saving Ryszard Kuklinski — Hosted by Peter Earnest
In 1972, Polish Colonel Ryszard Kuklinski volunteered to spy for the United States. His self-appointed mission: to undermine his country’s Soviet-dominated leadership to save Poland from nuclear destruction.
Over the next nine years of high-risk, clandestine exchanges, he copied tens of thousands of secret documents and covertly passed them to the CIA—including plans to crush the Solidarity movement.
Learn the inside story of this extraordinary case and of Kuklinski’s last-minute, daring escape from International Spy Museum Executive Director, Peter Earnest, a former CIA officer who did unprecedented research into Agency records for Benjamin Wesier’s A Secret Life: The Polish Officer, His Covert Mission, and the Price He Paid to Save His Country.
Polish Cold War agent remembered on death anniversary — Poland Radio
The Vilification and Vindication of Colonel Kuklinski by Benjamin B. Fischer — CIA Website
Poland — General Kuklinski Remembered on Death Anniversary