Book Review: The Spy in Moscow Station

August 5, 2019

By Andy Werback

I recently read The Spy in Moscow Station, written by Eric Hazeltine, PhD and published in 2019 by Thomas Dunne Books.

This is a true story about a mysterious infiltration by Russian Intelligence into the US Moscow Mission.  There are many twists and turns, especially between the various US intelligence agencies that claim to know everything they need to know, and you don’t need to know.  It really leaves one wondering – what’s going on… whom do you trust… will it be too late…

I’m acquainted with Dr. Hazeltine from our high school days at China Lake (he was in my brother’s class) – and he is one of the few people I know who has a Wikipedia page.  He worked at Hughes Aircraft (rising to Director of Engineering), then was head of R&D at Walt Disney Imagineering.  After that, he really got involved in technology and long term development (see his book, Long Fuse, Big Bang) as Director of Research at the National Security Agency.   After a few more years as Associate Director for Science and Technology, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, he went into private practice, specializing in cyber security and privacy.

Writing a book about intelligence matters from unclassified sources must have been a challenge.  But he was able to interview a few key people, and from that, put together a probable plot.  The end result is pretty incredible and very scary, so it’s well worth your time to read about The Spy in Moscow Station.


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