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A Tale of Two Men: A Russian Spy and an FBI Special Agent

Prof. Batvinis wrote this FBI history article about the lives of Willy Fisher, aka Rudolph Abel, and FBI Special Agent Paul Blasco and when their lives intersected on 21 June 1957.

This article appeared in the June 2017 issue of The Grapevine, published by the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI.

What follows is a story of two men. One an American and the other English.

One the hunter; the other relying on deception for survival.

Both of them worlds apart in distance and background, yet moving through time along strangely parallel lines.

Their fate was to meet one blistering hot morning in a drab New York City hotel room 60 years ago this month. It would be a history-making encounter.

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