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Business Confidential by Maryann KARINCH, Peter EARNEST

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CHAPTER ONE

Where Intelligence Operations and Business Meet

We handed President John F. Kennedy a slim blue folder. It contained the latest intelligence from our top source in Moscow, Soviet military intelligence Colonel Oleg Penkovsky, the weapons and military affairs expert who volunteered to provide his country’s most carefully guarded secrets to the West. Passing the top-secret material to us covertly, using a dead drop under terrible time pressure, he revealed the startling limitations of Soviet missile capabilities. Now, the young president realized that the Soviets could not launch an effective attack on the United States, thus giving President Kennedy the upper hand in facing down Nikita Khrushchev during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. ...

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