If we do know what we have we are unable to treasure it. Barsky has appeared on as an expert on , commenting on , and Ambassador 's interactions with 's associates. He graduated top of his class in computer systems at Baruch College, which enabled him to get a job as a programmer at Met Life insurance in New York. Sadly, my marriage had become dysfunctional. Without roots the tree will eventually wither away. How are they selected, trained, and dispatched to foreign countries? He now had two families to go with his two identities, and he knew the time would come when he had to choose between them. He burrowed himself into suburbia, keeping a low profile.
Francis University in Loretto, Pa. Over the next year, he parlayed Jack Barsky's birth certificate into a library card, then a driver's licence and, finally, a social security card. Steve Kroft: You were writing computer code? But there were a lot of things that I didn't know. We remain confident that our systems will continue to keep the electric system safe and reliable for all New Yorkers. The project in Baikonur that he had claimed to be working on for many years had ended in 1978. Now I'm really in the big league, right? The truth as far as I know it.
He earned a degree in chemistry at the. The communist spies were the good guys. This is a story of a life that parallels the rise and fall of Communism in the second half of the 20th century, but in its broader sense it is a multi-layered human drama played out against the background of a historic clash of systems and ideologies. And when it did, it felt good. He would return the to the East every two years, where he would be reunited with his German wife Gerlinde, and young son Matthias, who had no idea what he had been up to. This style of espionage seems unique to the and the East Bloc.
I did not feel comfortable with my acknowledging my German past. She reported him missing and then filed for divorce. Steve Kroft: Aside from his name was there anything else that made you suspicious and make you think that this was the guy you were looking for? The employee did not have direct access to grid operations or energy market systems that would enable manipulation of software. I would just disappear and try to get healthy. What makes Jack Barsky's story even more remarkable is he's never spent a night in jail, the Russians declared him dead a long time ago, he's living a quiet life in upstate New York and has worked in important and sensitive jobs.
I was at the pinnacle of a very successful career in corporate America, when my personal life began to crumble. Let's put it this way, yeah. He learned a hundred new English words every day. But I, this one hurt because I had promised my German wife, that you know, we would be together forever. Barsky lived in until 2016. And until now, the only people who knew he was a spy were his children and his ex-wife in America.
Barsky stalled a bit more and then hatched a plan. Jack Barsky: He feels like he's my son. It finally happened in 1988, when after 10 years undercover he was suddenly ordered to return home immediately. He underwent two further years of training in the Soviet Union. Out of an abundance of caution, we reviewed the matter with the appropriate federal and state authorities. He and Reilly regularly play golf.
. Instead of bringing her over to my side, she said: 'What does that mean for me if they ever catch you? The entire time I always had this childlike belief that everything would be all right. Smarts and hard work got Jack out into the world, where he started a career teaching chemistry and math at a well-known university. Jack Barsky: I told her everything that you can tell in four hours that is age appropriate. He married again in the United States in 1986 after a woman he was dating, who was an from , needed help to get a green card.
Two days later, William Dyson ceased to exist. Exposed after the , Barsky became a resource for U. She was still a teenager. Jack Barsky: I think Ronald Reagan took the top spot. A great book and an eye opener for folks who dig into the origins of American history for the firs time, and a good refresher for those who are history buffs. An intriguing inside look at international espionage.
Steve Kroft: And what did you think of America? I returned to church the following week, and soon realized that I had finally found what I was looking for, a spiritual home. What impressed me most about this young lady was an incredible peaceful glow on her face and a certainty about all things in life. But inside he was panicking that he would be sent to jail and that his American family, which he had been trying to hold together, would be broken up. And, finally, one day, it did. Jack Barsky: Because I was not given very good instructions with regard to how to apply for a passport. Jordan said he was surprised when he learned about Barsky's background.