History, intrigue and Cold War. The journalist of Alicante Claudio Reig publishes the spy who deceived to Moscow, a novel on the life of Joaqun Madolell, parachutist of the Air Force and spy Spanish infiltrated in the secret services of the old Soviet Union. When 50 years of this history are marked, Reig rescues it among the documentation declassified by the company and Spanish historical archives to narrate how Madolell carried out the main action of counterespionage of the happened Cold War in the south of Europe.
The call Mari operation, developed jointly by the United States, Italy and pro-Franco Spain, served to disarticulate a network of Russian military intelligence, and is a history practically not known that the author, through his investigation, details with minucia, data and left hand. Of how an Italian Communist recruited a boy of the hunger of the Spain of years 40 to turn to him into one of the great spies of national history. The spy who deceived to Moscow is a real event, a piece of the history of Spain, but also a novel of spies, yet what that supposes. Reig takes care of ComunicAlicante before presenting its book in its city. For want of official confirmation, that presentation will take place next the 14 of June in the SEU.
By a well-known that was in its funeral and it told me that there was in Moscow infiltrated as spy. Joaqun Madolell passed away in Madrid the 1 of October of 2011.
In my case I chose to follow one double one via. Of a side, I initiated a search by the military archives of the State, foreign agencies of intelligence, Italian judicial archives, hemerotecas of Spanish and foreign newspapers, as well as by the little published bibliography on the matter. Of another one, I looked for direct sources: military companions of Madolell in the expert intelligence agent and Air Force of the Mari operation.
The greater difficulty is the impossibility of access to the file of the case. The Mari operation (Madolell-Rinaldi) still remains to day of today under safekeeping in the archives of the Spanish System of Intelligence. This is thus because Spain lacks a law of declassification of official secrets. Therefore, most difficult it has been to reconstruct the chronological and operative sequence of the mission. To part of this, I did not find any impediment. Rather on the contrary.
At what moment is to you account of which this history had to become book?
From the first moment. It could not clear of the head the challenge to me that supposed to keep awake this real passage of the recent history of Spain practically unknown. In addition, according to it advanced in the investigation, the dimension of the carried out operation by this Spanish military man did not stop surprising to me. A report of the company exists that certifies that the Mari operation was the carried out mission of more important counterespionage in the south of Europe against the military secret services of the Soviet Union in the decade of 1960.
How many can hidden novels as the spy who deceived to Moscow have in the declassified archives of the company?
Infinite. The last documentary declassification of the company has put in the network more than 12 million pages.
They continue occurring as important infiltrations as the narrated one in the spy who deceived to Moscow in the conflicts of nowadays?
Yes, the inflitraciones and the double game with enemy agents always lock up risks, but the high performance that this type of operations usually offers turns it into a practice so forced as habitual.