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According to Theutenberg, Russian intelligence officials today still consider the postwar Swedish infiltration missions among the most successful in the history of their organizations. He warns that scholars have not fully appreciated the true extent of these operations, in large part due to lack of proper primary source materials which remain classified in a variety of international intelligence archives.
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Several aspects of these incidents remain controversial. Given the cumulative technical evidence, however, Theutenberg insists that the Soviets acted with clear intent and that an accidental violation of Swedish territory could be ruled out, especially taking into consideration Soviet attitudes and behavior towards Sweden at the time. Indeed, the former Soviet U. A related topic that Theutenberg discusses is the war scare of the early s and the unprecedented Operation RYAN mounted by the Soviet intelligence services to ensure that they would not be caught unawares by a Western military attack.
As a result, neutral Sweden and the Baltic Sea took center stage as a staging ground for a potential nuclear conflict between the superpowers. The planned attack routes of U. According to the recently published memoirs of Swedish one-star Adm.
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The alleged operation entailed, among other things, the deployment of up to 50 radio-controlled nuclear mines and other special devices. The latter included medium-range missiles in the Baltic countries, aimed at Sweden. The intent was to destroy strategic targets like Swedish air and naval bases, ammunition and fuel depots, as well as telecommunication centers, and to assassinate key military personnel. One was the fishing vessel that brought him and his five companions from a little harbor at the northeast tip of Hokkaido island.
The other was the Soviet coast guard craft that edged alongside, and that, slammed by the relentless sea, appeared like a cliff soaring and sinking before them. Between the two vessels was a six-foot span of furious air, through which Mark and his comrades were ordered to jump. Time was limited. One by one they jumped. Into the arms of a gang of Russian sailors, and into history. It took three years to persuade Mark Shapiro to meet me. His first email was a blunt rejection. Intimations of mortality also had something to do with it.
He had heart trouble, and he slept with an oxygen cylinder by his bed. A tumor, he said, was growing in his skull.
He traced his finger over the place where it lay buried. He knew that his time was limited and wanted to answer a question that was gnawing away at him. He wanted to expose the mole within the American Deserters Committee. His suspect was not among the five who traveled with him from Japan. I said I would do my best. A murderous wake-up call for twenty-two-year-old Corporal Shapiro, with an unblemished service record and good prospects for promotion as a military cryptographer.
I was ready to take down more details, but Mark seemed incapable of fleshing out his narrative. Instead, he told me a story about his recent visit to a hypnotherapist. The guy was a little skeptical. He asked for the money in advance. I was already used to thinking of my interviewees as jigsaws with missing pieces. It was a textbook example of the act. In the first days of , he read a newspaper article about four men who had successfully escaped the war. They had been on leave in Japan but were now poised to begin new lives in neutral Sweden. Another expression was also used to describe them.
Used in recognition of what many saw as an act of treachery. On their journey from east to west, the Intrepid Four had passed through the Soviet Union and accepted several weeks of Russian hospitality. Maybe more than hospitality. But they looked pretty happy in the photographs, waving and smiling on the tarmac at Stockholm Arlanda Airport, with their neat new haircuts and sharp new suits. And nobody was asking them to kill anyone in an increasingly unpopular war.
The news reports offered another helpful detail. The Intrepid Four did not make their journey unaided. They had been smuggled into Russia by an outfit called Beheiren, a group of activists who were fast becoming the focus of the Japanese anti-war movement. Beheiren had organized a rally in Tokyo at which Joan Baez had performed. It had taken out full-page ads in the Washington Post declaring that percent of the Japanese population was opposed to the Vietnam War.
It had sent its members to U. All over Japan, doctors, teachers, shopkeepers, and Buddhist monks began preparing hiding places and airing the spare bedding. Beheiren, however, was a loose-knit organization, and when Mark arrived in Tokyo, determined to make contact, nobody seemed to know its address.
Makoto made some calls, and his associates sprang instantly into action. By the end of the day Mark had checked out of his hotel and was installed in a Beheiren safe house. Five others were also in hiding, kept in circulation among the homes of sympathizers across Japan until the time was right to make the journey to Russia. His first American companion fit squarely into the category. Perhaps the attitude was a gift from his background: his father was a Pentecostal minister who press-ganged his enormous brood of children into service as the Singing Callicoats—a gospel act best known for having saved Ed Sullivan from humiliation by breaking into an unscheduled second number when a chimp act went badly wrong during a live TV show.
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Navy discipline did not suit him, and he had recently been confined to his ship for twenty-eight days for vandalism. He and Mark were brought together on a train from Osaka to Tokyo, then put up for the night in the apartment of a visiting French academic. Mark sensed that Phil was going to be trouble, and he was right. The fugitives were taken to Tokyo International Airport, where three more deserters made a party of five. The noisiest was Joe Kmetz, a bullish New Yorker whose opposition to the war, he said, had earned him a month in a dark isolation cell on a diet of bread, water, and lettuce heads.
The oldest of the group, twenty-eight-year-old Edwin Arnett, was a skinny, stooping Californian who chewed his fingernails and spoke in slow, somnolent tones.
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He was not a clever man. The sanest of the gang, it seemed clear to Mark, was its only African American: Corporal Terry Marvel Whitmore, a marine infantryman from Memphis, Mississippi, who had been wounded in action in Vietnam and received a Christmas bedside visit from President Lyndon B. Johnson, who saluted his bravery and pinned a Purple Heart to the pillow. When Whitmore learned he was also to receive the honor of being returned to the front as soon as he was upright, he discharged himself from the military hospital at Yokohama and lay low with a Japanese girlfriend, pretending to anyone who asked that he was a student from East Africa—and hoping not to encounter any actual East Africans.
Their Beheiren guide, a Mrs. Fujikowa, encouraged the deserters to behave discreetly on their trip. Easier said than done. As they boarded the plane, Mark got into an argument with the flight attendant about the size of his suitcase. When they landed at their destination, Nemuro airport on the island of Hokkaido, Phil Callicoat struck up a loud conversation with a local bar owner whose establishment offered more than just cocktails.
Before they could get into any serious trouble, the deserters were steered toward a pair of waiting cars and driven for four hours to a remote spot on the coast, where a gaggle of Beheiren sympathizers were huddled around a radio unit, exchanging messages with a Soviet ship—which informed them that the handover would have to wait until the following night.
The plan postponed, the Americans were taken to a nearby fishing village, where the captain of their escape vessel was waiting at his home to greet them.
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He poured out the sake and told his nervous guests not to worry. He had been a kamikaze pilot in the Second World War, and he had come back. The following night, the captain supplied the deserters with a change of clothes calculated to increase their chances of passing as Japanese fishermen during the short walk from his house to the floodlit harbor. Terry Whitmore wrapped himself in a blanket to conceal his conspicuous blackness. They were told to stay belowdecks and keep quiet: most of the crew were unaware of their existence.
As the vessel began chugging from the harbor, a sixth man stumbled into the hold: army private Kenneth Griggs, born in Seoul but adopted as a baby by a white couple from Boise, Idaho. Griggs—who introduced himself under his Korean name, Kim Jin-Su—had spent the better part of a year hiding out in the Cuban Embassy in Tokyo, and he seemed to have made good use of the free literature. His reasons for desertion were expressed as an intense critique of U. He had a position to maintain: he had already said his piece in a four-minute film, shot by Beheiren and screened for journalists in a Tokyo restaurant.
When the Russian coast guard pulled alongside, Kim was the first to jump, leaping with reckless enthusiasm into Soviet-administered space. Joe Kmetz, his fears numbed by alcohol, went just as eagerly. Callicoat followed, sliding across the deck and launching himself with a Tarzan yodel.
Mark went next. Watched the rust-marked hull of the Russian ship surge up and down before his eyes. Arms flailing, Mark made it, his suitcase tossed after him by the Japanese skipper. Edwin Arnett, though, was in a worse state, paralyzed by the sight of the rising, falling ship. Whitmore muscled past him, hurled himself across the divide, and was caught by two burly Russian sailors before he hit the deck. Left behind, Arnett seemed unable to compute the physics of the situation. Instead of jumping as the Russian ship fell, he jumped as it rose, colliding with the railing and leaving himself dangling over the sea by one leg.