Jack Anderson 1981

How the CIA turned it’s back on it’s operatives abroad!

MONDAY, Sept. 21, 1981

WEEKLY SPECIAL: How CIA turned its back on its operatives abroad

By Jack Anderson and Joe Spear

WASHINGTON — The Central Intelligence Agency sometimes deals with its operatives in curious and crass ways.

Take, for example, the case of Boris Korczak, a spy who tried to come in out of the cold but was left to freeze by the CIA. For six years, Korczak worked for the agency in Europe. He passed secret information to U.S. intelligence agents and took no money for the dangerous work. He says he was motivated by ideology; He simply preferred democracy to communism.,

Ultimately, Korczak got involved in an even more dangerous game. He bacame a double agent and pretended to be working for the Soviet secret police, the KGB.

A year and a half ago, Korczak’s cover was blown. He had to flee Europe. Luckily, he was able to get his wife and children out, and they came to the United States. Korczak thought he would be welcomed for a job well done.

But the CIA gave Boris Korczak no help at all. In fact, the agency pretended it never heard of him. In desperation, Korczak looked elsewhere for help. He eventually found it in Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa.

Of course, the senator originally had doubts about Korczak. But Grassley talked to the CIA’s deputy chief, Adm. Bobby Inman, who confirmed that Korczak had worked for the CIA.

But incredibly, the CIA still refused to help its former agent, and he was left on his own. All he had was a visitor’s visa that expired last week. With Grassley’s help, he is now attempting to obtain an extension on the visa, but he may eventually have to return to Europe.

In that case, Korczak told our associate John Dillon, “I am a dead man.”