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Is George Trofimoff one of the greatest spies ever to betray America or a loyal army officer who spent a career defending this country One thing is sure Trofimoff retired from the US Army Reserve is the highest ranking American officer ever convicted of espionage Last summer a federal judge sent him to prison for life During his trial prosecutors called Trofimoff the perfect spy He was perfect they said because of the extraordinary crime he managed to pull off without ever getting caught He in a Florida prison Trofimoff 74 calls himself a patriot that served this country for 46 years and a half or 47 years His story is intertwined with the bloody history of Europe The Trofimoff family was Russian He says his grandparents were murdered in the revolution and as a boy in World War II he was rescued by American GIs When Trofimoff joined the US army to fight the communists that murdered his grandparents he left behind a brother Igor who became a clergyman and was a cardinal in the Russian Orthodox Church Then in 1992 a Soviet KGB clerk named Vasili Mitrokhin defected and claimed that one of the US interrogation centers was being looted by a spy He handed over KGB records that showed the stolen American secrets exceeded 80 volumes - 50000 pages taken over 25 years Christopher Andrew a Cambridge University professor who helped British intelligence analyze Mitrokhins revelations says the information included military intelligence operations planned and carried out by the United States against the Soviet Union Mitrokhin didnt have the name of the traitor but the Soviet files he delivered described the spy as a career American intelligence officer And the courier who carried the secrets was a clergyman in the Russian Orthodox church An American officer who gave it to the Soviets through a Russian priest And that fit me like a glove No question about it says Trofimoff who often met
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