[Intelforum] Covert Operations in Albania
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From: Richard Cummings <RCumm10487 at aol.com>
To: intelforum at lists101.his.com
Subject: Re: Covert Operations in Albania
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2009 19:08:34 +0100
Greetings from Düsseldorf. Interesting posting.
What is not generally known is that Radio Free Europe, as part of the
CIA's covert operations in Europe, broadcast to Albania from late
1950 to September 1953. Would be interesting to see if the book
mentions that, or not.
Regards to all.
On Feb 8, 2009, at 7:20 PM, IntelForum Mailing List wrote:
>Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2009 14:53:15 -0800 (PST)
>From: Tom <<mailto:woodeewood at yahoo.com>woodeewood at yahoo.com>
>Subject: Covert Operations in Albania
>To: <mailto:intelforum at lists101.his.com>intelforum at lists101.his.com
>I imagine a few intelligence vets and maybe a few students of the
>black arts (my term) would care to know a new book on the 1949-54
>Albanian projects fiasco is coming out. It sure won't be an easy
>read, as it will be printed in the Albanian tongue for folks who
>live in that still developing Balkan country. A lengthy summation
>of the work was published this week by Gazeta Panorama, an Albanian
>Entitled "Bora Filloi" [The Snow Has Started], the book's author is
>one Pilo Shanto, reportely a former Sigurimi (secret police) officer
>who was involved in running a captured Albanian political exile,
>native to that mountainous nation, who infiltrated as radio operator
>for one of abdicated King Zog's bodyguards.
While many details are not verifiable, the book seems to solve
several mysteries left over from the effort by western intelligence
agencies to oust the Albanian Communist regime. Among those
mysteries is the fate of the turned radio operator, whose name, Tahir
Prenci, is the only participant's identity that appears in none of
the available British or American translated news reports of a major
April, 1954, Stalinist-style show trial of the captured American
agents. It also accounts for a legendary CIA-crewed C-47 that was
shot up so badly by Albanian antiaircraft batteries as it overflew
the capitol that it was barely able to crashland at Brindisi, Italy
in October, 1953.
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