Nikita Khrushchev and the compromise of Soviet secret intelligence sources

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How securely did Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev handle secret intelligence? Former Soviet officials have claimed that he carelessly revealed intelligence and certainly in conversations with American, Italian and Iranian diplomats and ministers Khrushchev put at risk Soviet sources by boasting about intelligence successes and disclosing information that could only have come from intelligence. While Soviet officials appear to have overestimated the security impact of Khrushchev’s revelations, he may have compromised a covert KGB mission in Iran and an important surveillance operation against the American embassy in Moscow.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-27
Number of pages27
JournalInternational Journal of Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence
Early online date27 Apr 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 27 Apr 2021


  • Khrushchev, KGB, DARIO, signals intelligence


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