In 1978, Jack Barsky was sent to the U.S. to pose as an American while working as a Soviet spy. His new book, “Deep Undercover,” tells his story of working for the KGB for a decade before falling in love with America.
Thursday morning, Glenn Beck and the guys talked to the former spy about his incredible story. Barsky came into the country posing as a Canadian with the mission “to pretty much help destroy the United States.”
With a chuckle, Barsky noted, “It didn’t quite work that way.”
The spy built up a second life in America over the course of a decade, serving as a Russian plant during the Cold War until he was told to return in 1988. Barsky clearly remembered the day he got the signal from Moscow to leave the country.
“That day was a gray December morning. I’m going to work half asleep and there’s the red dot the size of a fist. That was a clear signal. That was a danger signal, the most urgent signal I could have read, and it meant ‘get out.’”
Glenn asked if his heart stopped in his chest at that point. But that wasn’t Barsky’s reaction; instead, he described a “psychological numbness” that overcame him. Fortunately, his work colleagues and his wife never noticed that anything was wrong.
Barsky heard from the KGB again when he didn’t return to Moscow. He described the moment in chilling detail.
“It was early morning. And this figure comes from the right [on the subway platform] in a dark coat, pretty short guy, and he whispered so it would be audible only to me, ‘You’ve gotta be home or else you’re dead.’”