LASAR Radio's rocket scientist Derek Walker could today (Friday, May 29) reveal a surprise local connection with former Soviet double agent Ordieg Gordievsky.
Listen to his weekly 'Cheddleton Chats' show this afternoon between 2pm and 4pm.
Former Russian KGB colonel Gordievsky was a secret agent of the British Intelligence Service, from 1974 to 1985, when he was KGB resident-designate and bureau chief in London.
Two of Gordievsky's most important contributions to our nation's wellbeing were averting a potential nuclear confrontation with the Soviet Union, when NATO exercise Able Archer 83 was misinterpreted by the Soviets as a potential first strike, and identifying Mikhail Gorbachev as the Soviet heir-apparent long before he came to prominence.
Information passed by Gordievsky became the first proof of how worried the Soviet leadership had become about the possibility of a NATO nuclear first strike.
Although MI6 passed on information provided by Gordievsky to the American CIA, the British would not reveal their source, so the CIA conducted a covert operation to discover who the source was, and after about a year, they realised that it must be Gordievsky.
What followed makes a fascinating story.
"It is the most exciting espionage tale of the 20th Century - and there is a local connection right here in the Moorlands," said Derek Walker.
Download LASAR Radio's free app to listen to Derek between 2pm and 4pm on his weekly 'Cheddleton Chats' show.
Who betrayed Oleg Gordiesky, was there a sixth man and where did he live? Derek says has the answers, but will he reveal all?