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February 21, 1964
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Sanitized - Approved For Release: CIA- 964 CPYRGHT 0-1 ESPIONAGE The Defector Nations, a stocky, dark-haired Russian named Yuri Ivanovich Nosenko took his scat among the other secretaries, clerks, aides and technicians in the Sovi- et delegation at the 17-nation disarma- ment conference. But though Nosenko was billeted with other low-ranking So- viet staffers in Geneva's Hotel Rex, it was obvious that lie enjoyed special status. He roomed alone, spoke fluent English, had a different work schedule from that of his colleagues, often came Twit- Mckly 111 nenevas a als cs others were in. The reason was that, un- known to his fellow delegates, Nosen- ko's specialty was espionage. He was a ranking officer in the K.G.B., the Soviet agency that combines the functions of the C.I.A. and F.B.I. Fortnight ago, the day before he was scheduled to return to Moscow, Nosen- ko told colleagues.he was going off for lunch at a downtown restaurant. When he failed to return next morning, frantic Soviet officials ordered all the remaining Russians at the hotel into a delegation compound and stripped Nosenko's room of all his personal effects. They seemed particularly agitated when they could not find his valise. At last, the Russians called in the Swiss police. In vain, the cops checked Switzerland's hospitals, morgues, hotels, railroad stations, air- ports and border outposts. Nosenko had totally vanished. Last week the U.S. State Department tersely reported that Nosenko had de- fected to the West and was "somewhere in the U.S." In fact, he was in Washing- ton, where officials permitted Soviet and i Swiss diplomats to interview him. Re- futing Moscow's allegations of "improp- er" U.S. behavior, Nosenko declared that he had voluntarily decided not to return to Russia. U.S. officials plainly regarded Nosen- ko, 36, as the biggest spy catch since Colonel Qieg Penkovsky, the Soviet mil- itary scientist who funneled military se- crets to the West before being arrested and executed by the Russians last year. Nosenko apparently had brought with !.him invaluable operational and organi- zational details about the Soviet intelli- gence network, and officials hinted that his defection had already caused a shake-up within the Russian espionage, system. FOIAb3b Sanitized - Approved For Release : CIA-RDP75-00149R000600280021-6