HFM 078 – History’s Greatest Spies, Part 3: Richard Sorge (1895-1944) The Soviet Spymaster

July 14, 2014



Richard Sorge was a hard-drinking journalist and Nazi Party member, widely respected by the German embassy for his intuition of Japanese politics. By day he charmed German ambassadors in Tokyo and earning their trust to the point of accessing classified diplomatic intelligence. By night he worked as Russia’s most embedded spy and an officer in the Soviet foreign military intelligence service. Sorge’s reports of German-Japanese military plans were so valuable that he likely prevented the Soviet Union’s collapse during the war.

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Michael writes history books on dictators, the Middle East, and insane rulers, not necessarily in that order. He lives somewhere between Europe and Asia (literally)

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