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From: "Dick Smith"
To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Koecher is no 007, he is more like Dr.No. Date sent: Tue, 10 Aug 1999 17:08:08 PDT Gentleman, I found story about Koecher that was published in B.L. very interesting but a bit inaccurate. The Koechers are older than stated. Karl was born on September 21, 1934 in Bratislava and moved to Prague with his parents in 1939. He joined the Communist Party in 1958 and the Czechoslovak Intelligence Service in 1962. In 1963, he met Hana Pardamcova (born on January 8, 1944 in Tabor) who was also member of the Communist Party. They got married few months later. Early in 1965, Karl and Hana were sent via Austria on their spy mission. Here they applied for entry to USA and arrived to New York on December 4, 1965. Karl started to work for Radio Free Europe in 1967 and Hana was employed as a laboratory assistant and later became a diamond appraisal for a firm that was dealing in precious stones. Karl , while working for RFE also studied at Columbia University and earned Ph.D. At the department for Soviet studies, one of his professor was Zbiegniew Brzezinsky who later became an adviser to President J. Carter. Karl also worked as an assistant professor at Wagner College. Karl had a huge ego and spent considerable time in the intellectual circles of czech émigrés. He also new how to use his jewish heritage by joining YMHA (Young Men's Hebrew Association) and when he and Hana had difficulties obtaining US citizenship because of their membership in the Communist Party, Karl engaged help of Mrs. Bella Abzug. She was a member of U.S.Congress at that time. In 1973 he passed security test and being fluent in four languages, he worked as translator for CIA. His office was in Rosslyn, Virginia and here he came across documents about A. Ogorodnik which later led o his arrest and death. Hana as a diamond trader traveled all over the world and used this as opportunity to pass information gathered by Karl to the Czechoslovak Intelligence Service. At his time the Koechers were also very active in the sex clubs of N.Y. and Washington D.C. In the book "Spy vs. spy ", Ronald Kessler writes in great details about Koechers sexual activities. Here is an example from the chapter "The Swinging Mole": When asked about Koechers, the organizer of the sex parties said: "I remember them quite well. I found them an interesting couple. He was a professor. She was a diamond merchant. Strikingly beautiful. Warm, sweet,ingratiating. Incredibly orgasmic. I went to bed with her several times. But I thought Karl was a bit strange. I thought he took some kind of special drug. He was always naked at the parties. Usually people keep their clothes on at least some of the time, but he was always walking around naked. And he always had an erection." By the end of 1975 Karl got promoted and transferred to CIA office in New York. In 1976 he was asked by Czech Government to testify against Havel and other dissidents while he was in Prague under assumed name. Someone at the CIS thought that he had became a double agent so they wanted him to go public and accuse the dissidents for being CIA spies. Karl declined, since he was not ready to give up the good life, he and Hana had in the USA, not yet. He also assured his superiors that he is a loyal communist and a month later, he was decorated by the Czechoslovak Government for ten years of excellent service. CIA started to suspect Karl for "leaks" and was giving him less and less important assignments. This is the reason why he had not have a contact with the Czech headquarters for three years. About that time Karl also became a regular drug user. In 1982, he met Gunther Russbacher (future Reyellen husband) who was going to Czechoslovakia to acquire a shipment of small arms and plastic explosive. Shortly after, FBI started to watch Karl and Hana. Their apartment was bugged and telephone tapped. The agents that were listening to their conversations could not believe the amount of physical and mental abuse Hana who appeared quite sophisticated, received from Karl. When FBI found that Koechers sold their apartment and were ready to skip USA, they apprehended them and told them if they tell the truth, they will be allowed to leave the country. After confessing the Koechers were let go, however on November 27 1984 a few hours before their departure for Zurich, Karl and Hana were arrested and put in jail. Koecher had a terrible time in prison. Not only he did not like their cooking but he was afraid for his own life. Twice a black muslim radical tried to kill him, once with a pair of scissors and the second time with a knife made from a can opener. Here he also met an old Austrian hochstapler Oscar LeWinter who was serving time for drug trafficking. Koecher hired lawyer Robert Fierer, whom he knew from Bat Mitzvah, to get him and Hana out of jail. Hana was released on 1.2 million dollars bail, raised by her friends and sex partners. Karl also told Fierer to go to Prague and talk with Hana's father, Josef Pardamec, who was a middle ranking aparatchik in the Communist Party. Pardamec and Fierer together approached president Gustav Husak for help. They got Husak's promise that he will personally take up this matter with Konstantin Chernenko and the whole thing ended up on the desk of Vladimir Kryuchkov, the head of intelligence at KGB. Meanwhile U.S lawyer Alan Dershowitz (famous for defending O.J. Simpson) was working with East German lawyer, Wolfgang Vogel (famous for arranging switch of the U.S. pilot, Gary Powers with Soviet spy Rudolph Abel) for a release of Jewish rights activist Anatoly Shcharansky (today Natan Sharansky) who was in jail. When K. Cernenko had died and M. Gorbachev came in with "glasnost", things started looking up for refusnik Sharansky. Soviets finally freed him and to minimize the impact, KGB asked for the release of spies, Karl and Hana Koecher, one other Czech who was in U.S. jail for drug trafficking and falsifying immigration papers and one Russian. With the exemption that the swap took place on the famous Glienicker Bridge where Powers was exchanged for Abel and that Sharansky, the human rights activist was finally freed, there was nothing famous about the other four that entered under the red Soviet flag with hammer and sickle into East Germany. Before leaving, Karl and Hana were stripped of their US citizenship and forbidden to ever enter USA again, he was also given life sentence and she would be prosecuted for spying if they ever return. In addition, Koechers spent 200 000 on lawyers and left behind another 200 000 dollars worth of unpaid legal bills. [CSFR refused to oay on the ground of overcharging - red] While Sharansky joined his wife, Avital, in Jerusalem, Karl and Hana got hero's welcome from government officials in Prague. Koecher got one of senior positions at the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, (CSAV), where he worked with future politicians, Mr.Vaclav Klaus and Mr.Vladimir Dlouhy. Also for their dedication to the cause of communism , Karl and Hana got from the Communist Party and the State a brand new Volvo car and a new villa on outskirts of Prague in which they live happily ever after. best regards, Richard C. Smith REPLYFrom: Self To: "Dick Smith" Subject: Re: Koecher is no 007, he is more like Dr.No. Send reply to: email@example.com Date sent: Wed, 11 Aug 1999 08:13:04 -5 Dear Mr. Smith: Thank you for the information about Koecher. I have the book of Ronald Kessler "Spy vs. spy". I don't know if you understand Czech. My article in the BL was extracted from my archives, which explains the Koecher's age (you pointed out). I hope you understand that to enumerate all the details would take a book. I hate overly long articles. My remarks were a supplement background to Koecher's involvement NOW in the case of Diana and Fayed tragedy. (Also included year 1990 in NYU, 1994 allegation of his work for premier Klaus and 1995 Czech court rejection of a complaint of his wife Hana.) Only very few points from my article Koecher denied. You didn't mention the incident Koecher's opposition to Lendl's purchase of a condo at 50 E 89 St, Koecher is denying my ver. That time I was interested in Martina Navratilova residing only one block away where my friend has an apartment on 88 St. and over the park overlooking Koecher's residence purchased with down payment of $10 000 on $40 000 purchase Koecher got from the CSR. (Koecher's success in the US - he is pointing out - was dependent upon support from the soviet block.) About his contact with Bella I know since that time I was associated with Bill Ryan (who was contested by Bella) and then managed run of his widowed wife Priscilla for the US Congress. Perhaps the biggest punishment for Koecher (and similarly others) is that he must live in his "villa" in today's Czech Republic (after he tasted the US). Regards, js Home | Vitejte . . | JS homepage | Eleanor's kitchen | J. Schrabal
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