Episode 5. An – Super Spy indiscriminate relations without …exposed! Or the story of the blind CIA!

Chapter 2. An gave the untruthful stories

                Episode 5.  An – Super Spy indiscriminate relations without …exposed! Or the story of  the  blind CIA!

                Comment: Usually a super spy is to limit contact with “our people” but how was the story Super An?

                Let’s see:

I. The relationship with Mr. Muoi Huong

  1. Muoi Huong, “often came to visit An”!

                “I used to come to visit and An’s parents well regarded me as their children. After three years of trial and consider all possibilities, in 1957, I built a plan to send An to US for education.” (Perfect Spy vs. 1, Tuoi Tre magazine, 30-09-2013)

                “… Mr. Muoi Huong remembers:  The end of 1954, … After knowing the situations reported by Pham Xuan An, I came directly to An’s house, slept over many nights to examine all aspects. An’s Father was patriot deeply wishing for the country’s independence, An’s mother was a kind person, very fond of me.” (Legends of Pham Xuan An, Giao Duc Thoi Dai Magazine, 16/12/2013) (http://giaoducthoidai.vn/thoi-su/huyen-thoai-pham-xuan-an-54590.html)

                (Note : When talked about Vu Ngoc Nha story – Muoi Huong also talked about to visit Nha’s home regularly– see part about Vu Ngoc Nha.)

                Comment:  Communist intelligence chief, but: “I used to come to visit and An’s parents well regarded me as their children.” and “I came directly to An’s house, slept over many nights”?

                Then they will all be exposed Mr. Huong!

                Just faked story only!

II. Faked story

“An’s direct supervisor, Muoi Huong, was the one responsible for deciding whether An’s mission would be postponed. Recognizing that there was simply no one else prepared for this special mission, Muoi Huong assured An that the party would take care of his family.(Perfect Spy, Chapter 3, Page 2/22)

Comment:  “Party would take care of his family.”  So, it will be exposed!

It supposed to be spitted on as a “betrayer” as the “family” of “super spy” Ba Quoc!

Lie!

III. Abroad education fund – told lies !

                “The strategic intelligence commander Tran Quoc Huong: “The finacial circumstances of Pham Xuan family were very hard then. His father suffered from tuberculosis, too many brothers and sisters at home. An wondered “My family financial situation likes that, how could I get money to go to school in America?”. I encouraged: “Just go, let I worry about funding.” (Perfect Spy vs. 1, Tuoi Tre Magazine, 30-09-2013)

                Comment:  Deathly exposure!

                CIA would ask: Who was supporter? Where did that money come from for school?

IV. A bad plotting:

                “At that time, the  fund was not enough, having almost  $1,000 to buy tickets and necessary items for An, his mother had to contribute to the fund. After I was arrested, all his supports were provided by his mother.” ( Legendary Pham Xuan through  memories of Muoi Huong , Hon Viet Magazine , Psd Pham Xuan Truong , May 24, 2015 ) (http://honvietquochoc.com.vn/bai-viet/4425-huyen-thoai-pham-xuan-an-qua-ky-uc-cua-ong-muoi-huong.aspx)

                Comment:  “After I was arrested, all his supports were provide by his mother.”?

                Oh, if you were not arrested, you still sent An money every month? Yet the CIA did not know?

                What was Communist?when one person being arrested then having no ones else to support “Super Spy”?

                Oh, they first said “The finacial circumstances of Pham Xuan family were very hard then” and “Party would take care of his family.” Then they said after that “After I was arrested, all his supports were provide by his mother “?

                A bad plotting! Just a fabricated story!

  1. Relations with communist sanctuaries: “An went straight to the the sanctuary as to take a trip”

                “… A couple times of a month, when there was an important news, hot and emergency to report, An went straight to the the sanctuary as to take a trip, to report directly to Muoi Huong! …” (Perfect Spy, chapter 1 , Tuoi Tre magazine, 30-09-2013)

Comment: Is it “Super”? “An went straight to the sanctuary as to take a trip” It was strange that it be not exposed!

Was CIA blind?

Prior to the large American buildup in the area surrounding Cu Chi, An would often go to the VC base to discuss his reports and receive new assignments. An adopted a strange modus operandi for these trips. He grew a mustache and allowed his hair to get a bit longer in an effort to disguise his identity and provide a cover for his absence. He told colleagues at Time that the “professor of sexology” was leaving for a three-day holiday in Hue, where women fancied the “hippy-artist” look.

“The mustache was something I learned from the CIO, not to grow it but to be aware of CIO techniques for finding VC,” An explained to me. “CIO agents always went to Cu Chi to interview local people, asking if they saw anyone new in the area. If I had been spotted, the description would not fit me, since the CIO guy would be writing down to look for someone with a mustache. No one knew my name out there, so it was only a description.” What if someone in Saigon remembered he had grown a mustache, I asked. He laughed and said that by the time the CIO got that information to Saigon and asked about someone fitting the description, he would have long returned from Hue and no one would give it a thought, but if they did he would have said, “What are you talking about? I have no mustache. Look, do you see one? I was in Hue looking for pretty girls, not Cu Chi looking for VC. Then I would just tell them to go ask Ky—he had a mustache, maybe it was him in Cu Chi!” This was an alibi he never needed to use.

When I asked An what would happen if he was spotted in Cu Chi by a CIO agent, he answered, “Then I would be dead.”(Perfect Spy, Chapter 4, Page 9/27)

                Comment:  Comedy!

  Yes, “Super”: ” An would often go to the VC base … ” It was strange that it be not exposed!

                “If someone in Saigon remembered that he grew a mustache, I ask.”

                His answer was wrong! “he would have long returned from Hue and no one would give it a thought “

                Clearly is a no expert intelligence story telling!

                III. Relations with Mrs Ba, the courier:

  1. Each month I would meet with An three or four times to receive documents from him, However, when the situation was urgent we might have to meet five or six times a month

“…From 1961 to 1975 Ba worked as An’s sole intelligence courier.31 “Each month I would meet with An three or four times to receive documents from him,” recalled Ba, whose code was Female Spy B3. “However, when the situation was urgent we might have to meet five or six times a month.

…An was taking a major risk because if Ba or any member of the network team carrying his message was captured, his cover could be blown immediately.

….Ba usually took An’s package only as far as the village of Soc Mon, halfway to Cu Chi, where she would transfer it to another courier. “I only went to Cu Chi a few times,” she said. There was never any other type of communication between An and Ba; no phone calls, no shortwave radios, no letters. She was illiterate at the time and did not know where he lived. They were truly one of the oddest and most effective espionage teams in history.

The trip to Cu Chi, some thirty kilometers northwest of Saigon, was a dangerous one because of the large American buildup and checkpoints in the area.

…At Cu Chi, an iodine solution was poured over the wrapping paper so that An’s instructions could be easily read. Beneath the layer of spring rolls were several canisters of film as well as the details of the next rendezvous—the dates, times, and places. An was always in control of these details. The most important parts of An’s reports were sent by coded radio transmissions to COSVN headquarters; the film and report summaries carried by an armed Viet Cong unit to the regional intelligence bureau, eventually making their way to Hanoi. “Many died protecting my reports,” An told me. “They were very brave, and I did not know any of this until after the war.”…” (Perfect Spy, Chapter 1, Page 12/19)

                Comment:  It was impossible that each month of 15 years: “Each month I would meet with An three or four times to receive documents from him, …However, when the situation was urgent we might have to meet five or six times a month” without exposure!

                Were CIA and Diem & Nhu’s intelligent agents blind?

                By the principles of espionage there was not something likes From 1961 to 1975 Ba worked as An’s sole intelligence courier.31

                It would be uncovered right away!

Here:…An was taking a major risk because if Ba…

  1. CIA and Diem & Nhu’s intelligent agents were blind!

                “The next day An set off to Saigon’s bird market with his German shepherd beside him. An was renowned as Saigon’s best dog obedience trainer and bird purveyor, and the animals provided excellent cover for a spy. An had even trained the dog to pee at trees serving as dead letter drops for message exchanges. An could disappear for a few days, and everyone assumed he was at the bird market or off training or purchasing dogs.

The market was always crowded, offering monkeys, civets, ocelots, rabbits, dogs, cats, fish, and all types of birds. An surveyed the cuckoos from Africa, the pigeons from France, the owls, parrots, skylarks, pheasants, and canaries. Knowing that Ba would soon make contact, An waited by the bats. Within minutes, Ba and An struck up a conversation, perhaps about how to make the mixture of bat’s blood and rice wine that served as an ancient remedy for tuberculosis. An described to his acquaintance precisely how to cut the throat of the bat and extract the blood for the concoction.34

Sometime during the conversation, An offered Ba something to eat; perhaps she would take some for later because he could not possibly eat all these spring rolls wrapped in plain paper. Ba thanked him and gave something in return. Then they went their own ways—Pham Xuan An back to Time and Nguyen Thi Ba toward Cu Chi, at the outskirts of Saigon, where a sophisticated support network was awaiting her delivery of spring rolls. Also in the package were instructions from An establishing the time and location for their next rendezvous. Ba told me that “each month we set an official time for our meeting and two supplemental times, each ten days apart. Everything was preset for the tenth, twentieth, and thirtieth of each month, but the dates changed each month so there was no pattern. If there was something very urgent, I knew the place his children went to school, and I would wait there until he dropped them off. All he needed to do was see me, saying nothing, and he would know that there was an urgent need for information and he would contact the base.””  (Perfect Spy, Chapter 1, Page 13/19)

“…When An was ready to send his report forward, he walked along a prearranged street while Nguyen Thi Ba carried a tray of costume jewelry that she dropped on cue. An stopped to help her pick up the jewelry and passed her the report. Eventually the report reached COSVN and defense preparations were made for Lam Son 719.” (Perfect Spy, Chapter 5, Page 18/25)

Comment: If it was so important then why the CIA did not know for 16 years?

As a farmer for each month she regularly Each month I would meet with An three or four times to receive documents from him, However, when the situation was urgent we might have to meet five or six times a month met a Time reporter, who was very popular, and if the intelligent agents of Diem & Nhu and CIA did not uncover then they would be really blinds.

II. Relations with Tu Cang

  1. “They could be seen together at Givral and just about everywhere in Saigon”

“…In late 1967- forty year-old Major Tu Cang, the head of Pham Xuan An’s Military Intelligence Cluster H.63 network, arrived in Saigon.1

…Tra was relying heavily on his many Saigon-based intelligence networks. Tu Cang’s assignment was to investigate the capabilities of the ARVN 1st Division, to report on security surrounding the navy headquarters in the Port of Saigon, to identify the best infiltration routes into the city, and those buildings or installations most vulnerable for attack. Tu Cang knew that he would need to spend as much time as possible with his top agent, Pham Xuan An.

An developed a cover story for Tu Cang. He was a friend from Hue, a teacher who oversaw a plantation at Dau Tieng and a fellow bird breeder and dog fancier.4 This way they could be seen together at Givral and just about everywhere in Saigon without arousing suspicion.” (Perfect Spy, Chapter 5, Page 1/25)

Comment:  “a fellow bird breeder and dog fancier.” then “without arousing suspicion” what to confirm that?

Did such a strarger, “In late 1967” who went much along with a “perfect spy”, arouse the suspicion?

And in 1968, they went to investigate together on Saigon river, which I really admired!

Were CIA and South Vietnamese intelligent agents really blind?

  1. “We took a motorized sampan up and down the Saigon River to investigate the location of gasoline and also security posts”

                “… ALL OF THESE SKILLS and talents would manifest themselves in An’s almost schizophrenic life during the Tet Offensive. “We took a motorized sampan up and down the Saigon River to investigate the location of gasoline and also security posts,” said Tu Cang. An later described this as “rather dangerous, and dangerous to a degree that was not truly necessary.”42 They also drove around Saigon in An’s green Renault, identifying the easiest targets for attack, with An advising ways to avoid security systems. During their time together, Tu Cang informed An that he had received a medal for Ap Bac. “I can never wear the medal until the play ends,” An replied. “I will only be happy to wear it at that time of liberation.”43” (Perfect Spy, Chapter 5, Page 9/25)

When I asked An about how he and Tu Cang were able to traverse the river without drawing suspicion, he said, “Everyone knew me, and it was daylight, and if anyone thought about it they would think I was writing a story. But many agents were making reports at this time, not just me. This was very dangerous for us at the time.”” ((Perfect Spy, Chapter 5, Page 12/25)

Comment: “Everyone knew me” and how about the stranger (Tư Cang) who stuck along? Did some one reconize him?

Just imagined There is one day a famous Times reporter suddently appeared with a total stranger, who went to the sensity places looking here and there. Did they raise a suspiction of CIA and intelligent agents?

  1. Then “After the first stage of the general offensive” still had “Hai Trung took me around“?

“An and Tu Cang both placed great emphasis on An’s post-Tet analyses. “After the first stage of the general offensive, I sent a report from the city to senior leaders, saying that the situation was rather unfavorable. However, when Hai Trung took me around, I changed my opinion.”57

As my interview with Tu Cang drew to a close, he told me, “An really contributed to the big changes that came as a result of the offensive. Soon, Westmoreland was replaced, Johnson retired, and the United States started peace talks—everything was changing in our favor. An contributed to the unraveling of the whole American war plan. His reports were a key to Johnson going to Paris to seek a peace.”58

  1. A General of the Secret Service, 96.
  2. Interview with Tu Cang; This story also appears in A General of the Secret Service, 96–7 ” (Perfect Spy, Chapter 5, Page 12/25)

Comment:   Comedy! Were CIA blinds?

We took a motorized sampan up and down the Saigon River to investigate the location of gasoline and also security posts,”, “They also drove around Saigon in An’s green Renault, identifying the easiest targets for attack, with An advising ways to avoid security systems.

Then “After the first stage of the general offensive” still had “Hai Trung took me around

Were CIA and South Vietnamese intelligent agents really blind?

  1. Relations with Tam Thao

“There were times when An went to work many days, I had to work directly with Tu Cang, our Military Intelligence Cluster H.63 network leader, who was a major officer.  In the morning, Tu Cang drove me go to work by a motor bicycle. By that time I was a interpreter of an US navy intelligent officer named James. In the afternoon, after work, James drove me home by his car. Tu Cang often joked: “You are number one spy – in the morning a Vietcong intelligent major drive you go to work, in the afternoon an US intelligent major drive you home”. But in reality, Tu Cang was my driver only some time.  By requires of the job, Pham Xuan An regularly drove me in his Renaul-4 automobile.  (The Perfect Spy, episode 46, Tuoi Tre magazine, 17-12-2013)

Comment:  With chief Muoi Huong, who “used to come to visit and An’s home” and “slept over many nights”, with chief Tu Can then “We took a motorized sampan up and down the Saigon River to investigate the location of gasoline and also security posts”, with communist sanctuaries then “An went straight to the the sanctuary as to take a trip” and “An would often go to the VC base…” with Mrs. Ba, the courier then Each month I would meet with An three or four times to receive documents from him, However, when the situation was urgent we might have to meet five or six times a month”, with Tam Thao thenPham Xuan An regularly drove me in his Renaul-4 automobile”

A popular Times reporter, who often contacted with communist intelligent heads, if the CIA did not know then it would not be a joke when I said ” CIA and inteeligent agents were blind”!

It was really: CIA was blind even it still had eyes!

They let the communist working day and night!

Question: It was humorous about the activities of “Perfect Spy”. I wondered to know if his family knew about his espionage.

                Please read the episode 6 for the answer.

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