Chapter 6. “Super communist spies” who are they?
Episode 23. Ẩn gave the untruthful stories – Tu Cang also gave the untruthful stories.
- “1 forenoon of Tu Cang”.
“Pretending to be chatting about dogs and cockfights, they were actually sighting targets for the Têt Offensive. Tu Cang proposed attacking the Treasury to get some money. “They only hand out salaries there,” An told him. A better target would be the courthouse, where lots of gold was stored as evidence in the trials of South Vietnam’s legion of burglars and smugglers. He advised Tu Cang to bring an acetylene torch.
Tu Cang and An isolated twenty targets in Saigon, including the Presidential Palace and the U.S. embassy. Beginning at 2:48 A.M. on Wednesday, January 31, Tu Cang personally led the attack on the palace, where fifteen of the seventeen members on his team were killed outright. He himself barely escaped to the nearby apartment of Tam Thao, where he fired shots out the window and then hid with his two pistols held to his head, vow-ing to kill himself before being captured. When soldiers rushed into the apartment, Tam Thao convinced them that she was a South Vietnamese loyalist and perhaps even the mistress of the American officer—her boss—whose photo she prominently displayed. Later that morning, Tu Cang and An drove around the city, counting the bodies of the Vietcong soldiers who had died in the attack. (To commemorate the role these two men played in the battle, Tu Cang’s pistols and Pham Xuan An’s Renault are now displayed in the museum of military intelligence at army headquarters in Hanoi. …” (The Spy Who Loved Us, page 196)
Reviews: 1. Earlier that morning: “Beginning at 2:48 A.M. on Wednesday, January 31, Tu Cang personally led the attack on the palace“
- Between that morning: “He himself barely escaped to the nearby apartment of Tam Thao, , where he fired shots out the window and then hid with his two pistols held to his head, vow-ing to kill himself before being captured. When soldiers rushed into the apartment, Tam Thao convinced them that she was a South Vietnamese loyalist…“
- Later that morning: “Tu Cang and An drove around the city, counting the bodies of the Vietcong soldiers who had died in the attack. “
- An too talent – Tu Cang also too talent.
– An too talent – (see episode 16.)
– Tu Cang also too talent.
“The author of seven books published on the Vietnam war, Tu Cang is a sturdy, handsome man with the self-assurance of someone who has cheated death many times. “I used to be very strong,” he says…” (The Spy Who Loved Us, page 200)
“An’s role in the Têt Offensive marks what the Vietnamese consider the high point of his career as a spy. “After the first stage of the general offensive, I sent back a report from the city to senior leaders, saying that the situation was rather un-favorable,” Tu Cang is quoted as saying in A General of the Secret Service. On the morning after the offensive was launched, while driving through the city with An, he was shocked and depressed to find the streets littered with the bodies of his fallen comrades.
But after listening to An interview Vietnamese and American officials, Tu Cang reached a different conclusion. “I changed my opinion,” he says. “A colonel told us that the offensive had dealt a heavy blow to the South Vietnamese army, and American officials told us that the antiwar movement was on the rise in the United States and American prestige had gone downhill.
After that, I changed my mind and reported that the offensive would not bring about satisfactory results militarily, but its political and psychological impact on the enemy would be great. Senior leaders held that this report had correct assessments. The previous one was criticized.” “(The Spy Who Loved Us, page 204)
- Commanders continually.
“While shuttling between life underground in the Cu Chi tunnels and intelligence work in Saigon, Tu Cang was An’s direct leader in the Communist intelligence services from 1962 to 1970. ” (The Spy Who Loved Us, page 201)
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