Episode 34. The “Super Spy Communist” feature storytelling as Pham Xuan An.

Chapter 9. Pham Xuan An … is based on the life of the character Quan – Novel by Nguyen Khai! And the completion of the play – starring must die!

                Episode 34. The “Super Spy Communist” feature storytelling as Pham Xuan An.

                Introductions: The “Super Spy Communist” feature storytelling content was clinging to American newspaper published since 1968.

  1. Tu Cang gave the untruthful storiesattacks on the Presidential Palace “.
  2. Washington Post – 1968.

““The Viet Cong took refuge in an unfinished apartment building across the street and held out for more than fifteen hours in a running gun battle until nearly all of the small unit was killed,” wrote former Washington Post diplomatic correspondent Don Oberdorfer.47

                …On February 1, Walter Cronkite did a one-minute segment on the gun battle at the Presidential Palace…

(*) Walter Cronkite (1916-2009) …truyền hình CBS.

…47. Don Oberdorfer, Tet! The Turning Point in the Vietnam War (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1971, 2001), 140..” (Perfect Spy, Chapter 5, Page 10/25)

  1. The story told by Tu Cang:

(Tet 1968) “…During the early morning hours of January 31, …Tu Cang was a renowned marksman. “He could shoot K-54 pistols with both hands, firing one shot a second and never missing the target,” said An. He always kept one bullet in his pocket, a bullet that he reserved for himself if necessary.48 When the attacks on the Presidential Palace were repulsed, Tu Cang found himself holed up in a house across from the palace: “From my hiding place I could see that in a house directly across from the house that our commandos were defending there was a group of American and puppet officers shouting and directing their soldiers to attack the house. I thought to myself that only if something were done to disrupt the enemy’s deployment of his troops would our commandos be able to escape. However, I also knew that firing a gun is something that an intelligence agent has to weigh extremely carefully, because if an intelligence agent is exposed it is very likely that an entire espionage net that has taken years to develop will suddenly be rendered ineffective. After carefully analyzing the situation, I pulled out my gun, aimed it at two American officers, fired two quick shots, and then immediately pulled back into my hiding place.”49 Tu Cang takes credit for killing the two American officers.…” (Perfect Spy, Chapter 5, Page 10/25)

Comment:

  1. US newspaper says: “until nearly all of the small unit was killed

Tu Cang: “…our commandos were defending.

  1. At a time: “When the attacks on the Presidential Palace were repulsed” meanwhile, Tu Cang “found himself holed up in a house across from the palace“, but Tu Cang escape?

                Nonsense!

Tu Cang gave the untruthful stories!

  1. Note

Note 1: US newspaper says: “The Viet Cong took refuge in an unfinished apartment building across the street and held out for more than fifteen hours “

Tu Cang: “When the attacks on the Presidential Palace were repulsed, Tu Cang found himself holed up in a house across from the palace:

Tu Cang was wrong! “The Viet Cong took refuge in an unfinished apartment building” Not: “Presidential Palace“!

Note 2: US newspaper says: “The Viet Cong took refuge in an unfinished apartment building across the street and held out for more than fifteen hours in a running gun battle until …” not as Tu Cang told.

  1. Tran Si Hung gave the untruthful storiesattacks on the U.S. Embassy”.
  1. New York Times – 1968.

                “The front page of the February 1 New York Times showed a picture of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon under assault. Guerrillas had blasted their way into the embassy and held part of the grounds for nearly six hours. All nineteen guerrillas were killed, as were four MPs, a marine guard, and a South Vietnamese embassy employee…” (Perfect Spy, Chapter 5, Page 10/25)

Vietnam newspaper written in American newspapers.

(Provisional translation) “Attacking in Saigon

Night January 30, 1968 (1st New Year dawning of the day 2), from bases far from Saigon, the special task team broke into the city, taking weapons stashed in the basement before, used passenger car hit the target enters the provisions such as the military General Staff in Saigon, Reunification Palace, Naval Command and US Embassy. Writing about the attack on the US embassy, Wolfer, an American author who was the first to make this White House stunned!

                According to veteran Washington journalist Don Oberdorfer is nearly at 2 am on January 31,1968,  after fire destroyed two US military police gatekeepers, Vietnamese used explosives broke through the wall, and then enters the influx Embassy area. Don Oberdorfer says Westmoreland ordered to wipe out the enemy in the embassy, seeing it as an attempt “the first Priority” …”(People’s Police Newspaper, Premise beat American quails …, Phạm Quốc Vinh, 22/01/2008,  http://antg.cand.com.vn/Tu-lieu-antg/Tao-tien-de-danh-cho-My-cut-290543/)

  1. Tran Si Hung said:

(*Tran Si Hung – Viewed as: “brother of Muoi Huong”  – also viewed as: “a Super Spy Communists”!)

(Provisional translation) “…16 brothers was sacrificed, just me alone. I remember, at the noon of 30th Tet day, …When brothers out of the car, I drove into the nearby alley and walk out a vacant house opposite the embassy to observe. If the cars drove off on or walk on our street will arrest immediately, so I chose to sit back position. Heard the explosion, dozens of police cars Zeep and military police arrived, soldiers scattered along the wall, intend guns pointing out. A few later moments’ archipelago helicopter, shoot down at the embassy’s house. I painfully, be sure that you (brothers) sacrifice…” (source: Saigon Liberation, “Far away and helpers rocked Saigon in spring 1968!” Thứ tư, 22/10/2008, ĐÀO VĂN SỬ, http://www.sggp.org.vn/chinhtri/2008/10/169226/)

Comment:

  1. US newspaper says: “All nineteen guerrillas were… killed.

Tran Si Hung : “…16 brothers was sacrificed, just me alone.

  1. At a time: “Heard the explosion, dozens of police cars Zeep and military police arrived, soldiers scattered along the wall, intend guns pointing out. A few later moments’ archipelago helicopter, shoot down at the embassy’s house. ” meanwhile, Tran Si Hung “a vacant house opposite the embassy to observe“, but Tran Si Hung escape?

                Nonsense!

                Tran Si Hung gave the untruthful stories!

  1. Note: US newspaper says: “All nineteen guerrillas were… killed.” not : “…16 brothers was sacrificed, just me alone.

III. Note 2 stories:

  1. Opposite the Presidential Palace ” and “U.S. Embassy” all with: “a house across…vacant“.

Nonsense!

Tu Cang said: “Tu Cang found himself holed up in a house across from the palace

Tran Si Hung said: “I drove into the nearby alley and walk out a vacant house opposite the embassy to observe.

  1. 2 stories” as US newspaper – 1968!
  1. All 2 “Super spy Communists” …escape!

While: All 2 “Super spy Communists” … observed from beginning to end.

While:

Tran Si Hung: “Heard the explosion, dozens of police cars Zeep and military police arrived, soldiers scattered along the wall, intend guns pointing out. A few later moments’ archipelago helicopter, shoot down at the embassy’s house. I painfully, be sure that you (brothers) sacrifice…” and “…16 brothers was sacrificed, just me alone.

Tu Cang: “was a group of American and puppet officers shouting and directing their soldiers to attack the house.” and “until nearly all of the small unit was killed

Nonsense!

  1. Conclusion 2 stories:
  2. Tu Cang and Tran Si Hung “narrator same motifs”!
  3. They told lies!

(They feature storytelling content was clinging to American newspaper published since 1968.)

Thế rồi khi viết về Tư Cang thì Larry Berman đã viết:

Then, when writing about Tu Cang – Larry Berman wrote: “The attack on the heavily fortified Presidential Palace was led by Tu Cang.” and “Tu Cang takes credit for killing the two American officers…” (Perfect Spy, Chapter 5, Page 10/25)

                And, if write about Tran Si Hung – “an American journalist” does that, will also write: ” Tran Si Hung – hit US Embassy“!

  1. Tu Cang also receive: attacked the naval headquarters“.

US newspaper says: “all twelve commandos were eventually killed or captured.”

Tu Cang said: “Yes, that one was part of our assignment”.

In the aftermath of Tet, An had much work to do in his job as a reporter. He took Bob Shaplen all around Saigon, providing a detailed account of how the Viet Cong had been able to infiltrate so many into the city without detection. Shaplen’s March 2, 1968, New Yorker essay is essentially a distillation of An’s insights.54 If there was anyone who could shed light on Shaplen’s questions about VC infiltration, it was the man who had just helped coordinate the plan.

Shaplen wrote about a twelve-man commando squad that had attacked the naval headquarters along the Saigon River, the same one that Tu Cang and An had checked out just days earlier. Describing that attack as “one of the boldest that had been conceived,” Shaplen reported that the attack had been designed to capture the headquarters building, deploy three machine guns on the roof in order to neutralize other naval vessels in the river, and then “capture these ships and use them as ferries to bring two Vietcong battalions into the city from the far shore. If the plan had succeeded, it could have affected the entire situation in Saigon quite significantly.”55

When the attack started, the VC commandos killed three navy guards and blew a hole in the side of the headquarters building, but all twelve commandos were eventually killed or captured. “Yes, that one was part of our assignment,” recalled Tu Cang. “We checked out the river, made reports on the different type of vessels and our impression of their defenses.”

Most of the work in planning the attacks on the palace and the navy installation was the work of the C.10 Battalion.56 ” (Perfect Spy, Chapter 5, Page 12/25)

  1. Tet!, 142: “A twelve-man unit of the C-10 battalion arrived at the main gate of the Vietnamese Navy headquarters at 3 am in two civilian cars. According to a surviving member of the team, the sappers were told to take the headquarters and await the arrival of two battalions of Viet Cong troops moving in from positions across the Saigon River. The attackers blew a hole in the wall of a sentry post, but were quickly stopped inside. All but two of them were killed in the first five minutes. The enemy battalions just across the river apparently were a myth. There was no trace of them.” (Perfect Spy, Chapter 5, Page 23/25)

Comment:

Bullshit story!

  1. Vietnam Newspaper – Version 2 – no Tu Cang.

(Provisional translation) “Special force Saigon wrote the epic history of the battle strategy Tet 1st; time launched attacks simultaneously is 2 hours 2nd day of Tet.

The remaining battle at the same time  as the attack to the Presidential Palace, the General Staff puppet, Navy Commander … are a very brave but not like the outcome, though resonate large. Particularly attack Naval Command puppet by Team 3 of 17 soldiers performing, Bay Lop (Nguyen Van Lem) command, whether that enemy losses but losses of our side is quite heavy. After 4 hours of gun battle, 14 soldiers arrested and sacrifice. Muoi Loi and Hai Lien over the Saigon River drainage on the grounds in Thu Duc. Bay Lop arrested in battle and was Brigadier General Nguyen Ngoc Loan, General director of Saigon Nha police, a gun shot in the head and fire a gun for die on a Saigon street …” (Labor’ Newspaper, Special task – immortal force, An Quý, 26/04/2014, http://nld.com.vn/thoi-su-trong-nuoc/biet-dong-luc-luong-bat-tu-20140425200818127.htm)

                Comment: 2 survivors are: “Muoi Loi and Hai Lien over the Saigon River drainage on the grounds in Thu Duc” not Tu Cang!

                “attack Naval Command” the same time “attack to the Presidential Palace”? Tu Cang had allowed “Separate yourself”? participated in 2 places at the same time?

                Is it true: “Bay Lop arrested in battle and was Brigadier General Nguyen Ngoc Loan, General director of Saigon Nha police, a gun shot in the head and fire a gun for die on a Saigon street …”?

This story it lie – other stories like?

  1. Before, during and after “Tet Offensive” – Tu Cang and An – go RVN military zoneas to a place “no person”.
  1. Before “Tet Offensive“.

“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)

  1. During “Tet Offensive

                (See A and C)

  1. After “Tet Offensive

                After the first stage of the general offensive….Hai Trung took me around

                “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.”

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

                        ….(57) A General of the Secret Service, trang 96.” (Perfect Spy, Chapter 5, Page 12/25)

Second Tet Offensive

                “The second wave of planned attacks associated with the general offensive started on May 4, 1968, with attacks on 119 southern bases, towns, and cities. Special attack units and artillery power attacked the Presidential Palace, the residence of the American ambassador, as well as the U.S. Embassy compound. “The government had a difficult time rooting out the Vietcong in May,” wrote William Tuohy. “The Vietcong hoisted a flag over the Y-Bridge, so-called because it split into two sections halfway over the canal marking the southern boundary of Cholon.”59 This so-called Second Tet was also characterized by successful infiltration into the Cho Lon area, where on the first day of the fighting four journalists from Reuters and Time were killed by the Viet Cong.60 An’s friend, Time correspondent John Cantwell, lost his life along with Michael Birch of Australian Associated Press, Ronald Laramy of Reuters, and Bruce Pigott, assistant bureau chief of Reuters in Saigon.

The group had been riding in a jeep when they noticed a column of smoke rising above Cho Lon. Heading for the smoke, they soon found themselves moving through a stream of people fleeing the Viet Cong. The reporters kept going, ignoring warnings until they arrived at an empty intersection where they were confronted by armed Viet Cong units. Cantwell, who was driving, tried to put the jeep in reverse, but it was too late. When the VC commander approached the jeep, Birch cried out, “Bao Chi,” using the Vietnamese word for newsman. “Bao Chi,” replied the VC derisively and pumped three rounds from his .45 into the correspondent.61(Perfect Spy, Chapter 5, Page 13/25)

Comment:

                Imagine:

                A Celebrity – Pham Xuan An: “Everyone knew me, and it was daylight, and if anyone thought about it they would think I was writing a story…” (Perfect Spy, Chapter 5, Page 12/25)

A stranger – Tu Cang: “…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

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 …” (Perfect Spy, Chapter 5, Page 1/25)

“Tu Cang had lived underground in the Cu Chi tunnels for so many years that by the time he reentered Saigon in 1966 he had forgotten how to open a car door. An replaced Tu Cang’s jungle sandals with new shoes and bought him a suit of clothes. ” ” (The Spy Who Loved Us, page 195)

Then: “Soon the two men were driving around town in An’s little Renault 4CV like old friends.” ” (The Spy Who Loved Us, page 195)

                “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.“…

                During “Tet Offensive“: “found himself holed up in a house across from the palace“, and “I pulled out my gun, aimed it at two American officers, fired two quick shots, and then immediately pulled back into my hiding place.”49 Tu Cang takes credit for killing the two American officers.…”…

                After “Tet Offensive: ““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

                Does anyone believe that?

                Never!

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