NGV Jack Barsky

Jack Barsky

Former ‘CIA’ and KGB spies to present together at June North Georgia Veterans luncheon

BY WAYNE TIDWELL, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Keith Mahoney

Keith Mahoney, former NCIS agent and Jack Barsky, former KGB agent, will jointly present "A conversation between two former adversaries in the world of espionage" at the June 12 North Georgia Veterans luncheon in the Big Canoe clubhouse.   

“Jack Barsky often identifies me as CIA,” Mahoney said. “ As a civilian GS-0132 series Intelligence Operations Specialist destined for duty abroad I was trained in advance foreign counterintelligence by the CIA. However, I was employed by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).”

After Mahoney served on active duty with the United States Navy from 1979-1984 he was recruited into the civilian intelligence community.

“I was trained in advanced Operational Intelligence Practices and Techniques,” Mahoney said. “These practices and techniques were applied to investigations and operations aimed at identifying and neutralizing foreign intelligence and international terrorists in the Mediterranean countries.

Mahoney’s career includes active duty Navy service, civilian experience as an Intelligence Operations Specialist stationed abroad, political experience as the Republican party nominee for Georgia Secretary of State, and many years as a Retained Executive Recruiter and Leadership Advisor working across multiple industries and borders.

Jack Barsky’s life marks him as one of a kind. He was born in Germany, became a chemistry professor, was recruited by the KGB, spent 10 years in the United States spying for the Russians, and ended up a United States citizen and information technology executive.

Jack’s story was featured in May of 2015 on CBS 60 Minutes. His memoir “Deep Undercover” was released in March of 2017. The book has been translated into German, Swedish and Polish. Jack has appeared frequently on U.S. cable stations such as CNN, FOX and MSNBC as well as on foreign TV including such countries as Germany, Poland, Japan, Turkey and France. In his career as a public speaker Jack has had appearances across the United States as well as in Germany, Ireland and Poland. His book has been optioned to produce a TV series under the working title “An American Citizen”. Jack lives with his wife Shawna and daughter Trinity in Atlanta Ga.

Given that both Keith and I are doing this as a team, fancy this to be more of a dialog than a presentation,” Barsky said about the event. 

“Jack and I, old adversaries during the Cold War, play well off of each other,” Mahoney said.  

“The focus will be to take the audience into a world that few people really know and fewer yet have operated in,” Barsky said. “ We will point out the differences and the surprising number of similarities when comparing the CIA and the KGB.”

Barsky’s book  “Deep Undercover: My Secret Life and Tangled Allegiances as a KGB Spy in America” is available on Amazon. Barsky will sign his book for those who bring a copy to the event.

NGV members are encouraged to bring their spouse or a guest.

North Georgia Veterans welcomes active duty and honorably discharged members of all branches of U.S. military service. Lunch meetings are held on the second Wednesday each month in Mountains Grille at The Clubhouse at Lake Sconti. There is no cost to join. Meetings start at 11:30 a.m. and include a $17 buffet lunch and program. Application can be made online at ngvets.org.

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