Jack Barsky held a corporate job and lived a seemingly normal life as a father and husband in New York. But he was leading a double life. During the last days of the Cold War, he was spying for the Soviet Union in the US. No one, including his American family, knew about his ties with the KGB or his East German identity, Albrecht Dittirch.
Barsky recently told Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes that before being recruited by the KGB, he wanted to be a chemistry professor. But a career with the KGB sounded more “adventurous.” Why is Barsky coming forth with the truth now? “He’s getting on in years and I think he wants to resolve, he has a lot of issues to resolve,” said Kroft. His interview with Barsky will be shown on 60 Minutes, May 10 at 7pm on CBS.