THE CAUSES OF THE DESERTION OF GENERAL ION MIHAI PACEPA ILLUSTRATED BY DOCUMENTS OF THE ROMANIAN INTELLIGENCE SERVICE BEFORE 1989 (THE “SECURITATE”) Cover Image
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CAUZE ALE DEZERTĂRII GENERALULUI ION MIHAI PACEPA ÎN LUMINA UNOR DOCUMENTE DIN ARHIVELE SECURITĂȚII
THE CAUSES OF THE DESERTION OF GENERAL ION MIHAI PACEPA ILLUSTRATED BY DOCUMENTS OF THE ROMANIAN INTELLIGENCE SERVICE BEFORE 1989 (THE “SECURITATE”)

Author(s): Corvin Lupu
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Editura Universitatii LUCIAN BLAGA din Sibiu
Keywords: Ion Mihai Pacepa; Traitors; History of the secret services; Nicolae Ceaușescu; Espionage; Cold war espionage

Summary/Abstract: The article presents the main causes which determined General Ion Mihai Pacepa, assistant director of the Romanian Intelligence Service, to desert in the U.S.A., in July 1978, as they result from unclassified documents from the archives of this service (The “Securitate”). Pacepa owned important state functions and very important secrets, so that his desertion had serious consequences for Romania, not only for the political system of that time. The researches certify that Pacepa worked both for the Soviet secret services and for the C.I.A. The author excludes the idea that Pacepa deserted because he was loathing the communist system or Nicolae Ceaușescu. General Pacepa served the communist regime with loyalty, fact proved by the high ranks and the important state functions he got during the 27 years while he worked in the Romanian espionage. The article shows that Pacepa was suspected for treason and for corruption; he got into a critical situation, and decided to leave Romania and surrendered in Washington. In the same time, general Pacepa’s desertion served Russian interests to defame Nicolae Ceaușescu, and to carry out the ”Dniestr” plan of replacing him with a pro-Russian communist leader. The author relates to some of the thesis about the subject which he doesn’t agree with, the way they are presented, in some of the papers that he indicated as bibliography.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 58-75
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Romanian