In my quest to learn more about James Harper, I left the comfort of my laptop to go to San Jose Public Library and scoured through the microfiche to learn more about his spy activities from the early 1980s.
While reporting Spy Valley, I was amazed at how tightly James Harper’s life story was intertwined with the evolution of the cold war—and the birth of Silicon Valley.
James Harper was perhaps the most perplexing interview subject of my journalistic career.
In 1998, amid the chaos and corruption of post-Soviet Russia, Galina Starovoytova, a popular pro-democracy legislator and dissident, was assassinated in her apartment building in St. Petersburg. Many suspected that she had been targeted for her outspoken liberal views. Soon after the killing, Bill Kinane, an FBI legal attaché in