In 1990, as the United States was mobilizing a huge military force to undo Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait, six US Central Intelligence Agency officers were trapped in Iraq with intelligence that could have ruined Operation Desert Storm if it had been obtained by the Iraqi regime. CIA officials approached Poland, a longtime Cold War foe famed for its excellent spies, to help the CIA personnel escape The Solidarity-led government in Warsaw sent a veteran ex-Communist spy who’d battled the West for decades to help the six CIA officers leave. This episode launched invaluable intelligence cooperation between Poland and the United States that has persisted to this day --- cooperation that one CIA director later described as “one of the two foremost intelligence relationships that the United States has ever had.”
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