Mark Kaminsky, a 28-year-old single man, spoke fluent Russian from his parents who immigrated to the United States. His family was living in Edwardsburg, Michigan. In 1959 he was a Russian-speaking guide at the American Exhibit in Moscow, Russia. He was a Michigan schoolteacher who was planning on teaching Russian at Purdue University in the fall of 1960.
Kaminsky was charged with espionage under Article II of the Soviet code on crimes against the state. Kaminsky said that “although I knew that I was being tried under article two of the Soviet Law and that carries the death sentence, I was repeatedly assured by the Russians that they would not execute me.” The prosecutor even told Kaminsky, “Keep your head up Kaminsky, you’re not going to die here”. Kaminsky died on February 15, 2007. One of his obituaries states that he was an “undercover agent” for the United States government. (Wikipedia)
(Listening time: 37 seconds – Audio courtesy of Jeff Snyder)