There was one man, Reinhard Gehlen, a German Major-General and head of the German intelligence services who calculated very early on that Germany would lose the war, probably in 1941 or even before that. He was a brilliant, talented and dedicated officer whose accurate intelligence reports were almost always discarded by Hitler, and who was eventually fired because his accurate reports were too pessimistic for Hitler.

Gehlen, because he knew how the war would turn out, became a double agent and spy for the Allies. He was so valuable that after the war he was able to build his own network of spies, even SS war criminals, who were protected by the Americans. His knowledge of the Russians, their networks, abilities, skills and potential made him a priceless commodity and even immediately after the war he was a very powerful leader in Allied spy circles, respected and listened to and sought after.

Gehlen was employed by the CIA and when he retired he received a pension from the CIA. Many Germans were bitter about this and considered him a traitor. The Russians were also very displeased. His convtribution to the success of the Allies in the Cold War is incalculable.


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