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Project Azorian: The CIA and the Raising of the K-129
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When: Wednesday, April 20th, 2011
6:30 PM
Where: International Spy Museum
800 F St NW
Washington, District of Columbia  20004
United States
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"If you go back there it would mean war.”—Soviet naval officer, December 1974

In early August 1974, despite incredible political, military, and intelligence risks and the slim to none chances of success, the CIA attempted to salvage the sunken Soviet ballistic missile submarine K-129 from the depths of the North Pacific Ocean. undefined undefinedThe remarkable effort had a huge potential payoff—the opportunity to obtain Soviet nuclear-armed torpedoes and missiles as well as crypto equipment—but had to be conducted under the cover of a seafloor mining operation sponsored by eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes. Using the Hughes Glomar Explorer the operation was undertaken even after the Soviets were warned of a possible salvage operation resulting in close surveillance by Soviet naval ships. Internationally known analyst, consultant, and award-winning author Norman Polmar, teamed with documentary filmmaker Michael White to tell the definitive story of this unprecedented project in their book Project Azorian. Join Polmar as he shares the story of this amazing clandestine project using footage from White's Project Azorian documentary and material from interviews with Glomar Explorer and USS Halibut crew members, U.S. intelligence officers, and the K-129's Soviet division commander.

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