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10/02/1962 Soviets exchange American for captured Russian spy

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Rudolph Abel Exchange For Garry Powers (1962)

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Gary Powers Vindicated (1962)

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Powers Trial (1960)

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Mad Bomber George Metesky Captured and Russian Spy Colonel Abel Arrested Newsreel

Powers was exchanged, along with American student Frederic Pryor, in a well-publicized spy swap at the Glienicke Bridge in Berlin. The exchange was for Soviet KGB Colonel Vilyam Fisher, who had been caught by the FBI and tried and jailed for espionage. When released, Powers' total time in captivity was 1 year, 9 months and 10 days.
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    • Attempted deception by the U.S. government 

    • Pilot testimony compromised by newspaper reports 

    • Political consequence 

    • Conviction 

    • CIA opposition to exchange 

    • The exchange 

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