1981

This transcript, with no discernible date, seemed to be the first in the series of transcripts. It was given to the investigative team by Norbert Westerly.

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The following is a written transcript between CUSHING and ZEUS. In the conversation, they make reference to CARPENTER, the alleged mole from 1977, whose real name was later identified as Nicholas Loman, whose mother was a Romanian citizen who fled just before the Iron Curtain came down and a reference to SPINNER, an agitator. Another reference is made, but not named, later identified as HENNING.
CUSHING: Do you know why I wanted to meet with you, ZEUS?
ZEUS: Not exactly. You’ve been dodgy and, frankly, rather daft the past few weeks, assigning codenames and so on. I thought with C out back in ’78, we would have done away with the need for all this cloak and dagger nonsense.
CUSHING: Not quite. Things are complicated. Not sure if C was on to something but there are new complications. Ever heard of Edom?
ZEUS: (laughs) The cheese?
CUSHING: Funny. No. But the name is similar. It is a part of Five or Six. Or both. Off the books.
ZEUS: They must be far off the books. Never heard of them. What do they do?
CUSHING: It is complicated but let’s suffice it to say they are into . . . paranormal research and turning out double agents. And I don’t know whether they are a dozen men or 100 men. I recently came across something fascinating.
ZEUS: Paranormal research? Such as remote viewing and all that rot? Seriously? That sounds very CIA to me . . .
CUSHING: Remote viewing? Um, yes. Of a sort. Look, it is something I have been looking into for a few years. They even have an interest in graveyards in the Vatican. Apparently, did you know that the characters in the novel, Dracula were real? But I’m getting sidetracked; let’s focus on the mole hunt.
ZEUS: The one back in 77?
CUSHING: Yes.
ZEUS: They nabbed what’s his name? The Romanian analyst. CARPENTER? Got him in 78, right?
CUSHING: Yes. But I have reason to believe that is not the right man.
ZEUS: Shite. You’re joking. What does this have to do with this lot, Edom?
CUSHING: Patience. We’ll get to that later. The name comes from a Biblical reference, I think. Isiah. Chapter 34. Suffice it to say, I think this is a group that has dealt themselves into the game.
ZEUS: Why not? Everyone else is. The Americans. The Germans. Obviously, the Romanians . . . These are tough times. I’m not much of a Biblical scholar, though.
CUSHING: Certainly, these are tough times. They truly are. But I believe they fingered the wrong man in the mole hunt. I think the mole is still out there. I think this Edom group either accidentally or on purpose ‘found’ a traitor and claimed success.
ZEUS: Jesus, you’re not thinking of digging up old shite are you?
CUSHING: Either that or allow a mole to still run around inside our government, selling us out to the Soviets . . . or worse.
ZEUS: What can be worse?
CUSHING: Again, patience.
ZEUS: Why tell me all this?
CUSHING: I need someone. I need some help. I trust you. It is just me. You are the only person I have spoken a word to about any of this. Keep the circle small. Anyone we bring into this either thinks they are working for someone else or we compartmentalize. Tell them just the basics. Keep them in the shadows.
ZEUS: Fine. I’m in. You know that I’ll always have your back.
CUSHING: Good. Now, as to some of the gory details, that is for a later conversation, I think. Let’s just keep it to why I think CARPENTER was not our man. Because of the nonsense that went on Edom had carte blanche, for a few precious months, run any operation they wanted in London and Bucharest.
ZEUS: I’ll take your word for it.
CUSHING: I have evidence to suggest that Edom is still looking, or at least is acting like there is still a mole.
ZEUS: Who is it then? Any leads?
CUSHING: Not a one. It is something we need to keep on the back burner and the reason for all these secrecy. And the reason to keep things as tight as possible.
ZEUS: What about that bastard, SPINNER? He has been playing several sides for a couple of years, I’m sure. His father had all those Nazi ties and Five and Six have been using him to get people in and out of the east, through Bucharest. If anyone knows secrets and schemes, it is surely him. And since all that shite went down outside of Bucharest, he has to know something, yes?
CUSHING: Good point. I’ll set up a meet with SPINNER. He may be too young to know much.
ZEUS: Well, if he doesn’t know anything, he’s an excellent con man. He convinces everyone that he knows everything. Arrogant prick. Is still over at that office on Pershing Street, slinging his mad theories?
CUSHING: No details. Edit that out later.
ZEUS: Fine.
CUSHING: But you’re right. If anyone would know anything about the truth about that bloody mole hunt, it’s SPINNER.
ZEUS: Fine, what do you need me to do? It’s clear you’ve thought this through at least a bit.
CUSHING: What I need you to do is review some of this first and then we’ll discuss some specifics. But for Christ’s sake, don’t breath of a word of this to goddam anyone. It will get us killed. Then, when you’re done with that, I need you to find some girls. Some who can pass as . . . good time girls. There is a nutter I know about who hosts all kinds of crazy sex magic parties. When need some assets on the inside.
ZEUS: Jesus, this gets better and better, doesn’t it?
CUSHING: Look, just get me some girls you trust and I will explain more later.
ZEUS: Look, if you’re going to have me track down some good time girls, as you call them, the least you could do is tell me about the lucky bastard they get to seduce.
CUSHING: It’s a psychic. Rather famous, actually. As the aforementioned sex parties would indicate. Supposedly he can use a spirit board to –
ZEUS: Fuck me. You’re joking!? A spirit board!? You really have gone all CIA on me.
CUSHING: (laughs) We’ll see, ZEUS. We’ll see.

1981

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