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February 10, 1962

Glienicke Bridge - "Bridge of Spies"
Glienicke Bridge - "Bridge of Spies"
Captured American U2 spy-plane pilot Gary Powers is exchanged for captured Soviet spy Rudolf Abel. The exchange took place on the Glienicke Bridge that links West Berlin with Potsdam. The Glienicke Bridge became famous during the Cold War as the "Bridge of Spies". At precisely the same time, at Checkpoint Charlie, Frederic Pryor was released by the East German Stasi into the waiting arms of his father. A few days later Fisher, reunited with his wife, Elena and daughter, Evelyn, flew home. It suited the KGB, for the sake of its own reputation to portray "Abel's" nine years of being an undetected agent in the U.S., as a triumph by a dedicated NKVD member.
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