Who I am

Jens KarneyAleksandr Solzhenitsyn once wrote that we are the sum total of all that we have done and experienced, and I subscribe to that theory. Besides being a convicted Cold War spy I am also a person who is active in his community, I volunteer my time and I try to help other former inmates with reintegration into society. I like to landscape and especially enjoy fixing old houses. When I have time I like to work on my pointillism. My pictures have sold on several continents and I have won prizes for my work (once in 1998 while in segregation for writing my book). When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my dogs and being in the outdoors. I am thankful for a large network of friends scattered across the globe, whether in Portland, Vladivostok or Dresden. In prison you first learn to count the days, and then one day you learn to make every day count. That’s when you begin to live again.


from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeffrey_Carney, retrieved 8/27/2012

Jeffrey Carney is a former U.S. Air Force intelligence specialist convicted of spying for East German Ministry for State Security (MfS). One of the MfS’s most successful spies, code-named “Kid”, Carney became alienated and angry at the Air Force and US policies under Ronald Reagan. He began handing over U.S. military documents to the MfS while working in West Berlin for the Air Force. After his transfer back to Goodfellow AFB in 1984, Carney decided to once again request permanent asylum in East Germany. His whereabouts remained unknown until 1990 and he was carried on the rolls as a deserter.


It was on this corner that I was kidnapped. Today the Hotel New Berlin stands on the site, at the corner of Kochhann- and Petersburger Strasse (formerly Bersarinstrasse).

Carney was finally kidnapped after fall of the Berlin Wall by the agents of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) on the 22nd of April, 1991 in the Friedrichshain district of Berlin.