Walter A Bawell, Colonel, US Army, ret.- With two tours in Vietnam, command positions, Pentagon assignments and extensive tours in Germany during the Cold War as a Foreign Area Specialist, Colonel Bawell’s experience covered a broad geo-political spectrum. And he just happened to be in Berlin on the date of the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989.
Well before Mr. Bawell’s arrival at the United States Embassy in Bonn in 1983, the U.S. counter-intelligence apparatus knew there was a major leak of classified documents at the embassy. This was compartmentalized, need to know information, never shared until the March 13, 1991 apprehension of his former secretary, Gabriele Kliem, for espionage. He will provide us an eyewitness-to-history story of betrayal and crushing disappointment told in the background of intrigue, nuclear threats, protest movements, the elimination of nuclear missiles in Europe, German reunification, and the status of US Forces.