Perseus was the code name of a hypothetical Soviet atomic spy that, if real, would have allegedly breached U.S. national security. Among researchers of the subject there is some consensus that Perseus never existed and was actually a creation of Soviet intelligence. If they were real, Perseus would have supposedly participated in the Spanish Civil War.
About Perseus (spy) in brief
Perseus was the code name of a hypothetical Soviet atomic spy that, if real, would have allegedly breached United States national security. Among researchers of the subject there is some consensus that Perseus never existed and was actually a creation of Soviet intelligence. A reference to the profile of a spy who can be identified with Perseus describes him as an American scientist of young age at the time of the Manhattan Project. If they were real, Perseus would have supposedly participated in the Spanish Civil War. In the early 1940s Perseus was in New York City visiting his sick parents. He would have managed to be recruited by the GRU after looking for and contacting Morris Cohen, an American who joined the Communist Party during the Great Depression and worked as a Soviet spy. The meeting with Cohen must have been between September 1941 and July 1942, before Cohen enlisted in the army and left for the Western Front in Europe. Perseus reportedly introduced himself to Cohen as a physicist who had been invited to join the work at Los Alamos research center. According to articles published in Russia by The New Times, PerseUS would have collaborated with the Soviet government for purely ideological reasons. He refused any financial rewards in exchange for classified information, since he was convinced that the U.S. would use the atomic bomb against the Soviet Union.
In an interview published in 1992, the former Soviet consul in New New York, Anatoli Yatskov, confirmed the existence of Perseus, as an important figure among scientists working on the Manhattan project. In addition to Karl Fuchs, there was also a second physicist in the project in addition to the second physicist who worked as Soviet spy in the fall of 1994. For her part in the story, Lona Cohen said that there were very few people in her part of the world who knew the real name of the spy, who left her shortly before her death in 1994. The latest batch of intelligence documents contains information that could only have come from a scientist with direct access to the innermost secrets of the Manhattan Project. The information allegedly included crucial details about the Trinity Test, which was detonated in July 1945. In a separate article, Vladimir Chikov published articles in the Russian weekly \”The New Times\” giving details of his recruitment and achievements. The article was published in April 1991, when he was a KGB colonel and public relations officer. The details in the article coincide with the statements of Vladimir Chkov’s version of how PerseUS was recruited, which make his New Times article a somewhat unreliable source. There seems little doubt that the Kremlin had such an agent.