My Life As A Spy _ under surveillAnce at communist RomAniAStAr Tribune #Star_TribuneFebruary 12, 2019
No other U.S. citizen was so closely scrutinized by the Securitate secret police of communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu.
Romanian Securitate agents reported on her movements, sometimes 16 hours a day.
Verdery doesn’t name her informers, but pages from her file that have appeared in Romanian media reveal two former ministers among her informants.
THE GHOST OF THE SECURITATE
The book, which has already sold out, opened old wounds and challenged Romanians to confront a difficult chapter in their past: the pervasive presence of the Securitate secret police.
“She was a foreign researcher from America, of course they had their eyes on her,” Colfescu told The Associated Press.
“All foreigners were naive, all of them,” she said.
“We had foreign friends and I told them.”
“It is fascinating how a foreigner understands better what happened here under Nicolae Ceausescu than many Romanians,” Gosu says.
“It’s almost 30 years after communism ended, and people still think they can get into trouble.