Tsherim Soobzokov (24 August 1924[citation needed] – 6 September 1985[1]) was a Circassian man accused of collaborating with the Nazis during the invasion of the USSR and serving as a Waffen-SS officer. Soobzokov denied these charges and sued CBS and the New York Times. He was notably supported by Pat Buchanan[2] and Congressman Robert Roe.

In 2006, declassified documents of the Central Intelligence Agency confirmed that Soobzokov had been a CIA agent in Jordan and that the agency had misled the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service on Soobzokov's Nazi past.[3] This was part of a wider post-World War II program of the CIA's of collaborating with former Nazis living in hiding.[4] Historian Richard Breitman concluded based on these documents[1] that Soobzokov had indeed strong ties to the SS and that he had admitted to the CIA his participation in an execution commando searching for Jews and Komsomol members.[1][5]

On 15 August 1985, a pipe bomb set outside his home in Paterson, New Jersey critically injured Soobzokov.[6][7] He died of his wounds in the hospital on 9 September 1985.[8] An anonymous caller claiming to represent the Jewish Defense League (JDL) said they had carried out the bombing. A spokesman for the JDL later denied responsibility.[9]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Richard Breitman. "Tscherim Soobzokov". Government Secrecy e-Prints. Federation of American Scientists. http://www.fas.org/sgp/eprint/breitman.pdf. 
  2. Pat Buchanan (1999-11-05). "Response to Norman Podhoretz". letter to The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on 2008-05-11. http://web.archive.org/web/20080511153332/http://www.buchanan.org/pma-99-1105-wallstjl.html. 
  3. "New Records Now Available as a Result of IWG Extension – CIA Agrees to Disclose Operational Materials". Press Release. National Archives and Records Administration. 2006-06-06. http://www.archives.gov/iwg/about/press-releases/nr06-114.html. 
  4. Toby Harnden (2010-11-14). "Secret papers reveal Nazis given 'safe haven' in US". The Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/world-war-2/8132550/Secret-papers-reveal-Nazis-given-safe-haven-in-US.html. 
  5. "CIA declassifies 27,000 Nazi files". The Washington Times. 2006-06-06. http://www.washtimes.com/national/20060606-113344-6497r.htm. 
  6. Ralph Blumenthal (1985-08-16). "Man Accused of Nazi Past Injured by Bomb in Jersey". The New York Times: B2. http://www.nytimes.com/1985/08/16/nyregion/man-accused-on-nazi-past-injured-by-bomb-in-jersey.html. 
  7. "Bomb Victim on Critical List". The New York Times. AP. 1985-08-17. http://www.nytimes.com/1985/08/17/nyregion/bomb-victim-on-critical-list.html?ref=explosions. 
  8. Eric Lichtblau (2010-11-13). "Nazis Were Given 'Safe Haven' in U.S., Report Says". The New York Times: A1. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/14/us/14nazis.html?_r=2&scp=2&sq=nazi&st=cse. 
  9. Judith Cummings (1985-11-09). "F.B.I. Says Jewish Defense League May Have Planted Fatal Bombs". The New York Times: A1. http://www.nytimes.com/1985/11/09/us/fbi-says-jewish-defense-league-may-have-planted-fatal-bombs.html?ref=explosions. 

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