Mariusz Dastych

David M. Dastych

Mariusz David Dastych was a Polish intelligence covert agent. He was recruited by the CIA in South Vietnam in 1973.

Dastych was born in 1941, in Myslenice near Cracow, Poland.

He studied journalism, foreign languages, and political science and worked for the Polish, Soviet, Hungarian, and Japanese media.

In 1961 he joined the Polish Foreign Intelligence Service. Between 1961 and 1968 and in 1973 he worked in Western Europe, the US, and Asia (Vietnam and China).

He later worked as a political analyst, specializing in the Soviet and East European regimes with foreign institutes for strategic studies, and with American and other Western diplomatic missions and  international organizations.

Between 1976 and 1981 Dastych worked as a PR Officer, then as an analyst and  Deputy Manager of the Japanese Foreign Trade Organization (JETRO) in Warsaw (1982-1983).

Dastych was arrested in 1987. The Polish Communist Military Tribunal sentenced him to 8 years for spying for the CIA and the Japanese Prime Minister’s Intelligence Service.

Having served 3 out of 8 years’ sentence in special wards for political prisoners in Warsaw and Barczewo Prisons Dastych  was released in 1990 after the collapse of communism in Poland.

He resumed his journalist career as free-lance editor and columnist, writing for Polish, American, Canadian, and Japanese media and became a successful businessman. He owned Dastych Trading Co., a  travel and trade agency until 1994.

That year he suffered an accident in the mountains of France (he broke the vertebral column). After a prolonged hospitalization and rehabilitation, he resumed the professional activity as  journalist, translator and  political analyst in 1999. He currently writes for Polish and foreign media, translates articles, economic & science texts, non-fiction books.

He is also working on incoming book "At One’s Own Risk. 40 Years of a Journalist’s Secret Life in the East and West".

In December 2006 Dastych son. Olaf died in in mysterious circumstances in England where he received scholarship to study. Many believe that Dastych son was poisoned with a non-traceable substance, causing a natural death.

David Dastych comments:

"When I joined the CIA in 1973, in South Vietnam, one of my main concerns was how to protect my family, in case my covert mission was to be discovered by communist authorities. My concerns were met with proper attention in Langley, but there was no absolute guarantee of my family’s safety. A short time before I was arrested in Poland, in 1987, I had met with a high-ranking U.S. diplomat of the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw. He was aware of my mission. I told him that the Polish and probably also the Soviet secret services had been tracing me for a year or so. They had no evidence but they might try to arrest me any time then. I asked for a protection of my close family. As I took no money from the American Intelligence, the only favor I asked for was to help my son to obtain scholarships for his future studies at one of the Western universities. I gave the U.S. diplomat a background on Olaf’s schooling, his language proficiency and other personal details and photos. After some time, I received a positive answer. (...) A defector from the Soviet secret services, whom I had met, warned me that: They never forget."

David Dastych with his son Olaf.

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