Ion Mihai Pacepa

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Ion Mihai Pacepa (Romanian pronunciation: [iˈon miˈhaj paˈt͡ʃepa]; 28 October 1928 – 14 February 2021) was a two-star general in the Securitate, the secret police of the Socialist Republic of Romania, who defected to the United States in July 1978 following President Jimmy Carter's approval of his request for political asylum. He was the highest-ranking defector from the former Eastern Bloc, and wrote books and articles on the inner workings of communist intelligence services. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ion Mihai Pacepa has received more than 292,360 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 17 in 2019). Ion Mihai Pacepa is the 628th most popular military personnel (up from 635th in 2019), the 97th most popular biography from Romania (up from 100th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Romanian Military Personnel.

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Among military personnels, Ion Mihai Pacepa ranks 628 out of 1,466Before him are Adolf Strauss, Johan Laidoner, Wilhelm Rediess, Georg Stumme, Abner Doubleday, and Israel Tal. After him are Dominique Vandamme, Sergey Biryuzov, Herbert Kappler, Hiroyoshi Nishizawa, Walther Nehring, and Carl Gustav Rehnskiöld.

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Among people born in 1928, Ion Mihai Pacepa ranks 120Before him are Vyacheslav Tikhonov, Walter Mondale, Capucine, Hayden White, Daniel Nathans, and Joseph Kittinger. After him are Yaacov Agam, Bob Cousy, José Bonaparte, Georgy Dobrovolsky, Lorna Wing, and Fumihiko Maki.

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Among people born in Romania, Ion Mihai Pacepa ranks 97 out of 572Before him are Ion Gheorghe Maurer (1902), Arnold Hauser (1892), Lajos Zilahy (1891), Rezső Kasztner (1906), Georges Politzer (1903), and Peter Mogila (1596). After him are Endre Ady (1877), Mihai Antonescu (1904), Andrew Báthory (1563), Zoia Ceaușescu (1949), Joseph M. Juran (1904), and Ion Creangă (1837).


Among military personnels born in Romania, Ion Mihai Pacepa ranks 4Before him are Alexander Löhr (1885), Petre Dumitrescu (1882), and Artur Phleps (1881). After him are Constantin Prezan (1861), Arthur Arz von Straußenburg (1857), Michael von Melas (1729), Constantin Constantinescu-Claps (1884), Franz Rohr von Denta (1854), and Ecaterina Teodoroiu (1894).