In 1961, he sailed his vessel from Klaipėda to Gotland in Sweden, although his planned destination was Tallinn. His vessel arrived on 7 April 1961. The Soviet authorities sentenced him in his absence to death by firing squad, but the CIA hid him, first in Guatemala and later in the United States. The tender, essentially a barge, was returned to Soviet custody.
Plaskus was relocated to Seattle, Washington, where he attended the University of Washington and initially lived with the family of Julian Jenner to improve his English. Later, he worked as a programmer/analyst in Silicon Valley in the 1970s. In 1979, he accepted a job in Caracas. He revisited Lithuania briefly in 1992.
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- Boyle, Marion (2005). Search For Freedom: The Man From Red October. Klaipėda: Eglės leidykla. ISBN 9955-542-21-7.
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