Mar 10, 2014
Ernest Hemingway: Dud KGB Spy?
Posted on Jun 18, 2013
A new book, “Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America,” reveals that the beloved American novelist was a spy in the service of the KGB—but failed miserably at the job.
The book was written by John Earl Haynes, Harvey Klehr and Alexander Vassilev. It is based on notes that Vassilev, a former KGB officer, made when he was given access in the ’90s to Soviet-era intelligence archives in Moscow.
A number of international figures who made their reputation in the Spanish Civil War have had their legacies complicated by details uncovered long after that 1930s conflict. The Guardian reports that George Orwell was shown to have provided a list of public figures who were “crypto-communists” to a Foreign Office propaganda arm in 1949. The most famous photo of that war, taken by Hungarian photographer Robert Capa, has been accused of being a fake. And Martha Gellhorn, Hemingway’s wife, has been outed as having been hostile to Arabs.
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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