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John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT

 

“Ernest Hemingway ‘was secret Soviet spy’, claims new book

Written by a former CIA officer it says the famed author was recruited in 1940”

 

We can have no idea of the truth here.

Spies and former spies, like the author, almost always use books or memoirs to plant false or confusing information. It is almost standard practice.

I’ve seen it done many, many times, going back to Kim Philby’s book written in Moscow or General Sudoplatov’s claim in his memoir that American physicist, Robert Oppenheimer, was a spy for Stalin. There was also the CIA’s manufactured Penkovsky Papers which became a best seller in the 1960s.

Given the author’s CIA status and given today’s crazed witch-hunt hysteria in Washington, I am inclined to dismiss the claim as a trick saying, “See, even venerable figures could be connected to the nasty Russians.” That is as likely an interpretation as can be given without more knowledge, which we will never see.

“A classified KGB file smuggled out of Moscow” stinks like a rotting fish carcass.

It is a virtual repeat of the now proved-phony dossier on Trump supposedly from “Russian sources” according to a British spy (read: close CIA associate) working as a highly-paid private detective for an unidentified well-off Republican.

I should add that if somehow it were true that Hemingway ever worked for Stalin’s KGB, it is not hard for a well-informed person to understand.

The United States was a virtual insane asylum on the subject of the Soviet Union. At various times, it literally planned in detail a pre-emptive nuclear attack on Russia. The last I know of was in the early 1960s when John Kennedy left a Pentagon briefing with the comment that he was sick to his stomach at what he heard.

The Pentagon was packed with crazed figures like General Curtis Lemay, a certifiable psychopath who had bombed his way through countless victims.

Many famous figures in the world were repelled by what they saw and heard in the United States.

Disapproving of the Stalinist state was one thing, but accepting the intent to incinerate tens of millions of people was something else entirely.

Such attitudes secretly permeated through much of Britain’s intelligentsia in the 1940-50s when the phenomenon of the Cambridge spy ring arose. It was not hard to be motivated against madmen in the United States who clearly were ready to commit mass murders in order to hold on to a monopoly on nuclear weapons and essentially become the world’s great bully-dictator.

Tragically, these latter impulses still motivate large parts of the American establishment. Listening to high-level clowns who should (and, in fact, do) know better talk about Russian influence in American politics is enough to turn one’s stomach it is so patently without evidence and intended to drive the hysteria of witch hunts.

We should all be extremely cautious about the dangerous nonsense being tossed about in Washington and repeated over and over in the corporate press, and books like this deserve being treated with the strongest skepticism.

 

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