Skip to comments.Irving Kristol, Soviet Spy?
Posted on 12/04/2010 11:13:42 AM PST by speciallybland
Thats what the FBI was asking itself in 1988. That year is not a typo. Gawker has scans of the FBI documents showing that the reputed Godfather of neo-conservatism was a person of interest in an ongoing investigation into a potential Soviet spy.
The FBI heavily redacted the documentsciting national security in many instancesso its difficult to make out exactly what happened. But it seems fairly clear that, sometime around May of 1988, the FBIs counterintelligence division came to possess a notebook or address book belonging to a suspected Soviet agent. And Irving Kristols name was in it. That launched a five-month investigation into Kristols background, including criminal record checks, interviews with assets at the school where he taught, and eventually an interview with Kristol himself, conducted under a pretext so as to avoid letting him know the true nature of the investigation. This despite the fact that Kristol had already been subjected to an FBI background check in 1972, when he was considered for a job in the Nixon White House, and came up clean.
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A publicly avowed anti-communist would be a great cover for a Soviet spy.
Hmmmm....how about real commies like Alger Hiss, Klaus Fuchs, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, or Barack Obama
OK, so a Soviet agent had Kristol’s address. What was the context? Why did he have it?
Looks like the FBI was doing their job and didn’t find anything improper.
I think it has been public information for a long time that the Kristol’s were avowed Communists before becoming neo-conservatives.
The Democrat Socialist Caucus are all communists and/or socialists..
OH!...... Communism "IS" socialism... in case you didnt know..
Irving Kristol was an avowed Marxist in his 20’s. Did you know that?
To even Be a democrat makes you a socialist or enabler of them..
You mean the 1930s. He was born in 1920. In college he was part of a Trotskyite group. A bunch of college students - “intellectuals” is you will, who tried integrate “literary theory” with Marxism and Socialism. Good luck with that.
In 1947 after returning from Europe where he saw combat service with the 12th Armored division, and now age 27, he got a job editing Commentary Magazine. From then on he was by all accounts was an avowed anti-communist.
Wacko conspiracy spin from the Buchananite anti-Semites.
Or Strobe Talbott.
Alarmingly apt name
I said in “his 20’s” - he was a marxist - once the cold war started it was a little dangerous running around as a known marxist.
That’s Bill’s daddy. Interesting...
This is a Gawker hit piece to go after Bill Kristol. Red meat for those that don’t like him.
Just as it did for McCarthy's targets...
I have Barry Soetoro’s address. Should I be investigated?
I am sure that that KGB agent had the names of quite a number of Americans who the agent had sought out, tried to befriend, tried to become an acquaintance of, who, each of them, may never have been spies for that agent or even offered anything useful to them. That does not mean the agent didn’t try; nor does it mean every “contact” meant “success” in any way to his mission.
Intellectuals and academics, because they influence others and work with those who can influence government policy, or are in contact with peers in government, are always targets of the KGB/GRU. Nothing new there.
It turns out that gubmint agents in the Communist countries had to invent informers, spies and sources (much like American journalists nowadays) in order to earn their living. A lot of innocent names appeared in Commie secret police archives as collaborators.
Your hero was a former marxist - deal with it,
Almost a third of the Conservative Movement of the 1950’s were former communists, most notably Whittaker Chambers, author of ‘Witness’. Others included Frank Meyer, National Review’s first Book Editor. A large part of the Neo-Conservatives, who joined the conservative movement in the 1980’s including Irving Kristol and Norman Podhorest had Communist associates