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Irving Kristol, Soviet Spy?
The American Conservative ^ | 12/03/2010 | Michael Brendan Dougherty

Posted on 12/04/2010 11:13:42 AM PST by speciallybland

That’s 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 documents—citing national security in many instances—so it’s difficult to make out exactly what happened. But it seems fairly clear that, sometime around May of 1988, the FBI’s counterintelligence division came to possess a notebook or address book belonging to a suspected Soviet agent. And Irving Kristol’s name was in it. That launched a five-month investigation into Kristol’s 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.

(Excerpt) Read more at amconmag.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; Russia
KEYWORDS: coldwar; communist; espionage; irvingkristol; kristol; ussr

1 posted on 12/04/2010 11:13:47 AM PST by speciallybland
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To: speciallybland

A publicly avowed anti-communist would be a great cover for a Soviet spy.


2 posted on 12/04/2010 11:16:05 AM PST by GeronL
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To: speciallybland

Hmmmm....how about real commies like Alger Hiss, Klaus Fuchs, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, or Barack Obama


3 posted on 12/04/2010 11:24:27 AM PST by The Raven
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To: speciallybland

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.


4 posted on 12/04/2010 11:27:11 AM PST by InABunkerUnderSF (Anyone who has read Roman history knows a barbarian invasion when they see one in progress.)
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To: speciallybland

I think it has been public information for a long time that the Kristol’s were avowed Communists before becoming neo-conservatives.


5 posted on 12/04/2010 11:36:52 AM PST by radpolis (Liberals: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy)
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To: speciallybland
Delaware just elected a flaming communist as Senator..
He is not alone..

The Democrat Socialist Caucus are all communists and/or socialists..
OH!...... Communism "IS" socialism... in case you didnt know..

6 posted on 12/04/2010 11:37:30 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: InABunkerUnderSF

Irving Kristol was an avowed Marxist in his 20’s. Did you know that?


7 posted on 12/04/2010 11:38:22 AM PST by jd777
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To: speciallybland

To even Be a democrat makes you a socialist or enabler of them..


8 posted on 12/04/2010 11:39:08 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: InABunkerUnderSF

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4339772229466283806&sourceid=docidfeed&hl=undefined#


9 posted on 12/04/2010 11:40:50 AM PST by jd777
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To: jd777

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.


10 posted on 12/04/2010 11:59:03 AM PST by InABunkerUnderSF (Anyone who has read Roman history knows a barbarian invasion when they see one in progress.)
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To: speciallybland

Wacko conspiracy spin from the Buchananite anti-Semites.


11 posted on 12/04/2010 12:01:45 PM PST by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ('“Our own government has become our enemy' - Sheriff Paul Babeu)
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To: The Raven

Or Strobe Talbott.


12 posted on 12/04/2010 12:03:23 PM PST by jazminerose (o)
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To: speciallybland
the FBI’s counterintelligence division

Alarmingly apt name

13 posted on 12/04/2010 12:05:52 PM PST by Oztrich Boy (History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce - Karl Marx)
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To: InABunkerUnderSF

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.


14 posted on 12/04/2010 12:14:52 PM PST by jd777
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To: speciallybland

That’s Bill’s daddy. Interesting...


15 posted on 12/04/2010 1:04:18 PM PST by peggybac (Restore America and restore her honor.)
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To: speciallybland

This is a Gawker hit piece to go after Bill Kristol. Red meat for those that don’t like him.


16 posted on 12/04/2010 1:42:02 PM PST by FTJM
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To: speciallybland
The Soviet archives would settle this once and for all.

Just as it did for McCarthy's targets...

17 posted on 12/04/2010 1:50:49 PM PST by danielmryan
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To: InABunkerUnderSF

I have Barry Soetoro’s address. Should I be investigated?


18 posted on 12/04/2010 2:29:31 PM PST by Clioman
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To: speciallybland

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.


19 posted on 12/04/2010 3:49:35 PM PST by Wuli
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To: Wuli

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.


20 posted on 12/04/2010 3:54:09 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: jd777
People at the The American Dhimmi, whose first allegiance is to hatred of neoconservatives, dismiss thiss and you think its real?
What's in your water?
21 posted on 12/04/2010 8:06:30 PM PST by rmlew (You want change? Vote for the most conservative electable in your state or district.)
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To: rmlew

Your hero was a former marxist - deal with it,


22 posted on 12/04/2010 9:09:01 PM PST by jd777
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To: jd777

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


23 posted on 12/04/2010 9:19:02 PM PST by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ('“Our own government has become our enemy' - Sheriff Paul Babeu)
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To: jd777
Your hero was a former marxist - deal with it,
Kristol is not my hero. I may be a NY Jew, but I am no neoconservative.
His former ideology is no secret. He has written about it. He was cleared by the FBI twice. Deal with it.
24 posted on 12/04/2010 11:15:30 PM PST by rmlew (You want change? Vote for the most conservative electable in your state or district.)
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