Covert intelligence gathering, propaganda, fake news stories, dirty tricksthese tools of spy craft have been used for seven decades by agents hiding in plain sight in Washington's National Press Building. This revealing book tells the story of espionage conducted by both US and foreign intelligence operatives just blocks from the White House. Journalist Steven T. Usdin details how spies for Nazi Germany, imperial Japan, the Soviet Union, and the CIA have operated from the offices, corridors, and bars of this well-known press center to collect military, political, and commercial secrets.
As the author's extensive research shows, efforts to influence American elections by foreign governments are nothing new, and WikiLeaks is not the first antisecrecy group to dump huge quantities of classified data into the public domain. Among other cases, the book documents the work of a journalist who created a secret intelligence organization that reported directly to President Franklin Roosevelt and two generations of Soviet spies who operated undercover as TASS reporters and ran circles around the FBI. The author also reveals the important roles played by journalists in the Cuban missile crisis, and presents information about a spy involved in the Watergate break-in who had earlier spied on Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater for then-President Lyndon Johnson.
Based on interviews with retired CIA, NSA, FBI, and KGB officers, as well as declassified and leaked intelligence documents, this fascinating historical narrative shows how the worlds of journalism and intelligence sometimes overlap and highlights the ethical quandaries that espionage invariably creates.
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About the Author
Steven T. Usdin is the author of Engineering Communism: How Two Americans Spied for Stalin and Founded the Soviet Silicon Valley. He has written extensively about Cold War espionage, and has been invited to present papers to and participate on panels about espionage issues organized by the National Security Agency, Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, the National Archives, International Spy Museum, and other organizations. Usdin is the Washington editor of BioCentury. His reporting focuses on the intersection of public policy and biomedicine. He has lived and worked in Japan, Italy, Britain, and Hong Kong, and has traveled extensively in Russia and the former Soviet Union, Turkey, and Central and South America.
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Table of Contents
Note from the Author 9
Introduction: Spying between the Lines in the National Press Building 11
Chapter 1 Washington Merry-Go-Round 19
Chapter 2 A Popular Spy 29
Chapter 3 "Kike Killer" 49
Chapter 4 American Liberty League 61
Chapter 5 We, the People 73
Chapter 6 British Security Coordination 101
Chapter 7 Frying Fish and Fixing Franks 119
Chapter 8 Zapping Zapp 129
Chapter 9 Fake News 135
Chapter 10 Battling the French and Irish 147
Chapter 11 Eight Days in December 157
Chapter 12 Carter Goes to War 179
Chapter 13 TASS: The Agency of Soviet Spies 201
Chapter 14 Back Channels 229
Chapter 15 Continental Press 249
Chapter 16 Project Mockingbird 261
Chapter 17 Active Measures 273
Chapter 18 CovertAction 287