WORKING FOR KGB? – ERNEST HEMINGWAY

The recently published book Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America. (on the authors: John Earl Haynes is a historian at the Library of Congress. Harvey Klehr is a professor of politics and history at Emory University. They are co-authors of several books, including Venona. Alexander Vassiliev, a journalist, is co-author of The Haunted Wood contains interesting information. It reveals much new material from the KGB archives in Moscow. There is extensive added information on such well known Soviet spies and contacts as Alger Hiss, I.F. Stone (the ([in]famous liberal journalist [using the American expression for leftist] ).

Ernest Hemingway never provided any significant information to the KGB but was close to several Soviet agents and was an object of interest for the Moscow spy agency.

During the Spanish Civil War as a reporter Hemingway cooperated with party front organizations and he continued having contacts with the Communist Party of the United States of America, which had placed many communist party members in highranking positions in several departments in the US federal capital.

Harry White, one of the top communists in Washington, asked Hemingway to report secretly on relations between China’s Communist Party and Kuomintang, the Chinese railways and the condition of the Burma Road. During the stay in China the future Nobel Prize laureate met other American communist agents. Hemingway gave information that could well have ended up in KGB Headquarters in Moscow.

A quote from the new book:

White assuredly was a Soviet source, but any link with Soviet intelligence Hemingway might have had through White would have been indirect and unknowing. What has not been previously known, however, is that Hemingway had been in direct contact with Soviet intelligence before leaving for China. Moscow Center received a report from Jacob Golos, the KGB’s liaison with the CPUSA, stating: “A few days ago I found out that Ernest Hemingway is traveling to China via the Soviet Union. He may apply for an entry visa to the Soviet Union. He was in New York for only one day and I couldn’t meet with him. I arranged with him that our people will meet with him in China and show him the stamps that he gave us. We must attempt to meet with him in China or the Soviet Union by using the password that was arranged with him previously. I am sure that he will cooperate with us and will do everything he can.” Golos didn’t state who arranged the password and picked up the stamps that Hemingway handed over. (One possibility would be John Herrmann, an old Hemingway drinking buddy and friend who had himself worked for the CPUSA underground in Washington for several years in the 1930s.)

Hemingway had a KGB cover name, “Argo,”. The KGB New York Station was instructed to let him travel around. His reports could be of value.

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