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Old 07-18-2009, 12:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Bro. Parrish View Post
Kind of a strange story surfaced this week,
what do you think, is it truth or just bunk...

Nobel Prize-winning American novelist Ernest Hemingway is believed to have served as a spy for the Soviet intelligence agency, the KGB, in the United States in the 1940s, a book reveals.

The book Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America based on notes of former KGB officer Vassiliev -- who was given access in the 90s to Stalin-era intelligence archives in Moscow -- claims that Hemingway was recruited in 1941, and carried out his espionage activities under the cover name "Argo."

According to Vassiliev, the American writer-journalist "repeatedly expressed his desire and willingness to help us" after meeting Soviet agents in Havana and London in the 40s.

In his book, however, the KGB officer claims that Hemingway failed to provide "any political information" and was never "verified in practical work," The Guardian reported.

Vassiliev cites Hemingway's lack of success in the organization as the reason for the cessation of contact with him by the end of the decade.

Hemingway is also believed to have made attempts to assist the US during the Second World War in his fishing boat.

He patrolled the waters north of Cuba in search of U-Boats -- military submarines operated by Germany at the time -- and made coded notes on his observations.
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This is interesting. I had always heard Hemmingway was tied to Soviet military intelligence, the GRU, which the KGB were kittens compared to GRU.

It's not well known also but according to the historical archives of Brotish MI6, their CIA, one of the most valuable agents Britain had in the years between WW1 and WW2 was Alistair Crowley.

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