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Bureau of spies : the secret connections between espionage and journalism in Washington

by Usdin, Steven T., 1961-

Format: Print Book 2018
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Non-Fiction 327.1273 Usd
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Non-Fiction
Call Number  327.1273 Usd
Covert intelligence gathering, propaganda, fake news stories, dirty tricks--these 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.
Washington merry-go-round
A popular spy
"Kike killer"
American Liberty League
We, the people
British security coordination
Frying fish and fixing franks
Zapping Zapp
Fake news
Battling the French and Irish
Eight days in December
Carter goes to war
TASS: The agency of Soviet spies
Back channels
Continental press
Project Mockingbird
Active measures

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The blurred boundaries between journalism, propaganda, and espionage are nothing new, as reporter Usdin (Engi- neering Communism) reveals in this series of stories about the spies and spin masters who have worked out of the National Press Club Building in Washington, D.C. The building opened in 1927, and the first known agent to operate out of its warren of offices-reporter and antifascist Robert S. Allen-began sending reports to the Lubyanka, headquarters of Soviet intelligence, in 1933. Following him, a colorful cast of Soviet spies, fascist operatives, and British and Japanese agents sent reports to overseas masters, disseminated untruths, and worked to start or prevent wars-while posing as legitimate journalists. Today, Usdin writes, "advances in technology have changed the tactics, but many aspects of the game endure. Governments and individuals continue to use press credentials as shields for espionage. The practice of spilling secrets in the hope that disclosures will change policies, and perhaps alter the course of history, has become routine." Readers concerned about "fake news" will find this account instructive, and readers who love tales of strategy, deception, and indoor cigar smoking will enjoy the trip to the 20th-century National Press Club building. Photos. Agent: Kathi Paton, Kathi Paton Literary Agency. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects National Press Club (U.S.) -- History.
Espionage -- Washington (D.C.) -- History.
Spies -- Washington (D.C.) -- History.
Journalists -- Washington (D.C.) -- History.
Subversive activities -- Washington (D.C.) -- History.
Publisher Amherst, New York :2018
Language English
Description 360 pages : some illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 311-345) and index.
ISBN 9781633884762
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