Did John Steinbeck spy for the CIA?

Did John Steinbeck spy for the CIA?


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Edited by Michael Morisy

Did “A Russian Journal” author John Steinbeck offer to pass on information to the Central Intelligence Agency? According to a 1952 letter in the Agency archives from former Director of Central Intelligence Walter Bedell Smith, yes.

You can read a more thorough account of Steinbeck’s espionage at The Daily Beast, but, for our part, we were just amused by how refreshingly straightforward that was.

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