Ernest Hemingway, Agent Argo: “Dilettante Spy” for KGB

July 10, 2009

(ChattahBox)—The recent publication of “Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America,” based on information gleaned from Stalin-era KGB intelligence archives, reveals that iconic American author and journalist, Ernest Hemingway was a sometimes spy who came in from the cold, referred to by his KGB handlers, as “Agent Argo.”

Despite evidence of Hemingway’s activities of a KGB spy, the information from KGB archives, paints Agent Argo as a reluctant spy, who met with his KGB handlers several times, but never seemed to have any information to deliver to the KGB.

Referred to in the book as a “dilettante spy,” Hemingway was recruited in 1941 before making a trip to China, later meeting with Soviet agents in Havana and London in the 1940s. According to a KGB agent quoted in the book, Hemingway “repeatedly expressed his desire and willingness to help us.”

But, Hemingway failed to provide the KGB with “…any political information” and Soviet agents stopped meeting with Hemingway at the end of the 1940s.

Papa Hemingway was a larger than life figure who became a famous expatriate in Paris as a member of the so called “Lost Generation,” who in later years became involved in the Spanish Civil War, supporting the Republican side and developed a fascination with the bloody sport of bull fighting.

Was Hemingway a hopelessly inept spy or just in the Soviet spy game for the drama? No one knows for sure.



One Response to “Ernest Hemingway, Agent Argo: “Dilettante Spy” for KGB”

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