Shocking News About Spies

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on June 7, 2009

Some of them are witty, highly intelligent, very involved in intellectual pursuits, and quite well-educated!

Of course, this shouldn’t shock anyone. Alger Hiss was quite smart and well-educated as well. Didn’t stop him from spying. The mere act of spying on behalf of the United States doesn’t indicate knuckle-dragging on the part of the spy, and even the possession of the most admirable intelligence and education does not prevent the commission of despicable and reprehensible acts.

I am amused to read that Walter Myers was able to allay any fears that he may have been a spy as a consequence of the fact that “all” of his friends and associates “were appalled by the Bush years.” But Myers’s seduction by the Cuban government began back in 1978, when Jimmy Carter was President. He was recruited by “an official from the Cuban mission” after he had moved to South Dakota in “the following year,” so it appears that his espionage career began in 1979 . . . back while Carter was still President. So while Myers deserves little credit for having been able to blend in amongst all of his “appalled” friends during the Bush years, my hat is off to him for having been able to deflect any suspicions that he was a spy during the Carter years, when his friends were (presumably) less appalled about the state of the country. I suppose I could be snarky, and ask what it was about Jimmy Carter that made Myers want to spy on his own country, but that would be unfair, wouldn’t it?

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