Bernard Redmont

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Venona
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Bernard Sidney Redmont obtained an M.S. form the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1939 and was awarded the school’s highest honor, Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship. Redmont has a reading and speaking knowledge of German and Latin. Redmont was a propagandist and KGB agent during World War II and later worked as CBS News Moscow and Paris Bureau Chief during the Vietnam War. Redmont is extensivley cited in the FBI Silvermaster group file as a "known Soviet agent." [1]

World War II

Redmont was an employee of the Rockefeller Commission and was the head of the Foreign News Bureau of the Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs (CIAA).

Redmont was identified by Elizabeth Bentley as one of her contacts who supplied her with information from he gathered while employed in the CIAA for transmission to the Soviet Union.[2] Redmont also is identified in the Gorsky Memo as codename MON. The Gorsky Memo is a December 1948 memo written by Anatoly Gorsky, a senior official of the Committee of Information (KI), the agency then supervising Soviet foreign intelligence and was discovered in KGB Archives in Moscow.[3] Code name "MON" also occurs in the Venona transcripts as a Soviet source but was never identified by Arlington Hall cryptographers, and is compatible with identification from Soviet Archives of "MON" as Redmont.

Vietnam War and Paris Peace negotiations

Redmont became CBS News Moscow and Paris bureau chief and also worked for Westinghouse Broadcasting Corporation/Group W and other media outlets. In 1961 Redmont served as President of the Anglo-American Press Association. In 1968 Redmont covered the Paris peace negotiations and was granted an interview by North Vietnamese negotiator Mai Van Bo.[4] In 1973 Redmont covered the Yom Kippur War. Later he became Dean Emeritus of Boston University College of Communication. [5] Redmont authored of Risks Worth Taking: The Odyssey of a Foreign Correspondent.

References

  1. FBI Silvermaster file Vol. 62, pgs. 1 - 31 late July 1946. Volume consists entirely of report on activities and contacts of Bernard Redmont in Latin America; Redmont is described as “known Soviet agent” pg. 13; heavily redacted. See also Bentley deposition; “Underground Soviet Espionage Organization (NKVD) in Agencies of the United States Government,” serial 573, and FBI Washington Field Office report, 21 April 1947, serial 2349.
  2. Bentley deposition pgs. 278-284
  3. Alexander Vassiliev, Notes on A. Gorsky’s Report to Savchenko S.R., KGB file 43173 vol. 2 (v) pp. 46-55, 23 December 1949.
  4. Bernard Redmont interview with Mai Van Bo, Hanoi's representative in Paris peace negotiations
  5. Professors of Denial: Ignoring the truth about American Communists
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