Michael S. Leshing was an American citizen and the Superintendent of Twentieth Century Fox film laboratories in the 1940s. Leshing was awarded an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) Oscar in 1945 for Technical Achievement for color film processing.
Leshing is also known to have had a covert relationship with Soviet intelligence during World War II. In 1943 Leshing provided to the KGB's Technical Line of intelligence documents and a formula for color motion pictures and other filmprocessing technology.
Leshing is referenced in the following Venona project decryption:
- 512 KGB San Francisco to Moscow, 7 December 1943.
- AMPAS - Index of Motion Picture Credits - Films
- John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr, Venona: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999), pg. 292.