Talk:Charles Flato

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FBI Silvermaster file Vol. 36, pg. 72 pdf. This is an authorized wiretap, in this case the interception of a telegram, from Robert Talbott Miller and Jenny Miller. The telegram is addressed to "Charles Slato." You will recall, Elizabeth Bentley did not name Charles Flato at all, although Venona revealed Flato's complicity as a major conspirator. Now, at the time of this telegram, which appears to be simply a typographical error of a telegraph clerk, FBI field investigators and Venona decryptors were unaware of each others investigations. So when the joint investigation began nearly two years later, Flato was overlooked and escaped scrutiny evidently because of a simple typographical error and Bentley forgetting to mention him. Another curious bit is Flato's name again is misspelled in Soviet Archives as "Floto."

So by a series of flukes and quirck circumstances, Flato was never investigated fully, and managed to duck the scrutiny other Silvermaster group suspects underwent. Such is life. Rob Smith 17:20, 23 September 2007 (EDT)

That is interesting. Although even ones who were known to be spys were never arrested! Flato was treated as if he were a god by some CP members, so he must have been pretty important to be revevered so much. Wow, so you discovered this from looking over all the papers available! Dwain 18:28, 24 September 2007 (EDT)
All this research is primary source and in its early stages; we have a need for researchers to into those Silvermaster files. The unwritten history of the early Cold War is there. It's fascinating stuff. All U.S. history from the 1930s onward needs to be rewritten. Take look at FDR, I started there. Rob Smith 20:52, 24 September 2007 (EDT)
Great work on the FDR article! Do you think Flato might have been a double agent? Dwain 17:37, 30 September 2007 (EDT)
Thanks! No, not at all. He was just very very lucky. Haynes & Klehr make much of the fact Bentley never named him, and speculate whether she either did so because of some personal loyalty, or simply forgot. And it looks more like she just forgot, because she sold everybody else down the river. So if she forgot, a telegram clerk made a typo, the FBI didn't coordinate with Army signals intelligence for several years, and somebody in the Comintern in Moscow made a typo, this guy was just tremendously lucky in that he never recieved the same scrutiny others did. Amazing series of total flukes. This, IMO, is what makes history so fascinating. Rob Smith 18:08, 30 September 2007 (EDT)
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