William Pinsly

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William Pinsly was an American who was a source of information for Andrey Shevchenko, a Soviet intelligence operative during World War II. Pinsly was one of several sources who worked at Curtiss-Wright Aircraft Corporation in Williamsville, New York. Soviet intelligence assigned Pinsly the cover names CORK and NEMO.


Pinsly is referenced in the following Venona project decryptions:

941 KGB New York to Moscow, 4 July 1944; 943 KGB New York to Moscow, 4 July 1944; 1403 KGB New York to Moscow, 5 October 1944; 1559 KGB New York to Moscow, 6 November 1944.


  • John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr, Venona: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999).