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'''Thomas Arthur Bisson''' was an Asia specialist working in the World War II [[Board of Economic Warfare]] (BEW) and later the [[Institute of Pacific Relations]] (IPR).  He was an American citizen who as a Soviet spy reported to the New York [[GRU]] (Soviet Military Intelligence) in 1943.  Bisson was a founding editorial board member of ''[[Amerasia]]'' and ''China Today''. 
Bisson supplied the GRU in 1943 through [[Joseph Bernstein]] confidential BEW reports including a joint British-American evaluation of the military situation on the [[Eastern Front (World War II)|Soviet-German front]], as well as reports on American strength in the [[China Burma India Theater of World War II|China theatre]] of operations, a report by the Chineses embassy in Washington D.C. on trade between Chinese nationals in Japan and Chinese mainland industrialists, a report by an American consul on conditions in Vladivostok, a report on [[Chiang Kai-shek]]'s war with the [[CCP]], and internal United States government discussions regarding direct contact with [[Maoist]] forces to arrange establishment of air bases in territories fallen under their control.
In a transmission from Soviet Military Intelligence (GRU) in New York to Moscow, a Venona decryption reads:
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Marquis ([[Joseph Bernstein]]) has established friendly relations with T.A. Bisson (hereafter Arthur). . . who has recently left BEW; he is now working in the Institute of Pacific Relations (IPR) and in the editorial offices of Marquis’ periodical [Amerasia]. . . Arthur passed to Marquis . . . copies of four documents: (a) his own report for BEW with his views on working out a plan for shipment of American troops to China; (b) a report by the Chinese embassy in Washington to its government in China. . . . (c) a brief BEW report of April 1943 on a general evaluation of the forces of the sides on the Soviet-German front. . . . (d) a report by the American consul in Vladivostok. . ."
In the 1950s, [[Senator Joseph McCarthy]] made accussations against Bisson, not knowing the full extent of Bisson's complicity in Soviet espionage. <ref>[http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?print=yes&id=455 McCarthyism: Waging the Cold War in America], by M. Stanton Evans, ''Human Events'', 05/30/1997. Updated 05/08/2003.</ref>
==Further reading==
*T.A. Bisson, ''American Policy in the Far East, 1931-1941'', Institute of Pacific Relations
=== References ===
*John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr, ''Venona: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America,'' Yale University Press
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