Was Owen Lattimore a spy, secret agent,
dupe, fool, or victim of Joe McCarthy. For many years
Owen Lattimore was America's most visible expert on
Central Asia. Lattimore was also suspected of being a
Communist Agent. Most of his detractors suggested he was
working for the Soviets. A good argument could be made
that he was working for the Red Chinese. Lattimore
appears to have been one of those old China hands who
went "native" and saw the Red Chinese as the
best hope of the Chinese People. However many people
claim he was a victim of McCarthyism. One old CIA agent
who had served in Central Asia swore to me Lattimore was
a good guy. I don't buy it, I think Lattimore was working
to further the interests of Red China. Whatever you call
him he had a particular ax to grind.
Actually the more I dig the more convinced I am that
he was serving as an agent of the Chinese Communists. It
appears that the spy ring continues to this day and
continues to subvert US foreign policy.
- Deceased (in 1989)
- Born in Washington, D.C. in July 29, 1900 to
David and Margaret Lattimore
- Spent most of his youth until 12 with his
missionary family in China.
- Married to Eleanor Holgate Lattimore.
- Editor of Pacific Affairs, published by the New
York-based Institute of Pacific Relations.
- 1941 political advisor to Chinese Nationalist
leader Chiang Kai-shek.
- Father of David Lattimore, professor emeritus in
classical Chinese studies at Brown University.
- Close associate of Moses
Chaim "M.C" Shelesnyak a registered
voter in the Communist Party and in the American
Labor Party. Shelesnyak
had close ties to Owen Lattimore. FBI -
Freedom of Information Act - Owen Lattimore
- Known associate of Philip Jaffe.
- Known associate of Raymond
- Arctic explorer and Communist Vilhjalmur Stefansson,
Owen Lattimore, and Professor Moses Chaim "M.C"
Shelesnyak, were close friends. FBI -
Freedom of Information Act - Owen Lattimore
- Lattimore, Owen. The Desert Road to Turkestan.
introduction by David Lattimore
- Lattimore, Owen. America and Asia (1943),
- Lattimore, Owen. The Situation in Asia (1949),
- Lattimore, Owen. Pivot of Asia (1950),
- Lattimore, Owen. Ordeal by Slander (1950),
- Lattimore, Owen. Studies in Asian Frontier
- Lattimore, Owen. Silks, Spices and Empire (ed.,
with Eleanor Lattimore, 1968).
- Owen Lattimore has been accused of originating
the slur, "McCarthyism".
Hopkins Magazine -- September 2000
- We now know that Currie, Lattimore's intimate
friend and patron at the White House, was a
Soviet spy. Lattimore's own pro-Soviet outlook
was clearly expressed in a memo he wrote to the
executive director of the Institute for Pacific
Relations, a think tank financed by the
Rockefeller and Carnegie foundations, which
published his magazine: "For the USSR --
back their international policy in general, but
without using their slogans and above all without
giving them or anybody else the impression of
On Currie's advice,
Lattimore hired a KGB collaborator named Michael
Greenberg as his assistant at Pacific Affairs,
and then on his own initiative, Chen Han-shen, a
Chinese spy, as his co-editor. Lattimore put his
request for the co-editor through the channels of
the Comintern. Yet, in the battle with McCarthy,
Lattimore was the put-upon hero in the eyes of
liberals and Democrats (with important exceptions
like Arthur Schlesinger). http://www.salon.com/news/col/horo/1999/12/06/weisberg/index3.html
Lattimore was leaking information to the
Soviets while he was an advisor to Chiang
Kai-shek and that the Soviets considered
Lattimore to be "working for them". http://foia.fbi.gov/owenlatt/owenlatt1a.pdf
Height: 5 foot 9 inches.
Weight: 175 pounds at age 49.
Hair: brown receding hairline, with bald spot.
Smoked a pipe.
Lattimore was banned by the American legion
because of his politics. http://foia.fbi.gov/owenlatt/owenlatt1a.pdf
Lattimore allowed US naval intelligence
officer and Soviet Spy Lieutenant Andrew Roth to
stay at his home.
"Owen Lattimore saw I. F. Nikishov, the
head of the most murderous camp system in the
Gulag, as having a trained and sensitive
interest in art and music and also a deep sense
of civic responsibility." Hoover
Digest- 1999 no. 3
Or -- to take another fellow traveler
virtually at random -- we should keep in mind the
valuable work of Owen Lattimore of Johns Hopkins
University. Prof. Lattimore visited Kolyma in the
summer of 1944, as an aide to the vice president
of the United States, Henry Wallace. He wrote a
glowing report on the camp and on its chief
warden, Commandant Nikishov, for the National
Geographic. Lattimore compared Kolyma to a
combination of the Hudson's Bay Company and the
TVA. The number of the influential American
fellow travelers was, in fact, legion, and I can
think of no moral principle that would justify
our forgetting what they did and what they did it
in aid of. Marxist
Dreams and Soviet Realities
"McCarthy also had very revealing
information about the Amerasia case. This
involved John Stewart Service, a foreign service
officer who had been stationed in China, who was
arrested for passing classified information to
Philip Jaffe, the editor of Amerasia, a
pro-Communist magazine. In a major speech,
McCarthy charged that the Justice Department
failure to prosecute the case was a massive
cover-up. "We now know that he was 100
percent correct," Evans said. The FBI
wiretapped the meeting where the cover-up was
arranged to get Service off. Laughlin Currie, an
adviser to President Roosevelt and a known Soviet
agent, was involved in this. The Tydings
Committee said it could find nothing
incriminating in the FBI files of McCarthy target
Owen Lattimore, a key adviser to the State
Department. Evans read from Lattimore's FBI file.
It said in 1941 that Lattimore was a Communist
who should be detained in the event of a national
emergency. Currie, Service and Lattimore were all
players in a conspiracy that engaged in espionage
for the Communists and manipulated U.S. policy to
their benefit. They maneuvered to cut off aid to
the Chinese Nationalists in order to help Mao win
control of China. Their efforts succeeded and the
Nationalists fled to Taiwan in 1949. We and the
Chinese have paid dearly for this betrayal."
Report - March A, 2000
It was also during the
mid-to-late Forties that Communist sympathizers
in the State Department played a key role in the
subjugation of mainland China by the Reds.
"It is my judgment, and I was in the State
Department at the time," said former
Ambassador William D. Pawley, "that this
whole fiasco, the loss of China and the
subsequent difficulties with which the United
States has been faced, was the result of mistaken
policy of Dean Acheson, Phil Jessup, [Owen] Lattimore,
John Carter Vincent, John Service, John Davies, [O.E.] Clubb, and
others." Asked if he thought the mistaken
policy was the result of "sincere mistakes
of judgment," Pawley replied: "No, I
New American - McCarthyism - Forty questions and
answers about Senator Joseph McCarthy - May 11,
Owen Lattimore and Selig
Harrison both corresponded with Sheila Payne wife
of Robert Payne prolific author and biographer of
many Communist leaders, Mao, Trotsky, Lenin,
Marx, etc... http://www.sunysb.edu/library/mc318.htm
Payne was also linked to O.
Alger Hiss, Owen
Lattimore and Selig
Harrison all have ties to Johns Hopkins
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J. Barry O'Connell Jr.