The SOLO File: Declassified Documents Detail The FBI’s Most Valued Secret Agents of the Cold War

Morris Childs Talked to Mao, Khrushchev, Suslov, Ponomarev – Carried Soviet Funds for American Communists (with Brother Jack) – Reported Back to the FBI for Two Decades – New book, Enemies: A History of the FBI – Published on The National Security Archive, Electronic Briefing Book No. 375, April 10, 2012. Information contact: (Washington) 202/994-7000, e-mail.

The “FBI’s most valued secret agents of the Cold War,” brothers Morris and Jack Childs, together codenamed SOLO, reported back to J. Edgar Hoover starting in 1958 about face-to-face meetings with top Soviet and Chinese Communist leaders including Mao and Khrushchev, while couriering Soviet funds for the American Communist Party, according to newly declassified FBI files cited in the new book by Tim Weiner, Enemies: A History of the FBI (New York: Random House, 2012). 

Highlights from the massive SOLO files (which total more than 6,941 pages in 45 volumes declassified in August 2011 and January 2012) appear on the National Security Archive’s Web site today at nsarchive.org, together with an overview by Tim Weiner and a new search function, powered by the Archive’s partnership with DocumentCloud, that enables full-text search of the entire SOLO file (instead of the 45 separate PDF searches required by the FBI’s Vault publication at the FBI/Solo) … (full text, Docs 1 to 6, more about SOLO, and 45 FBI-SOLO-Docs).

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