August 27, 2015
Duh: Vehement anti-McCarthyite was really a Soviet spy
But George Clooney will never make a movie about this:
Belfrage then wrote a few books. Among them was one published by a major American publisher in 1973, The American Inquisition: 1945-1950, [sic] in which the author claimed that he too was a victim of vicious false accusations that he was a Soviet agent.
At the time, late anti-Communist liberal and social-democrat Sidney Hook had written:
[Belfrage] was a member of the British Intelligence Service who had been recruited by the Soviet Secret Police operating in the U.S. … a double-agent with basic loyalty to the Kremlin.
For that correct assessment made in the ’50s, Hook was himself condemned as an accomplice of the anti-Communist reactionary witch-hunters, written off by believers in the Popular Front as a deluded witch-hunter pretending to be a liberal. If only Hook was still alive to have witnessed himself vindicated.