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Julia Child was a spy

Patricia Sullivan

This has the makings of the most popular National Archives download of all time:

Details about Julia Child's background and nearly 24,000 other OSS employees are revealed in the newly released documents, withheld from public view as classified records for decades by the CIA.

The 750,000 documents identify the vast spy network managed by the OSS, which later became the CIA. President Franklin Roosevelt created the OSS, the country's first centralized intelligence operation.

The OSS files offer details about other agents, including Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg, major league catcher Moe Berg, historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. and film actor Sterling Hayden.

Other notables identified in the files include John Hemingway, son of author Ernest Hemingway; Kermit Roosevelt, son of President Theodore Roosevelt; and Miles Copeland, father of Stewart Copeland, drummer for the band The Police.

Some of those like Child on the list have been identified previously as having worked for the OSS, but their personnel records never have been available before. Those records would show why they were hired, jobs they were assigned to and perhaps even missions they pursued while working for the agency.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  August 14, 2008; 2:36 PM ET
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Heard about the 'Julia Child was a spy' thing years ago, it is not news, the media are looking quite empty and tired on this one.

Posted by: chris | August 14, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

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