Stalinist Spy Does Not Take Secrets to the Grave

Morton Sobell has died at 101, perhaps because he never did time in the Gulag.

Morton Sobell, whose obituary noting his 101 years appeared this week in the New York Times, spied for Stalinist Russia about 70 years ago. His life’s real misdeed came about a decade ago, when he admitted that, contrary to his earlier insistence and that of his many champions in academia and the media, he did, indeed, commit espionage on behalf of the Soviet Union.

“Now I know it was an illusion,” Sobell then reflected of his belief in Communism. “I was taken in.”

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