Spy Stuff

Walter Winchell

St Petersburg Times/March 2, 1944

 One of the most bitter ironies of modern history is the fact that British Intelligence had evidence proving that Hitler intended to start a war in Europe. But Chamberlain refused to believe it. Instead of believing his own Intelligence—Chamberlain took Hitler’s word when he said that he wanted peace . . . When the war is over the story will be told: It will reveal how an American newspaper man gathered the evidence that resulted in America kicking out Nazi diplomats—because they were working as Nazi espionage agents . . . Each Nazi chief has a private spy ring that he uses to keep tabs on other Nazi biggies. That’s why Goebbels has a switchboard which is used to listen in on every conversation in his building.

Glamorous Mata Haris are seldom used these days. The Nazis train ordinary looking people for spy work so that they won’t stand out in a crowd and excite suspicion . . . In Argentina the Nazis control more than a dozen widely circulated daily newspapers and distribute over 300,000 pamphlets weekly  . . . Each Nazi spy gets certain tricks to use. As soon as he is nabbed those tricks go on a blacklist to make certain another agent won’t use the same act.

Germans in America who refused to work for the Bund were kidnapped—shipped back to Germany and shot. Yet we still have many Bund supporters in this country who aren’t in cells! . . . The Nazi espionage network is a tremendous organization: The British discovered that there were 14,000 Nazi agents in Britain who were posing as servants . . . Five years ago the Nazis spent more money on espionage activities than we spent for our army and navy.

The Jap System is to educate every Jap with the idea of being a sneak. When a Jap returned from a visit to another nation he promptly went to the Jap foreign office and told them everything he saw and heard . . . Even the most innocent type of information is vital to spies. Something that may seem unimportant to you—could supply the missing link to a vital secret for a trained spy . . . One of the duties of Nazi agents in this country was to jot down overheard conversations. It served as a guide to our morale. If they heard many Americans in one part of the country spouting racial hatred—that’s where the Nazis concentrated their hate propaganda.

Nazi agents run many schools in Argentina—where Argentine children of German descent are given military training. They used to run similar schools in California until this reporter exposed the recently indicted Nazi agent behind that plot—F.K. Feranz . . . Mata Hari was as great a spy as legends assert. The only reason she was trapped was that one of her fellow espionage agents betrayed her . . . If you knew the amazing weapons Nazi saboteurs have at their command, you’d appreciate the great work the FBI has done in controlling the sabotage threat.

When Axis diplomats were booted out by the Allies the espionage network they controlled didn’t fold up. That network is now being run via Spanish diplomats and the Spanish Falange . . . This is now one freelance spy coined a fortune during the last war: He sold German secrets to the allies. Then he was paid by Germany—after informing them the Allies had found out their secret . . . Those who hate their own nation’s leaders (more than the enemy) have been of more aid to the Nazis than their paid agents. That’s why Nazi espionage chiefs concentrate on propaganda to give such people ammunition The Nazis know it’s the cheapest and best form of sabotage. An unpatriotic labor leader can do more harm to our war production than a saboteur’s bomb. An unpatriotic politician can cause more confusion among Americans than a fleet of Nazi bombers. Greedy moneybags have given the Nazis more secrets through cartels than their agents could ever theft.

Espionage a la Hollywood thrillers is old hat. The best weapon of Japanazi agents is propaganda. The Nazis have discovered that destroying a nation’s will to fight, by spreading confusion and disunity, helps them more than destroying war plants . . . A Nazi outfit named World Service draws up the propaganda blueprints to be used by their supporters in democratic nations. Many American rabble-rousers were on its mailing list. Some Americancers are still making use of the propaganda lessons they learned from the Nazis . . . As far back as 1936, Congress was given evidence of Jap espionage in America, but it was ignored . . . When American newspapers and mags arrive in neutral countries everything written about Nazism is clipped by Nazi agents and sent to Goebbels.

The international spy exchange does a thriving business inside neutral nations. it is composed of espionage agents who gather information about any country and sell it to the highest bidder . . . A skunk disguised as a dove isn’t anything new When Franz von Papen directed German sabotage and espionage activities (in America before the last war) the outfit he used as a front was labeled: The National Peace Council

This is how Nazis trust each other: The Gestapo spies on the German army, and the Germany army spies on the Gestapo .  . Himmler has every newsreel that depicts an assassination. He runs them off hundreds of times—in order to observe how best to guard Hitler against a similar attempt . . . When German militarists try to save themselves by getting rid of Hitler they will credit him in the eyes of the German people by offering evidence proving that in 1919 Hitler was a spy who sold German military secrets to the French!

The first evidence proving that the Japs intended to conquer the world was ferreted out by a Russian spy. He obtained the document outlining the plans of Jap militarists (now known as the Tanaka Memorial document), and it was published in the United States—in order to throw the Japs off the track . . . Hess’ peace plan to Britain was a bit of trickery he learned from the Japs. The Japs taught all their agents to proclaim their love for peace in order to throw a country off its guard—before a sneak attack was launched. Hess spent many years in Japan studying Jap espionage methods.

One of the unknown homefront heroes is Walter Morrissey. He was the superintendant at the Nazis’ New York consulate When the Nazis gave him documents to burn in the furnace he turned them over to the FBI. Evidence from these documents helped the G-men crack one of the biggest spy rings in America.

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