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How NBC News’ Irving R. Levine Fended Off the KGB Blackmailers

Jan 6, 2010  •  Post A Comment

Using FBI files it obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, Gawker has pieced together a fascinating tale of how the KGB attempted, unsuccessfully, to rope in NBC News correspondent Irving R. Levine when he was stationed in Moscow from 1955-1957.

The soft-spoken, bow-tied Levine died last March. According to the files, he was subject to numerous attempts by the KGB to turn him into a spy, while the FBI, as well, was keeping extensive tabs on him –down to the plans for his wedding– through its own “confidential informant.”

–Elizabeth Jensen

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