Commentary’s Trumped-Up Case Against I.F. Stone

Right-wing historians are back again with more claims that the renowned progressive journalist I.F. Stone was a KGB operative. Harvey Klehr, John Earl Haynes and Alexander Vassiliev have an article on Commentary‘s website headlined “I.F. Stone, Soviet Agent–Case Closed.” “Until now,” they write, “the evidence was equivocal and subject to different interpretations. No longer.” So what is this unequivocal, case-closing evidence, subject to only one interpretation? It’s notes from co-author Vassiliev’s notebooks, made when the former KGB agent was allowed to examine Soviet intelligence files in the early 1990s. He says he had to leave the notebooks behind in 1998, […]