Brendan O. Connel • The Silvermaster Spy Ring
The Silvermaster group was a major Soviet espionage organization that operated within the United States Government during World War II. It was investigated by the FBI spanning the years 1945 through 1959. Nathan Gregory Silvermaster was the leader of the spy ring which consisted of 27 principal KGB operatives gathering information from at least six Federal agencies. The group operated primarily in the Department of the Treasury but also had contacts in the Army Air Force and in the White House. Sixty-one of the Venona cables concern the activities of the Silvermaster spy ring.
In 1942 the Silvermaster Group delivered 59 rolls of film to their handler. In 1943, it was 211 rolls, 600 in 1944, and 1895 in 1945.
========== Investigation ===========
In November 1945 Elizabeth Bentley, the courier from group based in Washington, D.C. to KGB headquarters in New York defected to the FBI. The KGB had removed Bentley from overseeing at least 80 members of the CPUSA Underground Apparatus in 1944. Realizing she knew too much, was no longer of use to the KGB, and her life was in danger, she told her story to the FBI in a deposition.
The FBI knew of 5 Soviet agents throughout the war, Bentley added at least another 80, some of which were still employed in the US government at that time. Her story at first was incredible and embarrassing to the FBI, but her allegations soon were borne out by information already in Bureau files. By December, no fewer than 227 FBI agents were involved in the case.
The suspects were surveilled throughout much of 1946 in hopes of learning more about the organization and building a prosecutable case. Meanwhile, other information came from Igor Guzenko, a Soviet code clerk who defected in Canada, and the Army Signals Intelligence Service which began secretly reading KGB communications with Moscow.
========== Members ==========
1.) Nathan Gregory Silvermaster, Chief Planning Technician, Procurement Division, United States Department of the Treasury; Chief Economist, War Assets Administration; Director of the Labor Division, Farm Security Administration; Board of Economic Warfare; Reconstruction Finance Corporation Department of Commerce
2.) Helen Silvermaster (wife)
3.) Schlomer Adler, United States Department of the Treasury
4.) Norman Chandler Bursler, United States Department of Justice Anti-Trust Division
5.) Frank Coe, Assistant Director, Division of Monetary Research, Treasury Department; Special Assistant to the United States Ambassador in London; Assistant to the Executive Director, Board of Economic Warfare; Assistant Administrator, Foreign Economic Administration
6.) Lauchlin Currie, Administrative Assistant to President Roosevelt; Deputy Administrator of Foreign Economic Administration; Special Representative to China
7.) Bela Gold, Assistant Head of Program Surveys, Bureau of Agricultural Economics, United States Department of Agriculture; Senate Subcommittee on War Mobilization; Office of Economic Programs in Foreign Economic Administration
8.) Sonia Steinman Gold, Division of Monetary Research U.S. Treasury Department; U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Interstate Migration; U.S. Bureau of Employment Security
9.) Irving Kaplan, Foreign Funds Control and Division of Monetary Research, United States Department of the Treasury Foreign Economic Administration; chief advisor to the Military Government of Germany
10.) George Silverman, civilian Chief Production Specialist, Material Division, Army Air Force Air Staff, War Department, Pentagon
11.) William Henry Taylor, Assistant Director of the Middle East Division of Monetary Research, United States Department of Treasury
12.) William Ullman, delegate to United Nations Charter meeting and Bretton Woods conference; Division of Monetary Research, Department of Treasury; Material and Services Division, Air Corps Headquarters, Pentagon
13.) Anatole Volkov
14.) Harry Dexter White, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury; Head of the International Monetary Fund Source: https://www.conservapedia.com/Silvermaster_group
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