Magazine July 6, 2009, Issue

The Redhunters

A remarkable duo's pursuit of former spies and historical truth

The chase began on Google. Harvey Klehr typed “Russell McNutt” into the search box. Thousands of results flooded his computer. Klehr scoured them. “On about the 895th reference,” he recalls, “we found the clue that led us to him.”

Months earlier, Klehr and his colleague, John Earl Haynes, had spotted McNutt’s name in notebooks smuggled out of Russia. It was linked to a couple of aliases that Soviet intelligence operatives had used for one of their American agents in the 1940s. FBI investigators had known about the aliases — first “Fogel,” later changed to “Persian” — for decades. Researchers outside the

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John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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