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Stephen Laird

Stephen Laird

American journalist
Stephen Laird
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Intro American journalist
Was Journalist
From United States of America
Type Journalism
Gender male
Birth 1915
Death 15 February 1990 (aged 75 years)
Swarthmore College
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Stephen Laird, born Laird Lichtenwalner, (August 1, 1915 - February 15, 1990) was an American journalist, working as a Time magazine reporter and CBS correspondent. He was also accused of being a Soviet spy, supposedly becoming a Communist in the 1930s and in the 1940s providing information to agents of the Soviet Union.

Laird was allegedly recruited by the Soviets while he was at Swarthmore College in the early 1930s. Laird told the Allentown Morning Call in 1986 that he became close friends with former Soviet ambassador to the United Nations Oleg Troyanovsky, son of Aleksandr A. Troyanovsky, the first Soviet ambassador to the United States from 1934 to 1938, while at Swarthmore. Troyanovsky was a fellow student and member of the football team, of which Laird was assistant coach. Troyanovsky later became a foreign policy assistant and interpreter for Joseph Stalin and adviser to Nikita Khrushchev.

Laird was supposedly considered to be a politically well-developed person by the MGB in 1944, and being utilized as an agent. In 1949 he was living in Vic Vaud, Switzerland. His case was referred to the CIA in the fall of 1950. The story of Laird's secret life surfaced for the first time in the Venona files. Laird's reported code name in Soviet intelligence and in the Venona files is "Yun".

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