Secrecy in the news
A few interesting stories on secrecy in this a.m.’s inbox:
- From Peter Buck Feller who writes on his father’s espionage activities – his secret life – under Stalin:
But the narratives by children of spies add another dimension altogether. They overlay the story of their fathers’ — yes, most of them are men — exploits with the inchoate anguish of feeling excluded from an essential part of family life. These memoirs read half like hero worship and half like the product of 15 years of asking, “Daddy, what did you do at work today?” and getting a lie for an answer. Precious little attention has been given to the filial cost of espionage.
- Several stories on the proposed selling of Plum Island by the General Services Administration:
Plan to sell Plum Island questioned in NY, Conn (Frank Eltmann, AP) and Shrouded in secrecy, Plum I. opened to tour in advance of hearing on L.I. Sound site’s future (Judy Benson, The Day). BTW, one of the best researched books on the history of USDA’s Plum Island Animal Disease Laboratory is Carroll’s Lab 257.