We cannot be certain if IRMep, the source for this post, reviewed carefully their embedded sources for their release, but we wanted to bring to light the involvement with foreign spy activities in the US in the 1940s.
Within the New Release of FBI documents referred below as a 17MB PDF file is mention of one HELEN SILVERMASTER. She was identified by Communist defector Elizabeth Bentley as a Soviet spy within the notorious Silvermaster cell:
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This needs a serious dose of forensic scholarship, but these are some of the threads to tug on....CV
Isaiah L. Kenen:
Foreign Agent to Founder of AIPAC
DocumentsIn the late 1940's, Isaiah L. "Si" Kenen was instrumental in lobbying the US Congress, administration, and United Nations for the creation of the state of Israel in Palestine. In 1948 he moved from Israel's UN delegation to start the "Israel Office of Information" on behalf of the Israeli Embassy and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Kenen had to register under the 1938 Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) with the US Department of Justice. In his biography "Israel's Defense Line", Kenen revealed that he began planning to break free of FARA oversight in coordination with the Israeli government in late 1950:
"Israelis began looking for a lobbyist to promote the necessary legislation…would I leave the Israeli delegation for six months to lobby on Capitol Hill? There were other questions. Should I continue my registration as an agent of the Israel government? Was it appropriate for an embassy to lobby? Embassies talked to the State Department, and American voters talked to their congressmen."Kenen left the Israel Office of Information to lobby for the American Zionist Council and later became chairman of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee known as AIPAC.
Israel Office of InformationNew Release: FBI files document AIPAC founder Isaiah L. Kenen's receipt of strategic direction from the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the founder of Mossad. Full PDF FBI file (17 MB)
|09/09/1948||DOJ memo to files by Bernard S. Morris "Mr. Arthur Liverhant, Second Secretary of the Israeli Mission, conferred with Mr. Lenvin and the writer on September 1, 1948 concerning the registration of the Israeli Information Office. Mr. Liverhant stated that the offices were being established in Washington and New York with a director for each. The forms were explained to Mr. Liverhant in detail and he also was advised of the filing and labeling requirements."|
|10/16/1948||On October 10, 1948 Arthur C.A. Liverhant of Israel's UN Mission submits a foreign agent registration cover letter for a new "Israel Office of Information" naming Rita Grossman, Bernard Zamichow, Isaiah Kenen, Harvey Rosenhouse and Harry Zinder as officers.|
|10/16/1948||Foreign Agent Registration Act forms naming Isaiah L. Kenen as "Director of Information" of the New York office.|
|11/01/1948||The Israel Office of Information chooses June 30 and December 31 as calendar reporting deadlines.|
|11/1/1948||Isaiah L. Kenen's personal Foreign Agent Registration Act declaration. Though he noted in his biographies working relations with many Israeli officials such as Abba Eban and David Ben-Gurion, in the section requiring all connections with foreign officials Kenen wrote "none."|
|12/03/1948||The US Department of State in Washington, DC (in charge of FARA administration between 1938 and 1942) forwards a copy of the FARA declaration to the Department of Justice|
|11/22/1948-03/04/1949||DOJ Deficiency Record: "Exhibit A filed Lillian Guterman indicates there is a Calif[ornia] Office"|
|06/17/1949||DOJ Deficiency Notice: "An examination of your registration statement, filed on October 12, 1948 reveals certain deficiencies which are noted below. It is suggested that these deficiencies be corrected in filing the next supplemental statement...It is indicated that you have an office in the Los Angeles Consulate."|
|06/30/1950||Israel Office of Information Supplemental Registration Statement submitted by Isaiah L. Kenen. Though he traveled to Capitol Hill to lobby for US arms and aid to Israel in January of 1950 ( Israel's Defense Line) Kenen does not disclose this lobbying foray on this supplemental declaration.|
|01/17/1951||FARA Section Memo by Nathan Lenvin on an Isaiah Kenen visit. "Mr. Isaiah L. Kenen, Director of Information for the Government of Israel's Mission to the United Nations and one of the officers of the Israeli Office of Information, visited my office on January 17, 1951 to discuss his possible obligations under the Foreign Agents Registration Act in the event he terminates his present activities and establishes his own public relations business. |
Mr. Kenen stated that his first client would probably be the Government of Israel and consequently I told him that he should file a new registration statement on Form FA-1. I explained to Mr. Kenen the registration statement of the Israeli Office of Information and the necessity for the filing of a new statement. Mr. Kenen stated that he would file a new statement as soon as he commences his activities on behalf of the Government of Israel. Suitable forms were given to Mr. Kenen."
|02/13/1951||Isaiah Kenen announces he is resigning from the Israel Office of Information. "Since January 1st, I was retained by the Government of Israel in an advisory capacity in the field of public relations. However, I have now changed my plans and severed my relations with the Israel government. I would, therefore, request that my name be removed from your lists..."|