FBI Suspected Irving Kristol of Soviet Ties

5-month investigation ultimately cleared neo-con giant
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 3, 2010 2:00 PM CST
William Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard, poses on the red carpet upon arrival at a salute to FOX News Channel's Brit Hume on January 8, 2009 in Washington, DC.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – During the late 1980s, the father of neoconservatism—who is also the father of Fox News commentator and Weekly Standard boss Bill Kristol—was investigated by the FBI over possible contact with a suspected Soviet agent, Gawker finds in a study of FBI documents. The much-redacted documents suggest contact information for Irving Kristol, a vehement opponent of communism, appeared in the suspected Soviet agent’s notebook.

The FBI began a five-month probe, finally interviewing him using a “pretext” to protect a source. The chat seems to have satisfied the FBI that Kristol wasn’t a spy; the probe was dropped. But “it’s worth noting,” writes John Cook, that Irving’s son Bill has staunchly supported “Bush-era policies” allowing “extra-judicial detention and interrogation” of suspected terrorist helpers. “Like, maybe if their name turned up in a someone's notebook or something.” Click here to see the documents.

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