Julia Child Dished Up Secrets in WWII

Chef one of several famous Americans revealed as spies
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 14, 2008 3:03 AM CDT
Historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., who was a prominent member of John F. Kennedy's inner circle worked for the intelligence agency OSS during World War II.    (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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(Newser) – Legendary chef Julia Child, Hollywood star Sterling Hayden, White Sox catcher Moe Berg and historian Arthur Schlesinger were all spies for the US, according to newly declassified documents. Untold stories and clandestine heroics of World War II will come to light today as authorities release 750,000 pages of files from the Office of Strategic Services, a predecessor of the CIA.

A list of some 24,000 spies who kept their espionage careers closely guarded secrets for decades were released earlier this week. A number of actors, professors, musicians, historians and reports earned acclaim in other careers. "I think it's terrific," said a former OSS agent. "All of these people had been told never to mention they were with the OSS."