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Editor says, what if the isolationists had won out? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Intrepid thread.
In 1941,on this day the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested the director of British Security Co-ordination William Stephenson for planting propaganda in American newspapers, radio stations & wire servers, harrassing prominent isolationists and plotting against corporations working against British interests.
Codename IntrepidThe subsequent investigation determined that the upper reaches of Washington society and government had been infiltrated. Stephenson had been dispatched by British War Leader Winston Churchill with orders to "do all that was not being done and could not be done by overt means" to reverse the isolationalist policies of President Charles A. Lindbergh.
The White House had reneged on a 1939 pledge from Franklin D. Roosevelt to King George VI that "If London was bombed, the USA would come in". Churchill's response was to order the most controversial, covert action campaign in the annals of espionage. He sent the legendary Canadian spymaster to Washington where he outmanoerved the FBI and the Statement Department for months before his exposure by the prominent American businessman and political figure Joseph P. Kennedy.
Editor says, William Stephenson is considered to be one of the real-life inspirations for James Bond. His war-time colleague Ian Fleming himself once wrote, "James Bond is a highly romanticized version of a true spy. The real thing is William Stephenson". Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.