Audio: The Kennedy KGB Connection Updated

posted at 12:18 pm on October 25, 2006 by Bryan

Kennedy assessed the situation and said “The problem here is the American president.”

Earlier this week I interviewed Paul Kengor, author of The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism. The book is a fascinating and detailed study of President Reagan’s strategy to defeat the USSR and wreck international Communism.

Among its most sensational aspects is a section detailing the domestic opposition to Reagan’s campaign for re-election in 1984 and his decision to deploy intermediate-range nuclear forces (INFs), Pershing II missiles, into Western Europe to counter the Soviet deployment of nuclear weapons across the Warsaw Pact. Specifically, Kengor includes what is purported to be a translated memo from the KGB archives, dated May 14, 1983, that describes an offer made to the KGB on behalf of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) by former Senator John Tunney (D-CA), a fellow Democrat and close friend of Kennedy’s.

According to the document, Sen. Kennedy offered to help the Soviet leadership mount a media public relations campaign in the United States that would do two things. First, it would convince the American people that the Soviets intended peaceful co-existence with us. Second, it would undermine President Reagan’s efforts to deploy the Pershing IIs and build the Strategic Defense Initiative as well as undermining his national security stances and strategy on a broad basis, which in turn would dent Reagan’s campaign to be re-elected in 1984. In short, Sen. Kennedy was offering to work with USSR General Secretary Yuri Andropov against the President of the United States.

The interview is linked below both as Flash and downloadable mp3. It’s about 20 minutes long. I’ve edited it here and there for clarity, but not for content. In the interview, Dr. Kengor establishes several important things about the document. He establishes where and when it was found and by whom, and how it ended up in his possession and therefore in his book. This gives us a chain of custody going back to 1992, when then Russian President Boris Yeltsin had opened the Soviet archives in order to keep the resurgent Communists at bay, and when Tim Sebastian of the London Sunday Times discovered the document in the Soviet archive. Sebastian first reported on the document in the Times, in 1992, though his story only included a few sentences from the document. Kengor’s book includes the entire translated document. The scholars Kengor mentions as having passed the document to him both have serious pedigrees in researching the Soviet Union. Their names are Herb Romerstein, author of The Venona Secrets, and Marko Suprun. They are also named in the book’s footnotes.


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Outside the Sebastian article and Kengor’s book, there is independent confirmation that Sen. Kennedy made yet another overture to the Soviets. In 2002, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, chaired by former Sen. Lee Hamilton (D-IN) and which can hardly be regarded as a Republican shill, published Working Paper #40. That paper is online at this link, and contains about a dozen references to Sen. Kennedy. On page 167 it refers to Kennedy’s intent to work with the Soviets to free the hostages in Tehran–in order to bolster Kennedy’s prospects against President Jimmy Carter, against whom Kennedy was running for the Democrat nomination for president in 1980. Kennedy was also hoping to work with the Soviet leadership to keep detente on track, even as Carter was castigating the USSR for its invasion of Afghanistan. Working Paper #40 goes into some detail about Kennedy’s efforts against President Carter’s anti-Soviet policies in 1980. As in the 1983 overture, Kennedy enlisted Tunney to be his agent in Moscow against a sitting US president’s foreign policy. Taken together, it seems that Sen. Kennedy was equally ready to undermine a Democrat or Republican president.

Update: In the interview, Dr. Kengor mentions an article written by one of his sources, Herb Romerstein, regarding the Kennedy KGB document. Here is the article. It’s very much worth your time. (h/t A Blog For All)

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the Republicans need to use this in their campaigns

Starblazer on October 25, 2006 at 12:22 PM

How the hell is Kenedy not in jail or swinging from a yard arm? This is treason.

elBarto on October 25, 2006 at 12:24 PM

Isn’t it? I mean if working with the Soviet Union against the President isn’t treason, then what is?

Esthier on October 25, 2006 at 12:32 PM

Because he lives in Massachufriscoistan….state is BOUGHT, PAID FOR, RENTED, and WILLING……..It wasn’t CAMELOT it was SCAMALOT

Limerick on October 25, 2006 at 12:33 PM

Nailing down a Kennedy is like picking up mercury with a pair of tweezers. Most of us will just shake our head and say what else is new, the others will think he is a hero. What a sad man he is, and he is the best Mass. can do. In the future, you won’t be able to find anyone admitting to voting for him, he is both shameful and shameless.

right2bright on October 25, 2006 at 12:40 PM

If this is not treason I don’t know what is. Allthough I could say the same thing about the editors at the NYT, John Kerry falsely accusing American soldiers during Vietnam and that jihadi lawyer lady who recently got a slap on the wrist by a Clinton appointed judge. Heck, I could throw Clinton in that mix too for handing the North Koreans the means and technology to make nukes and accepting campaign contributions from the Chinese. I have to presume that the only reason Adam Gadahn was just indicted for treason is because he isn’t a registered Democrat.

Zetterson on October 25, 2006 at 12:40 PM

Wow. This really needs more play across all medias. How can this man continue to be re-elected?

CrimsonFisted on October 25, 2006 at 12:42 PM

Chowda’ Head!!

Fargus on October 25, 2006 at 12:44 PM

Yeah….it is sad…..went from Boston Tea Party, Lexington, Concord, to ‘can’t we all just get along’……..

He and Senator Tunney were joined at the hip…..with Russia. His brother would have put him back in that car.

Limerick on October 25, 2006 at 12:45 PM

…and I thought Teddy was spending all his time kissing up to Daniel Ortega and the Sandinistas. I’m surprised he found the time.

irishsquid on October 25, 2006 at 12:48 PM

Yeah….it is sad…..went from Boston Tea Party, Lexington, Concord, to ‘can’t we all just get along’……..

If only it were that benign. It sounds to me as though Kennedy was using the KGB in order to gain the White House for himself, literally, an attempt to use treason to take the White House.

Esthier on October 25, 2006 at 12:49 PM

Right Limerick, Tunney and Kennedy roomed together in college. Tunney was Kennedy’s lackey. I remember Tunney’s campaign, with his “ahkcent”, Kennedy was all over California Campaigning for “I never had to work” Tunney. He owed so much to Kennedy that he would have sold out (and obviously did) his country to be a knight in Camelot. Tunney was a weak man (known now as a girly man), living in the shadow of his heavy-weight father.

right2bright on October 25, 2006 at 12:57 PM

Wouldn’t that have put a soviet agent into the white house?

Wyrd on October 25, 2006 at 12:58 PM

Wasn’t Kenn*hic*edy called the “conscience of the Senate?”

I guess a man of conscience has to do what a man of conscience has to do. (please note the heavy sarcasm)

KelliD on October 25, 2006 at 1:02 PM

Taken together, it seems that Sen. Kennedy was equally ready to undermine a Democrat or Republican president.

Rick on October 25, 2006 at 1:05 PM

The people of Massachusett might keep re electing him but the senate itself can investigate and even throw him out of office.

Should write the congress to do an investigation while the republicans still have power.

William Amos on October 25, 2006 at 1:06 PM

Damn, lost my post.

Taken together, it seems that Sen. Kennedy was equally ready to undermine a Democrat or Republican president.

Whatever it takes to win – it doesn’t matter who gets hurt (or dies) in the process. A true communist socialist.

Rick on October 25, 2006 at 1:07 PM

It still amazes me how the times of Clinton and Kennedy are painted as times of greatness.peace and love ( the Camelot theme gives me gas) by the MSM and all of it’s lefty enablers.These people and families who would sell out anyone in their lust for power.

bbz123 on October 25, 2006 at 1:14 PM

I’ll buy the rope and tie the knot.
I hate liberal traitors and will do the job for free.
Let’s build the scaffold in front of the Capitol.
That should serve as a warning to the uncaught traitors in government service that the jig is up.

tormod on October 25, 2006 at 1:18 PM

Kennedy and Tunney collaborating with the Soviet Union against a sitting U.S. President during the height of the Cold War.

Makes the Alger Hiss case look like chump change.

I’m not sure when Americans will reach their breaking point regarding these Un American activities by Liberals, but it’s coming.

there it is on October 25, 2006 at 1:23 PM

The Lamestream media will pick up on this story about the same time Kerry releases all of military records. However completely legal but secret programs to say track financial transactions of bad guys who might be moving around to carry out an attack on this country 6 inch letters, bold type and on the front page.

LakeRuins on October 25, 2006 at 1:27 PM

So he’s an equal opportunity traitor along with drowning a girl. Wow. I can’t wait to hear one of our resident liberals tie themselves into knots trying to defend him.

ReubenJCogburn on October 25, 2006 at 1:31 PM

I have maintained for years that Teddy K. is an embaressment to this nation. I have accussed him of treason due to his statements regarding our country and the Iraq war. Now I know that this man has been a traitous bastard for much longer. How the people in Mass. can continue to elect this man is amazing. I guess it’s all about bringing home the pork to buy the votes of the ignorant.

conservativecaveman on October 25, 2006 at 1:32 PM

Isn’t it? I mean if working with the Soviet Union against the President isn’t treason, then what is?

Esthier on October 25, 2006 at 12:32 PM

Treason is: Recording taped messages for our POWs meant to discourage them. Sitting in the enemy’s guns meant to discourage people at home and end support for the war. Participating in a group, Vets for Peace, which falsely accused our troops of war crimes, also for the express purpose of discouraging support for the war.

Oh wait, never mind that not treason either. Never forgive Jane Fonda!

ps I question the timing :)

Gwillie on October 25, 2006 at 1:39 PM

Outstanding work, Bryan.

I can’t wait to hear what his smarmy liberal defenders have to say about this.

thirteen28 on October 25, 2006 at 1:40 PM

How, HOW, can the Chappaquidick man, true friend of the Soviets in the 70′s 80′s and beyond, during the longest war, the Cold War, a treasonous traitor, drunk 22 hours a day,
and more…so much more.
..How can this man be free, let alone be in office? He had to start his soviet/communistic love fest about the time of the Cuban Missle crisis. Is he a true communist? He votes like it.

Someone has to prosecute this criminal Ted Kennedy.

shooter on October 25, 2006 at 1:43 PM

I’m not sure when Americans will reach their breaking point regarding these Un American activities by Liberals, but it’s coming.
there it is on October 25, 2006 at 1:23 PM

I hope so, but I doubt it. What can we do?

shooter on October 25, 2006 at 1:49 PM

Does the DNC accept donations in Rubles or Yuan?

infidel on October 25, 2006 at 1:51 PM

I have no doubt everything he is saying is accurate, but can someone at Hot Air contact Romerstein to confirm, just for the record, that he was the original holder of the document?

tommy1 on October 25, 2006 at 2:02 PM

At the very least, hearings need to be held on Kennedy’s Traitorous actions.

DannoJyd on October 25, 2006 at 2:07 PM

I have no doubt everything he is saying is accurate, but can someone at Hot Air contact Romerstein to confirm, just for the record, that he was the original holder of the document?

Never mind, your update is confirmation enough.

tommy1 on October 25, 2006 at 2:17 PM

I had a random thought about this: you think this will be mentioned in many obituaries of Kennedy? I remember an Ann Coulter line about the NYT Reagan obit: “Apparently someone named Iran-Contra died this weekend…”

Alex K on October 25, 2006 at 2:29 PM

Kennedy murdered someone and still gets re-elected, what makes anyone think that treason will change anyone’s opinion of him. He could get caught in the act and the idiots in Massachusetts will still vote him in. He’ll be dead for six years and he’ll still get elected by those braindead fools.
Hell, these are the same people that have Robert Byrd as a leader too..

madmonaco on October 25, 2006 at 2:32 PM

I can’t wait to hear what his smarmy liberal defenders have to say about this.

thirteen28 on October 25, 2006 at 1:40 PM

Don’t hold your breath. The silence will be deafening.

xoxo

pullingmyhairout on October 25, 2006 at 2:41 PM

Why would any of you not think the Kennedy was a treacherous, traitorous, scum bag. From the day he was born, this fat, drunkard of a red communist sympathizer is what he is, a big, fat, drunken traitor. Looks like to me the wrong Kennedy(s) got shot.

Asmodeus on October 25, 2006 at 2:46 PM

Outstanding work, Bryan.

I can’t wait to hear what his smarmy liberal defenders have to say about this.

thirteen28 on October 25, 2006 at 1:40 PM

You won’t hear anything 1328. 5 bucks says not one of the MSM newscasts will mention this.

Like we all debated in the posts a couple of days ago, it is still all hearsay. Kennedy can and will deny it if questioned, and there is not one document known that directly links him. Unless something shows up that is truly a “smoking gun” there is nothing here that won’t again be classified as another right-wing conspiracy “2 weeks before an election”.

It’s a damn shame.

BacaDog on October 25, 2006 at 3:04 PM

Although I’d stop short of calling it treason – those accsed weren’t “waging war” against the United States, nor were we at war with the Soviet Union (so they weren’t rendering aid and comfort to an “enemy” but to a “rival”) – the evidence that Kennedy and Tunney were knowingly offering their services on behalf of a hostile foreign intelligence agency certainly seems to be growing stronger.

Still, given the explosive nature of the charge, I’d like to see it checked, double-checked, triple-checked and verified before it’s used in public. Otherwise, all that will happen is that the major media here will follow the game plan they used with the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth:

1. Ignore the allegations as hard and as long as they possibly can;

2. When they can no longer ignore the allegations, attack the character and motivations of those making them; and

3. Based on those attacks, and without really having examined the allegations themselves, claim that the allegations have been “debunked.”

And in any event, even if proven absolutely true this information won’t really do much damage to Kennedy in particular, or to the donkey party in general. Kennedy has no presidential ambitions anymore, and in Massachusetts after Chappaquiddick he’s already demonstrated the ability to “Come out of the water dry,” as the Soviets used to say.

And you already know that the donks would just pick up the same old refrain, that this is just a “Republican smear campaign” meant to distract voters’ attention away from the Mark Foley “scandal.” And the media would run with that.

Spurius Ligustinus on October 25, 2006 at 3:05 PM

“……..It wasn’t CAMELOT it was SCAMALOT”

Nah it’s more like camelsnot. After all he is now kissing the rear of terrorist scum!

Confederate on October 25, 2006 at 3:18 PM

Again, I encourage everyone who is interested in trying to get this story into the light of day to contact Fox News and let them know you would like to see them investigate the allegations:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,77538,00.html

Enter a tip on the text box on the lower left-hand side of the page and include a link to this Hot Air article.

tommy1 on October 25, 2006 at 3:27 PM

Kennedy WILL NOT be held accountable. He is too liberal, too well loved, and the Republicans DO NOT WANT to come across as mean spirited, especially during election time.

The people of Massachusettes will not tire of Kennedy because, as far as the state is concerned, he “brings home the bacon” to his state, and there is the Kennedy mystique that still lingers.

Also, Kennedy, just like the rest of the DNC is hoping that if they get into power, they can say to Terrorist and Socialist groups: “See how we are nice to you, how we give you guys a break? Now, do the same for us.”

The False Dervish on October 25, 2006 at 3:29 PM

Oil is up 2 bucks a barrel. I wonder how Kennedy managed that.

DannoJyd on October 25, 2006 at 3:39 PM

If this information was known to us in 2002, or before, why is it just getting out to the general public now???

The wrong kennedys got it.

Bob67 on October 25, 2006 at 3:55 PM

If this information was known to us in 2002, or before, why is it just getting out to the general public now?

Seems odd, doesn’t it? The press must have missed it…

High Desert Wanderer on October 25, 2006 at 4:38 PM

Deja vu all over again!

budorob on October 25, 2006 at 4:39 PM

Kennedy assessed the situation and said “The problem here is the American president.”

And in 2006…

Deja vu all over again!

Yep, different President, same tired liberal talking point. Nevermind that Reagan turned out to be the President who won the Cold War. Nevermind that the Dems were dead wrong about him then, and they are still dead wrong about who our real enemies are now. Let’s all just hate the Rethuglicans, drink our lattes, disregard Kennedy crimes and ignore history. Freaking pathetic what this jerk can get away with.

infidel4life on October 25, 2006 at 4:57 PM

Mary Jo Kopechne was not available for comment.

Wade on October 25, 2006 at 5:23 PM

Hey Shooter,

I don’t know. But I do know how they handled it about 150 years ago.

“War is a hellish way to settle a disagreement”

The American Civil War (1861 – 1865) was one of the most violent times in the History of the United States.

More than 600,000 men gave their lives for their country in this war. This is more lives lost in one war than in all wars and conflicts combined following this period in time.

there it is on October 25, 2006 at 5:25 PM

This is only gonna make news when a republican says it, and only because the media will be condemning the republican for daring to say it.

Iblis on October 25, 2006 at 5:46 PM

Hi Bryan, great piece. Again.

You must read AJ Strata of strata-sphere.com ‘s post on whether Senator John Tunney (D) was the Soviet mole of the period. KGB docs revealed there definitely was such a mole who has not yet been uncovered. It’s fascinating reading.

Christoph on October 25, 2006 at 5:50 PM

Just sent the link to a liberal buddy of mine. His reaction was predictable:
“you got this from hotair.com and a guy that wote a book called the crusader that is about ronald reagan. whatever dude.”

To which I responded:
“Thats it? Are you saying that you can discredit it just based on that? How about asking yourself:
1). Is it true?
For example, If tomorrow you showed me on the front page of the Boston Globe was a big photograph of GW Bush shaking Bin Laden’s hand 2 months prior to 9/11 my response wouldn’t be “oh come on Chris, its the Boston Globe.” My response would be to look into whether or not its true. I would want to know such things as where the photo came from. How the Globe got it. Was it doctored? Photoshopped? After looking into the Globe’s sources I would know either A) The Globe made it up because of their liberal bias or B) The photo is authentic and our president (like Teddy “Chappaquidic” Kennedy) is a murderer.”

Reasonable?

Zetterson on October 25, 2006 at 5:59 PM

A “rival”?

We flew armed B-52s “over the top” and manned ground base ICBMs 24/7 for 40 years because the USSR was a damn “rival”?

Right.

.

The Machine on October 25, 2006 at 6:33 PM

When will America finally be rid of this treasonous, self-serving blowhard? The only benefit he serves is to drive people to the Republican party. He really is the “poster child” for why liberalism has a bad name.

thedecider on October 26, 2006 at 12:19 AM

And what will the feckless, punk assed, Republican small penises, do with this GOLD MINE that would finally put this murdering scumbag in his place?

Answer…..Not a damned thing.

Soothsayer on October 26, 2006 at 12:57 AM

blockquote>More than 600,000 men gave their lives for their country in this war. This is more lives lost in one war than in all wars and conflicts combined following this period in time.

I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt, and ask what you really meant to write instead of the above quoted statement. Because if you really believe it to be true…

The U.S. Civil War is ranked 25th deadliest among major world conflicts at approximately 620,000 war-related casualties, and 16 of those conflicts occured later (the Taiping Rebellion, with a death toll of between 20 million and 50 million ran from 1851 to 1864).

Maybe you meant conflicts involving Americans. True, the United States lost fewer people to war in World War II than in the Civil War (418,500), but 10 nations lost more than 800,000

If you meant total American casualties in all conflicts since the Civil War, I still have to take issue with your statement, though it is a much closer thing. American combat-related deaths from WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam (including MIAs) totals 636,612.

You’re right that the Civil War was a hellish time, for all Americans. We should remind ourselves of that history from time to time, it adds a bit of perspective to what we’ve accomplished in five years in two distant nations with less than 5,000 lost.

How many men have we lost because the Cold War lasted as long as it did? Sadly such numbers will remain in the “intangible” category. How much American money was spent maintaining the Cold War that might have ended sooner except for treasonous actions such as Kennedy’s, which surely bolstered Soviet confidence? How can the man stand to see his own face in the mirror knowing what he’s done, what he’s agreed with, what he’s approved of?

Freelancer on October 26, 2006 at 1:49 AM

you got this from hotair.com and a guy that wote a book called the crusader that is about ronald reagan. whatever dude.

Liberal buddy of mine said, “it must be a forgery! you can’t trust anything from the KGB archives!”

Denial, not just a river in Egypt, what can you do.

How many men have we lost because the Cold War lasted as long as it did?

You can certainly say we lost 90,000 men. Korea and Vietnam were fought against Soviet proxies, who were armed with Soviet equipment and who were fighting at the behest of the Soviets. These wars would never have happened, and these men would never have died, if there had been no Cold War.

This doesn’t even count the number killed in reconnaissance flights near / over the USSR (170 Air Force and Navy aircrew members from 1946 to 1991).

Lehuster on October 26, 2006 at 10:15 AM

Can we just get his heinous face off the front page… pretty please??

Viper1 on October 26, 2006 at 10:32 AM

How the hell is Kenedy not in jail or swinging from a yard arm? This is treason.

elBarto on October 25, 2006 at 12:24 PM

Whenever I think of Teddy, first I think of water (naturally), then a greased pig comes to mind. This is a version of the Teflon politician, except infinitely more slippery and disgusting.

RalphyBoy on October 26, 2006 at 11:34 AM

Can we just get his heinous face off the front page… pretty please??

Here Here!

Wade on October 26, 2006 at 2:08 PM

I remember reading that Jimmy Carter was also in contact with the Soviets for help in his election reminding them that he would be better than his rival. Nothing has changed with Jimmah.

Have the Democrats been bought and paid for since 1917? Now I think they are also accepting Muslim money. Didn’t Al Gore get caught taking Chinese Communist campaign contributions funneled through Buddist Nuns?

Margaret McC on October 26, 2006 at 3:24 PM