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Mr. A. J.

P.O. Box 2091
Central Intelligence Agengt
Washington. D. C. 20505
New York, New York 10013
Reference: F-1997-02588
Dear Mr. Weberrnan:
1 4 NOV 1997
This is to acknowledge receipt of your 22 October 1997
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for records on
Ernest Hemingway. For identification purposes we have
assigned to your request the number referenced above.
We have searched our system of previously released
documents and have located the enclosed material consisting
of six pages. This material was originally located as a
result of previous requests for information concerning the
same subject.
As you are aware, the FOIA authorizes federal agencies
to assess fees for records services. However, as you are
entitled to 100 pages free of charge as a r·equester in the
"all other" fee category we are providing this material at no
cost to you.
We hope this material is useful to you.
and Privacy Coordinator
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14 February 1914
Mr. V.hi tney Shepardson,
Director, SI,
OSS V/eshincton, D. C.
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Daar Whitney,
The £ollowing is a paraphrase of a cable Just re-
from Bob Joyce in Bar!;
" lt is understood that WINSTON GUEST is being·
considered, During the past year, he has been
ERliEST HEMINGWAY, who was running e show 1n CUBA.
Provided that he has completed his work in CUBA,
it is suggested that you and 109 may consider ap-
proaching HEMINGWAY. I !mow hlm intimately and can
vouch ror his integrity loyalty, one hundred
percent. lle is experienced in our business, is
bl'illiant and fearless. 7he proress!onal jealousy
or less successful writers is the basis for all
storias to the contrary. If you end 109 are inter-
ested, it is succested that you talk 1o.;.;Z my wife
v.rho knows whole baclrtround. 't
We are not clear whether he is recommend-
ing Gu<ls t or Hemingway for OUJ' show, e.nd the clear text of
the originol doe• not make it any clearer·. I think, however,
that he must mean Hemingway, ane that we ar·e sare in proceeding
o.n the t assumption.
I have talked to John   snd frankly, neither
of us is verj keen about the idea. In the i"irst place, it
is not clear just Whet. Hemingway would do, or whether he'd !"it
into our organiZation.; in the second place, it seems to us
that the prominence and reputed temperament or the gentleman
in question night create various difficulties, I am dropping
.Bob e, note that ·r rorwa.rded hi" messaee to you, and would appre-
ciate having you.r thoughts on the matter,
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Mr, Whitney Shepardson,
Director, SI,
Office of Str-ategic Services,
Washington, C.
Dear Mr. Shepardson,
16 March 1944
I to my radio rness&ge addressed to you, Bari
No, 'of 9 February 1944, with to Ernest Hemingway,
I arrived in Cairo some days ago, !rom Bari, and I take this
occasion, after· talking the of Llr. Hemingway ove<r with
'!'Urner· J£cBaine and Colonel J,iocarski, to elabor&.te the matter
When I sent my message to you I had just had a long
talk wi t.h Mrs. in Earl. She told Ilie that l!<>r husband
had just cabled her to return· to Cuba had cancelled plans
he bad to meet her in London. Mrs, Hemingway was desolate about
the pro,pect of going back to Cuba, as she has in the groove
in for the past four months as a staff writer for ColTier's
Magazin<'!, and she has ell her· plans lai•:i to cover the Big Show.
The o:r ·returning to the Pearl of tl1e Antilles e:t this
particular moment was a tragic one, -but she was prepared to obey
the of her lord and master, Her anslysis o:f the situstion
was that Ernest bad conpleted his work in Cuba, had made plans to
c>me to Europe in capacity, but that he had run into trans-
portation and perhaps passport difficulties. ·
I have been thinking ever I entered the organiza-
tion that Ernest Hemingway might be a very valuable addition to
our ranks. He was a c'ombat of'ficer in the Its.lian Army during
the last war, and is the possessor of soveral Italian decorations
for distinguished conduct. He is, as know, an authority on
Spain, and his intimate acquaintanceship o:f non-Franco circles is
perhaps more extensi V'e than that of any other American. He has a
namo in these circles, He actually ran an intelligence show in
Madrid during the siega, and his knowledge of guerrilla warfare
and special operations in general, as w?ll as the ·ins and outs or
intelligence work, 'is first-hand and extensive,
As you are aware, Hemingway is a highly controversial .
.figure, When I had my meetings with.General Strong, "'hs wo.a G g·,
last Spring, the General referred to in the most uncom-
plimente..ry terms, a3 a person having a
spotty Z.ecord". I don't
know wh&t Hemingway's dossier in Mrs. Shipley's' o.f.fice is, but I
suspect that it's also "spotty". My personal conviction is, and I
know both Mr. and Mrs. Hemingway

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few real frie:1::ls, thst this unfavorable record is based on the
fact that Ernest has been married three times, that he is very
much o:: an indi vl<'.ual v:bo 'has never been particularly deferen-
tial to persons in high places, that he is the most successful
writer in the Unitod States, and that be was very active on the
£oya11st side in the Spanish Civil i/ar. He has been an anti-
F·ascist for many yeal's, and he has worked at it. For my money,
Ernest i-s a man of the highest integrity and loyalty. He is
about as much of a Communist or fellow-traveller as is Mr. Al-
drich of the Che se National Bank of New York,·
The· purpose of this rather Frolix cornmunica tion is to
provlds· you or your other colleagues in the organization with
certain backgl'ound information on Hemingway, in case thers is
a poss:bility of his being considered. As I stated in my radio
message to you, my wife is entirely femiliary with the entire
Hemingway story, and is in a position to provide any.additlonal
information which may be required. I we" not thinking of Ernest
in connection with the Balkans, when I sent my message. It oc-
curred to me that be might be
in Spain, or in Italy, He is a at-
tr•acted by a desk job in Washing to::>. Be might be very much in-.
terested in something having to do vdth Italy or Spain in the
f'ield,. If' General Donovan, Genera-l l;iagruder,. Colonel Buxton or
yourse:Cf would be interested in talking one thin!l and another ov<
with Hemingv1ay, I feel sure the.t he woulci come up to ciashinc:to,-,
from Cubo., tf l:e is still there, if in\·itcci to oo so. I ,·:oulC:
prefer to s t him explain exec tly Y:ha t ne has be en up to in Eabnr
1'or the last year and half, but I still say that he has been verJ
active anci very useful to our Embassy in that city. His address
is: "Finca ViSia, San Francisco de Paula, via Habana", or c/o
the Am6rican Embassy. Habana.
I saw 'l'om Beale in Bari last week, anci ect to see
him ag£in, either upon my return to Bari or here in Ceoro. I
have not as yet had an opportunity for a long talk wtth him, but
sl:all c.ertainly have lt anci he wlll be 8-ble to take back to you
a full account of the picture Gf tho yooF as I seo it.
With personal best wishes,
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April 6, 19{t;
This is not knowledge - instinct.
Joyce is, I believe, an extremely intelli-
and individual
who would not be improved by association
with the Hemingway wbich I know only by
Hemingway's political convictions are
his own affair -- he h11s a right to them.
OSS has an equal right to be objective •

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Lto Colonel Sdl1o.rd L• IlisolO':t
SUBJECT; AttMhod Pnpors on E:rnoat
· l l'etu.m. llarevith tM ec.ncernine Ernost
• Colon&l ucnn I hAve discussed the
or =inc hm for }.;(). r.'o fool, .o.l thou<:h no1thor or u.tJ }m()";t
h1n pa:r:nonall;r. thnt hL> 1' tho or 1ndiv!<:Juo.l t:ho
not fit into o.n ot•;:;nnlznt1on oo.olly. nould l>o rec.rtul
thGt b(''lln£ been vor7 rruch or C-'1 L-.dividual!at r= hi::;
sllo\1 thllt ho "o"..lld find it u1!'1'1cul t to c,.i2:.t:!t tc.
direction fror:: others. na.ii 1ra an a&s1..:;nnent l:lhorP ho
would !'-et on hh om, he li11Zbt bo an ctctraet!.ve pro'spoet
to ecns1dor, but 1n 1>.reae i>'hi>re 1!0 is aotivo l're are
aubjoct direeUon b;y tbo 'l"n.oater Conntln<l<>r, l"''!B or the

As Yell as oss and tba StratQglo
SorvioeQ Otfioer.
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