FBI: Trotsky smuggled to U.S as “valet” of MI6 double agent Baron Rothschild
1930’s FBI intelligence documents show wealthy British MI6 spy smuggled fleeing dissident into the U.S. disguised as his personal valet
Documents say Trotsky later assassinated by man with UK passport
By Nate Thayer
August 30, 2014
Baron Rothschild has been long accused of being the “Fifth Man” in the Soviet Spy Ring which rocked the core of British intelligence for 50 years.
FBI documents say that Leon Trotsky was smuggled into the United States in late 1934, disguised as the “valet” of wealthy MI6 spy Baron Rothschild on a passenger ship, but his arrival in the U.S. was kept secret.
A cache of declassified FBI documents from the 1930’s show that the FBI had discovered that Trotsky was smuggled into the U.S. to escape pursuing Soviet agents intent on assassinating the Bolshevik leader as the “valet of Baron Rothschild”, a British MI-6 agent said to be, in fact, a double agent working for Trotsky’s former comrades intent on his death.
Baron Rothschild, biologist, cricket player, and alleged MI-6 Soviet double agent, joined the Marxist secret society, Cambridge Apostles, where his best university pals were the budding Soviet spies Guy Burgess, Anthony Blunt, and Kim Philby.
Trotsky was later assassinated in Mexico.
But Leon Trotsky’s official story after being purged by the Soviets reads very differently.
In 1929 Trotsky’s tiff with his former Bolshevik comrades resulted in him being expelled from the Soviet Union. In 1933 Trotsky was given asylum in France, where he lived until 1935 when he had worn out his welcome as living on the run at the top of the Bolshevik Very Naughty list, but the whimsical political loyalties of Paris resulted in Trotsky being kicked out, under pressure from Moscow. Then, according to the official story, he went to Norway. It wasn’t until late 1936, when Norway told him to move on, that Trotsky is said to have gone straight from Europe to Mexico where he was assassinated in 1940.
Given that every account I have read says that Trotsky was in exile in France through late 1935–and Norway for another year–and was refused a visa to the U.S. repeatedly during his years in exile—the account that he arrived in America in the U.S. in June 1934 disguised as the “valet of Baron Rothschild”, now known to be a Soviet double agent, is a bit eyebrow raising.
FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, the U.S. military G-2 intelligence branch, NYC federal law enforcement, and the U.S. Attorney General all discussed this information between June and September 1934.
Hoover wrote on September 22, 1934 to Colonel C.J. Nulson, the executive officer of G-2 at the general staff of the War Department in Washington–the U.S.military intelligence branch confirming “your letter of September 13, 1934 wherein you advice you are in receipt of information to the effect that Leon Trotsky as Baron Rothschild’s valet entered the port of San Francisco recently; also that Trotsky is in New Jersey for the sole purpose of leadership of the textile strike” and concluded that “please be advised that this matter has been referred to assistant attorney general Keenan for his information and whatever action he may deem appropriate.”
In January 3, 1935, the FBI wrote a memorandum “advis(ing) the Division was not interested in Trotsky” to correspondents who were sending information.
Seven days later, on January 10, 1935 an English language report from France reported that Trotsky was still in France.
In late 1939, Trotsky was, in fact, given a visa to go to Washington for the singular purpose of testifying in front of an anti-communist committee of the U.S. Congress. Representative Martin Dies’ Committee of the House of Representatives was a platform advocating the destruction of the Soviet backed U.S. Communist Party,and when word spread that Trotsky’s testimony might not be politically sympathetic to that aim, he was disinvited from testifying and his visa revoked before he ever left Mexico.
It was then that Baron Rothschild’s employer once removed, the Communist Party of the United States –which strictly took instruction from Moscow on what political line it was allowed to espouse–accused Trotsky of being an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
A few months later, he was assassinated, in August 1940 in Mexico.
Rothschild was working as a British spy after his college days, recruited by MI6 at the apparent instructions of Moscow. He was awarded the George Medal by MI-6 for “dangerous work in hazardous circumstances” for his efforts on behalf of Her Majesty during World War II.
3rd Baron Nathaniel Mayer Victor Rothschild was a biologist, a cricket player and attended Harrow and Trinity College at Cambridge where he joined the Marxist Cambridge secret society Cambridge Apostles where his best pals were the budding Soviet spies Guy Burgess, Anthony Blunt, and Kim Philby. He lived in London with Burgess and Blunt.
Rothschild has long been accused of being the never conclusively identified Fifth Man in the Cambridge Spy Ring which rocked the core of British intelligence for 50 years.
Baron Rothschild inherited his Baron title in 1937 at age 26, when his uncle Baron Walter Rothschild died. He was also one of those goofy looking British oddities wearing grey wigs and costume clothes in the House of Lords, the legislative branch appointed by that still baffling anachronism–the Queen.
It has been made public that the Baron Rothschild was questioned by British counter intelligence in 1964 whether he was the fabled “5th man” in the spy ring–after Blunt was on the quietly outed (and not even spanked or sent to his room without dinner)–and effectively pardoned–as an enemy agent and his comrades Philby and Burgess had already done a runner.
The Baron, however, assured everyone he was not a spy and lived freely, working as a zoologist, collecting art, and advising British intelligence agencies and Margaret Thatcher.
But the whispers apparently were not silenced in the clubs in London, and the Baron Rothschild made his first public statement in 1986 assuring everyone that “I am not, and never have been, a Soviet agent.”
Then in 1993, after that whole Cold War “troubles” period, six former senior KGB officials, one of whom was Col. Yuri Modin, the Soviet spy handler for the other four chaps, publicly outed Rothschild as, actually, yes, the “Fifth Man” spy.
Aside from inheriting the Baron title, Rothschild also was bestowed the Knight Grand Cross, Order of the British Empire; Knight, Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem; Knight, Sovereign Military Order of Malta; Fellow, Royal Society; the rank of Major, Intelligence Corps; and the MI-6 George Medal.
Here is where the double agent sleuths and conspiracy theorists should have some additional fun: Baron Rothschild was also awarded the Legion of Merit by the United States in 1946 and the Bronze Star Medal, also by the United States, in 1948.