[Marxism] The Case of Ed Heisler, Reopened

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Jun 11 12:04:37 MDT 2004

paul bunyan wrote:
> As I remember that case, the FBI got to him because of his One-A draft status during the Vietnam war. They paid him $400 per month (equal to about $1800-2000 in current dollars), plus reimbursed him for all dues, sustainer, books he bought, and travel and other expenses for the annual Oberlin conferences. He met with a couple of members of the SWP national leadership, at a cafe, in LA after admitting his informant status, and resigning from the SWP. I believe Barnes was one of the national leaders meeting with Heisler. Barnes said after ward, that Heisler never apoligized or showed remorse for his actions.

I remember discussing Heisler with Nelson Blackstock, whose 
"Cointelpro", which was based on his Militant articles during the 
party's 40 million dollar post-Watergate suit against the FBI, was the 
best selling book ever written by an SWP'er. He said that Heisler was a 
heavy drinker who lived in seedy rooming houses that no other party 
member would ever dream of living in. If memory serves me, Heisler also 
swore that he was a sincere socialist even when he was on the FBI 
payroll. There is a precedent for this after all.

Roman Malinovsky
Russian Revolutionary and Okhrana Spy
(1878 - 1918)


Like Yevno Azev, Roman Malinovsky served two masters, the 
revolutionaries of Russia and their arch foe, the Okhrana, the Imperial 
secret police. He was a double spy and a police agent provocateur but he 
was less spectacular than the amazing Azev. What is astounding about 
Malinovsky is that the supreme Russian revolutionary leader Vladimir 
Ilich Ulyanov Lenin, even after he learned that Malinovsky had been a 
police spy refused to publicly disown him.

Born in Poland in 1878 of peasant working stock, Malinovsky moved to St. 
Petersburg as a young man. There he worked as a metal turner. Stocky, 
ruddy-faced, and always animated, Malinovsky easily won friends and he 
was soon involved in the trade unions.

At the same time, Malinovsky craved the finer things of life and he took 
to stealing. He was caught breaking and entering and was sent to prison 
in 1899.

Released in 1902, Malinovsky returned to trade union activities. He had 
plenty of money, however, since by then he had volunteered his services 
to the Okhrana and had become a police spy. His assignment was to report 
on all revolutionary activities and treasonable actions by his fellow 
trade unionists. By 1907, he had become the Secretary of the Metal 
Workers Union in St. Petersburg. He proved himself to be an excitable, 
impassioned worker and orator who could whip a crowd into a frenzy.

Moving to Moscow, Malinovsky worked directly with Police Chief Beletsky, 
and he named his own price for information on the Social Democratic 
Party which was then a coalition of the Menshevik and Bolshevik 
factions. Malinovsky centered his activities with the Mensheviks and 
reported all their doings to the police.

The workers who followed Malinovsky adored him, called him "the great 
Roman," and they talked of him as one of the future leaders of Russia. 
Lenin instantly took a deep liking to Malinovsky. Here was a peasant 
worker who sprang from the very soil of Russia. Malinovsky's oratory was 
aflame with aggressive action, simplistic and inspiring. Lenin persuaded 
Malinovsky to change sides, quitting the Mensheviks for the Bolsheviks 
and urged him to run for election to the Duma. Malinovsky agreed, vowing 
eternal loyalty to Lenin.

full: http://www.angelfire.com/dc/1spy/Malinovsky.html


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