Bentley originally claimed that her undergraduate teachers had drawn her to Anti-Americanism and Communism. However, Olmstead reveals the falsity of this claim, showing that Bentley’s several trips to Europe, particularly Italy, that swayed her towards Fascism, and then Anti-fascism . Bentley was described by her classmates as a social misfit, plain-faced, unusually tall (over 5’9”), and lonely. While in Italy, she was able to shed her New England, Republican upbringing. ...
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...-aggressive campaign to hurt the people who had hurt her” (pg 69) . She maintained a front of compliance, but was actually doing all that she could to derail Soviet efforts. “As the end of WWII and its grand alliance approached, one of the top Soviet agents in the US was an unstable, alienated, mendacious American who drank too much and was doing all she could to sabotage her own agent network ” (pg 72).
During this campaign of both self-destruction and revenge, Bentley connected with Anatoly Gorsky (Gromov), chief of NKGB operation in the US and first secretary at the Soviet embassy. Through both bribery and threats, Gromov severed Bentley’s ties to her network and pushed her out of her well-paying position at US Service and Shipping Corporation. She made drunken threats to go to the US government with her information, although, no one believed she actually would.
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