The Truth About "J. Edgar"
reviews are mixed about Clint Eastwood's new movie about J.
Edgar Hoover, the longtime, controversial director of the
Federal Bureau of Investigation. As you may have noticed,
the advertising for the film and all the reviews are consumed
with the question of whether Hoover was a closeted homosexual.
The truth is, no one knows because there is no reliable evidence that
Hoover was gay.
Soviet KGB began spreading disinformation about J Edgar Hoover's
sexual proclivities in the 1960s. These included claims that
Hoover was a gay cross-dresser. The fact is that in the well-regarded
history book, The Sword And The Shield - The Mitrokhin
Archive And The Secret History Of The KGB, authors Christopher
Andrew and Vasili Mitrokhin, point out that like the CIA,
the FBI was a major target of KGB disinformation operations
and that, until his death in 1972, many of these measures
were directed against J Edgar Hoover.
KGB's "Service A" forged letters under Hoover's
name to portray him to be in league with the ultra-right-wing
John Birch Society and to depict the head of the US passport
office as a secret FBI agent whose loyalty was to Hoover rather
than to the Secretary of State. This type of attack is engaged
in by all state-sponsored intelligence services. Disinformation
and offensive counterintelligence is cheap and frequently
very effective. In this day and age, when the majority of
people believe in ghosts and that JFK was killed by members
of a coup, they also work well for movie plots.
the case of the allegation against J. Edgar Hoover, the Soviet
lie was based on a lie from a convicted perjurer, Susan Rosenstiel,
who claimed to have seen Hoover in drag. Yes it is true Hoover
had no known girlfriends. But Hoover's loyal number 3 man
at the FBI "Deke" DeLoach stated that Hoover was
just extremely cold and aloof rather than being gay. Whether
J. Edgar was gay should have nothing to do with how he is
perceived in history. But the question itself and the fact
that the rumor is widely accepted in this country is more
evidence that we are living in a cult of personality and that
people are losing their ability to use critical thinking.
far as the motion picture itself, the director Clint Eastwood
and his screenwriter have the right to put forward any theory
they want about J. Edgar Hoover or anyone else for that matter
- even though the basis for their story stems from a Soviet
disinformation operation designed to harm the United States
during the Cold War.
Clint Eastwood or Leonardo DiCaprio would like such a movie
made about them is another question.