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Addendum to FTRs 721, 731

COMMENT: In FTR #721, we examined the development of Western intelligence utilization of Islamists and the Muslim Brotherhood in particular. Much of the program centered on Gerhardt von Mende, a Third Reich intelligence operative who used his Third Reich Islamists on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany.

In A Mosque in Munich: Nazis, the CIA and the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in the West, Ian Johnson relates that von Mende never worked for U.S. intelligence, despite numerous overtures from American espionage outfits.

In America’s Nazi Secret, John  Loftus informs us that von Mende did indeed go to work for U.S. intelligence, reporting directly to CIA official Frank Wisner. (FTR #731 features an interview with Loftus about the book.)

EXCERPT: . . . The third man to supply information to Wisner was Professor Gerhardt von Mende, a deputy in the Nazi Ministry for the Occupied Eastern Territories,  who had favored using Islamic collaborationist politicians to establish a network of Nazi puppet governments as a wall against the Russians. . . .

America’s Nazi Secret by John Loftus; p. 81.

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