Laurence Duggin was an on-again, off-again, high level Soviet operative
in the U.S. State Department
. Duggin was
head of the State Dept. Latin America
desk. Even though information
on the countries within Duggin’s purview
was of only minimal interest
to the NKVD
, he was still able to acquire documents regarding Europe
and most importantly Germany
Duggin was first approached by Hedda Gumperz, an exiled German and
a Soviet agent living in Washington. Although
Duggin would prove to be one of the Bolsheviks' most useful spies during
this time, Gumperz cultivated a relationship with Duggin to get to know
his friend Noel Field, who headed the European division.
It is interesting to note that Duggin worked for the Soviets strictly
for ideological reasons, and was horrified by the rumors he heard of purges. In fact, in response to a cable
sent by Moscow, his handler and New York station chief Boris Bazarov
You ask whether it is timely to switch him to payment?
Almost definitely he will reject money and probably consider the money
proposal an insult. Some months ago Borodin wanted to give Duggin
a present on his birthday. He purchased a beautiful crocodile
toiletries case with Duggan’s monograms engraved. The later categorically
refused to take this present; stating that he was working for our common
ideas, and making it understood that he was not helping us for any material
Later Duggin would try to break away from the Communist underground.
He quit his job at he State Department after he was named by Whitaker
as a Soviet agent, and ran the Institute of International Education.
He then rejected further Soviet attempts to get him to return to spying
in his civilian job.
On December 11, 1948 he was questioned by the FBI about Chambers'
allegations. Then on December 20 he either fell from his office window
or was pushed to his death.
Source: The Haunted Wood: Soviet Espionage in America – The
By, Allen Weinstein and Alexander Vassiliev