Broadcasting Freedom: The Cold War Triumph of Radio Free by Arch Puddington

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“A ground-breaking background of RFE-RL that's either erudite and a pride to learn. . . . might be useful rescue the radios from the ‘memory gap’ to which their detractors try to consign them.”—American Spectator “Useful to a person attracted to the trivia of yankee overseas coverage in jap Europe after global warfare II.”—Washington put up ebook international “A advantageous telling of a bit identified U.S. undertaking that avoided the evil empire from workout a monopoly on information and opinion.”—First issues “No one degree received the chilly War—but Radio loose Europe and Radio Liberty will be within the first rank of these getting the top medals. Puddington tells the tale with variety and grace.”—R. James Woolsey

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Kennan, in fact, drafted NSC 10/2, which authorized the establishment of the Office of Policy Coordination. ”14 The most famous Cold War finding, NSC 68, spoke of the need to “foster a fundamental change in the Soviet system,” an objective that implied a vigorous war of ideas. ”15 12 • BROADCASTING FREEDOM The Free Europe Committee was formed in early 1949. Allen Dulles served as chairman during the committee’s first few months, but by June 1, when the FEC’s existence was announced to the public, a new chairman, Joseph Grew, had been named.

17 There was also a mutuality of intelligence interests in the early RFE years. Because of the closed nature of Communist societies, RFE employed traditional intelligence gathering techniques to secure the material that would enable the station to air accurate, hard-hitting Crusade for Freedom • 29 commentaries on internal political affairs in the audience countries. The station monitored Communist radio broadcasts and conducted detailed analyses of the Communist press. It collected a massive amount of information on East European communism and then organized the material into a vast archive, which provided a treasure trove of information for scholars, journalists, and, for that matter, intelligence analysts.

It also seems likely that Wisner supplied the initial funds for the project from a kitty he controlled at the OPC. 12 But there is no evidence that Wisner or others envisioned RFE as having some sort of covert mission to advance the cause of liberation. Radio Free Europe’s leadership never concealed the hard-hitting content of the early broadcasts. In fact, RFE bragged about the personal attacks directed at Communist officials and published examples of extraordinarily harsh polemics as part of its public relations campaign.

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