1 Reply Latest reply on May 21, 2019 9:54 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking Information on Spies Johnson and Mintkenbaugh


      I'm seeing information on US Army Sergeants Robert Lee Johnson and James Mintkenbaugh, who spied for Russia.

        • Re: Seeking Information on Spies Johnson and Mintkenbaugh
          Jason Atkinson Guide

          Dear Mr. Benjaminson,


          Thank you for posting your request to History Hub!

          The record series Intelligence and Investigative Dossiers Personal Files, ca. 1977 - ca. 2004, created by the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command and its predecessors, includes extensive files about Robert Lee Johnson. To access these records contact National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.

          U.S. Army general courts-martial (GCM) records for Robert Lee Johnson are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis, ATTN: RL-SL, P.O. Box 38757, St. Louis, MO 63138-1002. Please contact RL-SL for access to these records. Their email address is stl.archives@nara.gov

          Johnson and Mintkenbaugh were tried and convicted in a federal district court in Virginia. To access the court records, contact the National Archives at Philadelphia via their email address philadelphia.archives@nara.gov.

          Investigatory case files of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are another set of records that may contain information about the case. While the National Archives has accessioned some FBI records for that time period, the files are not searchable by name or subject. Before a search can be conducted, you must first submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request directly to the FBI requesting whether the case files remain in their custody or if the files have been transferred to the National Archives. You may visit foia.fbi.gov for more information.


          If the FBI provides you with file designations (typically in the form of ##-AA-####) for records transferred to the National Archives, please provide the designations to NARA’s Special Access team (RD-F) via email at specialaccess_foia@nara.gov so that they may review the material. Please note that even if the records are in NARA custody, they may not be available for immediate public use.


          The case is discussed in Counterintelligence Reader: Post-World War II to Closing the 20th Century, Volume 3 which is a part of a four-volume account of the history and evolution of U.S. Counterintelligence. The volumes were prepared for the now-defunct National Counterintelligence Center (NACIC), and is available in pdf format from the Homeland Security Digital Library as well as on the website of the Director of National Intelligence.


          The case received widespread press coverage and articles can be found in many period newspapers. The Library of Congress’ Chronicling America can assist you in locating back issues of relevant newspapers. There are also a number of other online newspaper repositories as well as collections in many public libraries.

          The case has also been written about in a number of published books. For example, the Fall 1974 edition of the Central Intelligence Agency professional journal “Studies in Intelligence” contains a book review of KGB: The Secret Work of Soviet Secret Agents, by John Barron.


          We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!


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