Lt. Col. Duncan Chaplin Lee
(died 1988) was confidential assistant to Maj. Gen. William Donovan
, founder and director of the Office of Strategic Services
(OSS), World War II
-era predecessor of the CIA
, during 1942-46. Lee is identified in Venona
as the Soviet double agent operating inside OSS under the cover name "Koch.", making him the most senior alleged source the Soviet Union
ever had inside American intelligence.
As an OSS officer, Lee served as head of theChina section of SI, the Secret Intelligence Branch
. While an officer, according to Soviet courier Elizabeth Bentley
, Lee—frequently but inaccurately described as a descendant of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee
As Bentley told the FBI
when she defected in 1945, she transferred this information to her Soviet handlers.
In her August 1948 appearance before the House Committee on Un-American Activities
(HCUA), Bentley testified that Lee furnished her “various types of information,” which she then turned over to her Soviet handlers, including, in Bentley’s words, details on “whether the OSS... Read More