The secret comes out Thursday — all of the names and previously classified files identifying nearly 24,000 spies who formed the first centralized intelligence effort by the United States. They served in an international spy ring managed by the Office of Strategic Services, an early version of the CIA created in World War II by President Franklin Roosevelt.
Other notables identified in the files include John Hemingway, son of author Ernest Hemingway; Quentin and Kermit Roosevelt, sons of President Theodore Roosevelt, and Miles Copeland, father of Stewart Copeland, drummer for the band The Police.24,000? Let's try this another way: Raise your hand if you weren't spying for the OSS during WWII. Not so fast, Kermit the Roosevelt. Still, only a few gained entry into the elite torture squad; Child was first among them, eliciting terror in the hearts of German POWs as she'd enter an interrogation room and—brandishing a glistening wire whisk—announce in that familiar warble, "We have ways of making meringue peak."