The Spies Who Loved Irving R. Levine

The gripping tale of espionage contained in NBC Newsman Irving R. Levine's FBI file, which we found last month, featured an unnamed Charlotte Observer correspondent suspected of spying for the KGB in the 1950s. The Observer has found their man.

Our Levine post was published just as Observer reporter Mark Washburn was heading out the office door for a stiff one—plans that were ruined when his boss caught him and said, "Apparently we had a spy here in the 1950s. Find out who it was." Sorry, Mark! Thirty-three days, multiple false leads, and one consultation with a Norwegian almanac later, Washburn ID'd the suspect—make that two suspects. We won't ruin the surprise, because it's a noir masterpiece and you should read it.