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-- -- -- Well compromise -- how not -- what she's known for introducing French cooking to American families but did you -- -- Julia Child also had a taste.
For a little undercover work.
During World War II the thirty year old found work.
What she found out that she's gonna work for the strategic services -- OS asked the hurt precursor to the CIA.
-- Tony is the author of the new -- -- -- -- affair.
Couldn't find out that she did it's it's close ties to the OSS and possibly in the CIA closest to surprise -- 2008.
The national archives released this huge cache of classified documents and they -- the -- for the most unlikely secret agents.
The White Sox catcher Moe berg.
The historian Arthur Schlesinger junior an actor Sterling Hayden and then the least likely abolished Julia child and we discovered then.
That she had worked for the OSS during world were to.
So originally she wanted to be involved with the army and the navy.
But what -- -- she got an official rejection and the -- said too tall she was six foot two which was just huge in those states so.
What would she do what what what what is it alleged that she did what was she involved with what did she would just look like -- personnel file which was declassified and so we know exactly what she did she started at the lowest level she became.
An assistant for colonel Donovan that's the famous wild bill Donovan who headed up BO SS.
And then she got a job as a research assignment at a researcher and various weird scientific projects she developed a shark repellent that they put on.
Pilots that were -- -- seek to protect them from shark attack which was pretty funny.
And she got the market by fresh -- fish every day if you spy fish before she was a cook to make -- stinky repellent.
And then she got sent abroad and she went first to say Enron and then she went to -- -- China very remote section.
Where she ran their classified document room called the registry they call that the brain bank it had all the most secret cables in documents in there so how long did she continue this relationship.
She worked the OSS for over two years the hole and the war she didn't leave until and of 1945.
Now her husband -- -- -- -- her husband was a really unique character he was a painter.
But he -- recruited by the LA says it is not to design the general's war rooms and he got -- also to see a lot which is where she met him and to China.
And he designed war rooms for first allied generals and then for Adam lord Louis Mountbatten.
The British head of all combine cup operations and he had a very responsible job.
But he was a very funny guy he was ten years older than her a head shorter.
And in a very sort of difficult prickly character who.
So is there any -- to the fact that she may have continued on in her -- after she left the OSS giving USA today article of speculated the other data bought at the T what's the secret code I don't think so.
I think her her spying -- ended with the -- SS that late in life -- reporter asked are you don't.
Where US spy and she just sort of winked at him and said what's that -- So she enjoyed the speculation different genetic -- Kirk a covert affairs and in the book could look.
Thank you very much it's --
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