influential anti-communist editor of Plain
Talk magazine, Levine took Whittaker
Chambers to see Assistant Secretary
of State Adolf A. Berle
in 1939 to inform him about Communist activities
in Washington. Chambers mentioned the names
of Alger and Donald Hiss at the meeting, and
this set in motion a chain of events that would
lead to the Hiss case.
years later, Levine told author Meyer
Zeligs that Chambers had come to him
in 1938, saying he needed money and was looking
to sell what Levine said was a vague magazine
article about Communist activities in the United
States. Levine subsequently worked with Chambers
to help develop his story.