Panetta Report 4: Leon Panetta’s Communist Friend and the Chinese Spy

Panetta Report 3 here.

Hugh DeLacy, 1940s

From at least the mid-1970s until 1986, President Barack  Obama‘s nomination for Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, had a close personal friendship with Hugh DeLacy, a Santa Cruz, California activist and a life long Marxist-Leninist.

Then Congressman Panetta and DeLacy exchanged letters over many years – almost all of which dealt with defense and foreign policy issues. Many involved requests by DeLacy for information, policy papers, etc., which Panetta went out of his way to supply.

What Panetta hopefully did not know was that in the year before this correspondence began, Hugh DeLacy had been in the People’s Republic of China meeting with three men, all at one time accused of having spied for the Soviet Union. One of them, Solomon Adler, was at that time, reliably reported to be a senior advisor to the Chinese intelligence services.

In February 1972, Hugh DeLacy received a letter from California academic John (Jack) S. Service. Clearly a reply to an earlier communication, the letter remarked that the men had possibly previously met in 1945 and should reconnect in the near future.

In 1945, DeLacy had been a secret Communist Party USA member, serving as a Democratic Congressman in Washington. DeLacy had been infamous at the time for his speeches on the floor of the House, denouncing US support for the Chinese Nationalists and trying his best to tilt US policy in favor of Mao Zedong’s communist forces.

Jack Service, at the time, was publicly linked to the “Amerasia” Soviet spy ring, which was also trying to move US foreign policy in favor of the Chinese communists.

By April 1974, DeLacy was writing to the Chinese ambassador, as a “life long friend of China,”  trying to arrange a free trip for himself and a delegation of fellow Marxists to the “People’s Republic.”


The Chinese did not wish to fork out for the entire delegation, but did graciously invite Hugh DeLacy and his wife and comrade Dorothy on an all expenses paid trip to China.

In a letter dated December 16, 1974, Hugh DeLacy thanked Hu Hung-fan of the Communist Party controlled Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, for inviting himself and his wife to visit the country.

The DeLacy’s visited China for a month in April/May 1975. As guests of the Communist government, the couple visited factories, farms, political organizations and civic groups.

They also met with several  Americans then in China – Jack Service and his old friends Solomon Adler and his wife Pat, and Frank Coe and his wife Ruth. This letter from Hugh DeLacy to Solomon and Pat Adler confirms the  meeting.

The ” Wheeler” referred to above is Don Wheeler, a life long Communist Party member from Washington State.

Wheeler was employed during the late 1930s in the United States Department of Agriculture and the Treasury. From 1941 to 1946, he  was one of many Communist Party members employed by the Office of Strategic Services, the forerunner of the C.I.A. While in government service, Wheeler was an active member of the Perlo spy group, run by another Party member, economist Victor Perlo.

Hugh DeLacy was also in correspondence with Victor Perlo in the mid-1970s.

The Perlo group was closely related to another Soviet spy ring operating at this time in Washington DC – the Silvermaster group, headed by another Agriculture Department and Treasury official, Nathan Gregory Silvermaster. Two key members of Silvermaster’s ring were fellow Treasury Department official Solomon Adler and assistant to the Executive Director, Board of Economic Warfare, Frank Coe.

Why was Hugh DeLacy hobnobbing in China with two identified spies – Coe and Adler, and one suspected spy, Jack Service? Was this an old commie’s social gathering? Unfortunately, it may have been more than that. Frank Coe and Sol Adler were both high level servants of the Maoist regime.

Albert Epstein, Sol Adler, Mao Zedong, Frank Coe in Wuhan, Hubei Province, 1965

Frank Coe had moved permanently to China to work for the Maoist regime during the Great Leap Forward, culminating in what Chinese history recalls as the Three Years of Disasters. By 1959, Coe was writing articles justifying the infamous Rectification campaign. He reportedly remained a government propagandist for many years.

After also moving to China, Sol Adler reportedly worked in various capacities in Chinese Communist Party Intelligence. According to the Cold War International History Project Bulletin, article: “Was Solomon Adler A Communist?” page 275, before his death in 1994, Adler was an “Advisor” to the “External Liaison Department of the Central Committee of the CCP, the department that handles such well-known figures as Larry Wu-tai Ching of the CIA, who was arrested by the FBI in 1983 for espionage – committing suicide in jail in 1986.”

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Today, Leon Panetta is on the verge of assuming the most important defense post in the free world.

For more than 10 years, Mr. Panetta maintained a close friendship and regular correspondence with Hugh DeLacy, a long time Communist Party member and unrepentant Marxist-Leninist to his dying day. Panetta regularly supplied DeLacy with government reports and opinions on defense and foreign policy matters. A year before Panetta was elected to Congress and the correspondence began, his friend was in China as a guest of the communists meeting with several former and at least one reported active spy.

Mr. Panetta has apparently volunteered none of this information during any of his Senate confirmation hearings. Not one Senator has asked any questions about any of Panetta’s extensive history with communists and far left activists.

Does the American public deserve to know these disturbing facts about Leon Panetta’s background? What are the implications for US and Western security if Leon Panetta has been in any way compromised by his past associates?

Is that a risk that the US public should be forced to bear, without any obligation on Panetta to explain his past associations? What is the US Senate doing to safeguard US national security in regard to the Panetta matter? Will this situation become known in the history books as “Panettagate,” or will it be nipped in the bud now?

What do you think?

Panetta Report 5 here.


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23 thoughts on “Panetta Report 4: Leon Panetta’s Communist Friend and the Chinese Spy

  1. Oh my goodness! Incredible article dude! Thank you so
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  2. I think it’s much more complicated. The communist link is outdated as well. I studied the youtube video with US ambassador to Iran Richard neo-con ? Helms
    at the time Zbigniew Brzezinski was betraying the secular students to the coming Ayatollah regime who’s nuclear threat we are faced with today.
    The involvement of his CIA with the 43 assassin cover-up Belgian Dutroux mass-child lust murder scandal (1996 and Claudia Mullen testimony) is proven with CIA’s 500 papercliped nazi dr. Mengele’s and Sidney Gottlieb’s ferrying bacteria to president Lumumba in Congo (1960 Belgian colony) and thus shows that since the Frank Church committee (1975) circles within the Central Intelligence Agency have never ceased to act on behalf of international financial entities and are not acting in the interest of the United States.
    The communist threat has been replaced by the islamic threat mr. Panetta is happy to outreach

  3. Tim,

    You’re right we have been asleep but we are waking up and fighting out of our slumber. We have a lot of work to do but we will fight until win or die trying.

    God Bless America

  4. Very fascinating take and helpful. I bet no one will ask anything about Panetta s past, it is not correct to question a fellow who nailed Osama.

  5. Outsouring our manufacturing jobs to the Communist Chinese to spur their middle class and standard of living was probably a dream of Hugh DeLacy. Thanks to Congress the repeal of Glass Steagal in 1996 made it all possible. While China builds its military and infrastructure, American sons and daughters join the military because there are no jobs and find themselves getting shot at in god forsaken Muslim hell holes like Afghanistan and Iraq. Congress is clueless to their own criminal culpability and holds hearings to try to unravel why the banks and Wall Street made wormwood of stocks, bonds, pension funds and life savings. Panetta’s ties to Communists and Communist spies don’t worry Congress and the elites as much as the problem of carbon emissions and how to finally convince people in flyover country to embrace carbon taxes. Global government is the goal of the elites, but what will it look like and will Communism be squelched? I fear it will look like more of the same with corruptocrats like Nambla Pelosi increasing her wealth by 62% (while the middle class sinks int poverty), commandeering a military flight stocked with happy hour beverages paid for by the little people. Panetta’s ties to Communists is seen as an asset by these people.

  6. What’s really sad is that the average American is too busy watching American Idol to be concerned about such matters. To most Americans, they just don’t think communism is alive and well and even if it was they don’t percive the threat. Too many Americans have the false belief that communism died with the “Old” Soviet Union and they couldn’t be more wrong.

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