I've been reading Spycraft by Wallace and Melton. Soviets spying for CIA seem heroic as much as Americans spying for KGB seem horrible. I wonder how similar or dissimilar the personalities were. I bet America had a lot of useful idiots. Like Steinbeck who supported the Soviets in Winter War, because he believed that soviets were rescuing the common man for Terijoki puppet government.
I don't know how evil Steinbeck was. I've enjoyed his novels and I believe he would have been on the side of the common man like my grandfather, but being the fool he was he put his political weight against the common man like my grandfather.