John Barron

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John Barron (died 2005) was a US journalist.[1]

Barron graduated from the University of Missouri and received a master's degree in journalism from Missouri in 1952. He was in Navy intelligence from 1953 to 1957. He worked at the Washington Star from 1957 to 1965.[1]

Barron moved to the Washington bureau of Reader's Digest in 1965. He retired in 1991.[1]

According to Edward Jay Epstein, Barron was a friend and supporter of the Soviet defector Yuri Nosenko.[2] Epstein has also alleged that the CIA sent defectors to Barron with fabricated stories.[3]

External resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Matt Schudel, John Barron Dies; Espionage Reporter, Washington Post, 9 March 2005.
  2. Edward Jay Epstein, Deception: The Invisible War Between the KGB and the CIA, Simon & Schuster, 1989, p.294.
  3. Edward S. Herman and Frank Brodhead, The Rise and Fall of the Bulgarian Connection, Sheridan Square Publications, 1986, p.235.