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Spies! Radios! Episcopalians!

Spies! Radios! Episcopalians!

Today the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island and the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI will dedicate a plaque at Benson House, the conference center of the diocese, because of the secret counter-espionage operations that took place in that building during World War II.

Since the end of World War II many stories have surfaced about the efforts of the United States and Great Britain to deceive the Germans and Japanese about Allied troop movements, invasion plans and atomic research.

But only recently has the world come to know the role that a nondescript, wood-frame house overlooking the Long Island Sound played in that spycraft.

Known as the Benson House, the Wading River home is now used by the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island for meetings and retreats, but from 1942 to 1945 the house was the site of a highly secret FBI counterintelligence operation.


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