Julius Joseph

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Julius J. Joseph was an American citizen and Soviet spy. During World War II he worked in the Office of Emergency Management (1942) and the Labor War Manpower Commission (1943) and from 1943 to 1945 for the Far Easter section (Japanese intelligence) of the U.S. Office of Strategic Services where his wife and Soviet spy, Bella Joseph, also worked.

Venona decrypt 880 of 8 June 1943 from New York KGB Rezident Vasily Zubilin to KGB foreign intelligence head General Pavel Fitin in Moscow is about the OSS and the Office of War Information (OWI). It discusses the activities of five agents, or "probationers" as they are referred to, Maurice Halperin, Duncan Chapin Lee, Bella Joseph, Franz Neumann, and Julius Joseph.

In 1945 Joseph had become Deputy Chief of the Far Eastern Division. He is referred to as a Soviet source in the OSS in the Venona traffic under the cryptonym "Cautious".


  • John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr, Venona: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America, (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999). ISBN 0300077718
  • Elizabeth Bentley, Out of Bondage: The Story of Elizabeth Bentley, Devin-Adair Company, 1951.
  • Allen Weinstein and Alexander Vassiliev, The Haunted Wood: Soviet Espionage in America—the Stalin Era, New York: Random House, 1999.