August 14th, 2008
07:30 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Julia Child a spy?

Morning folks...

This just in...Russian tanks have returned to the Georgian city of Gori, BUT BUT BUT only to help facilitate the pullout of their forces....Explosions heard in Gori Thursday were the result of Russian troops clearing unexploded ordnance NOT fighting...SO as of writing the cease-fire is still in place. This as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice heads to France and then Georgia for talks....

The Georgia-Russia conflict has been a political plus for John McCain...In today's Wall Street Journal he he writes: For anyone who thought that stark international aggression was a thing of the past, the last week must have come as a startling wake-up call. After clashes in the Georgian region of South Ossetia, Russia invaded its neighbor, launching attacks that threaten its very existence. Some Americans may wonder why events in this part of the world are any concern of ours. After all, Georgia is a small, remote and obscure place. But history is often made in remote, obscure places.

And speaking of John McCain who is on the verge of picking a Vice President, McCain says for those who believe former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge's support of abortion rights effectively rules him out for the VP spot on the Republican presidential ticket:Not so fast. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee, who remains suspect in the eyes of many social conservatives, told the Weekly Standard Wednesday Ridge’s pro-choice stance does not necessarily mean he isn't being considered for the No.2 spot. If McCain is hoping to pull in Evangelical voters, not sure this will help.....

AND just a strange yet intriguing story this am...get this....Famed chef Julia Child shared a secret with Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg and Chicago White Sox catcher Moe Berg at a time when the Nazis threatened the world. They served in an international spy ring managed by the Office of Strategic Services, an early version of the CIA created in World War II by President Franklin Roosevelt.

The full secret comes out TODAY, all of the names and previously classified files identifying nearly 24,000 spies who formed the first centralized intelligence effort by the United States. The National Archives, which this week released a list of the names found in the records, will make available for the first time all 750,000 pages identifying the vast spy network of military and civilian operatives. They were soldiers, actors, historians, lawyers, athletes, professors, reporters. But for several years during World War II, they were known simply as the OSS. They studied military plans, created propaganda, infiltrated enemy ranks and stirred resistance among foreign troops....Just wild...

ALL for now...

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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Emmett

    With respect to Anderson Cooper, and CNN, MSNBC, and all major western media in the US, there has be little to no mention of Ossetia, that it was the Georgian military with the help of US, and Isreal, already there arming, for defense, and for control of its own citizens.

    Our media failed, and I say this is constant in the reporting, that prior the was a demistration by the Georgian people of there president, the force that was there was highly trained by the us, with equipment obviously provided by outside sources. Now how is this blacked out by the media.
    There should be a new poll, "Do you think your media fully covers the stories being provided"? The obvious answer NO!

    August 15, 2008 at 2:29 am |
  2. Bruce

    Your piece on Julia Child with reference to her cleavage was tasteless. The woman is deceased and deserves respect. You should be ashamed of yourself for allowing such a piece of trash to air on your program. This stunt is additional proof that CNN is not a serious network. Too bad the 'Capital Gang" is not on any more, it was CNN's last legitimate news program.

    August 15, 2008 at 12:16 am |
  3. Jan Smutny-Jones

    During WWII my Uncle, SSGT Jerry Novotny servedin the Air Transport Command of the 14th Air Force (Flying Tigers). They flew supplies over the hump (Himalayas) and to forward operating bases. He often told the story that the pilots loved to fly to one of these forward operating bases because there was a young woman OSS Officer there that would cook them great meals- Julia Childs. It sounded that these bases were pretty exposed and subject to Japanese attack. Julia was tough. After the war, Jerry went on to be a high school journalism teacher. He would have loved you report.

    August 14, 2008 at 11:29 pm |
  4. kay, Huntsville, AL

    Don't make fun of Julia Child just because She did not seem like a "spy type." You might be surprized. Some people are more intelligent than they seem and sometimes the most unlikely people are the ones who protect the people of the United States and most people don't even realize it. Be careful who you ridicule. I missed Beat 360 but I guessed Julia Childs would have said, " We have ways to make you talk!"

    August 14, 2008 at 11:14 pm |
  5. mokube ewane

    Julia Child's spy name should be "chicken 007"

    August 14, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  6. Sharon D


    Just wondering: Could you publish a spreadsheet and list all the issues and then fill in the candidates' positions on the issues? ex: no child left behind; partial birth abortion, etc. The specific issue juxtaposition (remembering the "No new taxes" declaration proved to be meaningless) would help voters sift through the chaff.


    August 14, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  7. patrick feenan

    Cindy at the top there, your president is the real liar. He prompts the Georgians to stir up a hornets nest and when the Georgians lose you are weeping! Bush has started nine wars since he stole the election in two thousand, and how can you vote an idiot like that in? You defended yourselves after nine eleven ( qnd invaded an innocent country ) what did you expect the Russians to do, run away and hide? We Irish know about real invasions, we were occupied by the British for eight hundred years, now America is the new empire. Why dont you all grow up and leave the rest of the world alone?

    August 14, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  8. angela

    Why now? Are they for sure all the operatives are dead so they won't risk the unfortunate timing of a car bomb or something! These are all things everyone has known for years. Thanks to some very intelligent producers. Stirring up these things now is putting a ticking bomb in our opposing players' hand. I don't like war any better than the next American, but we need to maintain our strenth. Yes we are not perfect and our forefathers' shed alot of blood here to get us were we are now. Our Boys have heroically obeyed our commander no matter how stupid his shot calling has been, but is has kept Our Country strong and our way of life going . Which I don't know of hardly anyone who doesn't appreciate more than us Americans. Just look how many flock here looking to have the better life or rape us of our resources, the unfortunate irony of having a golden heart. Thanks to our troops we have this way of life. I don't approve of the shenanagins that some of our former leaders have pulled, but what were they to do keep having a Boston Tea Party so to speak every time some King or leader over there wanted to expand they're power and kingdom?

    August 14, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  9. Julie San Diego, CA

    Julia Child's work with the OSS is pretty common knowledge. She ended up at the OSS because at 6'2", the Navy wouldn't take her.

    "Mastering the Art of French Cooking", her most acclaimed cookbook, is still a best-seller. It's one of my favorites.

    Who says you can't be smart, serve your country, and be a great cook?

    If you think her story is phenomenal, check out Audrey Hepburn. As a child growing up in Nazi-occupied Europe, she bravely passed information to downed Allied soldiers hiding in the woods near her home.

    I'll really fall off my chair if someone decides to recruit Paris Hilton as our next secret agent. Sorry Paris, we love to pick on you. You've been given so much in this life; it would be a delicious karmic irony if you actually did turn out to be the next Mother Theresa...

    August 14, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  10. Luci K

    I knew Julia was up to something, the way she could sling that meat cleaver....

    August 14, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  11. Jeanette

    This is not the first time I have heard this about Julia Child. I think it's great. She was always my favorite chef and I give her a lot of credit for doing this for our country. Her show was always funny especially when she would make the mistakes she always made. She was very clumsy and hilarious at the same time.

    August 14, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  12. Michael

    IF the U.S.S.R. is concerned about the unspecified number of Georgian – Russian people wanting to leave Georgia because of the ' questionable ethnic situation ' that led to the unjust invasion of Georgia,. Then the U.S.S.R. can take those unspecified amount of people with them when they withdraw and return to their side of the border.

    The initiatory action's from former Russia is unjust in every way. The U.S.S.R must unconditionally withdraw without any further aggression – initiatory force – threat of force to the Geogian people, the Georgian Government, within Georgian borders.

    August 14, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  13. Betty Ann, Nacogdoches,TX

    Go Julia! The Nazis went too far when they took away the french people's wine!
    She's my hero~

    August 14, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  14. Martina Ilstad

    Hey Anderson
    Maybe this return of tanks in georgia its a small step,but its a big step in the right way.

    August 14, 2008 at 12:44 pm |
  15. Dee Stevens

    Love of country, honor, duty, responsibility, patriotism, allegiance, respect for the American Flag and the US Constitution are all qualities of being a leader of the free world.

    August 14, 2008 at 11:12 am |
  16. Judith, Wash D.C.

    Oh, I though when I read the headlines that she was a spy for Ahmedinajad, Hugo Chavez or one of those crazies; maybe even for the number one FBI hunk, Osama himself, but comm'on, one of our own, in the wee ages of the second world war? We appreciate, but it's nothing to write home about now.

    Sorry Julia, still love your cooking show, though.

    August 14, 2008 at 10:51 am |
  17. Michelle Fonthill Ont,Canada

    Good Morning Anderson 360ers
    The conflict in Russia keeps getting weorse they called the cease fire on;ly to start bombing of course it didn't last very long .This is supposed to be a plus for McCain because of his miltary expirence and Obama in the mean time is on vaccation .What is this Julia Child a spy? This is interesting and strange all of these figures that are we know in the public eye were spies ala james bond?
    Thanks for the posting
    see you later on 360

    August 14, 2008 at 10:30 am |
  18. Larry

    Wow! I wonder if any of the 24k and/or their spouses are still alive to be interviewed by CNN. Can we expect a flurry of tell-all books? Were any of them using sex to gain information? What countries were they active in? Are their activities documented and available for public viewing? This is gonna be historic data that will be investigated and researched for decades.

    Looking forward to any intrigue that covers involvement in the Spanish Civil War.

    August 14, 2008 at 10:28 am |
  19. Heather

    I have this about Julia Child for years.It's not a secret.She talked about it.Anyone who was a Julia Child fan has known this for years.

    August 14, 2008 at 9:59 am |
  20. Maria Creel Biloxi

    I think it just goes to show, Big Bro is, has, and will continue to watch and listen. How much do you say on the phone, Anderson?

    August 14, 2008 at 9:55 am |
  21. Sandra, Wadley Ga

    Good morning Anderson. It sounds like the OSS spy ring was really huge during WWII. I am sure there are many interesting characters with great stories to be told; an author is probably working on the book as we speak. Have a great day and as Julia Child would say "bon appetit."

    August 14, 2008 at 9:28 am |
  22. Annie Kate

    McCain makes a good point that history is often made in small, remote and obscure places. While they don't seem so obscure or remote Vietnam wasn't that well known when we got into that war; and then Britain had a short battle with the Falkland Islands years ago. But think of all the obscure places that are famous today because a battle during the Civil War was fought there – Antietam, Gettysburg, Chancellorsville, Shiloh, Port Hudson, Fredricksburg, and others that we know today only because of the battles fought there 100 years ago. I just hope that in this instance we don't have another remote, obscure place become a large part of our history; we really don't need another war.

    Julia Child talked about being a spy in WW2 once. It will be interesting to see what other notable people were doing the same thing.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    August 14, 2008 at 9:00 am |
  23. deborah, OH

    Morning Anderson!
    Julia Child–a spy–that is wild. But nothing surprises me anymore. Wonder who else is on the list?

    I truly hope that this is a lasting cease-fire in Georgia. I still don't trust the Russians.

    I really don't like Tom Ridge, but you are right, he could still be useful to McCain–maybe.

    Let's see what the day brings! Have a good one!

    August 14, 2008 at 8:58 am |
  24. Mary

    I am still nervous about the Russian situation and our troops supplying aid. I really don't see this ever being over.
    Senator McCain needs to be careful about the whole pro-choice thing. I am sure that it will be more negative than positive.
    Julia Child as a spy Rocks!!! I think that this story make a great movie. Instead of chicken cacciatore it was chicken catch a nazi.

    August 14, 2008 at 8:40 am |
  25. Lou

    WOW! Claiming to be leader in news and not one headline on John Kerry-bad reporting?-Enquirer got it before you-says alot! lol-Well, CNN has(once again) become DNN-Dem. Nat'l Nomination news!- Please send reply where to find Kerry story on any cnn website!–We used to be one nation(and news orgs. reported the news,not manipulate it for personal gain!)-Now, it's split to pursue political means to one's personal and professional advancement w/ no regard to the lingering effects on this nation-Be ashamed of yourself as "WE THE PEOPLE" are of you! Amazing how many professionals share that opinion of your news(ENTERTAINMENT) channel has degraded to!-Very obvious to your public!

    August 14, 2008 at 8:40 am |
  26. Cindy

    We all see Russia for what it is ....a liar! Everyone sees that they are still fighting and moving into Georgia a little at a time trying to take them over. People aren't that dumb. But really what can we do to them? The U.N. surely won't do anything...never do! I have a feeling that this is going to get a lot more hairier before it's over!

    And yeah this war has helped John McCain look more presidential and come out looking way more experienced on foreign affairs than Obama. He seems to really know the area and the implications of what may happen there whereas Obama seems not so up on the issue and just gives a response that anyone would.

    I read the thing about Julia Child being a spy yesterday. I had to laugh at that. Can you imagine her spying!? Is this stuff for real or someone just making stuff up? I mean what could she possibly have gotten a hold of that could help anyone, some great secret recipe or something! LOL

    I just wanted to say last night's show was awesome! Thanks Coop for doing all different stories and not Caylee or Edwards all hour!! THANK YOU!! Please keep it up!


    August 14, 2008 at 8:33 am |
  27. Jenny Rome Georgia

    No telling just what was in those casserolles that Julia made. MAybe state secrets.

    August 14, 2008 at 8:08 am |