A surprising description of Ernest Hemingway's last couple of years, years in which he was thought to be paranoid and depressed, so much so that he was given shock treatments and eventually committed suicide. He told friends he was constantly being monitored by the FBI.
“It’s the worst hell. The goddamnedest hell. They’ve bugged everything. That’s why we’re using Duke’s car. Mine’s bugged. Everything’s bugged. Can’t use the phone. Mail intercepted.” These stories and worries went on until he died, stories most of his friends discounted...until...
"Decades later, in response to a Freedom of Information petition, the F.B.I. released its Hemingway file. It revealed that beginning in the 1940s J. Edgar Hoover had placed Ernest under surveillance because he was suspicious of Ernest’s activities in Cuba. Over the following years, agents filed reports on him and tapped his phones. The surveillance continued all through his confinement at St. Mary’s Hospital. It is likely that the phone outside his room was tapped after all."
A surprise ending. Maybe food for thought for these days.