"During the operation it was revealed that Sheldon was a traitor. Even though he opened the gate to the compound, once in the room there was found neither the archive, nor Trotsky himself. When the participants in the raid opened fire, Sheldon told them that, had he known all this, as an American he never would have agreed to participate in this raid. Such behavior served as the basis for deciding on the spot to liquidate him. He was killed by Mexicans." 
Most recently a memoir of the Eitingon family published by a member of that family, Mary Kay Wilmers, who is the editor of the London Review of Books, confirms both Harte's role and his subsequent murder by Stalinist agents seeking to cover up their crime. She quotes another participant in the attack, KGB agent Iosif Grigulevich, who, speaking of Harte, said,
"What were we supposed to do with him? After all, we would have had to hide him and then illegally take him out of Mexico. In a word, no end of trouble! Put yourself in Siqueiros's shoes. He had telegrammed to Moscow that Bob Sheldon had betrayed them and that was why they shot into an empty bed. Moscow ordered us to shoot the traitor. Which is what we did." 
|Socialist Appeal, June 1, 1940|
"All the blood that has been shed by this super-mafia has not succeeded and will not succeed in exorcising the specter that haunts the cowering demon in the Kremlin, the specter of Trotsky and of Trotskyism.
For Trotsky represents the living forces of the October Revolution and the promise of their resurgence.
Trotsky's is the authentic voice of the millions of downtrodden toilers throughout the world.
Trotsky's is the banner of the world worker's revolution that must and shall be unfurled across continents drenched in the blood of imperialist war.
Against these Stalin and his gunmen cannot and will not prevail.
To this, the Fourth International, with Trotsky and after Trotsky, stands firmly pledged."
Yet it was on this day 73 years ago, that the conspiracy authored by Stalin and carried out by Beria, Sudoplatov and Eitingon finally succeeded in ending Trotsky's life, just three months after the initial attempt failed. But who now remembers Stalin as anything other than one of the most heinous individuals in history, other than a tiny number of pathological cultists? The memory of Trotsky on the other hand remains an inspiration to many. It is a testament to the triumph of ideas over brute force.
|Socialist Appeal issue of Aug. 24, 1940|
 The Eitingons: A Twentieth-Century Story, Mary-Kay Wilmers, Verso, 2010, p. 304.
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