Was George Washington a Double Agent? Mt. Vernon in Panic?

george_washington_dollarA theory about The Lost Symbol focusing on George Washington’s alleged treachery and role as a double-agent for the British has been bouncing around the internet for a month now.

This theory is based on an August 7 report in the Scottish newspaper, The Scotsman, which quotes historian Robert Cooper, curator of the Grand Lodge of Scotland and a world authority on Freemasonry, offering a theory about Washington-as-double-agent.

Worse still, assertions that the original confession was concealed in George Washington’s coffin is creating panic around the grounds of Mount Vernon where Washington is buried.

Historian Robert Cooper, curator of the Grand Lodge of Scotland and a world authority on Freemasonry says, “It seems they’re planning security precautions to safeguard against what has become known as the ‘Rosslyn effect,'” referring to the way that, after the publication of Brown’s bestseller The Da Vinci Code, Rosslyn Chapel in Midlothian was deluged by grail seekers and treasure hunters.

You can think what you want about the theory (the article follows below). And you can think what you want about all of the Dan Brown official web advance clues suggesting themes of double agents and treachery.

But one item that calls some of this reasoning into question is the statement in the Cooper/Scotsman piece that there is “panic” on the grounds of Mt. Vernon, the national landmark where George Washington lived and is buried.

Our investigative reporter for the Secrets team, Dave Shugarts, contacted Mt. Vernon officials and determined there has been no panic and no special security precautions are in place. In fact, Dave posted as follows on The Scotsman website–with no response to date.

On blogs in the U.S., Mr. Cooper has retreated from some of the most important statements made in this story.

The story clearly says he was claiming a “reliable source” for a plot leak of the book. At http://lostsymboltweets.blogspot.com/2009/08/george-washington-traitor-to-revolution.html, Mr. Cooper now apparently says he never claimed a “reliable source,” leaving the implication that the reporter was either very inaccurate or very inventive.

Additionally, this article claimed that at Mount Vernon the security personnel have had to take special new measures to protect George Washington’s tomb. I contacted the Mount Vernon staff and they completely deny this.

In an effort to find out whether The Scotsman and Kath Gourlay stand behind the story, I contacted them and asked them to clarify. In an effort to learn Mr. Cooper’s side of the story directly, I contacted him at two different e-mail addresses. None of the parties has responded.

I would have expected that a reputable newspaper and reporter would want to stand behind their accuracy and veracity. The Scotsman has my address.

See excerpts of the Scotsman article below and let us know what you think.

Published Date: 07 August 2009
By Kath Gourlay

[…]The Lost Symbol looks set to create a huge uproar across the USA, with its allegations that far from being the country’s ‘founding father,’ Washington was actually a traitor who had been secretly negotiating with the British during the American War of Independence.

His treachery – revealed in a deathbed confession – was apparently concealed by his fellow Freemasons.

Worse still, assertions that the original confession was concealed in George Washington’s coffin is creating panic around the grounds of Mount Vernon where Washington is buried.

Historian Robert Cooper, curator of the Grand Lodge of Scotland and a world authority on Freemasonry says, “It seems they’re planning security precautions to safeguard against what has become known as the ‘Rosslyn effect,'” referring to the way that, after the publication of Brown’s bestseller The Da Vinci Code, Rosslyn Chapel in Midlothian was deluged by grail seekers and treasure hunters.

[…]with six weeks to go and millions of copies of The Lost Symbol already printed in anticipation of another blockbuster, Freemasons in the US have been accusing Doubleday, Brown’s publishers, of cranking up the controversy and deliberately leaking details of the plot. Masons are worried enough to be setting up a website recruiting teams of “experts” to carry out a page by page analysis as soon as the book hits the shelves.

Cooper, who has recently returned from lecturing on Freemasonry in the USA, appears to have undertaken a pretty comprehensive analysis already, and if he knows where the plot leaks are coming from, he’s not saying. “Of course I could be the victim of a double bluff but I don’t believe so. My knowledge of the source convinces me of its reliability, and of course there is some conjecture on my own part, based on the comprehensive knowledge I have of the background to the story.”

He claims his recent book Cracking the Freemason’s Code – The Truth about Solomon’s Key caused Dan Brown to change the title of his new novel from The Solomon Key to The Lost Symbol. “I don’t know what other changes my book caused, but as a Masonic historian, I deal in facts, not fiction.”

One fact about George Washington shows he became a Freemason in 1752, aged 20. Almost without exception the other founding fathers of the United States – including Benjamin Franklin and James Madison – were Freemasons, and the American constitution itself is said to be based on Masonic principles.

According to Cooper, Scottish Masons took the principles of Freemasonry over to America in the first place. “Scotland is different from the rest of the world in that we go back before Freemasonry as an 18th century organisation. We were ordinary working guys – craft guilds – with our own ancient knowledge and rituals. It was the original egalitarian society, and that’s what we took to America.”

[…]Scottish Masons took the spark of revolution across the Atlantic, too. The Lodge of St Andrew met in the Green Dragon Tavern in Boston, and on St Andrew’s night 30th November, 1773. it was recorded that the Lodge meeting was adjourned as ‘consignees of tea took up the Brethrens’ time.’ The men dressed as Mohawks who tipped the British tea into Boston harbour (the act that started the revolution) were Lodge members. One of the brothers was the famous revolutionary Paul Revere. After the revolution the new nation used skilled stonemasons from Scotland (personally recruited by Washington) to work on the prestigious buildings around Washington DC. These included the capitol building and the White House (where the Scottish masons wouldn’t use slaves because they were not free men.)

All very stirring stuff, and not surprisingly, the present-day Freemasonic fraternity in Washington is incensed at the thought of a spanner being thrown into the works by Dan Brown. But could there be any basis behind the story?

The facts about the American Revolution show that in the early days, in the mid 1770’s, the colonialists suffered a series of defeats. Strategic secrets were being passed to the British. The facts also show that an American army general, Benedict Arnold, was a traitor who plotted to surrender the fort at West Point to the British and turn the tide of war against his own side. The facts link Washington with Arnold when it comes to Freemasonry and the facts show that the day the plot was discovered, Washington was due to meet Arnold at West Point. “The hard facts stop there.” says Cooper

It seems that in The Lost Symbol Washington has been working with Arnold and passing secrets to the British. But why on earth would Washington want to subvert the cause of American freedom?

“Ah, that I’m not clear about,” admits Cooper. “I don’t know what Brown has up his sleeve there, but I’ve been led to believe he’s suggesting George Washington could be bought like anyone else, and the English Tories had made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.

When Arnold was rumbled, Washington did a huge about-turn, covered his tracks and wholeheartedly embraced the cause of American independence.”

The rest, as they say, is history – except that in the novel, it appears Washington has a crisis of conscience on his deathbed and writes a detailed confession to be published after his death. His personal physician and friend, Dr James Craik – also a Freemason – is known to have attended the dying president, whose sealed coffin is buried at Mount Vernon. In true Dan Brown tradition, details of the confession and the events surrounding it have been hidden somewhere, and veiled references to it are found a couple of centuries later by a researcher working at Mount Vernon.

He seems to think something highly secret and important has been buried in Washington’s coffin. This secret – and the details surrounding it – have been concealed within Freemasonic codes of reference and the researcher can’t make sense of the symbolism disguising what he knows is a significant find.

He contacts symbologist Robert Langdon but is murdered before he can explain his findings.

Langdon, the CIA and the FBI are now in a race to find the confession, which the secret services must destroy to safeguard the integrity of the country’s founding father and the creation of the world’s first democracy.

Langdon is the front runner since he’s been contacted by a high ranking Freemason with knowledge of the symbolism of the Order. Apparently there’s a surprise twist when it comes to the identity of this Freemason – a twist which has more orthodox members of the craft siding with the CIA and FBI in suppressing the truth.

“If this plotline is anywhere near accurate,” says Cooper, who insists again that he has no reason to doubt his source, “then it’s going to create a huge uproar across the USA.”

Full article here.

– Dan Burstein, Editor, Secrets of the Lost Symbol

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2 responses to “Was George Washington a Double Agent? Mt. Vernon in Panic?

  1. What’s new. I said all this back in April, long before Robert Cooper repeated my conversations with him in The Scotsman. See my blog: http://heresiesandcults.blogspot.com/

  2. ‘Lapu’, I’ve busted your little game. So, are you Paul Maier, or do you just really like his book?

    Full explanation:

    http://www.thecryptex.com/news/washington-traitor-redux

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