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Cold War Spy Testimony Revealed

POSTED: 05:25 PM ET, 09/11/2008 by The Editors
TAGS: Cold War

The atomic secrets investigation that led to the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg in 1953 was at once the most infamous and celebrated spy case of the Cold War. Today the National Archives added substantially to the public history of the case with the release of hundreds of more pages of grand jury testimony that had been secret for more than 50 years. (Read through it here.)

Just before the release, Sam Roberts of the New York Times reported that he had interviewed the Rosenbergs' co-defendant, Morton Sobell, who for the first time admitted that he had been a Soviet spy. Sobell, who served nearly 19 years in prison, has always maintained his innocence.

Sobell, in the interview, implicated Julius Rosenberg in a conspiracy that delivered to the Soviets vital classified military information and what the American government claimed was the secret to the atomic bomb.

Historians are still poring over the newly released testimony, but MSNBC reports that the transcripts may cast doubt on how much Ethel Rosenberg participated in her husband's activities. Although Ethel's sister-in-law, Ruth Greenglass, testified in an open trial that Ethel had typed her husband's communications with Soviet handlers, Greenglass' grand jury testimony (PDF) indicates that Greenglass may have passed the information in her own longhand.

By The Editors |  September 11, 2008; 5:25 PM ET
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The thread in all this developed from corruption in the Albany, NY office of the FBI due to Catholic leanings.

Posted by: Theodore, male, 86, retired | September 12, 2008 1:19 AM

Investigate this:

What 60 Minutes Missed: NASA is Conning America

NASA is making choices in their Moon Project that ensures the project's failure. And they're doing it deliberately. NASA says it is interested in exploration. But science is a fundamental part of space exploration, and for NASA, science is not a priority. If the purpose of NASA is not future industrialization and scientifically-based exploration, what is it?

Building Hardware

Hardware is NASA's priority. Hardware without a real goal is just really expensive toys. NASA is essentially playing with multi-billion dollar rockets. Kennedy's dream of the United States as a Space Power has been abused by immature, short-sighted bureaucratic hardware junkies for far too long. If the goal of NASA is not cities in space, or access to the limitless energy available in space, or protection from extinction caused by asteroids and comets, then there should not be a NASA.

NASA's ostensible goal is to open space for everyone. NASA only wants to send astronauts so they can get money without having to produce any real results.

Posted by: Econo-Girl | September 12, 2008 2:23 AM

The Morton Sobell ring in the General Electric Co. involved a GE engineer whose sons landed posts at the Univ. of Idaho alongside Margit von Braun, Dr. von Braun's daughter. Who is who? The truth is in the Venoa files and Sen. Jos. McCarthy's effort to get in Evans Sig Lab to investigate the Rosenberg case. Was von Braun just a gov't spender?

Posted by: Theodore, male, 86, retired | September 12, 2008 3:32 AM

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