Friday, January 25, 2013

A Look Back At The Alger Hiss Espionage Case

The FBI web site offers a look back at the Alger Hiss case.

The jury returned from its deliberations on January 21, 1950—63 years ago this month. The verdict? Guilty on two counts of perjury.

Alger Hiss, a well-educated and well-connected former government lawyer and State Department official who helped create the United Nations in the aftermath of World War II, was headed to prison in Atlanta for lying to a federal grand jury.
In August 1948, Whittaker Chambers—a senior editor at Time magazine— was called by the House Committee on Un-merican Activities to corroborate the testimony of Elizabeth Bentley, a Soviet spy who had defected in 1945 and accused dozens of members of the U.S. government of espionage. One official she named as possibly connected to the Soviets was Alger Hiss.

You can read the rest of the piece via the below link:

You can also read my Q & A with veteran journalist and author Joseph C. Goulden, who spoke of his covering the Alger Hiss case, via the below link: 

And you can read a review of a recent book on Alger Hiss via the below link:

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