Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Convicted Of Espionage & Theft Of Government Property And Then Pardoned By Clinton, Samuel Morison Is Now Accused of Stealing U.S. Navy Files of Famed Historian Grandfather

Ian Duncan at the Baltimore Sun reports on the arrest of Samuel L. Morison (seen in the above photo from his Facebook page) for the theft of U.S. Navy historical records.

A grandson of the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Samuel Eliot Morison has been charged with stealing nearly three boxes of documents that his grandfather used to write a 15-volume history of World War II commissioned by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Authorities found some of the documents when they raided the Crofton home of Samuel L. Morison in May, according to federal charges unsealed Tuesday. Others had been put up for sale. They had been missing for more than a year.

Morison, 69, appeared briefly in court following his arrest Tuesday morning, according to the U.S. attorney's office. Morison's lawyer said the case is only in its very beginning stages.

... Morison was convicted in the 1980s on charges that he leaked classified satellite images of a Soviet aircraft carrier then under construction to a British magazine. He was pardoned by President Bill Clinton in 2001.

... Both Morison and his late grandfather served in the Navy. The younger Morison served in Vietnam. The elder Morison, a professor of history at Harvard and author of the two-volume "Oxford History of the United States," at the outbreak of World War II pitched the idea of writing a history of the conflict to Roosevelt, was commissioned a lieutenant commander in the Navy Reserve and sent to fight.

Samuel Eliot Morison was eventually promoted to rear admiral. He published his history of the war at sea between 1947 and 1962.

You can read the rest of the piece via the below link:,0,751933.story

You can read more about Samuel L. Morison in my Crime Beat column on the U.S. Navy's Cold War traitors and spies via the below link:

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