By Walter Schneir,Miriam Schneir
Walter and Miriam Schneir’s 1965 bestseller Invitation to an Inquest was once one of the first severe debts of the arguable case of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, famously accomplished in 1953 for passing atom bomb secrets and techniques to Soviet Russia. In Invitation the Schneirs offered exhaustive and damning proof that key witnesses within the trial had replaced their tales after training from prosecutors, and that the FBI had cast evidence. the belief was once unavoidable: The Rosenbergs have been innocent.
yet have been they?
Thirty years after the book of Inquest, Walter Schneir was once again at the case after bits and items of latest proof begun coming to gentle, a lot of it connecting Julius Rosenberg to Soviet espionage. Over greater than a decade, Schneir endured his look for the reality, assembly with former intelligence officers in Moscow and Prague, and pass checking info recorded in millions of presidency files.
the result's a completely new narrative of the Rosenberg case. the truth, Schneir demonstrates, is that Rosenbergs ended up hopelessly trapped: prosecuted for atomic espionage they didn’t commit—but not able to confess previous espionage actions in the course of international warfare II.
because it occurred, Julius Rosenberg used to be basically marginally eager about the atomic undercover agent ring he used to be depicted as leading—while Ethel, significantly, was once certainly not concerned. the 2 lied while the contended they knew not anything approximately espionage. Ethel knew approximately it and Julius had practiced it, however the government’s rivalry they had stolen the “secret” of the atom bomb was once seriously and fatally flawed.
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