Skip to comments.58 years later, records unsealed in Rosenberg spy case
Posted on 07/23/2008 12:52:25 PM PDT by K-oneTexas
58 years later, records unsealed in Rosenberg spy case
After 58 years, historians and journalists will have a chance to examine the secret grand jury testimony of witnesses in the espionage case against Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. The couple was investigated in 1950, tried in 1951 for conspiracy to commit espionage and convicted and sentenced to death in 1953. Cold War scholars are hoping the grand jury transcripts will shed light on some nagging questions about the case -- primarily, just how strong the case was against Ethel Rosenberg. The National Security Archive, the American Historical Association, the Georgetown University Law Center and others have petitioned to have the transcripts of 46 witnesses released to the public. In an unusual move, federal authorities have said that because of the historic significance of the case, they do not oppose releasing the transcripts of testimony from witnesses who have died or who do not object to their release. Of the 46 grand jury witnesses, 36 are either deceased or do not object to releasing the transcripts. Three others are thought to have died; four have not been located. In a partial ruling Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein denied a request to release the testimony of three other witnesses, including one of the most controversial -- David Greenglass, Ethel Rosenberg's brother and a pivotal witness who testified against the couple....
(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...
Book Review- The Brother: The Untold Story of the Rosenberg Case
Will the “progressives” be wearing black arm-bands this weeK?
Will be interesting to see what the info is that hung these two.
They deserved every watt they got.
Oh Wow, OK, our bad ... y’all come back, ya hear?
The Venona intercepts effectively proved Julius Rosenberg's guilt.
The case against Ethel Rosenberg is a bit murkier, but at the very least she was an accomplice after the fact.
Thanks for the link. I even had to turn the tv off to concentrate on it. Very good reading.
That won’t make a difference. They still are in the progressive martyr pantheon with ol’ Sacco and Vanzetti.
It appears that Ethel was a victim of family politics. If she just would have answered the question “Are you or were you ever a Communist” honestly, she might have lessened her punishment. But her brother didn’t have any trouble throwing her under the bus! Nice guy....
Here's a prediction:
1) The records will show Ethel and Julius were both guilty as sin.
2) This story on the opening of the records will therefore be the last we hear about the case in the moonbeam, er. mainstream media.
I guess there's one more possibility:
3) Hoping that few people will read the transcripts, the moonbeamers will publish stories directly contradicted by the unsealed recordsalleging that the records show Ethel was an innocent bystander.
They would more than likely be in line for a democratic nomination somewhere.
And Alger Hiss.
Ethel belonged under the bus, or in the electric chair.
May be the Rosenberge children will finally shut up, but I doubt it.
Believe it or not there is nothing preventing an ex-president from being impeached and removed from office.
I think the Slickmiester should be Impeached and Removed from Office. The public coffers could then be saved the cost of his retirement and SS coverage.
You know, I was almost ready to post a reply to you saying you had mis-spelled the program name only to do some checking and find out that Venona was correct name of the program.
Well put, Knitebane.
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Precisely, when the NSA released some of the information from Venona a few years back, any doubt was gone.
Excellent exposition of current political “reality.” We think much alike. Protest folk songs about poor Julius and Ethel have probably already been written by the Usual Suspects.
Most people who make predictions would be subject to the claim of “you’ve been watching too much TV.” But your predictions are so clear that the claim would be, “you’ve been studying too much history” or “you know too much — don’t be surprised if you become the next Salman Rushdie, perpetually hiding from liberals”.
The Left's project lay in ruins. Small wonder, Nozick concluded, that the crowd had booed Radosh and Milton: "The people present cannot face the possibility of wasted lives. The Rosenberg case . . . is their last cause."Says a lot.
The ambulance will be waiting for Pete Seeger!
I have to agree with you.
Ethel was at least guilty of pillow talk.
The long opened (cracked) venora files that the Soviets used with them long proves them as guilty.
Guilty as possibly can be. Though, I guess only a ‘progressive’ in modern terms, with handing over military secrets to current enemies.
“Eventually, the Rosenbergs will be acknowledged as people who made a bad decision, but were ultimately victims of a crazed witch-hunt in an irrational time in American History.”
.... and in 2015, the Obama administration will construct “The Rosenberg Monument” in Washington to commemorate all those victimized in the “witch hunts” of the early 1950’s....
Or without being charged at all such as Hanoi Jane and "I met with our enemies while in uniform," J F'ing Kerry.