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By Lewis Hartshorn

this can be a consensus demanding historical past of the Alger Hiss–Whittaker Chambers controversy of 1948 to 1950, a legal case during which Hiss used to be convicted of perjury after lengthy trials. Chambers claimed that Hiss had handed categorized nation division records to him in 1937 and 1938 for transmittal to the Soviet Union. Hiss denied the costs yet used to be came across accountable at his moment trial (the jury couldn't achieve a call within the first). Hiss used to be now not charged with espionage as a result of the statute of limitations.
the main target of this narrative concentrates at the early months of the affair, from August 1948 while Chambers seemed earlier than the home Committee on Un-American actions and denounced Hiss and a number of other others as underground Communists, to the next December while Hiss used to be indicted for perjury. the reality emerges because the tale unfolds, established partly on grand jury documents unsealed by way of court docket order in 1999, resulting in the realization that the tales Whittaker Chambers instructed the gurus and later released approximately himself and Alger Hiss within the Communist underground are thoroughly fraudulent.

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