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11 August 2013

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Martin J. Kelly, Jr.

Again, these authors clarify an important historical topic. Their work has shown us the detail of the period drawn from hard-core evidence. It does seem strange to have the "espionage deniers," credentials and all, persist in what turns out to be nonsense.

Trivial comment. Third paragraph, third sentence has an egregious grammatical error and it almost stopped me in my tracks. I was a bit surprised, in fact. "It is not a matter of 'them'(sic) knowing ..." should be ..."of 'their' knowing..."

Lewis Hartshorn

Whittaker Chambers and Elizabeth Bentley lied about White and Alger Hiss time and time again--proven beyond doubt of any sensible person by their own sworn testimonies before congressional committees, the FBI, and grand juries. I provide hundreds of examples of their lies in my recently published book, ALGER HISS, WHITTAKER CHAMBERS AND THE CASE THAT IGNITED MCCARTHYISM (McFarland). Anyone who believes anything Bentley or Chambers ever said or wrote, as neither could ever tell the whole truth about anything, is just pretending to be a scholar and is actually just a polemicist.

Mittymo

The CPUSA recruited secret agents for the Soviets. But after the agents were recruited, it was in the Soviets', the CPUSA's, and the agents' best interests to distance themselves as far as possible from the CPUSA because the FBI always kept tabs on the CPUSA and its members.

Furthermore, the secret agents were highly intelligent, highly trained, highly skilled operatives who got better and better over time. But they wouldn't have been very effective (and would have gone to jail) had it been discovered what they were doing and who they were doing it for. Therefore, they employed every available means and took every possible precaution to avoid detection.

As a consequence, we're only going to have faint clues & faded fingerprints to tell us who were actually Stalin's secret agents.

Plus, over the years, I imagine a lot of Sandy Berger types made their way into our archives to either sanitize or remove any remaining evidence of what happened during the Soviets' Trojan Horse invasion.

Lewis Hartshorn

There is no evidence that an honest and responsible hisorian would accept that Whittaker Chambers ever met or talked to Harry Dexter White. We only have the uncorroborated word of Chambers and his word was denied by White himself in testimony before the House Commitee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) in August 1948. Chambers's tale in WITNESS about Hiss driving him to New Hampshire so Chambers could order White to prepare an economic plan for Russia is simply preposterous. Even R. Bruce Craig couldn't swallow that one. And Craig did not write an "admiring" bio of White--far from it. Just ask White's daughters.
White's memo (actually notes White wrote for his own use), which Chambers claimed was given him by White, was stolen by Chambers from White's desk at the Treasury Dept, just as Chambers stole the personnel file from Treasury of one Jay Chambers. (Jay Vivian, not Whittaker, was Chambers's real name). Chambers and his wife used that stolen file to apply for credit and also to buy goods from department stores which the other Jay Chambers was billed for.
Whittaker Chambers worked for the federal government in a relief job from October 1937 to January 31, 1938 when he was furloughed. He had easy access to government buildings and knew his way around many of them, including the State Dept. and Treasury. Chambers was a thief who feared arrest from the feds. He wasn't the least afraid of any communists.
My book documents all of this, with sources.

Lewis Hartshorn
author of ALGER HISS< WHITTAKER CHAMBERS AND THE CASE THAT IGNITED MCCARTHYISM (McFarland).

Martin Roberts

Messrs. Haynes and Klehr, and authors like Professor White or Ms. Jacoby, base their belief in the guilt of H. D. White and Alger Hiss on Soviet sources. But there is a simple question that their books ignore: if these two men were spies for the Soviets, why is it that the documents produced at Hiss's trial, and the so-called White Memorandum, which would have been the basis for a trial of White, included copies or summaries of documents that were not confidential? I set this out, with examples, in my book SECRET HISTORY. But this was commented on in 1976 by the author John Chabot Smith in his book ALGER HISS: THE TRUE STORY at pages 339-40 and throughout his text. My book documents this further. It necessarily follows that the consensus historians believe that these supposed spies were ready to lose their lives for trivial and often public information.
Martin Roberts

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