Foreign News: Alek Goes Free

"Alel" Goes Free

Months before the first atomic bomb was exploded in Alamogordo, N.Mex., in July 1945, someone tipped off Moscow. The Russians quickly followed up the tip. In the files of the Russian intelligence services in Moscow there was the name of a British physicist, a secret member of the Communist Party, then working on the atomic project in Canada: Dr. Allan Nunn May.

The Moscow director of Russian military intelligence ordered his Ottawa bureau chief, Colonel Nikolai Zabotin, to get in touch with Dr. May through Sam Carr, organizing secretary of the Canadian Communist Party and a central figure in the...

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