ESPIONAGE: Still Defiant

In Washington last week, pickets with signs—"Commute the death sentences of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg"—kept up a 24-hr.-a-day demonstration near the White House. In New York the Daily Worker filled its pages with shrill protests that "the Rosenbergs must live." Throughout Europe, Communists and fellow travelers pointed to the Rosenbergs as martyrs to "reactionary hysteria" in the U.S.

Aided by the passage of time, the steady drumfire of Communist propaganda had done much to becloud the facts of the Rosenberg case. In the summer of 1950, the FBI had arrested Julius Rosenberg, a sallow, bespectacled engineer, on the charge that...

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