SEQUELS: Trial by Typewriter

Just two years ago, Alger Hiss, onetime State Department official, was found guilty of perjuring himself in testimony about Whittaker Chambers, former Communist courier. Before he was sentenced, Hiss told the court: "I am confident that in the future the full facts showing how Whittaker Chambers was able to carry out forgery by typewriter will be developed."

Hiss was referring to damaging evidence that had corroborated Chambers' accusation: copies of secret State Department papers typed on an old Woodstock typewriter that the defense agreed had once belonged in the Hiss household. During his two trials Hiss denied any responsibility for copying...

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