National Affairs: Reversal

One prompt response to the Brownell testimony came from Boston University. It suspended the chairman of its Latin American regional-studies department, Dr. Maurice Halperin, who was an OSS and State Department intelligence official from 1941 to 1946. J. Edgar Hoover's letter of Nov. 8, 1945, which Brownell quoted, listed Halperin.

In 1941 Halperin was fired from the Oklahoma University faculty. Witness Nathaniel Weyl, an ex-Communist, testified that in 1936 Halperin went to Communist meetings in Mexico. In 1948 ex-Communist Elizabeth Bentley made public her charge that she had received secret government documents...

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