National Affairs: The Faceless Men

Among the nation's scientists and technicians, neither Julius Rosenberg nor Morton Sobell is a conspicuous man. There are thousands like them; their names are unknown. Intense, spectacled, nondescript, they carry out the tedious testing of others' ideas, the intricate mechanical drudgery of the laboratory and the industrial plant. But last week Rosenberg, an electrical engineer, and Sobell, an electronics expert—two faceless men out of faceless thousands—were suddenly projected from anonymity into the hot glare of public scrutiny. They went on trial for a farflung, sustained conspiracy to steal the U.S.'s most vital...

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