THE NATION: The Climate of Treason

Caught in a flareback of history, desperate Democrats tried with might & main to wriggle out of the Harry Dexter White scandal. Their line was different from the flat assertions of outrage ("Red herring," "I do not intend to turn my back . . .") that greeted the 1948 charges against White and Alger Hiss. This time the fact of espionage was more or less admitted. Harry Truman acknowledged that White was disloyal, and even the New Republic said: "There can be little doubt that White was guilty of the actions described...

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