National Affairs: The Record

Harry Truman used strong words in his radio and television speech. But he spoke, in the face of a strong record that did not support his case. This is the record:

The first warning that Harry Dexter White and other Government employees were assisting a Communist espionage ring was sent to the White House on Nov. 8, 1945 by FBI Chief J. Edgar Hoover. Marked "top secret." the report was sent by special messenger to Brigadier General Harry Hawkins Vaughan.

The Alert. In his opening sentence, FBI Chief Hoover used language designed to arouse the attention of even the busiest Government official. He...

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