ESPIONAGE: A Verdict: 'Hiss Has Been Lying'

It was a cold-war confrontation, as unforgettable for its personal drama as for its historical significance. When, in 1951, Alger Hiss went off to prison for 44 months and Whittaker Chambers retired to a Maryland farm, the question still nagged: Who had lied? Today, in the minds of many people, doubts remain. But last week Hiss, 71, still denying Chambers' charges that he passed secret State Department documents to Soviet spies, suffered a damaging setback from a most unexpected source—the files of his own defense attorneys.

The controversy flared anew when Allen...

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