Like a desperate gambler, Wisconsin's Senator Joe McCarthy was doubling his bet every time he took a loss. Shaken up by angry rebuttals from his victims, McCarthy reached deep and produced the most tremendous sensation yet. He would name a man "now connected" with the State Department who was "the top Russian espionage agent" in the U.S. Said McCarthy: "This man I'm talking about was Hiss's onetime boss in the espionage ring. He has a desk in the State Department and has access to the files—or at least he had until four...

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