USA, new research says Alger Hiss wasn’t a Soviet spy


Alger HissAssociated Press reports:

NEW YORK – An author who has researched the Cold War’s most famous espionage case said new evidence suggests another U.S. diplomat, not Alger Hiss, was the Soviet agent who fed U.S. secrets to Moscow.

The claim was presented Thursday at a daylong symposium, “Alger Hiss & History,” at New York University.

It provided new information that, if true, could point toward a posthumous vindication of Hiss, who was accused of spying for the Soviet Union and spent nearly five years in prison for perjury before his death in 1996 at age 92.

Also at the conference, a stepson of Hiss argued that Hiss’ chief accuser invented the spy allegations after his sexual advances were rejected. …

Also Thursday, Timothy Hobson, an 80-year-old retired surgeon who was Hiss’ stepson and grew up in the family home in Washington, D.C., said Whittaker Chambers, whose bombshell allegations against Hiss broke the case open, had lied about his personal relationship with Hiss and had never visited the Hiss home as he claimed.

Hobson said that during the time Chambers claimed to have visited the home, he was recuperating from a broken leg and met every person who came calling.

Chambers was a former American communist party member who spied for the Soviets during the 1930s. He defected before World War II and accused others of being spies, but his claims did not attract FBI interest until after the war.

He joined Time magazine in 1939 and as a writer and editor was a severe critic of communism. He died in 1961.

“It is my conviction that he was in love with Alger Hiss, that he was rejected by Alger Hiss and he took that rejection in a vindictive way”, Hobson said.

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