Venona documents unmistakably identified Julius Rosenberg as the head of a Soviet spy ring and David Greenglass, his brother-in-law, as a Soviet source at. VENONA. The U.S. Army’s Signal Intelligence Service, the precursor to the National Security Agency, began a secret program in February later. 14 Apr In the s, the NSA had a top-secret program called Venona which . The Venona documents indicate that there were perhaps a dozen.

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Truman instituted so-called loyalty boards in all government agencies.

A number of liberals and radicals pointed to the excesses of McCarthy’s charges as justification for rejecting the allegations altogether. It is all the more amazing, then, how little got out about the Venona Project in the fifty-three years before it was made public.

Would they have preferred, a very, very bad empire, a wicked one or merely naughty? As it had been sent from New York and had its origins in the British Embassy in Washington, Philby, who venkna not have known Maclean’s cryptonym, deduced the sender’s identity. Archived from the original on July 10, Had they been introduced at the Rosenberg trial, the Venona messages would have confirmed Ethel’s guilt but also reduced the vehona of her role. The decision to keep Venona secret from the public, and to restrict knowledge of it even within the government, was made essentially by senior Army officers in consultation with the FBI and the CIA.


Americans’ Understanding of Soviet and Communist Espionage During the early Cold War, in the late s and early s, every few months newspaper headlines trumpeted the exposure of yet another network of Communists who had infiltrated an American laboratory, labor union, or government agency.

But the government did not release the Venona decryptions to the public, and it successfully disguised the source of its information about Soviet espionage. Intelligence historian Nigel West believes that “Venona remain[s] an irrefutable resource, far more reliable than the mercurial recollections of KGB defectors and the dubious conclusions drawn by paranoid analysts mesmerized by Machiavellian plots.

In the s, the NSA had a top-secret program called Venona which intercepted and much later decoded messages between Moscow and its American agents.

Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, executed in June for atomic espionage, were guilty; Alger Hiss, a darling of the establishment was guilty; and that dozens of lesser known persons such as Victor Perlo, Judith Coplon and Harry Gold, whose innocence of the accusations made against them had been a tenet of leftist faith for decades, were traitors or, at the least, the ideological vassals of a foreign power.

Anticipating only limited need for foreign intelligence and stating that he wanted no American Gestapo, President Truman abolished America’s chief intelligence agency, the Office of Strategic Services. But they suggest that she was essentially an accessory to her husband’s activity, having knowledge of it and assisting him but not acting as a principal.

The accumulation of information from defectors such as Elizabeth Bentley and Igor Gouzenko, along with the Venona decryptions, made senior Truman administration officials realize that reports of Soviet spying constituted more than FBI paranoia.

The communist penetration contributed to the decline of American unions. This view contributed to the Truman administration’s executive order inreinforced in the early s under the Eisenhower administration, that U. As one commentator wrote, “The statute books groaned under several seasons of legislation designed to outlaw dissent.

The Venona documents indicate that there were perhaps a dozen Soviet agents in the State Department alone. This book describes Soviet espionage in the United States in the s and s. Colonel Clarke was chief of the U. Benson, Robert Louis Similarly, in many textbooks President Truman’s executive order denying government employment to those who posed security risks, and other laws aimed at espionage and Communist subversion, were and still are described not as having been motivated by a real concern for American security since the existence of any serious espionage or subversion was denied but instead as consciously anti-democratic attacks on basic freedoms.

Although this act opened some files to public scrutiny, it has not as yet provided access to the full range of FBI investigative records. The deciphered Venona messages provide a solid paprrs basis for this consensus. Rosenberg would assuredly have been convicted, but his penalty might well have been life in prison rather than execution.

Early Soviet possession of the atomic bomb had an important psychological consequence. The arrest and prosecution of such spies as Judith Coplon, Robert Soblen, and Jack Soble was possible because American intelligence was able to read Soviet reports about their activities. Had he venoba aware of Venona, and known that Soviet cables confirmed the cenona of Elizabeth Bentley and Whittaker Chambers, it is unlikely that his aides would have considered undertaking a campaign to discredit Bentley and indict Chambers for perjury, or would have allowed themselves to be taken in by the disinformation being spread by the American Communist party and Alger Hiss’s partisans that Chambers had at one time been committed to an insane asylum.

List of Americans in the Venona papers – Wikipedia

This is the essential truth vennona the left end of the American political spectrum ;apers evaded. When used correctly, the one-time pad encryption system, which has been used for all the most secret military and diplomatic communication since the s, is unbreakable. The CIA in fact was not made an active partner in Venona until and did not receive copies of the deciphered messages vfnona The dearth paperss reliable information available to the public—or even to the President and Congress—may have helped to polarize debates of the s over the extent and danger of Soviet espionage in the United States.

As playwright Lillian Hellman recalled, “The McCarthy group — a loose term for all the boys, lobbyists, congressmen, State Department bureaucrats, CIA operators — chose the anti-Red scare with perhaps more cynicism than Hitler picked antisemitism. But he also called the investigation of Alger Hiss “a red herring,” encouraging the suspicion that the government was not really addressing the communist threat.

Australian Dictionary of Biography. Lamphere had been the FBI liaison to the code-breaking activity, had considerable knowledge of Venona and the counter-intelligence work that resulted from it.

Venona files – Conservapedia

This gave rise to a conference paper: This loutish, duplicitous bully, who carried, not the names of Reds but bottles of hootch in his briefcase died in disgrace and of alcoholism. This page was last modified on 26 Septemberat Truman actually offered to send the battleship Missouri to fetch the Soviet tyrant.

In February Clarke ordered the service to establish a small program to examine ciphered Soviet diplomatic cablegrams.

He claimed Harry Hopkins was a secret Russian agent. Most decipherable messages were transmitted and intercepted between and Mironov was diagnosed schizophrenic, hospitalized, and later shot. American code-breakers discovered that the Soviet Union was using a complex ppaers ciphering system involving a “one-time pad” code that in theory was unbreakable.