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More than six decades later, the prosecution of Ethel Rosenberg remains one of America’s most controversial criminal cases: Her conviction — and eventual execution — for joining in her husband Julius’s espionage conspiracy rested largely on trial testimony from her younger brother.
But in private testimony to a grand jury seven months before the 1951 trial, Mrs. Rosenberg’s brother, David Greenglass, never mentioned involvement by his sister in Mr. Rosenberg’s delivery of atomic secrets to Soviet operatives, according to a grand jury transcript released Wednesday.
While not definitive proof that he lied at trial, Mr. Greenglass’s omission — and his assertion before the grand jury that he had never even discussed espionage with his sister — provides further evidence to Mrs. Rosenberg’s defenders who believe that she was unfairly convicted, and that her brother, under pressure from prosecutors, had doomed her with concocted testimony to spare his own wife from prosecution.
No estaba en la agenda oficial, pero ocurrió. Sigilosa, la presidenta, Cristina Kirchner, aprovechó su visita a Rusia en abril pasado para reunirse con Edward Snowden, el ex contratista de la CIA que develó en 2013 un programa de espionaje masivo de Estados Unidos sobre sus propios ciudadanos y sobre gobiernos extranjeros. El informático ahora está exiliado en Moscú.
“Snowden se reunión con la presidenta Fernández de Kirchner. Hablaron por más de una hora. No sé por qué ella no ha hecho comentarios públicos al respecto”, señaló al diario Buenos Aires Herald Anthony Romero, director ejecutivo de la Unión Estadounidense por las Libertades Civiles (ACLU, por sus siglas en inglés).
“La presidenta Fernández de Kirchner fue la primera jefa de Estado en reunirse con Snowden”, afirmó.
Harold Adrian Russell “Kim” Philby (1 January 1912 – 11 May 1988) was a high-ranking member of British intelligence who worked as a double agent before defecting to the Soviet Union in 1963. He served as both an NKVD and KGB operative.
In 1963, Philby was revealed to be a member of the spy ring now known as the Cambridge Five, the other members of which wereDonald Maclean, Guy Burgess, Anthony Blunt and, possibly, John Cairncross. Of the five, Philby is believed to have been most successful in providing secret information to the Soviet Union. His activities were moderated only by Joseph Stalin‘s fears that he was secretly on Britain’s side. Philby was an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) from 1946 to 1965.